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Ascend by the northern ridge from the campsite then descend via the southwest ridge, then follow the 4WD road back to the Mt May reserve. You can also incorporate both the south and north summits on the same walks. Note: the northern ridge is recommended for ascent only due to loose rocks and scree.

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Amazing walk/climb. I did it alone, took ages due to being extra cautious to be safe and following gpx track as there was no track to be seen between the first and second peaks. Did the round trip, back tracking to go up the second peak. Steep descent. 4wd track part sucks, get someone to pick you up there, lol.

Caro on 1 Dec, 2018

Hugely undee rated and not as hard as I've heard others claim. Path was clear and not tricky to find after the start at the camp ground at the start of the FWD track.
It is very steep and challenging for the fitness.

Peter Hill on 8 Sep, 2018

From the camping ground it is fairly easy to work out where the start of the track is and it is generally very well defined all the way. There are a couple of spots where the surface is just rock, so here you may need to look around a bit to find the trail. It is a steep climb up to the first peak, but after that it seemed to be easier. There was a brief respite from climbing when you go down into saddle before ascending other peak. This involved a bit of rock climbing in places. Descent starts very steeply but then settles down to a pretty straight forward walk down to the dirt road which you follow back to the camp ground. Nice scenery all the way up and back. A really good walk. Took us about three hours and I measured it at 7.5 kms or so.

jamiehay51260 on 1 Sep, 2018

Download the GPS route! I'm not sure how we would have managed if we didn't have it (although was funny when we skipped over some detours in the route). Very very hard to find the start of the track, I don't think many people have been up there in a while so it was very overgrown in a lot of parts. I found this steep hike harder than Beerwah! Much prefer solid rock and scrambling, the loose rock and dirt was tricky. We bouldered around a few bits and that was great. Coming down was very hard on the knees and quads, ouch! The walk back down the road was heaps easier, you'll motor along there.

sarasvati on 18 May, 2018

First 3/4 of the trail is fairly easy to follow, get's a bit faint towards the top but you can just zig zag on the way down to find the trail again

Peteski on 31 Dec, 2017

Great little walk, took us about 3.5 hours for the loop with a few short breaks, nice views at the top and some pretty rest stops along the way. Two comments: 1. Highly recommend downloading the GPS track on this page to your google maps and using it to navigate, made the walk a breeze, allowing us to easily follow the track the whole way around (if unsure how to do this just google how to load a gpx file to google maps), and 2. Finding the track start was a bit tricky- walk to southern end of the reserve, turn left and walk along the southern side of the creek for about 30-40metres, then cross the creek and walk straight up the fairly steep northern side. There isn't much of a track at the beginning near the creek but you'll easily see it about 100m up at the top of the little ridge near a small lookout. Enjoy!!

Wallaby Jack on 3 Nov, 2017

Energetic 4 hour walk with some scrambling, quite steep and faint trail in parts. Great views from south summit including to Mt Barney. To do the walk clockwise (recommended) start from waterfall creek reserve camp ground and walk up the rock face to the left of the 4WD track. The SES were searching for 3 hikers lost overnight when we arrived, thankfully found by the time we finished the walk.

Wig on 30 Jul, 2017

An excellent walk. Definitely recommend it!

I left from the track just to the left of the 4WD Only Sign at about 6am (first light). Great views of the sun rising on the way and plenty of wallabies about. I definitely would recommend taking a GPS as the tracks are not particularly well defined and there are plenty of false tracks that will lead you to absolute no where (sometimes quite dangerous). I had a GPS and followed this track:

The track is quite accurate, but coming from the south peak to the north peak there is absolutely no track and very cliffy. Very good views and no one else there the day I went.

I have climbed a lot of mountains in south east Queensland and I reacon this hike is Queenslands best kept secret.

AngusG on 24 Jul, 2017

Started from the end of the 4WD track and completed the circuit with both peaks. Great climb with stunning views of Mt Barney and Maroon dam! :)

courtlalala on 6 Jul, 2017

Completed the circuit clockwise. Great fun, recommend some navigational knowledge, sturdy shoes, rock scrambling experience and a good time will come! After descending south peak we did the walk to upper portals then the long walk down the 4wd road back to the campground. Awesome day.

Zerpy on 14 May, 2017

Our group of 10 totally enjoyed this hard hike. Elevation straight up from the car park got the heart beating, scrambling over rocks got the hands dirty, walking out via the service road added another level of soreness for some; the quads and knees took a hammering. Mt May is a wonderful hike that ticks all the boxes for a hiking adventure. The view for lunch up top is breathtaking! If you take your time, spin around and look at the amazing view when you catch your breath! Sometimes we need to slow down, enjoy the hike and not see it as an achievement by getting to end in record time :)

Karen on 13 May, 2017

Great hike and easy little climb at the top. Track difficult to find st the start but for others it is at the Waterfalls Creek Camp Ground and the track starts to the left of the big red 4x4 only track sign. We started at rock marker to assist in finding the track.

DanF on 1 May, 2017

The track can be reached from the far end of the camping area on the left hand side just before the 4WD track. Although the majority of the route was fairly easy to navigate the descent from the first peak was difficult to find. Took me as least 30 mins. Some great views of Mount Maroon and Mount Barney National Park. My GPS clocked the walk at 9km - maybe I was lost for a little longer? Top to bottom in 3h 20m.

David on 1 Oct, 2016

4hrs to do the circuit (north and south peaks), including a half hour break at the south peak.

Michael on 7 Aug, 2016

I followed the GPS track on this website "Mt May North + South Peak circuit" it was very helpful. A great circuit though it was raining in the morning. If using the GPS track be careful descending from North peak into the saddle that connects to the South Peak - I relied on the GPS a bit too much here for the best way down and it directed me down a steep slope to a cliff drop-off so I clambered back up and found a better way down to the west a short distance.

Dan456 on 4 Mar, 2016

Literally no signs to direct you to the track.. we ended up finding it by the 4wd track. Nice little challenge! Liked the scramble on the summit push. Beautiful views of mount barney and maroon dam :-)

kyles36 on 26 Dec, 2015

Did hike with Kyles - couldn't find nth track from camp site, even asked regular campers who said they didn't know. Started walking the 4wd track then went back to drive 3/4 of it then walked the rest. Saw red tail wallaby and plenty of spiders! 😑
Great views! Well worth it

smitsie on 26 Dec, 2015

Much better to descend on the other side of the mountain. Longer but much safer

agms on 10 Jun, 2015

A lot of small rocks on the path so easy to twist your ankle if you're not careful. Because of this I shouldn't have come down the same way but I did and it was painful (fell a few times, got scratches to show :) I'll do it again and will follow the path down on the other side of the mountain towards Mt Maroon. One small face cliff is a bit exposed but doabe. Views were ok on the way up but not much from the top. Quite a wild bushy track.

agms on Aug, 2014

Had a great day for this one, both peaks, great scramble, plus a side trip towards Paddys Peak along a ridge.

drewmac on 12 Jul, 2014


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