Mt Coochin (East and West Peaks)

Glass House Mountains
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This is a great scramble on a pretty twin peak mountain, with some outstanding views of the Glass House Mountains region to the south and the Brisbane CBD in the far distance.

Lookouts
Scrambling or Climbing
No Dogs Permitted
Eucalypt Forest
237m
Maximum Elevation
182m
Total Climb

Getting there:

Take the Steve Irwin Way off the Bruce Highway and turn west into the Beerwah township. Follow the Kilcoy-Beerwah/Peachester Road and turn left into Old Gympie Road. After 1km, turn into the driveway of house number 2,672 and to the right, follow the fence past the palm trees and park near the gate with Mt Coochin National Park sign.

Maps:

Glass House Mountains

Route/Trail notes:

You have two option here: up and back or up and over! Past the gate, follow the track for 50m to your right to the intersection (this track circumvents the whole mountain) turn left and after 100m, look for the trail on your right, which is marked with pink flagging tape.

Follow this path steeply uphill until you reach the first summit. After exploring this area, face the second summit and follow the obvious ridge down. At the bottom, is a gully with steep sides; take care descending and follow a faint path up the other side; in some places it requires some scrambling. When you arrive at the second peak, have a good look round and see the other peaks in the area.

Return the way you came, or follow a very, very faint trail heading South East (now has pink flagging tape), which steeply descends towards the 'circumvention' track, where you turn left back to the start.

There is also another track down heading directly north. It is easy to lose the trail and you may well find yourself 'bush-bashing' down the steep overgrown gully cliff face. Once you hit the bottom 'circumvention' track, turn left to return to your start point.

Permits/Costs:

None.

Other References/Comments:

Be aware, that the South Eastern and Northern tracks down are not well defined, slippery with plenty of loose rock.

Comments

Awesome walk with splendid views. Even the 3 year old walked both peaks but needed help on the decent. Track easy to find and follow, although didn't see any pink flagging tape anywhere. Is a very exposed track especially after reaching the first peak, so probably not ideal in summer. Decent track is very slippery, loose rocks.

Usandkids on 20 Sep, 2020

I did this walk solo and went up and back as I am not great at navigation and didn't want to go down a steep slope solo.
The track was easy to follow and achievable for moderate fitness. A bit of a scramble in places between the east and west peak but easy enough for beginner scramblers. Views were awesome and whilst there were other people around it wasn't busy and I did feel like I had most of the walk to myself which was amazing.

Bobbe on 12 Sep, 2020

X2

Kmxfitness on 30 Aug, 2020

Loved this walk so much!
The initial ascent is moderately steep, but easy to follow. Exposed to the sun in places, so important to take plenty of water. Views from the first summit are incredible and make the climb all the worth while!!
The trail between the two peaks is slightly less obvious, involves rock hopping and scrambling, but I found it easy to navigate - look for the well worn rocks and you can't go wrong. This was my favourite part of the trail.
Gorgeous views from the second summit too, and lots of mozzies, so pack the spray (I forgot). From the second summit, follow the ridge line north to find the trail back down. Again, look for the worn rocks and you shouldn't go wrong. The descent was a little tricker, with lots of loose rocks in places, so watch your step. It's also pretty exposed again, so can get pretty hot. When you reach the circumvention track, take a left and it'll take you back to the carpark.
Took us two hours all up.
Awesome hike! Will definitely be back!

Sarah on 14 Aug, 2020

Up and back

Kmxfitness on 3 Aug, 2020

Found a bush track over the east peak that I went down turned right at the bottom and right back to old Gympie rd 6.8km total

Kmxfitness on 11 Jul, 2020

Ticked it twice to get the kms as I did extra leg back to the car

Kmxfitness on 11 Jul, 2020

Good walk. Even our 5yr old and 7yr old were able to climb up to the summit 👌
No pink tape to be found marking though.

Lis on 5 Jul, 2020

My sister & I took 6 kids up - 16-9 age - no tape on tracks so we took a while to find a track up from the fire trail left from the carpark. The views at the top were awesome across to the coast

Carmel Hayden on 3 Jul, 2020

Second time climbing the twin peaks. This time we did the East peak first then across the saddle to the West peak. We found this easier as walking up the East peak was not steep. Great views looking back towards Ngungun and Tibro

Shassen79 on 16 Jun, 2020

Four years ago, this was a 'seldom walked track', but now, even on a Monday, five other cars were in the car park. The tracks are now more defined, where previously they were hard to find, although unfortunately, well worn and in some placed very dangerous, particularly taking the South Eastern route down. I even took time out to 'pink flag' this route to help future bushwalkers.

F.A.B. on 8 Jun, 2020

Did this walk today. Great views. Would recommend returning via the first track. The SE track is challenging and quite steep. We actually lost the trail and ended up doing a bit of bushbashing.

Keithyburger on 7 Jun, 2020

Easy walk. I went in a group and it took us 2 hours, however the group really took their time so I think this would only take me 1 hour.

Clem on 7 Jun, 2020

Return back over 2 peaks

Kmxfitness on 3 Jun, 2020

Great little walk with nice views,

Dan on Jun, 2020

Great walk. The track up the west then the east peak is steep but nothing too crazy. However the SE Ridge track down the West Peak is very narrow, overgrown, and steep, and I honestly wouldn't recommend it unless you're comfortable doing very steep descents. It would be easier and probably more scenic to go back the way you came.

Sophie P on 30 May, 2020

Climbed Monday 18 May 2020 with Suzy, Tammy & Dave. Climbed West first then East. Found car park no problem based on directions from this site. Was dry here although showers on the coast. Would have been difficult to find start of West climb if it wasn’t for directions on this site. Climbed up northern side of West peak, then down & up to East peak. Great views from summit. Then carefully down south east track then followed fire trail back around to car park.

Nick.b on 18 May, 2020

Return via same mountains not the circuit

Kmxfitness on 10 May, 2020

Mount Coochin is one of the easier but more rewarding Glass House Mountains as it has two peaks with two different views and is a nice easy climb to the top. When you reach the most westerly summit there is a track to the eastern summit which is fun to climb down and up onto the eastern summit which personally, I prefer.

Apparently, popularity has grown for Mount Coochin in recent times, but weeds and trash are scarce so I wouldn't have known otherwise. This is what Ngungun used to be like, or so I am told.

basalamant on 2020

Great hike with short but challenging peaks. Slippery on the way back down.

Whicheverway on 11 Aug, 2019

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