Top Trail: Bluff Knoll, Stirling Range NP
Ratings & Reviews
Rated: (5/5), based on 16 reviews.
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24 June 2018, 9:37pm
Walked it June 2018. The millions of steps (it felt like that many) was a bit hard on the knees but that’s ok. At the moment the track is wet and a little muddy. There is some flowing water (not deep, just enough to wet you shoes) in parts. The May bush fired have blackened the very top few hundred metres. Doesn’t really detract from the experience and hopefully won’t cause to much erosion. We met a lots of underprepared people on the way, white jeans, dress shoes, no water or carry a toddler. Hopefully they had the sense to turn around.
8 May 2018, 1:32pm
What a beautiful walk! Despite having to get up at 3am to see the sunrise from the top, it was absolutely worth the hike. Such a beautiful view from the top and not to much of a hike. Keep in mind there are a lot of steps, up the first section, so it's a bit difficult to begin with, so take it easy.
6 January 2018, 3:52pm
When: December Temp: 24 C Start Time: 11AM Definitely worth the struggle. The hardest part is the middle section (so keep persevering!) The last third of the walk is just lovely, the elevation allows you to see on all sides of the mountain and you get a really nice breeze. The walk is also not as steep towards the peak. The views at the top are amazing giving you 360 degree vantage. Stopped many times on the way up because I really struggled to it took about 3 hrs up. Then 45 mins back down because we ran the whole way back down.
20 May 2017, 9:06am
An amazing experience. We went in January, on a day when it was 28 degrees and sunny. We needed a LOT of water as the way is all uphill and quite challenging - especially for those amongst us who are not very fit (ie me!). It took us 6 hours return in total. We had 2 adults, a 17yr old and two 10yr olds in our family. If you have any problems with knees at all, I recommend climbing sticks. The way up has steps a lot of the way which is better then sliding around on steep gradients, but was very hard on my knees. Coming down was equally as difficult - I was turning sideways to step down many of the stairs as they were quite high. The climbing sticks were invaluable. Allow plenty of time - I know the official rating is 1-3hours, but I think the 1hour can only be for those people we saw running up Bluff Knoll! (Yes indeed, running!!). Great views from the top. And rocks to lie on and recover your breath before heading back down.
2 April 2017, 3:58pm
I had waited a long time to do this trail and talked about it for two years so when we finally got a chance to go down in the middle of summer I hoped the weather would not be too hot for it, quite the opposite, it rained for two days so we had to put it off. We finally had a clear day on 1 Jan and got there around 6am. Given my fitness was still not up to scratch it took us a good 6 hours to do the return trip - but it was so worth it!! Halfway up we met a family from Sweden (overtaking us) and they had a massive horn with them, one of them stopped on a ledge and played for about 20 mins - it was magical. I loved it and could have stayed on top for ages, though it is a shame that people have been taking bathrooms breaks up there!! Just wish I had remembered the Thermos of coffee so we could have enjoyed it more. Coming down was much harder than going up - on the knees mostly.
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