|Maps:||LPI The Rock 8327-3N 1:25000|
The Rock is large outcrop shaped like a crouching lion that rises over the plains south-west of Wagga Wagga, in southern NSW. It is an obvious landmark, and a worthwhile climb for the views from the top of the surrounding country.
From 02 Aug 2005, last checked 11 Apr 2005
The route to the summit follows the Yerong Nature Trail. The track is reasonably easy to follow. A fire trail heads from the car park winding through open woodland forest towards the south end of The Rock. Along the way there are interpretive signs about the cultural history of the area.
After a couple of kilometres the track heads up towards The Rock from the east, and climbs up the talus slope on a series of switchbacks. At the base of the cliffs the track turns left, and follows the cliff line around to the south and then west. There are good views to the south here, of the plains and lower hills in the range. You shortly reach a bit of a saddle.
From here the track traverses generally west under some small cliffs, before heading steeply up the main east facing ridge to the summit, and you reach the top surprisingly quickly. From the summit of The Rock there are 360° views of the surrounding plains, and on a clear day it is possible to see all the way to the Snowy Mountains. After a break, return the way you came.