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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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Great track. Views are fantastic for the whole walk. You can see Mt Barney, Mt Maroon and views of Main Range.

We didn't do the circuit. We drove up the 4WD track and parked where the walking track leads up to the South Peak (take a left turn from Waterfall Creek Road, park your car at the end of the road). We proceeded up to South Peak, down the saddle, up to North Peak and backtracked to the car. Not a long walk - 2ish hours each way with packs, just steep.

We used a track on the Wikilocks app to help us navigate but didn't really need it. The track has a clear footpad for the most part, and the rocky/scrambly bits that are less clear have pink or orange markers on the trees that you can follow reliably. I found the scrambling parts manageable. Some loose scree. Some parts look scary but have steady hand and footholds.

We camped overnight in the saddle. Lovely little campsite - you can't miss it, it's right on the path to the North Peak.

mjorn_ on 29 Aug, 2021

Navigated this one with a map and a compass, but alas there was a pretty solid trail most of the way through. Nice little hike that we completed over 4 hrs or so. Came back via the 4WD track which was a little tedious toward the end. There was a lovely remote bush camp with a stone fire pit in the saddle between north and south peaks which I'm sure I will be back to stay at. Agree with the description, there is a lot of loose rock on the north peak ascent so take care, it gets better on the south westerly descent to the 4WD track.

Anonymous on 5 Jun, 2021

Trailhead is currently marked by pink tape a few metres before the creek crossing at the campground. Most trees are showing regrowth after the fires, and views between the trees are excellent. The understorey is grassy and footpad well defined which makes for easy navigation. The down climb from the north summit was easy to locate and exposure limited to a ledge along a steep rock face, which was technically pretty easy. A nice little campsite is located in the saddle. The walk took us about 3 hours at an easy pace (but we parked a 4wd on waterfall creek road at the bottom of the ridge track from the south summit). If adding the walk back along the road to waterfall creek campground, I’d allow another hour at an easy pace. All in all, a fun walk and worth a look.

Ados on 31 May, 2021

What an enjoyable hike! It has some challenges, such as the loose scree on the ascent, but the views are spectacular. Start the hike from the campground, the trail starts on the left just before the creek and is marked with a pink ribbon, which is helpful because the track is very faint and narrow and doesn’t look like anything. There are no more markers so you need to keep an eye out as the track can be hard to find at times. We used a downloaded map. It took 40 minutes to do the first ascent, then around 20 minutes to the first (North) peak. The total hike took around 3 hrs 40 mins plus time for breaks.

Olwyn on 22 May, 2021

A hard track with some steep climbing and also steep descents. Make sure you have an offline maps because some parts are confusing and not easy to find the track.
Descend is as hard as climbing.

Mohsen on 18 Apr, 2021

This was a good hike but hot, and not easy to find the trail until you get to the south side of the South peak and head down to the 4wd track.

Kelso on 27 Dec, 2020

Amazing, but second peak is a scramble and can be scary.

Jemma on 5 Aug, 2020

Amazing, but second peak is a scramble and can be scary.

Jemma on 5 Aug, 2020

Great walk. The first ascent was a bit hard to find the trail due to fire damage. Steep but not too strenuous. Some challenging scramble sections which make it all the more interesting. Great view from 2nd peak to Barney and back to the first peak you just walked from. Decended via 4WD track.

Jimcar on 29 Jun, 2020

Track unclear due to bush fires, very steep and dangerous terrain. Wouldnt reccommened it is very easy to get lost. Only hike if you are going to use the gps track.

twolostgirls on 27 Jun, 2020

The view of Mt Barney from the summit was amazing. Quite challenging, but well worth it.

JFoss on 19 Jun, 2020

Great hike with awesome views. We did the recommended loop and crossed the saddle between the peaks which was easy to do. Beautiful day in May on Mount May.

Juiced Pixels on 24 May, 2020

The previous comment nearly put us off doing this walk. Glad we ignored it and went anyway! We had done this walk a couple of times before and the path was no worse than we remembered from several years ago. If anything the bushfires at the start of the year mean there is less vegetation at the moment. Given that this is not a maintained or marked trail it is still reasonable easy to follow. The descent route from South peak has not been impacted by fires at all.

Heather T on 16 May, 2020

Attempted this two months after the January bushfires. It’s currently extremely difficult. The entrance is obscured by multiple fallen trees. The trail is very rarely visible, lots of bush bashing to get up the main part of the mountain. Didn’t get to either peak once we had rock scrambled to about 750m, exhausted and concerned about losing our orientation to the camp ground so turned back. Snakes, fallen trees, etc. Would not recommend until the trail is remarked.

ct__ on 20 Mar, 2020

A really fun if slightly exhausting walk with a constant steep incline. Views are excellent from both peaks. Clockwise is definitely the way to go. The southern peak track has more scrambling sections which would be fun to go up however you would not want to go down the north track which is consistently loose underfoot. This feels like a proper bush hike.

Tim on 21 Oct, 2019

Great all-rounder, with beautiful views + excellent cardio.

Aggy on 22 Sep, 2019

1st climb since broke my leg and tore ACL in May 2019 - great to be back :)

Aggy on 26 Aug, 2019

Camp site on Waterfall Creek Road is easy to find and BIG RED SIGN 🛑 park then you leg it left and up... consistently steep and a bit rocky to run 🏃🏻‍♂️ in places but overall good little double summit to be had by all. The view of Barney and his mates is just 😍⛰⛰⛰⛰ AWESOME 👏🏻

MP__Ultra on 6 Jul, 2019

Went in the clockwise direction. Completed this on a great mild day but it was still sweating it on the climb up. Track is visible 95% of the way, very loose in sections, a bit scratchy to find at the first summit and the second summit. Completed it in 3 1/2 hours with a few drink stops. Exposed in some areas but nothing too hard.

MickeyO on 31 May, 2019

I wouldn't say this was a physicaly hard walk but it was tricky to navigate. There is a track but it easy to lose. Once you reach the second peak the track is straight forward. great views of main range and Moogerah peaks on the first peak the best views of Mt Barney seen from the second. fun rock scrambleing through the saddle with a little exposure.

Jamie Johnston on 6 May, 2019


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