Windsor Rocks North Walk (Walk #22)
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View through open forest (jarrah and balgas)
at edge of a granite outcrop, March 2004.
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40 kms SE of Armadale, down Albany Hwy to Solus Road on right, then approx. 2.6 kms along Solus Road (good condition gravel road) to Thorpe Road on left.
14 kms (92% off-track).
|Degree of difficulty :||
MEDIUM (What does this mean?)
|Amount of uphill walking :||200m (cumulative ascent)|
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Caution: Solus Rd is partly mis-labelled as "Thorpe Rd" on Google Map. (Use zoom ladder for detail. Select 'Hybrid' to add satellite imagery.)
Park just before gate on old Thorpe Road, near the corner with Solus Road.
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 "Serpentine Dam Catchment Area...Drinking Water Source Protection Plan" of 2007.
|Escape route/s :||
In east, head east to Albany Highway via Old Bibbulmun Track and other old forestry tracks. In west, head to Thorpe Road and then north back to Start point near Solus Road.
This walk is located in the Monadnocks National Park and provides a relatively easy alternative to the longer and more challenging Windsor Rocks South Walk which overlaps with the southern part of this route. The route explores the 5 km length of the northern monadnock/s in the Windsor Rocks area, visiting about 8 separated granite outcrops in the area. The walk features excellent views from several of the outcrops to Mount Solus (about 6-7 kms SW), to Mount Cooke (about 4.5 kms NE) and to the main Windsor Rocks monadnock (which the Windsor Rocks South Walk route traverses) about 2 kms east of this walk route. In winter to spring the outcrops in this area are especially picturesque with broad coverings of mosses and lichens and small rock pools and rivulets of water on the granite. The forest between the outcrops is mainly open jarrah with some other interesting mallee-type eucalypts amongst the heathlands bordering the outcrops, and at one location a couple of isolated Quandong (sandalwood) trees.
Expect some short sections of scratchy heath and scrub around the outcrops. There are a few short outcrop slopes to climb but there is not much uphill walking in this walk.
Update : DEC carried out controlled burns in parts of this area in 2005.
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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 old 1:50,000 Sheet (Dept. of CALM, 1990);
or Jarrahdale & Yaganing 1:50,000 DEC Conservation Operations Graphic (COG) map series (current) Sheet 2133-3 & 2133-2.
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Route notes :
Head approx. ESE from the Start point across gentle terrain through open forest with a fair amount of remnants of timber from logging (in what was once State forest but is now National Park). After about 250m cross an old overgrown forestry track and continue up a very gentle slope to reach the lower edge of a west-sloping outcrop at waypt '3'. Climb the outcrop, gaining views back to the west to Mount Solus about 7 kms SW. Continue approx. eastward up the outcrop, passing through patches of heath before re-entering forest. Soon descend for a short distance to reach (at '4') another outcrop which rises gently to the SE. Head up the slope of the outcrop to '5' and then find a way through patchy heath along and downslope (approx. southward) to '6'. Continue along slope through heath and shrubland to soon to reach a SW-sloping outcrop with more good views to Mount Solus. Cross the granite slope and re-enter forest (at '7'). Walk SE through the open forest for about 400m to reach a small flat outcrop surrounded by heath. Veer southward along the patchy outcrop and through heathland (via '9' and '10') and re-enter forest at the southern end of the outcrop to reach a hill top (at about '11'). Veer SW to cross the hill top and then continue SW down the hillside through forest to cross an old forestry road at '12'. Veer southward to soon reach (at 'VASTRK') the northern edge of a long (approx. 500m), fairly flat outcrop. Walk SE along the outcrop (passing small rock pools and water courses) to '14'. Then veer approx. south, initially through heath, and gently uphill, to very soon re-enter forest and reach '15'. Veer SE through forest (which previously including sections of fairly thick parrot bush, now opened up after the 2005 controlled burn) up a slight slope to cross the crest of the ridge at about '16'. (Alternatively, you can bypass '15' and go direct from '14' to '16', partly across an area of previously dense heathland which is temporarily more open following the 2005 controlled burn.) From '16' soon descend gently through forest and heath to reach an eastward-sloping outcrop (at 'GOODVU'). This outcrop is about 1.5-2 kms short of the halfway point on the walk, but a good spot for a break, unless you are needing some shade. There are excellent views to Mount Cooke, 4.5 kms NE, and across the valley to the main Windsor Rocks monadnock, 2 kms east of this walk route. Then head SW, upslope from the outcrop, to cross the ridge and soon descend to reach a small outcrop (at 'ROC'). Veer SE along the outcrop for about 250m to re-enter forest (at '17'). Continue SE close to the crest of a stony laterite ridge, through open forest, to '18'. Then veer approx. SSW to head down the hill side for over 500m to reach (at 'WNDO') the valley floor and the overgrown 'Old Bibbulmun Track' (which is here an old forestry track), close to an area of scattered wandoo trees. Follow the overgrown track SW to where it branches left after about 250m to cross a stream over an old timber bridge (at 'BDGE') which is largely concealed behind shrubs partly blocking the north end. Cross the bridge, taking special care not to step onto partly rotten timbers (or alternatively you may prefer to cross the stream itself just east of the bridge). Then continue to follow the old track to meet after less than 200m a junction (at 'JCN') with Patens Road (a dirt road). Follow Patens Road westward (via '19-A') for about 700m to reach an old timber loading platform on the left hand side of the road (near '19-B'). Turn right (approx. north) to leave the road and find a suitable point to re-cross the nearby stream (previously crossed at the bridge). Then head a short distance upslope through forest to reach a small outcrop (at 'RK2'). Cross the outcrop and pick a NE-ward route upslope around boulders and through fairly thick low shrubs to soon re-enter forest. Continue to '19-C' and then veer due north to reach a larger outcrop (at '20') surrounded by heath and shrubland. Walk north along the outcrop, then near the upper slope (at '21') veer NW through a short section of heath, cross another smaller outcrop, and walk along the slope through a short section of forest to reach the start of a large west-sloping outcrop at '22'. Walk down and along the outcrop via '23' to reach '23-A'. Pass northward through mainly heath and scrub to cross a small stream course and reach '23-B' on the west-sloping outcrop. Take in the good views over the forest to the west and of Mount Solus, 6 kms WSW. Climb quite steeply eastward up the outcrop to '23' and then veer northward to pass through patches of low scrub and heath, and continuation of the outcrop, to soon re-enter forest. Continue northward across a gentle ridge and then descend to cross an old overgrown forestry track at '24-A'. Soon after cross a small creek gully (at '25'), then continue approx. northward through open forest for almost 1 km, crossing another narrow but deeply incised gully after 600m, before reaching an old overgrown forestry track at '25-A'. Veer left to follow the track NW to soon reach a T-junction with an old N-S track (at '26'). (Alternatively, if you've had enough off-track walking by the time you reach '24-A', you can veer left from that point to follow the old overgrown track via '55' and '56' to reach '26'. -But this alternative is less interesting and the track is fairly overgrown with low scratchy heath.) From '26' follow the N-S track for about 100m (to '27') when it then branches to the left. Follow the left branch which crosses a N-S stream gully and then meets Thorpe Road (at '28'). Follow Thorpe Road northward (via '29') for 1km to get back to the Start point.
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 430333 6412798 Near corner of Solus and Thorpe Roads.
3 430959 6412598 At foot of outcrop rising to NE.
4 431379 6412655 At foot of outcrop rising to SE.
5 431491 6412465 On upper slope of outcrop.
6 431531 6412219 On shrub and heath-covered rocky slope.
7 431686 6411978 Re-enter forest at edge of outcrop.
8 432062 6411747 Reach small outcrop.
9 432059 6411603 On outcrop and patchy heathland.
10 432179 6411434 On outcrop.
11 432173 6411154 In forest near hilltop.
12 431866 6410745 Cross old overgrown forestry track.
VASTRK 431850 6410556 Reach long, fairly flat granite outcrop.
14 432033 6410144 On long outcrop.
15 431966 6409975 In forest.
16 432351 6409654 In forest (bypass dryandra if necessary).
GOODVU 432578 6409528 On east-sloping outcrop. Good view east.
ROC 432401 6409253 Reach small outcrop.
17 432582 6409003 In open jarrah forest.
18 432741 6408825 In open jarrah forest, close to ridge.
WNDO 432498 6408224 Reach old overgrown track, near wandoo trees.
BDGE 432296 6408120 Cross old log bridge.
JCN 432202 6407993 Old overgrown track meets Patens Road.
19-A 431797 6407943 On Patens Road.
19-B 431545 6408065 On Patens Rd, near old log loading platform (burnt).
RK2 431613 6408195 Reach small outcrop, sloping approx. SW.
19-C 431863 6408571 In open forest.
20 431869 6408911 At edge of outcrop.
21 431815 6409219 On upper slope of outcrop.
22 431376 6409450 On upper slope of west-sloping outcrop.
23 431215 6409391 On west-sloping outcrop.
23-A 431099 6409555 In forest/heathland between outcrop areas.
23-B 431135 6409839 On west-sloping outcrop.
24 431249 6409861 On west sloping outcrop.
24-A 431328 6410586 Cross old overgrown forestry track.
25 431319 6410696 Cross small creek gully.
25-A 431137 6411594 Meet old overgrown forestry track.
26 430992 6411716 T-junction between old forestry tracks.
27 430970 6411827 Track branches (follow left branch).
28 430765 6411855 Old track meets Thorpe Road (gravel road).
29 430646 6412367 On Thorpe Road.
END 430324 6412798 Back at Start point.
Additional waypoints on map :
1 431597 6414513 Solus Road turn-off from Albany Highway.
46 433046 6409424 On Old Bibbulmun Track, near stream course.
47 433202 6410052 On Old Bibbulmun Track, branch to Highway.
48 433978 6410722 On old forestry track near Albany Highway.
49 434030 6411138 Old forestry track meets Albany Highway.
50 432215 6411769 On Old Bibbulmun Track, near waypoint '8'.
51 431987 6413115 On Old Bibbulmun Track, branch to Highway.
52 432229 6413591 On old forestry track near Albany Highway.
53 432248 6413786 Old forestry track meets Albany Highway.
55 431055 6410716 On bend in old track, near waypoint '24-A'.
56 430923 6411233 On old forestry track (overgrown with heath).
57 430736 6410325 On Thorpe Road near western outcrop.
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