Carruthers Peak, formerly Curruthers Peak, a mountain in the Main Range of the Great Dividing Range, is located in Snowy Mountains region in southeast New South Wales, Australia. The peak is situated between Mount Lee and Mount Twynam within the Kosciuszko National Park.
Carruthers Peak from the south
|Elevation||2,145 m (7,037 ft)|
|Prominence||85 m (279 ft)|
|Isolation||2.71 km (1.68 mi)|
|Location||Snowy Mountains, New South Wales, Australia|
|Parent range||Main Range, Great Dividing Range|
|Topo map||Perisher Valley|
|Easiest route||Walk (hike)|
With an elevation of 2,145 metres (7,037 ft) above sea level, Carruthers Peak is the seventh-highest peak in mainland Australia.
It was named after Joseph Carruthers, a Premier of New South Wales, who, while he served as Minister for Lands, facilitated the building of the Summit Road to Mount Kosciuszko. It can be easily accessed, with the Main Range walk going straight up it.
The area around it contains patches of the rare windswept feldmark ecotope. Due to a century of grazing on the Main Range, the area around it was heavily eroded. From the 1950s Soil Conservation Service undertook an extensive program of rehabilitation of the vegetation of the Carruthers Peak–Mount Twynam area using bitumen, wire netting and bales of straw. It lies on a vein of shale running south-southeast through the predominant granite.
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- Geehi Bushwalking Club, (2001) 8th ed. Snowy Mountains Walks, Canberra: National Capital Printing. ISBN 0-9599651-4-9
- None of these methods were very effective. However, by chance the bales of hay carried sheep sorrel which held the soil together for the recolonisation of native plants.