Mt Bruce Summit, Karijini NP
The 9km return Mount Bruce Summit Trail is located in the Karijini National Park and allows great opportunities to view the surrounding Hamersley Range and Marandoo mining operations.
This Grade 5 moderately steep trail follows a clearly marked path along the ridge of the mountain with a couple of challenging rocky climbs to negotiate.
About the Trail
The first section of the trail to Marandoo View, where you can see down into the Marandoo iron ore mining operations is fairly easy, but from this point on the trail steepens and becomes a steady climb along the ridge to the summit.
At about 2.3km into the walk and after negotiating an incline littered with large slabs of rock the trails steepens and forms a series of switchbacks before being faced with a nearly verticle climb. A chain attached to the rock face provides some assistance along a narrow ledge and the naturally forming large rectangular boulders provide an abundance of hand and footholds.
After a few more scrambles over scattered boulders and some fairly easy trail, you are at the summit, with panoramic views of the surrounding Hamersley Ranges
Mt Bruce or Punurrunha, as is is known to the aboriginal people, is the second highest peak in Western Australia, at 1249 metres high.
June to August are the best times of year to tackle this climb when the day time temperatures are in the low to mid 20s. Avoid climbing during the hotter months when temperatures soar to 40 degrees or more. Remember your sun hat, carry plenty of water and bring a cameral to capture the amazing scenery and views from the summit.