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View NE to Mount Dale (20km) from granite outcrop in south, Jan. 2003.
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24kms SE of Armadale along Albany Highway.
16 kms (80% off-track)
|Degree of difficulty :||
MEDIUM (What does this mean?)
|Amount of uphill walking :||420m (cumulative ascent)|
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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.
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,
(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.
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.
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!
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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