From Glenorchy / Hobart: Travelling up Berridale Road, veer left onto Collinsvale Road. The trail head and parking is at the hairpin turn approximately 3.5 km from the Berridale - Collinsvale Road junction.
From Collinsvale: Travelling towards Glenorchy / Hobart, turn right at the Glenlusk - Collinsvale Road junction. The trail head and parking is at the hairpin turn approximately 400m downhill.
Ascend the switchbacks of ZigZag Fire Trail to join Dooley's and on to the summit of Goat Hill North (673m) at the centre of N. R. Pierce Reserve. Soak up a unique view stretching from kunanyi / Mount Wellington, Hobart CBD, and all the way around to Collinsvale. The track is 5km return.
The N.R. Pierce Reserve is a significant bushland reserve donated to the people of Glenorchy by the Pierce family in 1988 in memory of Norman R. Pierce. The reserve's 325+ hectares is contingent with Wellington Park, and contains a variety of threatened species and ecosystems.
Look out for Wedge-tailed eagles soaring above the summit, devil and quoll footprints in the sand, and large hollows suitable for masked owls.
This trail has potential to connect through to Wellington Park with walking / riding options to Mount Hull and further afield as far as Crabtree in the Huon Valley.
No access is permitted into the Telecom Towers or any facilities at the summit. Note the area is under CCTV by TasNetworks.
There are many unmarked tracks and fire trails throughout the reserve which access power lines or other services within the reserve. Walkers should be careful not to get lost as the Reserve connects onto Wellington Park which includes an expansive tract of native bush which is very isolated and can be exposed to extreme weather conditions.
Plan your visit
Leave No Trace is an internationally accepted way of minimising impacts on the places we visit. Respect wildlife, be considerate with others, dispose your waste properly.
Be prepared for the walk. Plan your trip ahead, bring enough water, check the alerts, and make sure you are comfortable with the difficulty rating.