Mount Dale-Beraking Brook Walk (Walk #12)

 

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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
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View to Mount Dale (3.7kms east) from Beraking Brook 'rapids',  April 2002.

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           Route profile

                               

 Walk description  
Location :

50 kms SE of Perth,  along Brookton Hwy to Ashendon Road (gravel road) on left,  then further 17 kms via Ashendon and Dale Roads.

Length :

16.5 field kms (70% off-track)

Degree of difficulty :

MEDIUM   (What does this mean?)

Amount of uphill walking :

570m (cumulative ascent)

GPS-preferred :

YES

Access  :

See Google Map for start point on road map.

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

To reach parking spot at Start point, follow Ashendon Road for 5km off Brookton Hwy, then turn right to follow Dale Road for 12.5km and stop where Bibbulmun Track crosses the road. Park on right near white boom gate across the Bibb. Track, or in the picnic area about 100m further along Dale Road and on the right.

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 "Mundaring Weir Catchment Area Drinking Water Source Protection Plan" of 2007.

Escape route/s :

By road, to west via Dale Road (as per access route), or to north via forestry roads (approx. 2km north along Dale Road from Start point, turn right into a road that connects after about 4km with Reservoir Road to NE which can then be followed NW approx 20km to Mundaring Weir Road).

By foot, approx 9km to Brookton Hwy in south via either Omeo Road (in west) or Bibbulmun Track, or via Smith Road to east then south 9km to Brookton Hwy via Beraking Pool Road.

Main features

/Highlights:

This walk is within the 8000ha Helena National Park.  The walk starts at Mount Dale (546m) which has superb views over a wide region of the Darling Range.  After an initial steep descent from Mt Dale the walk covers varied terrain, including a few granite outcrops and two  stream gullies. The forest is mainly mixed jarrah-marri, but includes a couple of patches of wandoo woodland mainly on the lower ridges. A highlight in mid-winter to spring, are the rapids at Beraking Brook which are impressive if the brook is flowing strongly.  The walk also includes a small hill about 1.5km south of Mt Dale which offers some additional  views from its eastern flank.

The initial section of the walk briefly follows part of the short Mount Dale Circuit Walk Trail (which continues around the summit. That 2 km 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".

For overnighters: For those keen to camp overnight in the area: The Mount Dale Campsite (which includes a 3-sided shelter; at waypoint 'HUTD') on the Bibbulmun Track is located on the walk route, 2 kms before the end point. Alternatively the Campsite provides a useful opportunity for a final brief rest stop during the walk.

Note : Fortunately this walk area was unaffected by the wildfires of January 2005 (evidently started by arsonist/s) which burnt out a large area of forest between Mt Dale and Helena Reservoir, northward of the walk area.  An earlier smaller fire of January 2003, which resulted from a lightning strike, burnt an area around the summit of Mt Dale, within the walk area. The route description below was written after the 2003 fire.

More recently (approx. Autumn 2011) DEC has carried out a (presumably unintentionally) very hot prescribed burn and cleared multiple new fire control tracks along the ridge south of Beraking Brook rapids. The new tracks detract from what was previously a particularly picturesque section of this walk within the National Park. Once the forest recovers and the (hopefully abandoned) tracks grow over, the pleasant character of the woodlands and forest along this ridge will perhaps return.

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:  Kelmscott & Beraking 1:50,000 DEC Conservation Operations Graphic (COG) map series (current) Sheet 2133-4 & 2133-1;

or Kelmscott 1:50,000 Sheet (WA Forests Dept., 1984). 

Other background references :

DEC's site also includes a very brief note on Helena National Park.

"Helena National Park - Park Guide" by DEC (undated pdf; 380KB).

"Mount Dale Circuit Walk Trail" (2.5 kms) which partly overlaps with this walk is 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". 

Route notes :

 

Walk up the road from the 'START' point and at TRK follow a new track (the Mount Dale Circuit Walk Trail) just to right of the road to near the summit of Mount Dale. Then follow the track around south side of summit (via D2-A), with superb views to south. On reaching waypt D3, head downhill approx ESE quite steeply through forest burnt in early 2003, approx. following close to (but just south of) the crest of a ridge, to reach a small rock outcrop on the ridge at 'ROX'. [Update: The initial 300m from 'D3' is now quite 'scratchy' since understorey regrowth  re-established after the 2003 fire. Just take it slowly and patiently and don't let this short section put you off.  The route soon gets much easier!]. Cross a small stream gully (initially east), then after reaching 'D3-A',  veer  approx. NE to follow a broad ridge downhill to 'D4' . (The ridge drops off to a stream gully on the left which can be followed as an alternate route to an outcrop at 'ROX2' but that includes sections of slippery rock.)  Continue downhill to 'D5' and then veer ESE to cross a stream gully. Then climb quite steeply in open wandoo woodland to reach a laterite-capped ridge after 'D5-A'. Then turn south to reach 'VU' with a good view from the ridge back to the summit of Mount Dale  through the wandoo trees. Walk SE through wandoo woodland, along the eastern side of the flat ridge-top  to 'D6', then down a very gentle  slope to 'D7'. Then turn approx. ENE to descend through woodland and down a steeper rocky outcrop to 'D7-A'.  Then veer east down a gentle slope to reach Smith Road at 'D8'. Turn right to follow the road via 'D9' to reach the Beraking Brook 'rapids' (waypoint 'RAPIDS') which is a good rest spot and also provides an excellent view back to Mount Dale . In mid-winter to early spring the rapids will be flowing well provided there has been close to average rainfall for the season.   After the rapids, retrace the route west along Smith Road back to D9. Then veer SW off-track to D9-A and ascend the granite outcrop eastward to D9-B, with further good views to Mt Dale and down Beraking valley. Continue uphill via 'D9-C' into wandoo woodland and reach a laterite-capped summit area before 'D10' (a good spot for a lunch stop). [Note: In autumn 2011 DEC control burned this area and cleared multiple fire control tracks along the ridge and down the flanks. The new tracks detract what was a particularly picturesque section of this walk, but hopefully they will be abandoned and become overgrown with time.] Follow the ridge SSE to reach 'D12' and two small laterite knobs soon after. After the KNOB veer SW to initially stay on the ridge then cross a gentle saddle to meet a forestry road at 'D13'.  Continue SW and uphill along the road, which veers NW along slope at 'D17A'.  After 'D18A' initially follow the road as it veers west. Then continue west off-track downhill through the forest when the road veers SW.   Cross an old forestry road at 'D18' and then walk gently uphill, continuing west, and cross a broad low ridge before descending gently to cross the Bibbulmun Track at 'BIBC'.  Then almost immediately cross a small stream course and climb gently WNW to 'D19A'. Veer approx. west and soon cross a stream gully (at 'CK') and continue up the steepening hillside to reach a granite outcrop at 'D19-B'. Veer approx. NW along the outcrop to 'D19-C' and then continue approx. north along the outcrop to D19-D (with views of Mt Dale). Descend NE partly across another outcrop and through  forest to re-cross the Bibbulmun Track at BIBTR and follow the side-track from that point to the Mount Dale Campsite (hut) at 'HUTD'.   Locate an old track leaving the northern side the hut and follow it WNW to reach a recently cleared fire-break track and rejoin the Bibbulmun Track at D20-A.  Then follow the Bibb. Track (via RDC to where it meets Omeo Road) uphill back to the 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         433382  6445563    Park car, Bibbulmun Track crosses road.

TRK           433497  6445306    Meet track near r.h.s.(south side) of road.

MTDALE        433783  6445191    Close to Mount Dale summit.

D2            433722  6445211    On track just below summit car park area.         

D2-A          433790  6445071    On track below summit on south side.

D3            433876  6445146    On track on east flank of Mount Dale.

ROX           434256  6444969    On eastward sloping rock outcrop.

D3-A          434502  6444943    Close to ridge crest, heading downhill.   

D4            434952  6445244    On north flank of ridge, close to a gully.

D5            435077  6445335    In wandoo woodland, close to stream gully.

D5-A          435426  6445367    Near crest of ridge.

VU            435457  6445321    On ridge with view west to Mount Dale.

D6            435787  6444937    On eastern edge of laterite-capped ridge.

D7            436149  6444588    On east flank of ridge near steepening slope.  

D7-A          436504  6444737    Near base of rocky outcrop on east flank.

D8            436862  6444717    Meet Smith Road (just west of side stream).

D9            437119  6444791    On Smith Road.

RAPIDS        437524  6444825    Beraking Brook 'rapids' (if flowing).

D9            437119  6444791    On Smith Road.

D9-A          437135  6444698    At foot of granite outcrop, rising to SE.

D9-B          437416  6444556    On ridge near top of outcrop.

D9-C          437492  6444353    In wandoo woodland near laterite-capped ridge.

D10           437457  6444150    Approx. west edge of local summit.

D12           437647  6443807    Still on approx. ridge crest.

KNOB          437588  6443722    On small conical hill on the ridge.

D13           437203  6443463    Meet forestry road.

D17A          436850  6443296    On bend in forestry road.

D18A          436529  6443494    On forestry road.

D18           435705  6443475    Cross old forestry road.

BIBC          434501  6443438    Cross Bibbulmun Track.

D19A          434053  6443547    On broad ridge rising to west.

CK            433865  6443536    Cross creek gully.

D19-B         433519  6443555    Reach rock outcrop.

D19-C         433482  6443712    Still on partly heath/scrub covered outcrop.

D19-D         433397  6443886    Still on outcrop.

BIBTR         433641  6444121    Re-cross Bibbulmun Track near hut track.

HUTD          433749  6444264    Mount Dale campsite (hut).

D20           433229  6444501    Old track from hut rejoins Bibbulmun Track.

D20-A         433110  6444819    Bibb. Track crosses old forestry road.

RDC           432845  6445354    Bibb. Track joins Omeo Road.

END           433382  6445563    Back at Start point.

Additional waypoints on map :

ROX1          434234  6445225    Outcrop on alternate route down Mt Dale.

ROX2          434889  6445287    Outcrop close to route between 'D4' and 'D5'.

STH PK        433241  6443550    Approximate summit of 'South Peak'.

 

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