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The trail starts at the Mt Bruce carpark on Karijini Drive, Karijini NP, 1 hour east of Tom Price and 1,400km north of Perth
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About Mt Bruce Summit, Karijini NP
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.
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Here is everything you need to know before visiting this trail.
Time / Duration
6 hours return, depending on fitness level
9 kilometres return from the car park to the summit
What To Pack
Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails) required.
What To Pack
Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails)
- Minimum 2 litres of water per person per day
- Sturdy shoes
- Sun hat or bike helmet (compulsory in WA)
- Sunglasses, sunscreen (30+) and insect repellant
- Binoculars and camera (optional)
- Map or guide book where suggested
- Snacks and/or lunch depending on length of trail
- Clothes to suit the activity and potential weather conditions including a water/windproof jacket
- First Aid kit
Additional Useful ItemsTake plenty of drinking water and sun protection. Please remember, Karijini National Park's climate can be best described as tropical semi-desert, and hence temperatures in summer are frequently topping 40 degrees Celsius.
Very experienced bushwalkers with specialised skills, including navigation and emergency first aid. Tracks are likely to be very rough, very steep and unmarked. Walks may be more than 20km.
Hazards & WarningsDay time temperatures can reach 35 to 45 degrees between October and March. Hiking is not recommended
- Car Park
- Public Toilet
- View Platform
Best time of year
May to August when the temperature is cooler.
National Park fees apply
Air or road to Tom Price, self drive to Karijini NP 2WD and large vehicle accessible
Prohibited ItemsNo pets or fires are permitted in the National Park
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Mount Bruce Summit TrailThe trail follows the western ridge of the mountain to the summit
Narrow LedgesA chain is attached to the rock to help you navigate a narrow ledge
Mt BruceView from Mt Bruce
The TrailMuch of the trail is a steady climb along the ridge of the hill
Rock ClimbingAs you get closer to the top there is some serious rock climbing involved
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