Higgs Track is a fairly steep but manageable 4 hour return climb up from Western Creek to the top of the Great Western Tiers, where on a fine day, there are wonderful views along the escarpment. From the top of the track it is a short walk to Lady Lake Mountain Hut and on to the lake itself, which is like another world compared to the forest you have just climbed through. The complete quiet and extraordinary landscape is very atmospheric.
The track officially starts at a carpark off Westrope Road. From here it is a 5-10 minute walk to Dale Brook, where you turn right and walk downstream for about 50 metres to find the log bridge crossing the brook. Once across the brook it is a steep climb through a beautiful rain forest of old Myrtles, Sassafras and ferns. The track is steep but clear all the way to the top where two cairns mark the spot. To the left there is a short diversion to a viewing area which is well worth the detour for the amazing views of the rugged cliffs and the plains below.
From the escarpment, on a clear day, you should be able to easily see Lady Lake Hut on the other side of a plain dotted with pools. A green path is visible through the plain but watch where you step, as some of the pools are very deep.
It should take about 2 1/4 hours to reach the hut from the carpark. After stopping there for a well earned break, follow the path to the right in front of the hut, around the rocky hill to Lady Lake. Take a while to enjoy the complete peace and a beautiful mosaic of different coloured flora. You may also be lucky enough to see eagles flying overhead.
When you are ready, retrace your steps back to the hut, across the plain and down to the carpark, taking approximately 1 1/2 hours.
How to get to Higgs Track
From Mole Creek, take Caveside Road (C169) until you see the sign for Western Creek. Turn right and follow that road to Westrope Road. Turn right into Westrope Road and continue on until you see the sign for Higgs Track. Approx 20 minutes drive from Mole Creek.