Walsh's Pyramid

Wooroonooran National Park

A very steep walk up the highest free standing pyramid in the world. You start from sea level to the top at 922 metres.

Lookouts
No Toilets
922m
Maximum Elevation
922m
Total Climb

Getting there

Drive south of Cairns to Gordonvale along the Bruce Highway. Just south of Gordonvale you will cross the Desmond Trannore Bridge (Mulgrave River). Turn right a few hundred metres after the bridge into Moss Access Road and follow to the carpark on your left.
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/B2Xh5kD7SvJ2

Maps

https://www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/wooroonooran-walshs-pyramid/index.html

Route/Trail notes

From the car park, follow the trail. Cross the service road at the start and just keep following the North ridge. This a well worn track with markers and pink flagging tape to help you. However, when crossing the open bolder area, look well ahead for your next marker. Someone has even taken the liberty of marking out every 500 metres. Coming down, the track is much easier to identify.


The walk is incredibly steep and relentless until you reach the peak 4.2 km from the start. At about 4.1 km there is a large boulder on the left with grand views to the north and a great place for a picnic. Slightly after the 4.1 km mark you will come to the peak with 360 degree views.

Watch out for runners in the winter months. In August there is an annual race from Gordonvale to the peack and back, with the winners generally taking about an hour and a half. They can be seen training a lot before the race

Comments

I found this walk very challenging. Limited view to 60 metres due to cloud cover. The markers were very good, definitely kept me from straying the wrong direction. There is an annual run up this peak tomorrow!

Tracey on 15 Aug, 2019

Very enjoyable, albeit challenging hike. I’m glad we did this walk in the winter! We made it to the summit in 1:40. The walk down took us just over an hour (knees!). Definitely bring plenty of water. The views are worth the climb!

C Bauman on 20 Jul, 2019

Had to go back to the top again because I forgot to bring my drone last week! Of course the only place to safely launch and recover is at the very top so I couldn't cheat. A lot more folk on the mountain today, including a few runners.

Spidy on 18 Jul, 2019

Hard yakka, but very satisfying when you reach the summit. Not quite the 360 degrees views mentioned by others, at least not an all round 360 view, but stunning and peaceful none-the-less. This was obviously a good time of year to climb as I only saw 12 other folk on the mountain during my 4 hour slog.

Spidy on 11 Jul, 2019

Walked with partner, average to good fitness. Was a very hard slog to the top, but well worth it. Good sense of accomplishment after finishing the descent. As said before, start early if you can and take at least 3L or water per person. Very worthwhile hike

Matthew Allwood on 20 Apr, 2019

Started the hike at about 6:30am with my partner, brought about 8-9 bottles 600ml and snacks for our rest up top. The track is mostly steep afew spots that levels out and little bit of climbing over rocks.
Wear light clothing, good hiking shoes, bring a small towel & sunscreen.
If your fit should be a good hike for you if your not that fit take your time, drink plenty of water.
It’ll be hard for the first 2km lol don’t give up 😁 all worth it once you reach up top.

Karl Dillon on 5 Jan, 2019

Very steep and rocky. Challenging but well worth the effort as there are fantastic views at the top. Completed in 40 degree heat which made it very tough. Conquered! :)

Srna on 26 Nov, 2018

Awesome views from the top and was well with the effort. We took 3.5 litres of water each and needed it as there was no water available along the way. Track was easy to follow with orange markers on trees. It was a bit steep in places but manageable, however it does require a fairly good level of fitness. The grading for Walsh’s pyramid on this site is spot on.

Realmum on 9 Aug, 2018

Excellent walk - great challenge. Took about 2 hours up and 1 hour down. I got lost on the way down following some other track and had to back track a considerable way. Amazing views, can't wait to do it again!

Ian on 29 Jul, 2018

A great hike - always stunning views on the way up and from the top. No water available so be sure to take some especially in summer. Keep your eyes open at the top for a glorious sea eagle and about 800m in there’s often heaps of butterflies. Oh and goannas too.
We’re usually just under 3 hours return. Enjoy!

Maree B on 1 Jun, 2018

Leaving at 5.30am - still a challenging walk in summer, we have moderate fitness and it look us 2hrs up and 1.hrs down. Rough track, with quite a bit of rock scrambling, follow the orange arrows - we got off course once on the way up. The decent is hard on your joints, so not suited to those with knee/ankle issues. A tough but rewarding climb!

Tilli on 31 Jan, 2017

Two of us, departed base at 5.45 am with overcast skies; 1.75 hrs to go up and just < 1.5 to come down. Have done lots of hills but found this one quite difficult; definitely need to be prepared with 4 l water; good idea to leave say 2 l about half way to have on your return rather than carrying it all to top. Pleased to have done it but would recommend it as winter walk if not very fit.

Geobill on 26 Dec, 2016

Loved this walk! The track is pretty loose which makes it fun. The climb up is fairly hard, but its the trek back down which is the most hard. We left at 9 am and got back around 2 pm. Overcast day which made it so nice temperature wise! Once we got to the top the clouds cleared a bit and gave us a stunning view! Definitely worth it. Good place to do some conditioning. Would maybe just suggest good ankle supporting boots - some of the track is rocky and you could pretty easily roll an ankle. Would recommend!

Hailey Hebes on Oct, 2016

This was a testing climb and took us to the limits of our ability. Despite starting at 7am, by the time we got back to the car park at 2pm, the temperature was over 30 degrees. This was September, so god knows what it is like in summer, as there is limited shade on parts of the climb as you scramble up the boulders ridden upper reaches. Take plenty of water (4lt minimum) and a picnic, as area at the top is well suited and provides panoramic views.

F.A.B. on 3 Sep, 2015

The ascent took us 63 minutes to the 1/2 way mark ant two hours 20 minutes bottom to top . We left at 0750 from the car and returned to the car at 12.30
We found the walk strenuous and extending but very enjoyable , leaving at that time means you get morning shade , valuable on the ascent.
It's sinposted but not as well as some articles suggest . I found the descent more difficult and next time I'll wear a knee brace.

Alex17 on 12 Oct, 2014

So many runners making us look weak. But totally worth it for the amazing views

Allan Allport on 5 Aug, 2010

I can't believe we did this walk in the middle of Summer. Probably not advisable. It was really hot, and every time we thought we were nearing the summit it just kept going further up. I also can't believe that people run up it in a race. Never the less, it is conquered!

Ian and Sue on 7 Jan, 2009

Awesome walk up :)

B_T on 2002

Final ascent is quite vertical but th views of the coast are awesome.

Badger on 18 Jun, 2001

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