Mt Coochin (East and West Peaks)

Glass House Mountains
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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. This is a loop track via two peaks.

Lookouts
Scrambling or Climbing
Eucalypt Forest
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

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

Steep climb up, with a bit of rock scrambling between peaks. Quieter mountain, not many people seem to climb it. We went up one way, crossed the saddle and down the other way. Can't really get lost on this hike, if you reach a fence just follow it back to the carpark :)

Take a Hike on Oct, 2017

This walk was an interesting one. It took a bit to find the entrance to the walking track, but once located on the southern side behind a gate, we scrambled up to the top and across to the 2nd summit. Our decent was a little less than glamorous as we followed what we thought was an rather ill defined track. It turned out to be an animal track that came out in someones back yard. Thankfully the cars weren't too far away.

Glam78 on 14 Aug, 2017

A lovely walk - just perfect for a winter's day with the family. Definitely need to follow the 10 steps from the poster below to find the trail route. We found that 'the tree' marking the route has a cross inscribed in the bark if that helps :)

Kerensa on 22 Jul, 2017

Nice and quiet, great views

drewmac on 9 Jul, 2017

Once you enter the track by the national park sign, there's another tack off to the right, we ignored that and took the next right track after 100m or so. It's a steep climb up to the top of the first peak, but nothing too difficult, just a bit of work for your thighs especially if you are carrying a heavy pack. From the top of the first peak you can see the vague trail that goes pretty much in a straight line to the second peak, down and up a seam of chalky surface rock (limestone?) you can see where walkers have crushed soft stones under foot, but if in doubt just go as straight as possible it's a narrow stretch of rock with steep drop-offs either side. It only takes about 25 mins to get from the first peak to the second, but there is a little bit of scrambling involved. Well worth it for the views

Bushman_Kip on 28 May, 2017

I'm very bad at reading instruction, so the first challenge was finding the start of the trail! We missed the entrance and started from the south and had it not been for a local guy we met on the surrounding track, we would never have got to the top. Have now rewritten the 'getting there' section.

Second attempt we pink taped to the bottom of the gully between the two peaks; sorry guys, ran out of tape at that point! We ascended through the clouds and could not even see the second peak, but as they cleared, we were presented with an absolutely spectacular view of the clouds swirling around Beerwah, Coonowrin and Tibrogargan. Loved it!

F.A.B. on 11 Jul, 2016

Nice hike and recommended to families who want a little adventure without the massive crowds of Ngungun hiking track. The track is easy to follow and can be done as a loop with the luxury of 2 peaks and awesome views over all Glasshouse plugs. Only few short scrambly sections but easy to manage.

Anonymous on 3 Jun, 2016

I completed this hike without being aware that here is a track, I just ascended from the east side and scrambled through the bush. Lots of scratches and I don't recommend it! haha

CamronDixon on 27 Apr, 2016

Decided to check this out after I did Mt Beerwah the same morning so i was already tired.
Followed the instructions to a tee. Everything was easy to follow and it wasnt too strenuous.

It was quite a fun little double peak and I will certainly be back!

Zerpy on 17 Apr, 2016

Initially could not locate the access point however after checking on here I followed the directions as given by the anonymous poster below with the 10 point guide that starts with:

1. Park approximately across the road from 2672 Old Gympie Rd, Beerwah

Found his guide to be very accurate and had no further problems whatsoever.

Worth noting that a lot of the mountain is exposed, so prepare accordingly.

MDWL on 9 Apr, 2016

Enjoyable walk with some challenges. Took 3 hours to complete the West and East Peaks loop. Did take wrong turn at start and retraced back to the intersection.

kearnesie on 20 Mar, 2016

The walk was enjoyable, completed the up hill climb in 45 mins. the track up the hill is marked with sticks leaning up against a tree. I lost part of the track for a short time at the begining

paul Incoll on 4 Feb, 2016

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