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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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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

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

Included this hike with Mount Maroon summit climb. Started from Waterfall Road camp site and straight up north ridge which is long and arduous with lots of scree making it difficult to get proper foot holds. Easy ascent to tabletop once you reach bottom of escarpment. Stop for a break here to take in views. Care must be taken with foot and hand holds as you climb to tabletop. You can do three peaks as part of this walk although I chose to do the north peak only. The track has had a bush fire through it and is quite clear of undergrowth but the pathways are not as distinct so care must be taken.

Badger on 4 Oct, 2013

After playing in the waterhole area, did the North + South peaks and down via the 4wd road. Beautiful walk, not as tough as I had imagined. All up about 6.4 kms from the campground. Even with a lot of the view obscured by clouds it was a great view. A few hairy parts where we lost the trail, but it is fairly easy to follow.

Allan Allport on 8 Jun, 2013

Completed this one with a Brisbane bushwalking group.

Headed from the cars straight up the side of a ridge and then up some scree to the top of the ridge where we had morning tea, before a short ascent to the North peak with great views to the North over Lake Maroon and the Main Range.

We continued on to the South peak, descending into a saddle where a small bush campsite is located, then scrambled up again, negotiating some more scree, grass trees and rocky areas with lots of handholds to the top of the second peak, where we had lunch.

To get back down we descended off the other side of the peak through some shrubbery, following a less distinct trail to a nice viewpoint looking toward the North peak and Mount Maroon, before hooking around and down again, crossing a small creek, and heading back up to our morning tea ridge and from there back down the way we had come.

Worth it for the fun scrambling and the views.

Shaun Johnston on 14 Apr, 2013


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