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Tasmap Reference: 5022 Cygnet
Grade 4 HikeSuitable for experienced hikers only.
Generally distinct without major modification to the ground. Encounters with fallen debris and other obstacles are likely.
average rating of 5.8 out of 10
rated by 5 people
Kiernans Falls is a seasonal waterfall on a tributary to the Snug River, located a short distance (maybe 100 metres) downstream of the far more famous Snug Falls. The creek that Kiernans Falls is situated on is unnamed and has a very small drainage, meaning that for much of the year it is dry and only flows well after heavy rain. When conditions are suitable, however, the falls are a pretty sight, with a drop of around 10-15 metres.
Despite its close proximity to a major track, accessing Kiernans Falls is relatively difficult, as there is no formal trail leading to it. The best way to access the falls is to head down a lightly used pad to the right just before the final stairs leading down to Snug Falls. This trail will take you down to the river, and from here you have to make your way downstream for a short distance until a gully comes into view across the river. At this point, the river needs to be crossed, which can be a challenge depending on how much water is flowing. At the other side of the crossing pick up another little trail which soon heads across the Kiernans Falls Creek, before climbing steeply up its eastern bank, passing some smaller cascades before arriving at an overlook of sorts across from Kiernans Falls.
As mentioned before, the hike to Kiernans Falls is by no means easy despite its short distance, and if Snug Falls is not flowing strongly it is unlikely to be worth the effort.
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Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park
Grade 5 Hike
Suitable for very experienced hikers only.
Grade 4 Hike
Suitable for experienced hikers.
Grade 3 Hike
Some bush walking experience recommended.
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