Mt Coochin (East and West Peaks)

Glass House Mountains

A seldom climbed mountain, yet once you find the 'start', this is a great scramble on a pretty mountain, with some outstanding views of the Glass House Mountains region from a new angle.

Lookouts
Scrambling or Climbing
231m
Maximum Elevation

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 no. 2672 and to the right follow the fence past the palm trees and park near the gate with Mt Coochin National Park sign.

Maps:

http://www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/beerburrum-beerwah/about.html

Route/Trail notes:

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

Follow this path steeply uphill for about 20 min 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, which steeply descends towards the 'circumvention' track. 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 track, turn left or right to return to your start point.

Permits/Costs:

Nil

Comments:

Comments

Awesome little adventure track - up both twins and back again in 1hr. Lovely view of Tibro, Crook Neck and Beerwah from the East Twin, would be nice sunset viewing! Not too many mozzies either!

Chris M on 18 Apr, 2019

Great hike with two peaks. Some scrambling, but nothing too tricky. Up and down the main tracks in one hour and twenty minutes.

Hannah on 15 Apr, 2019

Did this walk as the first of three in a day. Excellent views of the glasshouse mountains from the West peak. From the East summit we headed down the South-East ridge and had to do a bit of bush bashing. It does come out on the circuit trail so just follow the path left to return to the carpark. A decent hike to take newcomers on to get a taste of scrambling and climbing.

JayWalker on 7 Apr, 2019

Went with the kids up the western peak, down the saddle and up to the eastern peak. From there, we followed the directions on the site to head south east down to the fire break.
The trail down the east peak heading down the ridge is non existent. There were sections where it was easy and obvious, but they were few and far between and very overgrown.

Id suggest finding the route up the eastern peak from the north, and heading down the west peak on the most used trail.

Greg Mac on 24 Mar, 2019

Nice walk, the track down from the second peak is hard to follow but easy enough to find your way down to the fire trail that goes around the base

MattyM on 24 Feb, 2019

I really struggled to find the trail carpark. Type 2672 Old Gympie Rd into your GPS. This one is not a popular walking trail so at first I left when I was a lone female and came back with my husband. Near the start of the trail we turned right instead of left and ended up near someone's private property, so the trails need signage. Just walking up to the closest peak was exhausting enough (high and steep) but not in a bad way, we went back down the way we came instead of doing the trail loop. Beautiful views, quiet and private at the summit. Wildlife about but saw no snakes. next time I wouldnt mind spending more time at the summit.. bring some food or drinks or both. I post photos of my hikes to instagram.com/spring_beans am based in the Sunshine Coast :)

Hannah MC on 26 Jan, 2019

Nice easy hike to the summit, reminded me a lot of Mt Coolum. Views from the Western (larger) summit were good, however slightly blocked by scrub. Was nice seeing all the Glasshouse Mountains from the north for once. The track is very well marked, was expecting it to be like Mt Miketeebumulgrai but was pleasantly surprised.

Vonsnrub on 26 Jan, 2019

I personally prefer to keep walking another 300m and ascend the eastern peak. The trail up this peak is slightly harder to spot but still pretty obvious (its about 50m past the fern filled creek). This first ascent will be slightly harder than the western peak but makes for an easier trip overall as you don't need to descend this way (smooth rocks vs regular trail on the west peak) or backtrack over the western peak again.

The descent and climb of the western peak is much easier this way, and although it is rockier I wouldn't call any part of this hike a scramble.

If you're just after the great views I would recommend just going up this way and returning the same way. The western summit offers little views.

greatsouthernman on 5 Jan, 2019

Enjoyed this walk. Went the wrong way at the intersection and ran into some houses but turned around and got back on the right track.
Good cardio on the way up. Was concerned about the scrambling but it wasn’t an issue, was able to walk up without using my hands and my fear of heights wasn’t activated. Will do again!!

Tegan on 25 Dec, 2018

Love this mountain! Beautiful views. Moderate scramble between mountains.

Rebecca on 24 Nov, 2018

Partner and I have done this climb multiple times from both directions. Excellent exercise, great views. If you're looking for a view with a quick bushwalk where you're unlikely to see any people, this is a great option. Definitely do both peaks, as there is a lot of wildlife to be seen andneach oeak has slightly different scrub up the top which means different exoskeletal critters.

The climb is also great excercise - you're in the sun a fair bit so slip slop slap and on this climb it is definitely advised that you take water (especially since the track isn't massively defined). We've seen snakes up here, so keep your eyes peeled and you might spot one!

QldClimberWalker on Oct, 2018

What a wonderful walk. Couldn’t find the south-east track at all ... maybe next time I’ll look harder for it.
Great views and I had the track all to myself (for the better part).

Stephen M on 16 Sep, 2018

Amazing views from the top was the reward after 20 mins vertical climb from the beginning.

Samantha on 7 Jul, 2018

Came from the South end - off the usual track and went down off track as well. Did it with a group from Meet Up. Easy - an hour return. Good leg burner as we kept stepping up on rocks.
Bush bashing most of the way up from the south end.

Celine on 1 Jul, 2018

Lots of Loose Rocks

Nikki on 8 Jun, 2018

Fairly good trek, look out for loose rocks on the way down if the first peak.

Caleb J. Stanton on 24 May, 2018

Great hike with views that are different from a lot of other view points. Well worth it. There is no pink tape anymore, the track is marked by a large tree with a marking in it.

Jade on 11 May, 2018

We had a great time on this one. We loved the absolutely awesome views out to the other peaks. Will do it again!

Amy L on 22 Apr, 2018

Amazing views! Climbed the steep 20 minute ascent to the top and blown away by the beauty. Um’d & Ah’d about heading over the the East peak but so glad we did. 25 minutes down and up to the East Peak. Definitely worth the visit!

Natalie on 7 Apr, 2018

Mt Coochin is nearly an untouched heaven and beauty of 2 great peaks in 1 hike. West and East summits and a nice scramble in-between.
No back tracking on this one and up the West summit track which is steep and loose rocks and down the East scramble to the East peak. A few option here but heading north is great for the circuit. No crowds and a great escape for a an hour or so. Been regularly and will keep going back. A little clip for this one we did below

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPr4moHn-9A

KidBear on 20 Mar, 2018

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