Walsh's Pyramid

Wooroonooran National Park
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A very steep walk up the highest free standing pyramid in the world. You start at 20 metres, to the top at 884 metres.

Lookouts
No Toilets
Scrambling or Climbing
No Dogs Permitted
Eucalypt Forest
884m
Maximum Elevation
864m
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.

Maps:

Walshs Pyramid

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 orange markers to help you at regular intervals. However, when crossing the open bolder area, look well ahead for your next marker. There are signposts marking each kilometre. Coming down, the track is much easier to identify.

The walk is incredibly steep and relentless until you reach the peak 3.1km from the start. At about 3km there is a large boulder on the left with grand views to the north and a great place for a picnic. Slightly after the 3km 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.

Permits/Costs:

None.

Other References/Comments:

None.

Comments

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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