Mt Barney - East Peak - Up South-East - Down South

Mt Barney National Park
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Ascent of Mt Barney via South East Ridge and Descent via Peasants Ridge: a challenging but rewarding hike. The views are amazing and certainly worth the effort. If coming from Brisbane leave early and aim to be at Yellow Pinch carpark by 7:30-8am. Allow 3-4 hours for the ascent via the South East Ridge track and 2-3 hours for decent via South Ridge (Peasants Ridge) track.

Lookouts
Scrambling or Climbing
Navigation Required
Eucalypt Forest
1351m
Maximum Elevation
1100m
Total Climb

Getting there

Access from Yellowpinch picnic area on Upper Logan Rd (enter "Yellowpinch" into GPS/Apple Maps and NOT Mount Barney!)

Maps

1:25K Mt Lindesay topographical map (Sun Map)
You can create a bespoke topographical map which can be downloaded as an image or PDF at QTopo

Route/Trail notes

13/08/18: Updated with new South-East Ridge trailhead info (image attached showing changes)

Start at the locked gate on the access road at the back of Yellowpinch carpark. Go around the gate and follow the gravel road uphill to Yellowpinch, go through the metal gate at the top and start walking downhill along the same gravel road. When you reach the bottom of the hill (approx 800m into the walk) there will be a cleared area on your right and you will see the NEW South-East Ridge trailhead; it is marked by a National Parks information board. Head along the path through the grass/shrub, cross the Logan River creek and then continue along the footpad up the steady incline. Approx. 1.5km into the walk you will reach an intersection; left going downhill and right continuing up the incline. This is where you join on to the traditional SER track. Take the right uphill, the incline will increase noticeably as the real ascent now begins. Continue along the footpath; when you come to a rock outcrop go to the right and keep heading up hill. At the next outcrop go left then right, where you should end up on a narrow ridge. Keep going up until you come to a steep deep gully go down and heading to the left climb an obvious route up. Keep going up past a razorback ridge. Where after a while you will come to a shallow gully where you head uphill to the right to a rocky slab that is a bit slippery so be careful. Keep going up hill follow the trail until another steep section and rock slab. Keep going and the summit soon comes into view. Keep going uphill with a few scrambles to the top of a rocky knoll. I found I reached here in about 3 and half hours from Yelllowpinch and followed the faint trail through scrub uphill to the summit.

Once you finish enjoying the summit head west and downhill for about an hour aiming for the faint circle of the old Barney Hut There are obviously many different descent routes some over rock slabs some down gullies. Generally follow a south by south west bearing.  Once at the Campsite cross the creek and move uphill to Rum Jungle Campsite. The route out goes uphill with some arrows showing the way. After 10 mins or so the route descends. Keep the rocks to your left as the track steeply descends a narrow rocky ridge. When you descend to a small clearing the trail turns right then left and keep going down till you come to a steep rocky slab that can be slippery. Descend this carefully! keep following the path downhill till you reach the sign at the beginning of Peasants Ridge. Follow the road to the beginning of SE Ridge and retrace your steps back to the carpark at Yellowpinch. This walk  was done when the weather was good and rock dry.

Permits/Costs 

If you camp anywhere in Mt Barney Park, the cost is $6.15.

Other References

Take A Walk In South East queensland. Rob Rankin Secrets of the Scenic Rim

https://hikingtheworld.blog/2018/07/08/mount-barney/

GPS Tracks

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Comments

Did this one with a meetup group, 4.5 hrs up and 4.5 hrs down, will definitely come back with people who are a little bit faster. Bring warm clothes as the wind chill can feel like zero degrees Celsius. Not as challenging as I thought it would be, the biggest issue is that it's long and you do get tired toward the end (knees got a little sore for sure).

Anonymous on 29 May, 2021

Really Tough, tho I've just turned 60. took 4l water: not enough. the ascent was 4 limbed scramble sometimes, coming down on loose surface not much better. Tremendous views along the way. I feel a real achievement

stuart on 29 Dec, 2020

First attempt of South East Ridge and also going solo. Made it up through the cloud and fog, what a spectacular trail. Went across to West Peak, the wildflowers were everywhere. Will definitely be doing this again.

Kelvski on 17 Oct, 2020

My wife and I did this in early October. Picked a great weekend for it, sunny weather but not too warm. Probably wouldn't want to do it later in the season for the sake of avoiding the summer heat and risk of running into snakes. None of us had done Mt Barney before and reading on this forum we were a bit scared, however, now after I must say that a lot of people here are exaggerating the level of difficulty of this trail. Is it long distance to cover, a long day out and strenuous? Yes, sure thing. Is it technically difficult? No, not the slightest. Is there a risk to get lost? No, then you have to be really – I mean REALLY – bad at navigating. Going up the South east ridge there is pretty much only one trail to follow the hole time, and since you are going upwards, there's not many options to choose anyways, and where there were options, most trails seems to converge and take you there anyways. From memory there were only two places where we reached a cliff face and you could go either left or right, we tried one way first 30 meters and evaluated and it seemed to be incorrect, so we just traced our steps back and tried the other way - bingo! The other place there was a rope to indicate the right way onward. As simple as that. To me, Flinders peak was more difficult/strenuous. If you've done either that or Mt Maroon you fix this one easy. Not to worry.

We started at 5.30am taking South East Ridge summit trail which entailed climbing up 1100m within 5km, it took us 5hrs to the summit. We then took South Ridge route down, if yet not as steep it turned out to be even more challenging descending than going up.. It took us 1 hour only to get from the top to Rum Jungle, hey that part was really tiresome and boring. The way done from there was characterised by very slippery rocks and lots of loose gravel.. :S In total ~15km in 10.5 hrs, including 1 hour brunch stop on the top..

To summarise: thrilling and scenic on the way up, but the views from the top were a bit of a disappointment, Mt Maroon is more scenic both the hike itself and the views from the top (and you see Mt Barney from there which is pretty majestic). The way down the South ridge is outright boring. Just a transport stretch basically. Consider going down South East ridge instead, shorter, more exciting and more scenic. Part of the disappointment was also due to the recent bushfires I think, as much of the vegetation was gone from the top down.

Owie on 10 Oct, 2020

Went up with two people who'd been before, highly recommend not going up without someone experienced or being really experienced (including navigation) yourself. Our day took 10 and a half hours because of the different fitness levels in our group. The scrambles were super fun, a little challenging but if you're a confident scrambler (or do bouldering) should be no problems. It was pretty wet when we did it, but the rock was good and it wasn't actively raining when we were on the hard bits. It was really windy, definitely take layers and a rain jacket and more water than you think you need (I ran out because I drank about 3 times as much as I usually do) but thankfully our experienced guides had surplus water). The descent is really hard on the knees, I was very thankful for lugging my poles all that way to use them on the last bit of the hike. Also it's not 13km... add on an extra 3km from the Yellowpinch trailhead. Definitely the hardest hike I've done, not for the inexperienced or unprepared but so very rewarding. Absolutely epic.

sarasvati on 26 Jul, 2020

It was very windy. There is a section if you're short (like me), you need help from someone to pull you up. Preparation is a must. I read comments and suggestions on this page, this helps me a lot.
I enjoy this walk so much.

Nok on 4 Jul, 2020

Amazing walk. Very challenging rock scrambling. 6hrs to climb up, 5hrs back down. Hard on the legs by the end of the day. Totally loved it.
Guided by Mt Barney Lodge - they are the best!

Wez on 21 Aug, 2019

Track is relatively easy to follow going up and although strenuous and steep the climbing except for a few small sections isn't overly technical. Definitely a good level of fitness and a cool head needed. Descending down south ridge I found to be difficult to navigate at points and markers are missing at crucial points. Ended up losing the track after I descended down the wrong piece of rock.
A bit of bush bashing and I reconnected with the track. Overall beautiful mountain and great views from SE ridge and the peak.

Pped on 17 Aug, 2019

Not a walk ! Better defined as bouldering. 2hrs to the top and 3 hrs down, that included getting lost on 3 occasions. Very poorly marked with only 6 triangular signs, compared to south summit that has 36. This seriously tested my vertigo especially the last bit next to the ridge.
https://www.relive.cc/view/gh39042189135
On Strava https://strava.app.link/BO2Rh5JWbZ

James Mangold on 16 Aug, 2019

Hiked up and down SE Ridge again with another 70 year old on Wednesday to celebrate belated birthdays and had an awesome day in spite of the arctic wind. I agree with walkingwithtim, although some new arrows have been added, they seem to be in strange places, usually where there is no alternative and absent from the spots where they are most needed, particularly when descending.

jgmansell on 5 Jun, 2019

Very tough hike. This was my first time to hike the juggernaut barney. Not sure if I would do it again.

Chris Park on 20 May, 2019

Left the car park at 8am, returned at 4pm and followed the service road to the start of the south east ascent.
The walk started off really well, it’s steep and very steep in places.
Navigated across the Razorback with little effort but you do need a head for heights as to the left it drops right off.
Once past this point you come across a variety of challenges so be very aware of your footings. It can be slippy and attempting this in the rain would be treacherous so avoid if possible.
We came up to the first rock slab, not too bad but foot and finger holds are slippy even in dry weather so take care. This is also near to the edge so again nerves of steel needed. This is where the trail (loose term here) goes round to the left of the false summit, again slippy and the edges drop off. Once round you get up top and work your way to another slab. From here it’s a rock climb near edges to the top so be careful.
Got to the top for a well earned rest and then headed down the South ridge side. Not as easy as it sounded and basically just headed down and to the left. We stumbled across a tent site and found markers from there but it was vague until that point.
A longer walk back than expected and tough on the knees so take your time.
just under 18kms for the entire trek and more risky than i would have liked. Not for kids guys





Rob on 25 Apr, 2019

Very challenging but rewarding hike. I won't be doing this again any time soon but proud to say that I've ticked this one off the list! I downloaded the Wikiloc App the day before we started and I'm very glad I did because we almost certainly would have gotten lost without it.

K8 on 10 Feb, 2019

Great walk

Stoz on 10 Feb, 2019

Great summit track, new markers to help with getting up without getting lost or put off-track. 7 hours 18 minutes, we powered up and took or time getting down with 25 minutes at the top for lunch.

The creeks at the top were running rather low on this day, I never rely on water being at the top, however there has always been flowing water whenever I am up there.

Harry van Netten on 31 Dec, 2018

We started 4am at Yellow pinch car park. South east ridge up. We enjoyed some time at most of the look outs and stopped a lot, the viewe were incredible. Great looking at surrounding mountains and distant rolling hills. Strenous walk, fair bit rock scrambling, the final parts of summit were narrow and steep. Take extra care and steady hike.

Mark Aryal on 14 Nov, 2018

Beautiful Hike,
Satred hike at 5.30 am back to the car park at 2.30 pm. Long day but walk was undertaken at a slow pace.
Will return for more adventures here.

Alchemist on 11 Nov, 2018

As last commenter noted, the trailhead has been moved. It is now just at the bottom of the hill on the gravel road after passing the Yellowpinch lookout turnoff / pedestrian gate. Well signed, you won't miss it. Added a picture showing this and also updated the description.

Difficult but rewarding climb as usual. Got really lucky and had amazing weather the entire weekend so had both a gorgeous sunset and an amazing sunrise from the summit, camped down in Rum Jungle.

It has also been noted that there has been trail markers added to the SE Ridge and Peasants/South Ridge routes. IMO these are oddly placed in some cases, almost to the point that they can cause confusion. Seem to be focused on helping ascending hikers, without any markers for those descending. Just keep an eye out coming down; there are plenty of opportunities to go down semi-trodden alternate tracks which aren't as safe or easy to follow.

walkingwithtim on 12 Aug, 2018

I ascended via Logans Ridge and descended via SE Ridge and noticed a new sign for The South East Ridge with a new gate 800 metres from Yellow Pinch carpark. Is this a new track? I know they are doing work including new markers but can't find anything about this. We were in front of a couple coming down but they were at the carpark before us and assume they took this track.
This has now been confirmed, the start of the track up SE Ridge is 800 metres from Yellow Pinch carpark, through a new gate.

jgmansell on 16 Jul, 2018

Lovely hike.. Straightforward walk along the firetrail to begin with and then a bit of a climb which is what you expect from any hike, this goes on for about an hour and a half to two hours with some good views.. then starts the fun.. you have to cross over a razorback which is a bit exposed so you will have to have a good head for heights.. not difficult though. After that the proper climb/scramble starts with a lot of it being exposed you will have to hang out to roots and trees and pull yourself up. Lots of arrow markers in place so you shouldn't get lost using this route. Amazing views of the valley and Mount Earnest and Mount Lindesay all the way to the summit. The descent via peasants ridge is a lot easier the first bit involves a lot of sliding down the side of the peak but its not too steep so is ok. Lovely views of the West peak and the other smaller peaks of this amazing mountain. All up took us around 9 hours with around a half hour break on top. Great feeling once you have conquered this mountain. Good luck and have fun!!

Ashwin on 26 May, 2018

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