The 1000 steps in the Dandenongs gets really busy almost everyday of the year no matter what the weather conditions. Try going really early (just after sunrise) or try one of the other tracks. My favourite is the Bellevue track. You can get to it from the very bottom of the car park. It is a longer more sustained walk, about 1 1/2 hrs from the car park to One tree hill picnic ground and back. If you are looking for a real challenge, take the Bellevue track to the water tank, then stony rise walk and then the View track. This is a real killer. Going this way its is a 2 hr round trip.