Spicer's peak

Main Range National Park

A steep and loose ascent from Governor's Chair. The views are great over the Fassifern Valley.

Scrambling or Climbing

Getting there

Find your way to Aratula and keep going towards cunninghams gap for about five kilometres from elizabeth street, where the fruit barn is and turn left at Lake Moogerah road follow this Road for almost six kilometres to Spicer's Gap Road which you turn right into. After about 3km it turns to gravel and a gate is there that can be closed when wet. 4km from here is the Campground and another 2km will put you at the Governor's Chair.

Maps

Sunmap Cunningham's Gap 1:25000

Route/Trail notes

From the Govenor's Chair walk towards the peak and find a well defined foot path heading towards the peak. you should meet a fence, follow this upwards. When the fence ends head twards the cliffs and be rewarded with a great view North and South. Keep following the footpad uphill steep and loose in places and there should be an old fallen fence to follow. Keep going upagoing around any rocky out crops to the right (west) till you reach a cliffline. Turn west (or right) and contour around till abreak is found. about 5 min or so. A steep slab of rock is here climb this till you reach the base of the next cliff line. Turn left and follow the path till the next break is found. Follow the path upwards. it veers to the right through grass and loose steep rock to rainforest. Beware there are stingers here. Follow up through a gully till the trail levels turn Left and walk towards the east or left till you reach an obvious lookout.

to return CAREFULLY retrace your steps.   

Permits/Costs

To camp at Spicer's Gap campground is $5 per night and you need to talk to Ranger's for any other camping.

Other References

John and Lyn Daly: Take a Walk in South -East Queensland.

Comments

Charlie's updated version works as best description. From the Summit you can go West along the ridge, go past where you ascended and bushbash for a bit (took us around 20 minutes), and eventually you will come to another lookout area and one where you are able to get a glimpse of the Steamers to the South.

JayWalker on 28 Jul, 2019

Enjoyed this walk. Beautiful views. The best views are before you reach the summit. The route description for this walk needs updating.
Start at Governor's Chair Lookout:
1. From the lookout take the 4x4 track. Forks after 250m. Take left fork.
2. Climb gentle slope to national park signage. Continue along track. Ground drops away to the left (E)
3. Track narrows, continue to climb, keeping the drop off within sight to the left
4. Obvious lookout
5. Backtrack slightly (10-20 metres) from the lookout, continue climbing with drop off to the left
6. Reach rocky outcrop. Go around it to the right (W) and follow the base of the cliff (keeping the rock face to your left)
7. Keep walking until you clamber over some rocks and tree trunks (to the left of a large tree) - 20-30 metres later you will come to a fallen, splintered tree
8. Head left (S), up the steep rocky incline. Beware - the soil is very loose on this section - watch your footing!
9. Keep going up until you come to the base of a cliff. Head left (E) to the end of the cliff. There is no path to speak of and it is v. overgrown in parts.
10. At the end of the cliff continue heading East for 100-200 metres before turning sharp right. Climb the steep grassy spur towards the peak.
11. Near the top, you will come to the base of a 30-40ft cliff. Head right around the cliff, keeping the rock close to you on the left.
12. After 150 metres (approx), you will come to a steep rock chimney (someone has left a rope there). Ignore this. Just the other side of this rocky outcrop is a clear route up through the undergrowth.
13. When the ground levels, head left to the summit, 2 minutes away. There is an overgrown cairn at the top.

Charlie Lacey on 6 Jun, 2019

Track a lot overgrown at the moment due to some rain of late so track a bit tricky to find and to stay on it for most of way up until you reach the ridgeline near the top. But I think if you have good enough directional skills and just keep looking and walking toward peak but staying to the right as you get closer to top you should be fine in making the track out enough to getting to summit. Not as hard as I expected but is well worth it as view was amazing.

JJandcaz on 31 Mar, 2019

Did Spicer's Peak early morning. Cloudy, Windy and damp. Second time was much easier to navigate. Still some challenging sections with the rock being a bit wet. Beautiful and unique summit.

Dan456 on 2 Feb, 2019

Great and challenging walk. We returned via the saddle west of the peak. There is a large cliff around 6 to 8 m in high that needs to be negotiated. I strongly recommend you bring rope to lower large items down (such as packs) before climbing down on the vine the Good Lord has provided. Always test them before trusting them

Warrigal on 9 Dec, 2018

Always a good challenge and beautiful views

drewmac on 1 Oct, 2018

This was one for the memory books. One of the most interesting and challenging hikes I've done in SEQ.

My party took what sounds like a slightly different route to the one described. From the Governor's Chair we headed directly away from it in the opposite direction and found a bush track for vehicles. We followed this for about 1-2km always heading left (there was a junction which was marked with tape and we took that route). You eventually pass the obvious national park signage about it being isolated etc, that is when you know you are getting warm.

From that point the track narrows and starts to climb, becoming fairly loose in places. After about 1(?) km of this scrub climbing you come to a rocky face with very loose ground leading up to it. This is very steep but there was a path up marked with a stone cairn and that is the way we went though the foot path followed appeared to go to the right around this rocky wall. Climbing up from here was not too difficult with care.

From this point it is a decent scramble with spectacular views over the valley almost at every point. You climb up and up until you reach the sheer cliff beneath the peak which you then follow to the right. This section was a little treacherous as parts of the path had eroded away and this was the most hazardous as there is nothing below but grassy hillside (it is not sheer but there is nothing to stop you if you were to lose your footing). Extreme care should be taken through this section.

We detoured around the steep chimney mentioned by another poster and found an obvious way up into the forest surrounding the summit. This climb section was not too difficult as there were handholds galore via vines and small trees. Once up in the forest you head left as others have described and reach the top where there is a large pile of rocks marking the summit. Good spot for a breather and to soak it all in, it feels like a little zen garden (did to me at least = ])

The return is back the same way and I find climbing down is always a bit easier than climbing up as your visibility of where you're going is a lot clearer. However, for those with a fear of heights, you may want to skip. Also, best done in winter as the climb aspect is completely without cover. Probably took 2 - 2.5 hours to reach the top? I can't quite recall. It wasn't a quick journey by any strech! As with most of my walks I find the return journey is at least 30-45 mins quicker.

In summary: extremely adventurous as the trail is not very obvious in parts and can be tricky. VERY rewarding and one of the best walks visa vi views and achievement around. Highly recommend.

Matty Vee on Aug, 2018

First time I have done this walk and really enjoyed it even though I was with a group of fit young men [ I am 69 ]. I agree with Peter Hill that it is probably best to head straight up rather than head to the right at the first scramble, nothing too difficult and good views at several points on the way up. The track was fairly easy to follow but would be hard to get lost even if it was overgrown as long as you follow the ridge. It took us an hour and a half to reach the summit, and about an hour down plus half an hour on the top for a snack and a break.
I would definitely to this again, but will probably travel a little lighter, especially leave the 2kg camera and lens behind and maybe go alone or with someone closer to my age so that I can enjoy the journey and not see how fast I can do it.

jgmansell on 22 Jun, 2018

The viewing point at the Governors chair was excellent, from there you have a fairly well marked track all the way to the summit. Had my GPS with me but barely used it. Is a fairly consistent climb and once you get to the cliffs the scrambling begins. The climbing component isn't too extreme and you don't have a lot of exposure (except if like us you have to descend in the rain when all the rocks are wet). The mountain reminded me of a slightly more difficult version of Flinders Peak. Once you get to the top bear left and you can see the summit view which probably isn't quite as good as the views you get when climbing the cliffline. That being said you can see all the Moogerah peaks, the steamers, Barney and beyond from the top. We got a little cocky and decided to duck over to the West summit. Quick tip, don't do that haha It's a lot more effort than we anticipated and there is nothing to see there anyway!

Vonsnrub on 9 Jun, 2018

This one will give you the fear.

Trail starts off from Governors Chair lookout, there is an overgrown path that follows the ridge around for some ok views across to Mt Barney Nat. Park, or there is a clear and easy fire trail that leads off from the carpark. They meet up later so choice is yours. From the end of the firetrail, the oath is single file and STEEP for a walking track, but not long. You'll find the first scramble about 1.5km uphill of the end of the fire trail. This scramble is short, steep and right against the cliff edge. Extreme caution required. Some have taken a path to the right (southwest) of this and gone around this ridge - I didn't go this way but heard it adds a half an hour and is just as sketchy. The first scramble has intermittent footpad and scrambling, but all scrambling is covered in loose dirt and foilage so do have good shoes for this. This will open to a rocky lookout with the main peak around 70 metres higher to the east, best views north, west and east are here. Options for summitting are straight up the same ridge near the cliff edge (not as bad as the first part) or around to the south slightly and then up onto the summit. Not a technically difficult section but the exposure is a bit scary.

Peter Hill on 27 May, 2018

Start the walk from governers chair, (id recommend a 4wd/AWD as road up can be rough). Park your car and head towards the lookout there should be a path that veers right and starts to head downhill it is fairly distinct so you can follow it for the most part all the way up. The route itself is fairly steep with loose dirt but quite a lot of vegetation to dig into its fairly exposed as well but not dangerous if you aren't doing anything unsafe. there's no real rock scrambling until you hit just below the summit I found it easier to head right when the path splits off, there wasn't too much climbing involved but still a little. The summit has okay views but the best ones are from just below the summit.

polak on 13 Dec, 2017

This was my third attempt. My last two attempts failed because we contoured 'right' (west) around the cliff looking for a break as per the notes but found it unsafe or hard to navigated. The second time it was also very wet which did not help and ended up on completely the wrong part of the mountain. I don't think I am the only one either even on the days I went quite a few people turned back at the cliff. On the third (successful) attempt we tried to go straight up the cliff next to the precipice and found the path up very obvious, clean, and safe. I understand why the recommended route is to the West but there was no point on the way up next to the drop-off that it felt unsafe - you are in a sheltered gully. There is some rock scrambling. Not for anyone who does not like the thought of being close to the edge. I don't need to state the obvious that extreme care needs to be exercised that close to the cliff, but I felt that overall this was clearly the safest and easiest way up.

Dan456 on 5 Nov, 2016

Fairly rough dirt road that leads up to Governers Chairs to begin the hike. Wouldn't recommend taking a normal 2WD if it is wet. There is a noticeable trail that leads to the footpad and from there the trail is very easy to follow, orange talk is scattered at random intervals too. If all else fails aim for the peak. The walk to the edge of the summit gets steep quickly which then leads to two distinct scrambling sections to the peak. The first section is loose rocks and dirt and if you look hard enough you will see the obvious route up, I didn't see this route as I decided to 'try' and climb up a small rock face. Once you get up this section you will hit the near vertical rock wall, if you head left you will come to the second scramble point which will take you to the summit. This section is quite challenging and is somewhat exposed, however as previously mentioned in no way unsafe. Good way to work up an appetite for Ze Pickle.

kvvs on 5 Nov, 2016

1hr 40min ascent, 5hrs round trip as we headed west along the ridge most of the way to west peak before dropping down and bushwacking (through far too much thorny and stinging stuff!) our way back across to the escarpment. No navigation challenges from Governor's Chair through to the first cliff band, just keep the escarpment within view.

The trail notes above are outdated - there is no fenceline (probably burnt out).

Michael on 2 Oct, 2016

Short but steep hike, Bit of scrambling but a great view

Peteski on 18 Jun, 2016

Awesome hike! Great challenge! Not much of a trail so you do need navigational skills and it's fairly overgrown so if your not afraid to bush bash this one is a good adventure! Loved the rock scrambles and cliff climbing 💪

kyles36 on 2 Jan, 2016

A fantastic walk with Brilliant views almost the entire way. Great for pack training.

Alice on 20 Jun, 2015

Beautiful views, worth the effort

drewmac on 13 Aug, 2014

Returned to Spices peak today with a new team, it was hot, dusty and dry, the walk seem to take it out of me today, and just below the last section to the summit cliffs i had problems and had to continue almost one legged to the summit, this was a great accomplishment but the though of the return journey not being able to put too much pressure on my left leg was daunting....after having lunch we decided to decend, it was slow going for myself but i made it back to the carpark coverd in dirt, ash, and a limp.......later we found a few ticks attached to us to our horror..... but nothing a shower and a few beers cant fix..

Walkinghawk on 22 Sep, 2012

Hot and dusty walk today. Fun scrambles, can be loose in parts.

WorldWalker on 22 Sep, 2012

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