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Peak Charles Trail, Peak Charles NP

  • 1-3 hours
  • 2 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 4

Towering 500 metres above the surrounding plain, Peak Charles is visible for more than 50 kilometres in all directions. The two kilometre climb to the lookout takes around an hour and you’ll be rewarded with sweeping views.

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Peak Charles National Park is 507km (5 hours) east of Perth and 174km (2 hours) NW of Esperance.

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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.

MUSHROOM ROCK

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.

CENTRAL RIDGE

Steep incline, rough, unstable surfaces. Very slippery when wet. Strong winds.

Height: 460 metres Total distance from here 2.2km return (allow 2 hours)

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.

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Time / Duration

2 - 3 hours

Length

There are three walk options which vary from 600 metres return to 3.4km return

What To Pack

Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails) required.

Trail Start

Peak Charles National Park is 507km (5 hours) east of Perth and 174km (2 hours) NW of Esperance.

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Bush Walk

Grade 4

Bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Directional signage may be limited.

Difficulty Notes

Beyond the lookout there is no easy way up the final rock slopes to the summit and no route is recommended. All routes require some exposed rock scrambling and steady footing on steeply angled slopes.

Hazards & Warnings

Trail has a natural surface of granite and rock so caution is advised. If wet or windy do not attempt steep rocky bare sections of the trail. Take extreme care near steep slopes. Stay away from cliff edges.

Facilities

The campground has no facilities - so you'll need to be self-sufficient and take your own water and cooking equipment.
Interpretive panels at the campground give more information about Peak Charles.
  • Camping
  • Car Park
  • Interpretive Centre
  • Lookouts
  • Public Toilet

Best time of year

All year round except in wet or windy conditions.

Fees

National Park fees

Trail Access

The road accessing the park is gravel and a four-wheel drive is recommended.

Prohibited Items

No pets in National Parks
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1 trail goers have rated Peak Charles Trail, Peak Charles NP as 5 out of 5!

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Janine Doney

Reviewed 25 Apr 2019, 10:25am

If you climb to the top, allow 5 hours return trip. Stunning views, good phone reception at the site. School aged kids managed this climb well.

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