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. The trail starts at 700 metres altitude and rises to 1,622 metres at the summit; an average gradient of one in eight.
From Junction camp, walkers can walk to Bartle Frere summit and return or continue to Josephine Falls. Both walks are 15 kilometres one way and require two days.
The trail to North West Peak from Junction Camp is steep (five hours, rising 700 metres over five kilometres). This part of the trail has occasional rock scrambles and long sections of continuous uphill walking.
On a clear day, enjoy excellent views as you walk from North West Peak to Western Summit camp (two hours). Western Summit camp is suitable as a rest point or for an overnight stay.
From Western Summit camp it is 750 metres (one hour) to the Bartle Frere summit. The trail becomes a scramble over granite boulders to the summit. This part of the climb can be very slippery when wet.
From the summit, walkers can either return to Junction camp or continue to Josephine Falls.
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. The track route and end point are not shown and this map cannot be used for navigation purposes. 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.
The descent from Bartle Frere summit to Eastern Summit camp (300 metres over 500 metres; one hour) requires scrambling over boulders and can be slippery when wet. Do not leave equipment on the camping pad during the day as it may be used to land a helicopter in an emergency.
Eastern Summit camp to Big Rock camp. This section is a steep descent (1,000 metres over four kilometres; allow about five hours).
Big Rock camp to Josephine Falls. The walk from Big Rock camp to Josephine Falls car park is a moderate descent (400 metres over three kilometres; allow about two hours).
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