Eagle Hill (Gleneagle) Walk  (Walk #11)

 

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2) Photo from walk  (also see Photo Galleries)

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4) Google map & Satellite imagery

5) Route profile

6) Walk description

7) Waypoint listing and grid references

 

 Walk map  Photo

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View NE to Mount Dale (20km) from granite outcrop in south,  Jan. 2003.

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            Route profile

 

                           

 Walk description  
Location :

24kms SE of Armadale along Albany Highway.

Length :

16 kms (80% off-track)

Degree of difficulty :

MEDIUM   (What does this mean?)

Amount of uphill walking : 420m (cumulative ascent)
GPS-preferred :

YES

Access  :

See Google Map for start point on road map.

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Turn left off Albany Hwy into Kinsella Road which is about 250m before the Gleneagle Rest Area. After 2kms along Kinsella Road (gravelled surface) at approx. end of Gleneagle Pine Plantation (cropped and replanted in early 2005) turn into a narrow dirt road on the right (Eagle Hill Road) and at first bend in that road (after less than 50m) park at the 'START' point in a cleared off-road area on the left. (Sufficient space for a few cars).

Important access issue:   Walkers need to be aware that this walk area and many others on WalkGPS lie within drinking water catchment areas. In 2007 DoW in effect recommended a prohibition of all traditional off-track bushwalking activities across the entire Perth region catchment areas covering 4500 sq km, far beyond the limits of  existing or proposed Reservoir Protection Zones (see map). By March 2008, the DoW had been persuaded to reconsider its published position. The new Policy of 2012 refrains from banning traditional bushwalking in the outer catchments. The community, including visitors to WalkGPS, need to remain vigilant to ensure that commonsense continues to prevail over regulatory zealotry. See also Home page: 'Access' and Related access issues on WalkGPS, and DOW's "Canning River Catchment Area Drinking Water Source Protection Plan" of 2007.

Escape route/s :

In north, follow Scenic Drive (dirt road)  NW about 3.5km to Kinsella Road and then follow Kinsella Road about 5km south to Albany Hwy. In east, follow Bibbulmun Track/Edgelly Road to Scenic Drive, or to  Coglan Road or Randall Road (dirt roads) and then west to Albany Hwy.

Main features

/Highlights:

This walk route lies mainly within the Monadnocks National Park.  It crosses the Turtle Pool-Eagle Hill Walk route (Walk #11a) at two points but the two walks are otherwise quite different. Also for those who enjoy more off-track walking, this is the preferred walk for you.

The walk features several of the granite outcrops around the flanks and southern ridge of Eagle Hill (elevation approx. 480m) which provide excellent views, variously to the north (as far as Mt. Dale), east and west. Between the outcrops, the walking is mainly through open jarrah and marri forest with some sheoak and banksia, plus a few short scratchy sections of parrot bush (including Eagle Hill summit area).  The route crosses the Bibbulmun Track at a couple of points including the footbridge at Canning River. The uphill walking involves only gentle to medium grade slopes. In wet weather extra care is needed on the outcrops which can become slippery in places.

For overnighters: For those keen to camp overnight in the area: After reaching waypoint '21' on the walk route, you can then detour to the Monadnocks Campsite (which includes a 3-sided shelter) on the Bibbulmun Track by heading southward on the Track  for 5.5 kms (via waypoints '58' and '57'). To rejoin the walk route from the Campsite you can return northward along the Bibbulmun Track for about 2.7 kms, then veer NW-ward off the Track (at '58'), climb the ridge off-track for less than 1 km (via '59' and '60'), then descend to soon rejoin the walk route at '27'.   

Controlled burns:  See DEC's current 6-season indicative burn program.

Timber harvesting (i.e. logging operations): This was last carried out in 2008 in the southern part of the walk area between Coglan and Randall Roads and may have impacted on a short section of the route (approx. between waypoints '28' & '34').   You may see foresters' white paint markings on tree trunks. (Trees with any form of marking are not for harvesting.)

Additional maps :

WalkGPS walk map for OziExplorer users A downloadable OziExplorer format MAP file (*.map) for this walk area is included on the Maps, Waypoints & Track Files page. The zipped folder also includes the associated 'base' topo map image file, plus other attached waypoints, tracks/routes, etc in OxiExplorer file formats.

WalkGPS reconnaissance history: Click here for a map of past WalkGPS test walks in the walk area, plus the final route. The final route was selected only after several visits to the area which aimed to achieve a walk that would be the most rewarding.

Other:  Jarrahdale 1:50,000 Sheet (WA Forests Dept., 1990);

or Jarrahdale 1:50,000 Sheet 2133-3 (CALM/DOLA, 2001);

or Jarrahdale & Yaganing 1:50,000 DEC Conservation Operations Graphic (COG) map series (current) Sheet 2133-3 & 2133-2;

or Jarrahdale 1:25,000 2133-III, NE sheet (Dept. of Lands & Survey, 1984; Series R811) -available on DVD.

Other background references : "Forests on Foot (40 walks in W.A.)" by Meney & Brown, 1985, pp.34-40 (Wescolour Press, Fremantle). Includes two walks in the general area.

'More Family Walks in Perth Outdoors", by CALM, 1994, pp.130-132, includes a mud map and brief description for the Eagle Hill Trail,  a short (3 km return) on-track walk.

Trivia: How did the giant, round granite 'marbles' on the outcrop in the southwest get there? - See Rock Landforms for the answer.  

Route notes :

 

Head approx. SE off-track from the 'START' point partly following an old track overgrown with parrot bush. At waypt '1' veer eastward to pick your way through a scrubby and possibly slightly swampy (in winter) low area and start climbing in forest to reach '2'. Continue uphill on the southern flank of a stream gully to reach the lower partly scrub-covered slopes of a granite outcrop at '3'. Turn SE and follow the outcrop uphill to re-enter scrub at '4' near the top of the outcrop. Soon reach another outcrop with views NW across part of the route just followed and also NE across Canning River valley from about waypt '5'. Walk along the outcrop to re-enter forest at about '6'. Continue along this northern slope of Eagle Hill partly across rocky ground via waypt '7'.  Re-enter forest after 'HIROK', then veer NE down the quite steep NE flank of Eagle Hill. Cross a stream gully at about '9', then veer ENE to reach Scenic Drive (dirt road) at '10'. Follow Scenic Drive east for about 250m to meet the Bibbulmun Track at '11'.  Follow the Track along the road to '12' and then across the footbridge over the Canning River. (The original Bibbulmun Track footbridge across the Canning River was destroyed by fire in about late 2004 but has since been replaced. On a sunny day you may see marron 'sunbathing' in the shallow water of the river below the bridge). [If you prefer a slightly shortened walk with more on-track walking: Instead of crossing the Canning River near '12' you can follow the Bibbulmun Track south from '11' to rejoin the walk route at '21'.]

After crossing the bridge turn right off the Bibbulmun Track at '13' and head approx. north up a sloping outcrop to '14', then turn approx. east through forest to reach another outcrop with a SW view from about '15' back across the Canning River valley to Eagle Hill.  Then veer downhill partly through scrub to reach an old track at '16' which leads down to the Canning River which is crossed at 'CRSG2'. Then follow the south bank of the River about 150m before veering southward through heath to reach an outcrop at about '18'. Climb the sloping outcrop via '19' and then continue initially uphill approx. SSE through open forest. The slope soon flattens. On a broad ridge at '20' veer due south and soon descend gently to cross the Bibbulmun Track at '21'. Veer SW, and after about 250m cross Coglan Road (dirt road) and then start climbing gently. [Alternatively, if you prefer more on-track walking: Instead of crossing Coglan Road you can turn right to follow it. It soon climbs gently uphill. After about 800m, you can then veer left off-track when you are within 200m of waypoint '23', rejoining the walk route from that point.]  By '22' the off-track route steepens onto a ridge.  Continue WSW up the ridge and at '23' turn SSW to soon reach a large granite outcrop. Climb the outcrop to reach 'GDVU', with wide views to the east and as far as Mount Dale (20km NE). Walk SSE along the upper slope of the outcrop for about 250m to '25' and then veer uphill to reach the crest of this 'monadnock' in low scrub/heath at '26'. Descend the western rock slope SE-ward  (with good view to west) to reach the foot of the slope at about '27'.  Then veer WNW to cross a small stream and re-enter forest at '28'.  Veer WSW through the forest to reach another sloping outcrop at about '29'.  Giant granite 'marbles' sit at the top of the slope. Veer to the right (NE) for about 50m, to the east flank of the outcrop, to bypass the partly scrub-covered crestal area. Then veer approx. northward along the outcrop (passing two other interesting 'standing' granite rocks) and re-enter forest at '30'. Veer WNW to reach another outcrop at '31'. Turn approx. NNE to cross the outcrop and then a small stream gully at '32'. Re-enter the forest and walk uphill   NNE to reach a ridge and re-cross Coglan Road at '33'.  Then veer NNW along the ridge to reach '34' and then north to '35' crossing some rock outcrops on the east flank of the ridge. Continue northward via '36' close to the ridge and ascend a partly scrub-covered outcrop to '37'. Then veer  NW through parrot bush to reach an old overgrown road ('Eagle Hill Road') along the summit ridge of Eagle Hill. Follow the old road NW gently downhill from the summit area to '38'. Then turn left (westward) to leave the road and descend to a steeply sloping outcrop at '39'. Follow the outcrop downslope to cross a stream at about '40'. Veer WNW around the hillside through forest to '41' and then continue NW to meet the old overgrown 'Eagle Hill Road' again at '42'. Turn left (west) to  follow the road to where it meets a corner of the pine plantation at '43'.  Follow the pine plantation boundary road via '44', '45' and '46' to get back to the Start point of the walk. 

 

 

 Waypoint listing

 

Right click here and then "Save Target/Link As..."  if you wish  to download the waypoints and GPS 'track' as a GPX  file in the standard format recognised by most devices and programs including Garmin and Magellan units and GPS Mapping Software.  If you have a problem uploading the data, please feel free to contact me directly at WalkGPS rather than your users' forum!

Also see WalkGPS Maps, Waypoints & Tracks page for downloadable MAP files, plus GPX and Google Earth (KMZ) files. Also see explanatory notes on file formats and how to upload to your unit.

If you require another format you will need to convert the downloaded file using GPS Visualiser (online) or freeware such as GPSBabel.

The waypoints in the alternative listing below are given as UTM coordinates with datum to match the Walk Map. NOTE: If you wish to manually enter these into your GPS unit you must first set your unit to the correct Datum. Caution: An incorrect datum can result in an approximate 200m location error! (This is a very slow, error-prone method compared to using the above downloadable file and is not recommended.)

 

Route list :

Projection : UTM       Datum : Australian Geodetic 1966       Zone :  50

Waypt name           Easting        Northing             Comments

START        424083  6429126    Park car (approx. 50m east of Kinsella Road).

1            424380  6428762    On(or close to) old overgrown track.

2            424984  6428814    On south flank of gully.  

3            425127  6428895    Reach lower slopes of granite outcrop.

4            425315  6428763    Re-enter scrub near top of outcrop.

5            425455  6428764    On outcrop, view across Canning River valley.

6            425550  6428680    On rocky northern slope of Eagle Hill.

7            425750  6428638    On rocky northern slope of Eagle Hill.

HIROK        425865  6428651    At approx. eastern edge of granite outcrop.

8            425920  6428626    In forest on NE flank of Eagle Hill.

9            426113  6429029    Cross small gully.

10           426355  6429119    Reach Scenic Drive.

11           426609  6429144    Bibbulmun Track meets Scenic Drive.

12           426736  6429268    Turn left to cross Canning River by footbridge.

13           426622  6429298    Turn right to leave Bibbulmun Track.

14           426680  6429489    Near top of outcrop. Turn right, into forest.

15           426944  6429422    On south sloping granite outcrop.

16           427068  6429277    Near base of outcrop, on old track.

CRSG2        427030  6429226    Cross Canning River.

17           427128  6429133    Leave Canning River course.

18           427175  6428984    Reach partly scrub/heath-covered outcrop.

19           427099  6428971    On outcrop.

20           427460  6428261    On broad ridge in fairly open forest.

21           427500  6427520    Cross Bibbulmun Track (old Edgelly Road)

22           426887  6426757    On steepening ridge, ascending to SW.   

23           426632  6426676    Still on ridge.

GDVU         426549  6426361    On granite outcrop with good views to east.

25           426766  6425999    Leave outcrop, into scrub/forest up hill.

26           426729  6425927    In scrub near rocky ridge top.

27           426662  6425802    Near foot of outcrop.

28           426611  6425823    Cross small stream to re-enter forest.

29           426229  6425754    On outcrop with giant 'marbles' up slope.

29A          426263  6425801    On east flank of outcrop.

30           426189  6425952    Re-enter forest after outcrop.  

31           426066  6425994    Reach another outrcop.   

32           426129  6426168    Re-enter scrub and cross stream gully.

33           426394  6426722    Cross Coglan Road.

34           426261  6427050    On narrow southern ridge of Eagle Hill.

35           426273  6427267    On rock slab close to ridge.

36           426233  6427328    Close to ridge.

37           426228  6427837    Approx. top of outcrop near Eagle Hill summit.

38           425929  6428207    On old Eagle Hill Road on Eagle Hill north ridge.   

39           425753  6428146    On sloping outcrop on west flank of Eagle Hill.

40           425451  6428191    Cross small stream near foot of outcrop.

41           425172  6428291    On old track.  

42           425010  6428512    Meet old overgrown Eagle Hill Road.

43           424814  6428503    Reach corner of pine plantation (dirt road).

44           424466  6428374    Reach cross road in pine plantation, veer right.

45           424113  6428561    On dirt road, along NE limit of pine plantation.

46           423920  6428821    Road veers from approx. NW to NNE.

END          424085  6429136    Arrive back at Start point. 

Additional waypoints on map :

47           423702  6427087    Entry to Gleneagle Rest Area off Albany Hwy.

48           424074  6426596    Entry to Coglan Road off Albany Hwy.

49           425615  6426834    Coglan Road meets road at edge of plantation.  

50           425885  6427089    Road intersection at east corner of plantation.

51           425837  6427807    Edge of outcrop on west flank of Eagle Hill.

52           425632  6427972    On outcrop on west flank of Eagle Hill.

53           425420  6428066    Edge of outcrop on west flank of Eagle Hill.

54           425128  6428050    Road intersection on NE plantation boundary.

55           424585  6425604    Entry to Randall Road off Albany Hwy.

56           425707  6425406    Point on Randall Road next to a plantation.

57           427595  6424344    Point in south on Bibbulmun Track.

58           427275  6424785    Bibbulmun Track intersects Randall Road.  

59           427204  6425055    On ridge in south.

60           426794  6425608    In forest/scrub on ridge Sth of large outcrop.

61           426910  6428222    On Bibbulmun Track (old Edgelly Road).

62           426934  6428570    On Bibbulmun Track (old Edgelly Road).

KINSEL       423569  6427256    Kinsella Road turnoff from Albany Highway.

INTESN       423934  6428283    Dirt road intersection in plantation.

PICNIC       424082  6427354    Road at rear of Gleneagle Rest Area.

PINEDR       424883  6427871    Dirt road intersection in plantation.

 

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