Are you wondering how hard the Mount Amos hike is and how long it actually takes? After reading all the warnings, we almost didn’t attempt climbing Mount Amos. However, a friend who did the climb changed our minds, and we had fun doing it. Our experience and tips will help you plan your hike.
Distance: 4 km
Time: 3 hours
Disclaimer: the hiking time and difficulty are based on our experience. We’re experienced hikers with a good level of fitness and are used to hiking long distances and scrambling. We have good navigation skills and use a Garmin watch* with a GPS navigation map. Always check the park alerts and notes; trail conditions change over time which can impact the level of difficulty of the hike.
How hard is it to climb Mount Amos?
The warnings are scary and almost put us off climbing Mount Amos. But I’m glad a trusted friend told us we should give it a go. In the end, it was a lot easier than we expected. But many people have different feelings about the Mount Amos hike.
So, how hard is the Mount Amos hike, really? It depends on your experience and equipment. Mount Amos is a granite rock, so it’s very slippery if wet, hence dangerous. That’s why they say not to attempt it if it rained or if there’s a risk of rain. On the other hand, on a sunny day, it’s not a hard walk for fit hikers with scrambling experience and shoes with a good grip. There’s no actual climbing required, and we always found cracks, good footholds, and handholds to pull ourselves up while scrambling. It was easy to follow the safer path marked by arrows. It has challenging parts, which I find makes the climb fun. But those who have never attempted climbing a rock face like this may find it the most strenuous hike they’ve ever done!
The Mount Amos hike will be more complicated if you’re not prepared
As the walk is very dangerous with rain, you must check the weather forecast before starting.
I highly recommend choosing your shoes wisely for this hike. I wouldn’t do it without hiking boots or trail running shoes. Even runners are too slippery to my taste on granite rock. I saw a few people sliding without enough control, and I’d have been very uncomfortable in their shoes (literally).
Some people clearly underestimate the Mount Amos hike and ignore the warning signs. When we were going down, I remember seeing two young ladies going up with their water bottles in their hands, already impressed by the incline where the climb hadn’t really started yet, in my opinion. They make it clear from the start that there are very steep parts on this hike, and both hands are required at some stage in the climb. Be prepared for this!
It’s not rare to see people getting stuck as it is very steep and exposed. It’s even more the case on the way down, so keep this in mind as you go up. I am scared of heights but have gained experience overcoming it. Even if I risk ruining my pants, I go down on my butt when I hike steep mounts to make it easier. It’s not glamorous, but it’s the safest and, surprisingly, fastest way!
How long does it take to climb Mount Amos?
The official national park website indicates the 4-km Mount Amos hike takes three hours return. And it is precisely what it took us, including a long break (around 20-30 minutes) at the summit. The views are so good that you don’t want to rush down. I felt we went slowly on this hike as I tried to protect my knee on the way down; we had many other hikes planned during our trip around Tasmania. Still, a few people were slower than us. But many fit hikers with scrambling experience took less than three hours return. If you’re there during peak season, you’ll often have to stop to let other walkers pass as it’s a one-way track in many spots.
As you can see on the screenshot of my Garmin stats, you can go fast at the start of the walk (in red) before you hit the rock face. Then, it becomes more difficult, and the crowd may also slow you down. We went there during peak season, so we often had to stop to let people go down and sometimes to follow slower people going up. There isn’t plenty of space on the path. Some people choose not to follow the arrows, but I don’t believe it’s wise.
Is Mount Amos better than the Wineglass Bay Lookout?
The view from the summit of Mount Amos is very rewarding. It’s definitely worth doing if you enjoy scrambling and a bit of a challenge. But the Wineglass Bay lookout provides stunning views too and is a lot safer for those with no scrambling experience, not the right shoes or when it might rain.
I particularly liked having a view of Coles Bay during the Mount Amos climb. It makes you appreciate the height you’ve conquered. Even if you don’t reach the summit, you can still enjoy the views and the beautiful granite rock with its various, beautiful colours. But it’s still motivating to push all the way to the top as you’ll get to view the other side and the famous Wineglass Bay.
Have you attempted the Mount Amos hike? Share your experience in the comments below!
Where is Mount Amos hike?
Mount Amos is located in Freycinet National Park, on the east coast of Tasmania. The Mount Amos hike starts from the same car park as the famous walk to the Wineglass Bay lookout. It takes around 2.5 hours to drive there from Hobart.
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