Eagle's View Walk (Walk #4)

(John Forrest National Park)

 

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On this page:  

1) Walk map - Shows route and waypoint locations

2) Photo from walk  (also see Photo Galleries)

3) 3D map view

4) Google map & Satellite imagery

5) Route profile

6) Walk description

7) Waypoint listing and grid references.

 

 Walk map  Photo
Click on map for large version.

View SW through wandoo trees

 toward Perth, July 2003.

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More photos.

       3D map view

 

  

 Google Map

Using this map.

 

 

 Additional Satellite Imagery
 

Click here

for larger frame Google Maps image

of the walk area. -Use zoom bar

for road details.

For Google Earth  users

Step 1: Left Click here

For fly-in to waypoints and route on image of the walk area.

Or Right Click to

 "Save Target/Link As..."  kml file.

Step 2: Left Click here

For fly-in to 3D view

 of the walk area. 

Or Right Click to

 "Save Target/Link As..."  kml file.

Hint: For enhanced 3D effect, set 'Elevation Exaggeration'

in Google Earth to "3" (via 'Tools' menu, 'Options' & 'View' tab).

 

        Route profile

 

                           

 Walk description  
Location :

26kms east of Perth, off Great Eastern  Highway.

Length :

15 kms (all on-track)

Degree of difficulty :

EASY (What does this mean?

(but not in hot weather! -As with all walks on this site, this is best done in the cooler months.)

Amount of uphill walking : 350m (cumulative ascent)
GPS-required :

NO

Access  :

See Google Map for start point on road map.

(Use zoom ladder for detail. Select 'Hybrid' to add satellite imagery.)

Turn left into John Forrest National Park off Great Eastern Hwy and follow the sealed road to the main carpark/picnic area. Park admission fee per car is $11.00.

Walkers should register at the Ranger's office both prior to commencing the walk and on return.

Escape route/s :

In north, follow dirt vehicle tracks to Toodyay Road. In south, return to main carpark.

Main features /Highlights:

This established trail is within the popular John Forrest National Park which is also included in the Darling Range Regional Park system.  It was constructed by the Perth Bushwalkers during 1993-98. It gives access to the less known northern area of the Park as well as the familiar Jane Brook area, including the National Park Falls and Hovea Falls. The walk covers varied terrain (including moderately steep in places), partly along stream valleys and partly along the top of the Darling Scarp, past granite tors, and across laterite plateaus.  There are impressive views across the Swan Coastal Plain to distant Perth and across the stream valleys. The track also passes through varied vegetation types, including heathlands, open wandoo woodlands and mixed jarrah-marri-wandoo forest.

Sections of this trail (about one-third of the walk length) are also incorporated into the Northern John Forrest Nat, Park Walk (Walk # 4a on this site) which also provides for some off-track heathland and forest walking.

Eagle's View Walk Trail was selected by DSR and DEC in late 2008 as one of about 30 bushwalking trails in WA that are to be promoted as TrailsWA "Top Trails".

Note: Some of the streamsides in the Park, especially along Jane Brook, are severely infested with the introduced pink- to red-flowering weed, Watsonia, which chokes out the native heathland. Efforts by dedicated individuals and community groups to locally control the weed elsewhere along the Darling Scarp, and at Piesse Brook, appear to have had some local success, so there may be some hope here also!

Bushfire impact: A fire on 3 Nov. 2010 burned 567 ha of forest within a 15km perimeter in the northern area of the National Park and affected much of the northern half of the walk (see map).  An earlier 'controlled burn' covering 157 ha was also carried out in the eastern area of the Park in May 2010 and likely helped limit the spread of the later wildfire. See DEC's current 6-season indicative burn program.

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:  Mundaring 1:50,000 Sheet (Dept. of CALM, 1990).

Mundaring 1:25,000 2134-III, NW & SW sheets (Dept. of Lands & Survey, 1983; Series R811) -available on DVD.

Maps of the trail may also be available from the Park Ranger's office near the main picnic area.

Note: Mundaring & Chidlow 1:50,000 DEC Conservation Operations Graphic (COG) map series (current) Sheet 2134-3 & 2134-2, is too 'busy' across the Park area to be useful for this walk.

Other background references :

"John Forrest National Park - Park Guide" and "John Forrest National Park - Park Guide" by DEC (undated PDF );

"Eagle's View Walk" is also now summarised on the  Trails WA website as one of the W.A. trails selected by DSR and DEC for promotion under the "TrailsWA Top Trails Project".

"Eagle View Walk Trail" - DEC's website summary.

"Swan Valley and Perth Hills Trails Discovery Guide", Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council ('EMRC'). 2005. - This is an excellent booklet summarising 41 mainly short on-track walks in Shires of Kalamunda and Mundaring and City of Swan. It has been withdrawn from public sale but a copy can be viewed at the State Library of WA (book Call Ref. # 919.411 SWA).

The booklet includes maps and notes for the Eagle View Walk trail (p.50 & 53) and also the John Forrest Heritage Trail (pp.50-51; 10 km return walk on the old Eastern Railway Line through this area) which also forms part of the Railway Reserves Heritage Trail.

Family Walks in Perth Outdoors, CALM, rev. edn. 2000, pp.22-24, also includes a mud map and description for the John Forrest Heritage Trail.

"John Forrest National Park: A Place of Beauty"  article by George Duxbury, in Landscope magazine (CALM), Vol.11, No.4, Winter 1996, pp.16-21. 

"Travellers guide to the Parks & Reserves of Western Australia" by Simon Nevill, 2001, pp.44-45 (Simon Nevill Publications), includes a summary of the Park.

"John Forrest National Park Management Plan" by former Dept. of Conservation and Land Management (CALM), Aug.1994. -This also includes summaries of the flora & fauna, geology, history, future park plans, etc.

Trivia: "The West Australian" newspaper included a short piece on this walk on 29 Dec. 2004 (on p. 6 of "Health & Medicine" supplement), including reference to this web page. -The article recommended the walk as a good way to "wear off the Christmas lunch", but it should also have cautioned not to attempt it on a typical, hot summer's day.  - Wait for cooler weather (i.e. when max. temp. less than 25C).

Route notes :

 

Most key turning points on the track are indicated by yellow eagle emblem markers and provided you have a map in hand, GPS navigation is certainly not required.

After crossing from the Start point to the north side of Jane Brook, follow the track west (in downstream direction). Make a short diversion to National Park Falls at waypt '8' but rejoin the track at '9' to stay on the north side of the Brook. After waypt '12' the track rises quite steeply to reach the top of the Darling Scarp between waypoints '13'-'15' where there are excellent views across the coastal plain to Perth. Follow the track northward and meet a brief section of vehicle track before reaching waypt '18'. The track then climbs to a ridge and then turns eastward at waypt '21' to follow Christmas Tree valley upstream away from the Scarp through heathlands and past granite tors. Meet a vehicle track at waypt '25'. Turn left to follow it northward, initially crossing the Creek and passing small rapids hidden just to the right (east) of the track (see waypt 'RAPIDS'). When the vehicle track meets the old W-E park boundary vehicle track (at 'ALT1'), the track continues north as a foot-track and begins rising away from Christmas Tree Creek through open wandoo woodlands. (NOTE: For a shorter walk, you can turn right at 'ALT1' to follow the vehicle track eastward to rejoin the track at about 'ALT2', reducing the total walk by about 3 kms, but missing a very pleasant section). After waypt '26A' the track rises more steeply across the laterite ' breakaway' slope to reach a laterite plateau and jarrah forest by waypt '28'.  The track continues along the edge of the plateau/valley rim and provides some excellent views across this secluded northern valley. Turn right (eastward) onto a vehicle track at waypt '31' and then descend southward to cross a tributary of  Christmas Tree Creek at waypt '35'. Cross another sidestream at waypt '36' and then immediately cross the intersecting vehicle track on the south side of the stream to locate the foot-track which rises quite steeply SW through very picturesque open wandoo woodland to reach another laterite plateau and waypt '38'. At this point there are good views across the valley and Scarp toward Perth. Veer SE to follow the track along the edge of the plateau. Cross the old park boundary track ('ALT2') and follow a vehicle track to a T-intersection at waypt '41'. Turn right and follow the vehicle track SW. At waypt '46' locate a sidetrack for a short diversion to visit Hovea Falls at '46A'.  Rejoin the vehicle track and follow it via waypt '47' to reach a picnic area on the north side of Jane Brook.  Cross the Brook via the small weir to get back to the carpark and Start point.

 

 

 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        414001  6471948    Main carpark.

5            414016  6472164    On track on north side of Jane Brook.

6            413827  6472327

7            413470  6472290

8            413090  6472150    Top of National Park Falls.

9            413123  6472197    Rejoin main track.

10           412731  6472320

11           412574  6472657

12           412223  6472526    Begin uphill climb.

13           412073  6472643

14           411980  6472642

15           411919  6472701    View west to Perth.

16           411981  6472871

17           412110  6473101

18           411996  6473388

19           412042  6473423

20           412001  6473630

21           412122  6473809

22           412327  6473710

23           412553  6473674

24           412657  6473467

25           412891  6473487    Foot-track joins dirt vehicle track.

26           413082  6474472   

26A          413243  6474919

27           413225  6475271   

28           413058  6475426    Reach laterite plateau about here.

29           413051  6475663

30           413193  6475809

31           413255  6475966    Foot-track meets vehicle track.

32           413464  6475905

33           413698  6475878

34           413910  6475918

35           413898  6475524    Cross tributary of Christmas Tree Creek.

36           414027  6475360

37           413796  6475137    On steepish climb.

38           413795  6474883    Reach laterite plateau. Views to Perth.

39           414351  6474617

40           414820  6474432

41           415305  6474035    T-intersection between 2 vehicle tracks.

42           415108  6473859

43           414678  6473193

44           414688  6473066

45           414430  6472694

46           414616  6472357    Sidetrack to Hovea Falls.

46A          414718  6472375    Hovea Falls.

46           414616  6472357    Sidetrack rejoins vehicle track.

47           414324  6471989

END          414001  6471948    Back at Start point in carpark.

Additional waypoints on map :

RAPIDS       412936  6473593    Small rapids on Christmas Tree Creek.

72           414393  6475258    On vehicle track east of waypt 36.

71           415083  6474473    On same vehicle track as waypt 71.

ALT1         413030  6474213    Route intersects old park boundary road.

ALT2         415069  6474227    Old park boundary road meets route.

 

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