East Mount Barren

1 h 30 min to 2 h 30 min

2.2 km

↑ 183 m
↓ -183 m

Hard track
Starting from the car park off Hamersley Drive, Fitzgerald River National Park, this walk takes you to the summit of East Mount Barren and back via the East Mount Barren Track. Towering over a landscape of rugged beauty, endless horizons and countless varieties of wildflowers, East Mount Barren is a fantastic little gem. The trail up East Mount Barren is a short but challenging climb through a series of different landscapes and spectacular views. The trail commences on a timber boardwalk that protects the recovering scrub. The gentle boardwalk ends at some point, and you're left with a kilometre-ish walk/scramble on quartzite and sandstone. Try to pause every once in a while to admire the scenery and the ancient rocks you're walking on. With its close proximity to both the coast and several notable mountainous features, there is no shortage of viewpoints to admire as you climb up. The climbing is broken up into stages and each section offers something unique. The first section requires you to clamber up a set of rocks. Then, you'll find a gap that lets you proceed to the second section, which is relatively flatter and more of an open area. The section of the path near the summit looks like a rock wall, however the path leads through clefts in the rock onto the third and final section. The narrow passage leading to the summit requires a tiny bit of scrambling but isn't overly challenging, and the breathtaking views from the summit are well worth the effort. Some parts of the track (especially near the start and the end) are slippery, rugged and steep. Also, keep an eye out for loose rocks. There are many unfenced cliffs here. Prickly shrubs can become annoying as well if not careful. Lastly, keep in mind that the temperature and the weather conditions change as you get higher, so come prepared. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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