Starting from the car park off Stirling Range Drive, Stirling Range National Park, this walk takes you to the summit of Mount Magog and back via the Mount Magog Walk Trail. One of the lesser-known hikes in the Stirling Range, Mount Magog is a challenging climb to 856 metres. This summit gives off an uncharted feel as it is not climbed frequently. The walk starts at a picnic site nestled amongst tall wandoo trees. From here, the trail crosses a creek, then emerges from the trees and meanders across open country along the flat lowlands of the range, with only gentle climbing. Once the trail reaches the base of the peak, the climb is steep and tough. For those willing to push on, this will be an unforgettable experience. The reward for the climbing becomes apparent fairly early on, with excellent views of the peaks to the west. Eventually, the trail leads to a saddle between the summit and the neighbouring Talyuberlup. From here it's a more gentle walk, with some scrambling up rocky shelves to reach the top of Mount Magog's south peak. The trail to the summit is fairly easy to follow, with wooden peg markers and flagging tape to point hikers in the right direction. This is a very hard walk in steep and potentially dangerous terrain known for its unpredictable weather. You'll need to keep an eye out for scree and uneven footing. For your safety, keep to the path and be mindful about foot placement. The trail may be overgrown, and the final section requires some rock scrambling. This walk isn't recommended in wet or windy conditions, as the rock scrambling sections can be very slippery. 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.
Warning This journey requires significant bushwalking experience, specialised equipment and navigation skills. Please ensure you and your group well prepared and equiped for this journey.
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Turn slight left onto Lake Matilda Road and drive for another 620 m
Turn right onto Red Gum Pass Road and drive for another 21.7 km
Turn right onto Stirling Range Drive and drive for another 14.9 km
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From the dirt car park off Stirling Range Drive (2km northwest of the Central Lookout), head along the singular well-worn dirt track (Mount Magog Walk Trail) as you move directly away from the road. Follow the said track as it meanders east and takes you towards the said mountain to continue along Mount Magog Track.....
Directions & comments
Start heading along Mount Maggog Walk Trail.
Continue another 2.9 km to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 2.9 km to get back to the start.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
3 h to 4 h
Quality of track
Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Very steep and difficult rock scrambles (5/6)
Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
High level of bushwalking experience recommended (5/6)
Forecasted & unexpected severe weather likely to have an impact on your navigation and safety (5/6)