Peak Charles differs markedly from other rock outcrops in the region in size, height and steepness. The trail to the summit consists of three sections. The sections you choose to do will depend on your level of fitness, how well equipped you are and weather conditions.
Moderate incline, rough surfaces, very slippery when wet.
Height: 295 metres Total distance from here: 600 metres return (allow 45 minutes)
The start of the trail is well defined and has no markers. It takes you through open woodland across mildly undulating terrain with loose rocks to exposed rock at the base of Peak Charles. From this point the trail is marked by white-tipped poles. Some high stepping onto rocks is required. This section of the trail ends at Mushroom Rock, one of many intriguing rock formations on the slopes of Peak Charles.
Steep incline, rough, unstable surfaces. Very slippery when wet. Strong winds.
Height: 460 metres Total distance from here 2.2km return (allow 2 hours)
This section of the trail, which is marked by white-tipped poles inserted into rock cairns, is much steeper and has large loose rocks. It requires frequent high stepping and handholds to get up in places. There is also some rock scrambling. The trail traverses up bare rock and through vegetated areas to a saddle on the southeast ridge that offers sweeping views over the woodlands, sandplain heaths and salt lake systems of the surrounding countryside.
PEAK CHARLES SUMMIT
Exceeds walktrail classification as this section requires frequent rock scrambling.
Very steep, exposed incline. Rough surfaces. Very slippery when wet. Strong winds.
Height: 651 metres
Total distance from here: 3.4km return (allow 3 hours)
This section of the trail is very steep and requires foot and hand placement in crevices to pull yourself up in places. You must be able to lift your own weight several times. There are no markers and you mst be able to find and assess appropriate hand and foot holds. On the descent you have to crab crawl on your hands and feet with your back to the rock. If you are short you may need to be pulled up in a few places on the ascent by another person and you will have to slide down some short sections of steep on the descent. The summit is largely bare and marked by a tall rock cairn.