Climbing the summit of Queensland's highest mountain offers a challenging way to explore part of the World Heritage-listed rainforest of the Bellenden Ker Range in Wooroonooran National Park. From Josephine Falls, walkers can walk to the summit and return or continue on to Junction Camp at the Atherton Tableland (both walks are 15 kilometres and take two days). The trail starts at an altitude of 100 metres and rises to 1,622 metres at the summit; an average gradient of one in five.
The walk from Josephine Falls to Big Rock camp is a moderate climb (two hours, rising 400 metres over three kilometres)
Big Rock camp to Eastern Summit camp is a steep climb (five kilometres, rising 1,000 metres over four kilometres). Do not leave equipment on the camping pad at Eastern Summit camp during the day as the pad may be used to land a helicopter in an emergency.
The final ascent from Eastern Summit camp to Bartle Frere summit (one hour, rising 300 metres over 500 metres) requires scrambling over boulders and can be slippery when wet. From the summit, walkers can either return to Josephine Falls or continue on to Junction camp.
The Bartle Frere trail is managed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. Please note that this map only shows an indicative start point for the walk. Please see the Queensland National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing web site for detailed maps and the latest park information, including opening hours and safety messages. When you are in the park, make sure you refer to signs at the start of the track for more information.
To continue on to Junction Camp:
From Bartle Frere summit to Western Summit camp (one hour), the trail is a scramble down through numerous granite boulders. This part of the climb can be very slippery when wet. Western Summit camp, a small clearing beside a creek, is suitable as a rest point or for an overnight stay.
On a clear day, enjoy excellent views of Bellenden Ker and the Mulgrave River valley as you walk from Western Summit camp to North West Peak (two hours).
The North West Peak to Junction camp trail is steep (five hours, descending 700 metres over five kilometres) and has occasional rock scrambles and long sections of continuous downhill walking.
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