Crooked River Feature Ride, February 1999
Each year Bogong Horseback Adventures runs a 12-day feature ride. Last summer our successful combination of a 7-day and a 5-day ride, to make up the 12 days, featured a journey to the old gold mining townships of Talbotville and Crooked River. Our camp on the banks of the Wongongarra River at the old pioneer racecourse was a very worthwhile destination. We travelled via the West Kiewa, Mt Loch, Mt Freezeout, Blue Rag Spur, Basalt Knob, Crooked River, Dargo High Plains, Mayford and a changeover night at Dinner Plain Resort. The ride then continued into the familiar country of the Bogongs, for the climax, a ride over Mt Bogong and a decent of Eskdale Spur into the Kiewa Valley and home.
Much of the ride followed 100-year-old mining “roads” constructed as routes through the mountainous country for the thousands of miners during the High Country rush. The tracks were mostly constructed by
Angus McMillan under government contract. Generally about 1m wide, the tracks offer some spectacular riding in remote country, far from roads and even 4WD tracks.
Rather than far away places, this year the ride will depart on February 7th for a spectacular 12 day Bogong explorer. We will be visiting all our favourite places including the Mt Fainter Range, Mt Bogong and lots of out of the way seldom seen spots.
Once again a combined 7-day, 5-day ride, the changeover night will be at Dinner Plain Resort.