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Hiking Tanglefoot Track

Tanglefoot Track and Mt St Leonard Lookout, Toolangi State Forest

A spectacular track that winds through mountain ash forests, fern-filled gullies and cool temperate rainforests to take in the spectacular views of the Yarra Valley and surrounding mountains from Mt St Leonard.

Length: 9 kilometres one way, 18 kilometres return
Walk: 3 hours one way, 6 hours return
Track: Medium
Grade: Moderate
Start: Tanglefoot car park
Finish: Tanglefoot car park
Nearby: Healesville
Permits/bookings: None required.

A spectacular track that winds through mountain ash forests, fern-filled gullies and cool temperate rainforests to take in the spectacular views of the Yarra Valley and surrounding mountains from Mt St Leonard. Some of the track follows well-graded forest roads.

There are more than 100 different species of birds in the area, including lyrebirds. In the treetops look out for kookaburras and cockatoos, sooty and powerful owls, and you may see wedged-tail eagles in the skies about the treetops. While many of the mountain ash trees are regrowth from the 1939 forest fires, some are over 200 years old. Look for the tallest moss in the world Dawsonia Superba, which is about 8 centimetres tall and looks like a miniature pine tree.

This area has high rainfall and the track may be waterlogged during periods of heavy rain. Wear suitable clothing and carry waterproof clothing.