Mt Maroon is provides some of the best views in South-East Queensland, with 360 degree views ranging from Lamington NP through Mt Barney, the length of Main Range and the Moogerah Peaks.

Lookouts
Scrambling or Climbing
Navigation Required

Getting there

The track leaves from the end of Cotswold Rd which turns South of Boonah-Rathdowney Rd 2.7km East of Maroon township. The track ends at a small dam about 3.5km from the turnoff.

Maps

The Maroon 1:25000 covers the area.

Route/Trail notes

Follow the open hill just south-west of the dam. A reasonably clear track leads up the hill reasonably quickly (I wouldn't say it's steep, but if you've been doing graded tracks it'll get the heart pumping... ok, it's fairly steep!).

This track leads into a gully with some spectacular cliffs off to the right. If you're into rock climbing this cliff offers some good options. Just search for Ruby of India to get started.

Climb up the gully, taking care not to dislodge rocks down on your fellow hikers. At the top of the gully a track leads through a small area of vegetation before emerging at the base of the main, bald peak. Simply wind your way up this peak to the large cairn at the top and enjoy the views.

There are some trail markers along the way - orange triangles - but you should have reasonable navigation skills to attempt this one.

Comments

Awsome view from the top and beautiful mountain the hike. Seeing barney from another perspective really is amazing in itself. Will happily do this hike again. Really enjoyed the rock scrambling. Perfect day and weather was had.

moniqueunique on 7 May, 2017

This morning we attempted to summit Mt Maroon, unfortunately the road has been damaged from Cyclone Debbie back in March. This has now temporarily made the road a 4wd access only, if you have a 2wd there is a small opening on the side of the road that 2 cars can fit on and walk the rest of the road (maybe 500m) but thats it, there were cars taking the spots already so we had to turn back. Hope you don't drive the 2hrs to this beautiful walk and find out you can't get there or park without being a disruption to the traffic.

kttt on 1 May, 2017

I read it was easy to lose the trail on the way back down, people it is true & easier than you think bc it's been really dry lately. I tried several routes but had to keep coming back to the section where I could find a marker, the large boulders & overhanging rocks can hide tracks. I was persistent for two hours before having to call Rathdowney Police to ping my location & a very clever Constable led me back to the track. The cliffs are shear & dry leaves and scree makes it very slippery. I'm an experienced hiker but was more than a little scared after taking a few slides. Thankfully I did not need to sleep in the mountain, but was looking like a real possibility, with no one else on the trail that day. I will not go it alone again & dint mind admitting I underestimated the risks. I had 3 litres of water, a portable phone charger, blanket, food & torch & a compass, so was well equipped. Just beware the elusive track, maybe someone could place a few more markers along the way next time you're heading up? QPS did mention they've rescued a number of hikers recently. Oh, sorry: views were amazing!!

Bernie on 25 Feb, 2017

Short dirt road into 'carpark'. Wonderful views and great hike. Steep in parts and would recommend a moderate to high level of fitness and 3-4 hours return depending on how fast you ascend - quite exhausting in parts. Steepest part is just after the track veers downhill then up a gully or sorts, good footwear recommended. The scrambling isn't too exposed, but may worry first time scramblers in a couple of bits. Awesome 360 degree views. Track is a little hard to follow in parts - if you get you'll know though, follow the yellow markers on rocks here and there.

Murray Thomson on 7 Jan, 2017

Track can be hard to find at times, if you're inexperienced like myself don't repeat my mistakes and get lost, backtrack as soon as you feel like you've gone off-track and you should be fine.

Brodie R on Jan, 2017

Challenging track with some scrambling involved along the way. Great views and a fun hike. Have done this one a few times now and takes about 3hrs for a round trip.

Grant on Nov, 2016

nice spring day with some clouds and winds

agms on 9 Oct, 2016

This was the 3rd time i hiked Maroon. Worth it every time, great views at the top. Exercised all my muscles to do this every time. Going back down we took a different way with a bit bush bashing. Allow 5 - 6 hours with lunch at the top.

Philadelphia on 1 Oct, 2016

Loved the walk, and amazing views from the top. Ive seen some reviews on here that said the scrambling was very difficult. If you go up the left peak and miss the right turn to the gully the scramble is grade 7-8 easily, and quite difficult, but if you trek back down, you will see a path on the left that leads down into the gully. Follow that and then enjoy the reasonable climb to the summit.
Overall great hike and would recommend it. Leave some extra time at the summit to explore the top of the mountain too just down from the peak.

Michael Adventures on 28 Sep, 2016

This is the tourist track and I don't believe is an hard hike at all. Steep in parts with a fun section to get up the gully and a final slab scramble. We took the kids to the summit. There are some fantastic panoramic spots along the way including stunning views of the East Face. I would particularly recommend Ruby of India if you are into rock climbing: a fantastic traditional multipitch up the east face on quality rock and amazing exposure.

Anonymous on 18 Sep, 2016

Awesome walk and incredible views at the top. One of my favourite walks I've done in the region. It's tough but not super long. Took about 1hr 5 mins up and 40 down. I'd suggest enjoying your time at the top, it's well worth it. Spent an 1hr up there,
But that didn't even seem long enough.

B_razzle on 21 Aug, 2016

Rock scrambling was a blast. The track was pretty easy to follow on the way up and much easier on the way down. 2.5hrs to get up and 1 hour on the way down. It was freezing at the Summit and very windy, it was awesome! Gloves would be helpful just to give you the confidence to grab at anything. I wouldn't do this in joggers they would be slippery on the rocks, I wore hiking boots and they were the bomb at gripping when rock scrambling. Enjoy and soak in those views.

#Hawesome on 16 Jul, 2016

Fantastic hike. Plenty of scrambling which is what our group really enjoy. Nothing too crazy and the views are amazing. Great to reach a summit and have no obstructions to the view. Can't wait to go back.

Kingi on 2 Jul, 2016

Myself and two friends completed this walk on a Saturday morning. Leaving the car park at 9am. Not too many people on the track. Easy track to follow, pretty difficult to get lost.
It took us 4 hours with a long break (maybe 45 mins) on the top. There are some shady spots on top to sit and eat lunch.
Really enjoyable walk with rewarding views.

Jess on 14 May, 2016

3hr45min return trip, 3hrs definitely doable if we weren't with someone slower. Perfect weather meant it was a busy track today - lots of groups heading up. At least we summitted and made it back down through the gully before most of them.

Michael on 14 May, 2016

Great day. Found 3 geos. Welcomed back by a police party, sirens and all for a lost hiker. Not quite 1000mtrs above sea level though. Met a lovely couple - good luck with your travels on the pct.

father&son on May, 2016

This walk is well worth all the hard work to get to the top, great views and fun climb. Trail was easy to follow

AdamK on 17 Apr, 2016

Awesome hike! well worth the hard slogg. so many great lookouts on the way up too. Took us about 1.5hr- 2hr to get up and 1 to get down
lots of photo and stops on the way up though. when we hit the summit we were sitting pretty in a rain cloud. Im 5'4 can attest that short people will need help with the scrambling. just the first few bits though, after the first two boosts I was fine.
highly recommend
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Dont wait for friday on 12 Apr, 2016

Went with the QUThiking group. Nice views at the top. Need some level of fitness.

SabrinaBlaas on 3 Apr, 2016

Awesome walk , great walk.

darren13 on 21 Nov, 2015

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