Paul B

2 walks ticked

This Year

2
Number of Walks Ticked
12.8km
Total Distance Ticked

All Time

2
Number of Walks Ticked
12.8km
Total Distance Ticked
Name Date Difficulty Distance/Duration
Twin Falls Circuit (Springbrook National Park)
14 Jan, 2019
Medium
4km
90 mins
Mt Warning Summit trail (Mt Warning National Park)
2 Jan, 2019
Hard
8.8km
5 hrs
Made it up for sunrise. Amazing hike with a fairly clear night and an amazing view of the stars. Definitely pause at the helicopter rescue spots to take in the view, well worth it. Fast moving clouds on top made it a very special sunrise, quite a unique experience with the sunrise slipping in and out of view of the clouds. Can see why it’s called the cloud catcher.
Temp dropped rapidly on summit (in peak summer) to about 16-17C, with the clouds providing some light rain. I was glad I packed the gortex jacket as it definitely came in handy, even though I was sweating in shorts and t-shirt up to that point.
As has been mentioned below, it’s quite a gradual ascent, with the most difficult bit being the rock scramble just below the summit. Plenty of foot and hand holds, and the chain, make this fairly straight forward.
There is a half way point to gauge your time V distance left to summit, and a number of rest points with chairs along the way. Just take your time and go at your own pace.
I wore North Face Edurus TR’s that gave me plenty of grip and support. Ankle boots aren’t necessarily needed but will provide greater support, although consider you will need good grip for the rock scramble as well, especially if there is rain. Plenty of trail runners were bounding through on their descent.
I drank about half a L of water, but packed 2L. Will depend on time of day, but the rainforest canopy provides a lot of relief from the sun. Would only pack 1L if returning again.
If you’re new to hiking, go and do something like Purling Brook falls first to get an idea of how your fitness holds up to the hike. I’d suggest doing Purling Brook anti-clockwise so that you have to ascend the stair section back to the carpark. Keep in mind that Mt Warning is more difficult than Purling Brook but the stair section provides a similar grade to what you’ll find when you summit Mt Warning (sans the rock scramble of course).
I stayed at the Mt Warning Rainforest Park so that I could get a good nights rest before waking at 3am to leave for the sunrise summit push. Unpowered camp site was $40 for the night. Park was well kept, situated amongst the rainforest about a 5 min drive to the carpark.
Started at 3:39am AEDT and summited in 1:37.
Descended at 6:15am AEDT and made it to the carpark in 1:34.
Relatively good fitness being a regular runner (around 15kms a week).