Mt Warning Summit trail

Mt Warning National Park

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
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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Took my partner and I 1 hour and 32 mins ascent! Easy walk until you get to the last 400 meters when the chains start— it was over before we know it! Definitely bring a jacket cause I did not (Silly me).

It was wet all the way up due to the rain overnight. amazing walk! Most people were coming down from their sunrise hike so there wasn't a lot of people when we got to the top.

Well maintained track with one or two lookouts on the way.

Celine on 7 May, 2018

Very busy mountain, heaps of people coming up with climbers of all ages. The walk was actually not dissimilar from Mt Mitchell for the most part, very easy and gradual climb apart from the last 400m being a steep rock staircase. Plenty of things to hang onto (including a chain) and was quite do-able even in the wet. Which was just as well because the moment we got to the top it bucketed down, didn't see any view unfortunately. If the forecast says anything other than 'clear and sunny', you'll probably experience the same. Took about 80 minutes on the way up and slightly less on the way down.

Vonsnrub on 7 May, 2018

Hiked up for the sunrise on ANZAC day. Very busy at the top, about 50 other hikers. The last post was played and a minutes silence at sunrise. Thank-you to the hiker that carried the speaker up. Great hike, well worth doing. Was cloudy, but had moments where they parted to see the view. Will return again on a clear day. (1.45 up, 1.30 down.)

Dan on 25 Apr, 2018

To the summit in 1hr 48mins. Down in 1hr 36mins. Tree down across the track about 600-700 meters in but a path has been cleared through it so no big deal. Stairs are a bit of a bugger but necessary given the dampness underfoot the entire way.

Didn't have much to see unfortunately at the top as was extremely overcast. It didn't diminish the enjoyment in haveing completed this walk.

Highly recommended.

Steve on 7 Apr, 2018

A very enjoyable walk LOTS of stairs but were very much needed to assist the climb.
The chain up the rockface came in handy as it was quite misty and damp under foot when we arrived at the summit.
Even though visibility was very poor from the lookout I still had a sense of achievement on completion.
1hr 50mins to the top and 1hr 36mins to come back down,
Highly recommend walk!

Juanita on 7 Apr, 2018

My favourite hike! It’s best to go on a clear day for the best views. Not a very hard hike, except getting up the rocks can be a little bit difficult, but as long as you take it slow and steady you’ll be right.

K8 on 7 Apr, 2018

Managed to make from Carpark to top in under an hour,
I am looking for hiking buddies if anybody was interested.

Roy on 17 Mar, 2018

Lots of washout and slips but still an awesome climb. For some reason I thought it was only steps till about half way..must have mentally blocked the rest out ;) 4th time up now!

Sally on 3 Mar, 2018

Great walk but steep st the end with the chain to get up . Hard on knees coming down but so worth it 👍

Wendy on Mar, 2018

2.5 hours up 1.5 hours back.

Heith Mineur on 11 Feb, 2018

Great hike! Highly recommend getting to the top for sunrise.

Sando on 26 Jan, 2018

Started the climb at 3 am! The climb was hard but we had lots of fun! We saw a red belly black snake and a long carpet python. The views were incredible at the summit! Took 2 hours to get up and another 2 to get back down.

Team Urech on 26 Jan, 2018

Great walk. Challenging in parts due to stairs and incline, a reasonable fitness level would be needed. Rock scramble is reasonably simple, a chain is there to help. Can get really busy, and it does get very cold at the top in winter!

sabrinaeb on 26 Jan, 2018

A gruelling walk up but well worth it for the views. I loved the rock scrambling in the last stretch to the top.

Nadso on 7 Jan, 2018

Great walk. Rainforest canopy cover the whole trip. Be aware very wet underfoot so can be slippery. Lots of stairs...lots. Some of these are made from rocks and vary in size from very small to up to my knees. Take gloves to climb the chain to the summit, the view is worth it. Oh and take ear plugs in summer as the cicadas can be louder than a rock concert :)

Lee-anne on 9 Dec, 2017

A beautiful mountain. Great walk and lovely view from the summit. Hiked 3 times and will go again and again.

Mark Aryal on 11 Nov, 2017

Very easy, well maintained trail. Stairs for the first third of the trail, and super easy track for the rest. The last climb to the top looks intimidating but is worth it for the views. Horse flies were brutal at the top, only a few pictures then right back down. Took us 1.5 hours to get up and half that to get back down!

Courtlynn Powell on Nov, 2017

Lovely wildlife~ saw a 2m long carpet python, many birds and a bandicoot!

Lisa on 30 Oct, 2017

Started up at 3:45am. Raining, windy and pitch black the whole way up. Nobody else ahead, so lots of spiderwebs.
Reached the top at 5:15am and hunkered down to wait for dawn, but it was a wall of white as low cloud and fog flowed up the mountain.
Because of the rain I was glad someone suggested wearing gloves - made grabbing wet, cold rock on the final section easier.
The walk down was beautiful. Forest sounds punctuating the misty quiet.

Rey Leon on 22 Oct, 2017

Started walk at 10am which was enjoyable as track traffic was reduced. Track was very dry and destruction in some parts from rain event in April was apparent.

Susan on 29 Sep, 2017


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