At 1490 meters Federation Range (VK3/VN-029) is the highest point in the Yarra Ranges and the only SOTA summit accessible from the Lake Mountain snow resort. By resort I mean day visiting area for cross country skiers, tobogganists and snow-man makers. From Marysville it is an easy drive to the resort car park, and out of season there is no park entrance fee and no traffic.
The summit approach is through the alpine area on ski trails. Six years on from Black Saturday the eucalyptus forest is a sea of silver-grey weathered dead trees, burned and baked en masse in the inferno of that day. Regrowth is thick in places but the predominant feeling is one of transition as the landscape regenerates, the silver-grey ghosts of the pre 2009 forest standing tall over the rampant undergrowth. The dead upper story will be there for many years yet, perhaps decades. I am not an ecologist but I assume the fire has created once in a century conditions for fauna and flora as the old trees are yet to fall and rot and the new forest is too young to support certain habitats needed in a balanced ecosystem. On a different note the stark colors and textures bring out the (smartphone) photographer in you. It is a black and white symphony. With a touch of eucalyptus olive.