Cougal Cascades to Boyd’s Butt and Cougal

Springbrook National Park
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Parked car at the Cougal Cascade then walked to the old Saw Mill which is about 1.2 k easy walk on sealed path, then 150 meters up the creek we looked for a trail at the sharp bend in the river, once we found this, some good people had marked the trees with pink ribbons so we could find our track. Boyd’s View is much better than Cougal but very dangerous at the top. The walk is not difficult, it’s pretty long doing the loop but the two views are worth the trouble. We did the entire circuit and was moderate in difficulty. Here is my video which may help. https://youtu.be/cdic-lWOVss

Waterfalls
Lookouts
Swimming
Picnic Facilities
Toilets
Scrambling or Climbing
No Dogs Permitted
No Camping Permitted
Rainforest
569m
Maximum Elevation
924m
Total Climb

Getting there:

Drove car and parked at the Cougal Cascade parking area,

Maps:

We had no maps

Route/Trail notes:

Walk the Currumbin Creek for 150 meters, turn sharp right at the first elbow of the creek. Watch for the pink tape on the trees, we could not have found our way without this.

Permits/Costs:

None.

Other References/Comments:

None provided.

Comments

Challenging trail with good views. Went up to Cougal East and back the same way.
Have uploaded the .gpx (one way and back to the saddle where I lost the trail...). Seems one way 3.8km, it took me about 4 hrs return with a swim at the end.
Start (after coming back down it was easy to find) is about 150m past sawmill at the left tributary that has got a swimming hole in sight (30m from creek). Cross this hole to the left and continue mid with few markers found within 25m. Soon distinct ridge path is formed. Easy to follow to Butte top, have accessed 2 of its few peaks. Then followed the Ridge line towards Cougals. After a short time it flattens out and becomes harder to follow also due to vines and fallen trees. In about 15mins starts to rise quickly, well marked from there. Pay attention to last marker where it joins the border track just below the peak, it is easy to miss this turn when coming back down.
Great views from the both Butte and Cougal peaks!

In total about 4hrs with a swim at bottom. Will come back to explore Butte more.

igorh on 27 Jun, 2021

On the trail you are a world away from the visitor bustle close to the car park.

Wanderlust on 26 Dec, 2020

Parked car at the Cougal Cascade then walked to the old Saw Mill which is about 1.2 k easy walk on sealed path, then 150 meters up the creek we looked for a trail at the sharp bend in the river, once we found this, some good people had marked the trees with pink ribbons so we could find our track. Boyd’s View is much better than Cougal but very dangerous at the top. The walk is not difficult, it’s pretty long doing the loop but the two views are worth the trouble. We did the entire circuit and was moderate in difficulty. Here is my video which may help. https://youtu.be/cdic-lWOVss

miike2000 on 10 Nov, 2020

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