Mount Baldy and Yabi Mountain

Far North Queensland
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Nice 3hr walk with two summits and views back over Atherton and the tablelands.
If you're looking for something longer then the 3km circuits but shorter then the multi-day hikes!
Very well maintained track, well signed with options of doing this full circuit or just one summit.
Range of plant life from bush to tropics, we saw hundreds of birds including lots of cockatoos.
Walk is dog friendly.

Lookouts
Bird Watching
Dogs Permitted
Rainforest
Eucalypt Forest
1114m
Maximum Elevation
491m
Total Climb

Getting there

Trailhead is well marked with carpark on Rifle Range Road just outside of Atherton

Maps

There was good map at the trailhead that I didn't photograph.

Route/Trail notes

I recommend going anti-clockwise first climbing Mount Baldy. Its got a few false summits so it will get our heart pumping as you head up the well maintained trail with concrete additions a steps. You climb pretty quick with view back over Atherton. Nice variety of Australian plants and birds and eventually hit a little 50m detour to the summit with a stone seat.

Next section goes down the saddle between the mountains and is a little shady and rainforest like with mossy trees and a little mud. The path is well marked, we did come across a snake.

Turn off for a 500m climb up Yabi Mountain with a flat rock summit and view.

Finally descend back a little less step path, still with a few ferns and well marked track. Return to the carpark.

Permits/Costs

No cost, free parking

Other References

https://www.trc.qld.gov.au/download/popular-atherton-tableland-walking-hiking-trails/

 

Comments

Awesome walk, some good steep sections you should be prepared for but nothing too difficult if you take your time and enjoy the experience. Plenty of wild flowers and a very rewarding view from the summit. There is the option of trekking across to Mt Yabi and doing the full loop we decided to go back down the way we came and enjoyed it equally.

Bootson on 4 Nov, 2021

Nice cool start to the day, just the right length at about 3hrs elapsed.

SoulSolutions on 11 Aug, 2020

I did this walk with a friends whilst waiting for my car to get serviced. The garage dropped us off and picked us up - amazing customer service! We started on the Mount Yabi Track ascending to its summit before walking the ridge to Mount Baldy. The descent from there was quite steep. Next time we want to try this walk in the other direction. I took a couple of litres of water but didn’t use all of that. Also took snacks and enjoyed the view at each summit. It took us around 2 hours to complete at a reasonable pace plus stops at the summits.

Maya on 20 Jun, 2020

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