Mt Warning Summit Trail

Mt Warning National Park
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A trail to the summit of Mt Warning offers beautiful 360 degree views of the great dividing range from the peak. Lots of steps, can be slippery. A steep climb to the summit using chains, but the views from the top is worth it!

Scrambling or Climbing
No Dogs Permitted
Maximum Elevation
Total Climb

Getting there

You can drive to the base of Mt Warning in a normal vehicle by following roads out of Murwillumbah. 


Burringbar 1:25,000 (NSW 9541-2S)

Route/Trail notes

The walk up is through subtropical and temperate rainforest, wet sclerophyll forest and heath shrubland. The final 10% of the journey involves scrambling up a rock face using chains as a guide and help. The top of the mountain has well established seating and lookout areas that have 360 degree views


You do not need any permits and there is no associated cost.

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i have been hiking for a while ,just joined this site so wanting to put some of my walks on. it was a hard one, i was 53 and i hadn't done any hiking for a few years so found it tough especially the last 1/3 to the top had a few breaks but got there :) a bit too busy for my liking a lot of people there so getting a car park is hard so get in early for an early start, i camped at the bottom at the camping ground so it was nice we did OK for the time i'm not that fit anymore but we still made it a fair bit under the recommended time, personally i was underwhelmed with the view in my opinion at my stage in life not really worth the effort unless you want to say you have done it for picturesque scenery i would do Bunya mountains and other rain forest walks before this unless its on your list to do :)

vlad on 8 Mar, 2020

I love this walk it had been a few years though. We started at 3 am and made the summit for sunrise. Just working out when I can go back again

RosieG on 25 Jan, 2020

Did this twice, once in winter and another one a couple of days ago in summer on 3 Jan 2020.

In winter: Track can be slippery and muddy after rain, not the best way to walk for hours but the rainforest is absolutely surreal, got caught in a storm from balcony down the steep face, slipped on the way down but was fortunate to hook my legs on a pole, it is cold up at the summit so bring a windbreaker at least.

In summer: 1hr 45mins up and 1 hr 30mins down at a steady pace, nice and easy but a part of those chains on the steep face has broken off, not too big of an issue really just have your footholds done properly.

Saw a boy no more than 10 years of age on the way up and injured with a deep knee gash on the way down, ambo had to come by.

Wai on 3 Jan, 2020

Great idea to hike up.on 1st Jan to watch the sunrise. Well so did half the Gold Coast too.
Fantastic hike. The last bit with the chain is my favorite. Do not go in the rain. Would not recommend children under 7!!

Maria R on 1 Jan, 2020

Climbed the mountain with my 9yo daughter. Unfortunately the view was obscured by smoke but that didn't stop quite a few people from making the climb.

Richard Mason on 10 Nov, 2019

Most of it is in rainforest and easy apart from the climb at the top which is hard. Very enjoyable walk.

Joel Bideganeta on 10 Nov, 2019

My first "testing" hike. Did the walk solo and found it really easy to navigate through the track as it's clearly marked and laid out.

My legs were not use to climbing 74 trillion steps so by the time it got to the scramble to the summit I was pretty gassed.

Tried to practice my scrambling and not rely on the assistance chain but it did come in handy. I'm super unfit so I had a few breaks on the way but overall a pretty easy track only 3 and a half to 4 hrs return if you have a steady pace.

I personally thought the views just before reaching the summit where better than from the peak I'm not sure if that's because it felt more natural and vast as a posed to being on the "balcony"

Korina Meagher on 31 Oct, 2019

Amazing. A group of us went up - 6 adults and 8 children aged between 7 and 14. They all loved it. Took about 6hrs return including many snack stops and lunch at the top.
If you have to go to the bathroom please be prepared to take your mess with you!
Views were beautiful, chains at the end were good fun. Everyone was very helpful and friendly.

Janielle Pyne on 6 Oct, 2019

Was engulfed in cloud and missed the sunrise

Deon Krahe on 26 Sep, 2019

Really beautiful walk. Did it with a 12 and 9 year old very comfortably. The view at the top is spectacular. Disappointing to see that people just drop their rubbish though. Really not hard to take everything back in your bag with you.

Curry Bunch on 31 Aug, 2019

Awesome walk. The path is very eroded rather than smooth, like it used to be. So most of the track is going over big rocks and steps. Took 5 hrs as the kids needed lots of breaks.

Scardykats on 25 Aug, 2019

If you’re used to walking this is extremely easy walk. I don’t like it at all. The scramble in the end is level 1. You can hardly call it scrambling. It took me 3 hours and 10 mins, and I spent like 15 mins on the top and was bored. Don’t run up or down, you’re likely to get injured.

Gabriel on 17 Aug, 2019

Awesome walk, challenging in parts but so rewarding when you get to the top

alex on 28 Jul, 2019

It was rewarded when got to the summit.

Penny on 11 Jul, 2019

Such a good day for My Warning. We took 1:34 to get up through the clouds then 1:50 on the way down. Though we waited for some people we were helping out down the rock wall then stopped to check on a couple we'd been talking to. She twisted her ankle and was waiting for paramedics.

Overall great day, nice weather and no falls 😊

Garth on 3 Jul, 2019

Hiked in Winter (started 4:15am, reached top ~30mins before sunrise). It was pretty cold - I wore 2-3 layers most of the way up and definitely was chilly sitting on the summit for ~45mins. Had been raining the last few days so a lot of the trail was waterlogged and slippery. Having done this hike before with handheld torches, I recommend getting a head torch if you are planning to hike for sunrise to keep your hands free, especially for the final rock scramble to the top. If you're stopping for a rest, turn your torch off and see if you can spot some glow worms! I have seen them both times I have climbed, and they glow like bright blue stars in the rocks.

Jane Mousley on 30 Jun, 2019

Challenging yet rewarding.

Georgia Keogh on 23 Jun, 2019

Fantastic hike; challenging, but definitely worth it.
Once you get past the never-ending flight of steps at the start of the Summit Track, it levels out to a more gentle upward gradient and zigzags further up toward the summit, making the hike more enjoyable (especially if you find the steps challenging). There are a number of well positioned wooden benches at parts, which make for great rest stops!
The views are amazing as you get higher, and of course if you're climbing the mountain during winter months it also gets very cold the further up you get, so make sure you take warm clothing! It was 15 degrees when we left the car park and I was unsure whether or not I would need my jacket, but I'm so glad I took it because when I checked the temp nearer the top it was only 6 degrees and we could see our breath!
The rock scrambling at the top of the mountain is both exciting and scary - if you're not a fan of heights, like me! I certainly wouldn't say it was easy, but definitely achievable once you get your mind focused. There is a particularly steep section which really challenged me, but if you push on it does get easier and reaching the summit makes it all worth while. I found going back down the rocks easier than going up, although going back down the track - and particularly all those steps - was more of a challenge with jelly legs and a full bladder.
***NOTE: Make sure you visit the toilets before starting the hike, as there are very few safe pee spots along the way (and for gods sake, if you DO pee along the way, don't leave your dirty toilet paper lying right next to the track! Gross people!)

Sarah on 23 Jun, 2019

January 2019

Kmacd on 24 May, 2019

Picked today, for my fifth hike up Warning in 45years. Saw the top from Wooyung, clear, so off sped.
Quite a few cars, in the car park, for what is now, turning out to be a drizzly day.
Started off, getting a good pace, passed a young couple, with a special package in his backpack...his 2yr old son. I got up there, amazed at the condition of the track....great, in about an hour and a half, with the young couple with the fella saying he had about 20kgs in the backpack, arriving about 20minutes later....slight fit I would think, for both of them.
Quite abit cloudy, a few breaks for some of us to take some photeys. Nice chats with everyone. On the way back, showers started to set in, for myself, and the young couple arriving back around 1330, with people still setting off....mad, with the darkness only a few hours away.
Always enjoy going up this mountain.

Legs eleven - Dave on 14 May, 2019


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