King Jarrah Heritage Trail, Lane Poole, Dwellingup
Ratings & Reviews
Rated: (5/5), based on 4 reviews.
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22 May 2021, 4:35pm
I enjoyed this trail. I camped overnight at Nanga Mill then tackled the trail anticlockwise. A steep climb to get the blood pumping, and after that its pretty easy on a great single person track through lovely bush all the way down the west side, just a couple of short hills remind you, you are hiking not ambling. The south west corner is rather overgrown at the moment, wear long pants! The mighty King Jarrah is on the southern end of the trail and after that there's a rather boring section on 4WD tracks round the southeast corner. Its easy flat walking from here on, but it does get prettier and the Christmas Brook Confluence is an awesome place to stop for lunch.
2 January 2021, 7:07pm
WOW! Is all I kept saying to myself for the first few hours. This trail is amazing! I LOVE IT! I went on a hot day, 35C, in January 2021. Not sure when the last bush fire was, but the trail was bursting with green and life. I saw an echidna (who didn't seem to care at all about my presence), and emu, loads of kangaroos, lots of birds. The landscape forever changed, from sparsely forested, to tight, tight, tight, to steep to flat. I hung out with a 300 year old tree, not a bad sort, taught me a lot about my silly behaviour and rushing around, then I rushed off. The only reason I don't give this a 5 star is it's only the East side, the steep foot path bit around King Jarrah, that I thought was extraordinary. The rest of it is still AMAZING but the trail is on a vehicle road, so is wide and not a hiking specific trail. It just feel different. The bush was still amazing, the views were still great, but it feels so much nicer being on a tiny winding trail through the bush than a wide cleared space. Again, honestly, even that part is great, the forrest here is such a uniquely WA experience. Enjoy. Oh and when you're on the wide trail, listen out for a running creek and see if you can get to it through the bush. It's only about 30cm deep in the summer but a great spot for a swim and cool off. Also, if heading in the summer I would recommend the mornings, wrapping up in the East bit (heading clockwise from Nanga) as that way you'll be in the cool of the forrest by the time you're done. Also, it took me about 6 hours but I did it really slowly for my health and fitness. I'm 35 and strong as an ox, but I had quite a few long sits along the way. Say hi to the King.
26 March 2018, 12:23pm
Really enjoyed the trail. Went yesterday (March 25, 2018) on an unseasonably cool, overcast day and completed in 4.5 hrs with a 30 min lunch stop. I'll go slower next time as I know what to expect and hopefully in wildflower season. I also went anticlockwise and got the climb out of the way first. The entire track was dry so no issue with slipping and sliding in mud. The down hill after the King Jarrah tree was super steep and a bit slippery. Trail was in good shape, one section has a tree down but there are pink tapes tied to trees to re-orientate you to the trail. Some overgrown segments. Trailmarkers- 20 of the green and white ones (heaps of yellow and black hiking person ones as well). Really enjoyed the bush and trees, got down to the Murray. Lots of blackberries! Saw absolutely no one else, not a single vehicle either. Recommended.
5 July 2015, 9:57pm
Completed in just under 4.5hrs (5/July/2015). Weather was good for trail walk like this, nice and cool. Luckily no rain. I wouldn't take this on in Summer. Probably do-able in under 4 hours if you don't stop to enjoy the scenery and help lost 4WDs. Take note of the Grade 4 rating. The Western side of the track is rather steep at the North and South ends. The The valleys into Christmas brook and Dawn Creek are steep too but not as bad. I had intended to walk the East side first as a warm up, then tackle the Western side. I'm glad I didn't. The ascent from Nanga Mill onto the first plateau is 170m and the inclination is murder. However, once you've done that the worst climb is out of the way. The Western side is far more appealing imo as it's just a thin walk trail. Easily definable, and travelling through some amazing scenery. Very lush and green. Plenty of birds and some amazing fungi at this time of year. Luckily I had no rain but the decent into Big Brook is slippery and slow going, Add some rain and it would be a tad dangerous. Eastern side is flat compared with West side. It's rather dull too, basically a single lane 4WD track. Rather muddy after recent rains. Some worthwhile rest points when the road nears the Murray River that have some amazing watery scenery. Overall: Expect a challenge. Do in Winter when cooler and brooks/creeks are flowing. Again?: Yes, but only with another person(s). Definitely West then East
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