Frenchman's Cap

  • © Basti Bastard
  • © Basti Bastard
  • © Basti Bastard
  • Clearing views from near the summit - © Peter Grant
  • New track over old - © Peter Grant

Key information: Frenchman's Cap

  • Dramatic and lonely cliff-girt landmark peak in Tasmania's south-western wilderness.
  • A highly esteemed but tough 3- day walk on at times poor paths through beautiful and varied forest, across wet plains - deep mud in places - and up to this peculiarly shaped peak glowering above vast cliffs.
  • Fantastic views over pristine emptiness from high up, but much of the time is in forest and valley.
  • Demanding walking in remote and often stormy mountains. Come fully prepared. Limited hut accommodation, camping is the more usual option.
  • Thank you to Basti Bastard for the excellent pictures, which really give a feel for this place. Much appreciated.
  • All comments and photos welcome!

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating77
  • Beauty30
  • Natural interest18
  • Human interest0
  • Charisma31
  • Negative points2
  • Total rating77

Vital Statistics

  • Length: Around 45km
  • 3-4days
  • Maximum Altitude: 1,466m
  • Level of Difficulty: Difficult

This walk description page is at an early stage of development, and will be expanded over time. Your comments on this walk, your experiences and tips, and your photos are very welcome.

© Basti Bastard


Name: whynotwalk
Posted on: 12/02/2015
In 2013 a major re-route of the track was largely completed. This bypasses the boggiest sections of the track - the infamous "Sodden Loddons" - and improves the overall experience considerably. Other track and hut improvements are continuing, and will make this a very appealing walk in a magnificent wilderness area. However it is still a difficult walk due to its remoteness, and the steep and rugged terrain.

Name: whynotwalk
Posted on: 13/02/2015
In 2013 a re-route of the track was substantially completed. This bypasses the muddiest section of the track - the notorious "Sodden Loddons" - and greatly improves the whole experience. Further improvements on the track and huts are helping to make this is an even better walk in a truly rugged wilderness area. However it remains a hard walk, with some steep and rough sections.

Walkopedia says THANK YOU! Sounds like this is becoming an ever-more attractive place to climb!!

Your comments on this walk, your experiences and suggestions, and your photos are very welcome. Where appropriate, you will be credited for your contribution.

Clearing views from near the summit - ©Peter Grant

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Your comments on this walk, your experiences and suggestions, and your photos are very welcome. Where appropriate, you will be credited for your contribution.

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New track over old - ©Peter Grant...

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