Fifteen eager Batemans Bay bushwalkers set out for Mt Bushwalker on the escarpment behind Milton.
Along the track they negotiated a steep descent down into Jailhouse Pass, so named because a few early cattle rustlers attempted to move cattle through the pass and up onto the plateau for grazing.
The rustlers found themselves detained within the enclosed pass.
The descent down to the pass proved worth the effort.
The walkers were rewarded with moss and lichen-covered rock walls that towered above their heads, the sight of tree ferns growing amongst mossy logs and beautiful rock orchids clinging precariously to overhanging ledges.
The group then continued on their 9 kilometre hike to Mt Bushwalker and enjoyed spectacular views of The Castle, Biangee Wall, The Budawangs and the cork of Pigeonhouse Mountain, which could just be seen peeping up over Tianjara.
For more information go to www.baybushwalkers.org.au.