At the Melrose Valley Railway Camp Cookhouse Fireplace

Wednesday 27 September 2023: E-M Wednesday Walk – Enchanted Hill. See walk description.


From Garmin Connect (MAP66i) – Distance: 12.40km | Climb: 440vm (Elevation correction enabled)/530vm (Elevation correction disabled) | Time: 3:25 moving + 1:17 of stops = 4:42 | Grading: M/M; M(9).

I compared my recorded elevation gain on the MAP66i with another walker’s device. They recorded around 530vm. The Garmin Connect desktop app provides an Elev(ation) Corrections Disabled (default for me)/Enabled function with the explanation “Elevation Corrections are calculated with data from professional surveys instead of data from your device. If your device has a barometric altimeter, Elevation Corrections are disabled by default”.

Maybe I should recalibrate the altimeter in my MAP66i to get closer results.


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Track Map

Here’s where we went.

Track Enchanted Hill

Track Notes

I was last on Enchanted Hill on 27 Aug 22. I’m afraid I can’t recommend the destination, as it is on private property.

I started from Eaglemont Retreat and walked over to the meet point. We left at 8.35am and walked the fire trail to the SE of the Tuggeranong knolls to the Monaro Highway. Crossed, found a gate and continued up to cross the railway line. Walked up to Enchanted Hill, using a bit of the service road towards the top.

Topping Enchanted Hill

Interesting to see hills from a different vantage point. The PeakFinder smart phone app sure helps.

PeakFinder from Enchanted Hill


We initially descended via the same route. A tree captured my attention.

Twisted tree

We turned N over a small knoll and down to the railway line. Nodding Blue Lily about (thanks for the id Barrie R).

On the railway line

We walked through McAlisters Cutting and just off the rail line to the Melrose Valley Railway Camp Cookhouse Fireplace.

Signage at the Melrose Valley Railway Camp Cookhouse Fireplace

Down a broad spur, we stopped for a lazy lunch.

Then it was down to cross Rocky Gully, enter the Melrose Nature Reserve, pass the Memorial Tree Planting and walk the side of the Monaro Highway. We used the Tuggeranong Creek bridge to walk under the Highway.

Tuggeranong Creek under Monaro Highway

A stop at the Tuggeranong axe-grinding grooves.

Tuggeranong Axe Grinding Grooves

We returned to the start via the fire trail on the SW edge of Theodore.

A great little  mid-week walk.


14 walkers – Mike S (leader).


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