Mount Randall Walk (Walk #14a)
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View from Mount Randall SE to
Mounts Vincent, Cuthbert and Cooke, April 2003.
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29 kms SE of Armadale along Albany Highway.
13.5 kms (70% off-track)
|Degree of difficulty :||
MEDIUM (What does this mean?)
|Amount of uphill walking :||
350m (cumulative ascent)
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Park on widened verge on left hand side of Albany Hwy (going south), 5 kms south of the Gleneagle Rest area (and 3.2 kms past Jarrahdale Road turnoff), and marked by blue "P" (for parking) sign and just past a small pine plantation and dirt track on left. (Before leaving your car ensure it is well secured as it will be in full view of passing traffic.)
For an alternative, less exposed parking place, continue a further 600m along Albany Highway (3.8 kms past Jarrahdale Road turnoff), then turn off to the right into an unlabelled vehicle track (37 Mile Road/Bulldozer Road) and park on the side of that track about 150m from the Highway. (For car turning space on the narrow track, continue for a further 150m to the signed intersection of 37 Mile Road with Redgum Road.) Then start the walk (at 'START2') by crossing Albany Hwy from 37 Mile Rd, and head directly up the ridge via waypoint '2ALT' to waypoint '2A'. On the return route, after waypt '43', bypass waypts '44' and '45' and head southward via '44ALT', '45ALT', '46ALT' to 'OLDTRK', then back to the start point ('START2').
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 Drinking Water Source Protection Plans of 2007 for Canning River and Serpentine Dam catchments.
|Escape route/s :||
West to Albany Highway.
Or north via Bibbulmun Track to waypoint 'E' (intersection with Randall Road), then turn left to follow Randall Road (forestry track) to reach Albany Highway.
Or south via Old Bibbulmun Track/Herold Road (via waypoints 'OLBIB4' and 'OLBIB5') to reach Albany Highway.
This walk within the Monadnocks National Park includes an ascent of Mount Randall (summit elevation 523m) with its great view of Mounts Vincent, Cuthbert and Cooke to the SE. The walk overlaps in a couple of short sections (totalling about 1.5kms) with the Three Mountains Walk. Apart from Mount Randall it features granite outcrops to the east and north which provide more views east across the Darling Ranges and NNE to distant Mount Dale. The route includes about 1.5km of the Bibbulmun Track and visits the Monadnocks Campsite (hut) on the Track. Between the outcrops, the walking is mainly easy, through open jarrah (-marri) forest with balgas, and some tall grass trees, sheoak and banksia, plus a few possible short scratchy sections of parrot bush around the outcrops. The uphill sections aren't demanding and the walk can be taken at a leisurely pace. In wet weather extra care is needed on the outcrops which can become slippery in places.
For overnighters: For those keen to camp overnight in the area: The Monadnocks Campsite (which includes a 3-sided shelter; at waypoint 'BIBHUT') on the Bibbulmun Track is located after the initial 3 kms of the walk.
Timber harvesting (i.e. logging operations): Harvesting was scheduled for 2008 (see the indicative 2008-2010 timber harvesting plans), but only in the northernmost part of the walk area, with an impact on a short section of the route (approx. between waypoints '42' & '43'). Foresters' white paint markings were added to tree trunks in that area in 2008. (Trees with any form of marking are not for harvesting.) The western slopes of Mt Randall also lie within an area which the DEC plans indicate may be partly targeted for forest thinning operations "to promote water production" within the Wungong reservoir catchment. This part of the catchment lies within the National Park however, and thinning therefore seems very unlikely to proceed.
Controlled burns: - A burn was carried out in Autumn 2010 across the whole area east of the 'Old Bibbulmun Track' (see map) including Mt Vincent, Mt Cuthbert and the 'North Rocks area. This impacted on forest along the Bibbulmun Track section of the walk route between waypoints 'OLDBIB' (near the Monadnocks Campsite) & '32'. See DEC's 6-season indicative burn programme.
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: Jarrahdale 1:50,000 Sheet (WA Forests Dept., ca.1990);
or Jarrahdale & Yaganing 1:50,000 DEC Conservation Operations Graphic (COG) map series (current) Sheet 2133-3 & 2133-2.
Other background references :
"Forests on Foot (40 walks in W.A.)" by Meney & Brown, 1985, pp.38-47 (Wescolour Press, Fremantle). Includes two walks in the general area.
See Climbers' Association of W.A. site for a climber's perspective of Mount Randall.
Trivia: What is a "monadnock? (Click for answer.)
Route notes :
Head approx. ENE off-track from the 'START' point to reach a small stream bed at waypt '2'. (If starting from the alternative Start point, where Bulldozer Road meets Albany Hwy, as per the Access notes above, start the walk at 'START2' by crossing Albany Hwy from Bulldozer Rd, and head directly up the ridge via waypoint '2ALT' to waypoint '2A'.) Turn right and head gently uphill SE through fairly open forest. Cross an old track (at 'OLDTRK'). Continue SE to reach the crest of an westward-sloping ridge and immediately after meet an old forestry track at '2A'. Turn left to follow the track NE uphill until a side-track is reached on the left, marked by a small rock cairn on the right(waypt 'CAIRN'). Follow this undeveloped foot-track northward uphill via waypoints '4', '5' and '6' to approach the foot of a large sloping granite slab near the summit of Mount Randall. [Note 1: About 140m before you reach '4' on the foot-track you may glimpse through the forest a cluster of large granite boulders 100m due east. It is worth a short off-track detour to visit these and the sizeable cavern hidden below them. Another 60m east of those rocks is a striking cluster of tall 'sentinal'-like rocks, also worth a visit. This is a popular area with boulderers. Note 2: The last section of the foot-track to 'R-2' may be difficult to follow due to the control burn in the area in 2010 which also included the summit area of Mt Randall; but the fire also opened up the understorey, so it is easy to pick your own route.] Follow the vague track northward, bypassing the foot of the rock before veering westward to ascend a gap in the rocks and reach 'VIEW' at the top of a sloping granite outcrop with views SE to Mounts Vincent, Cuthbert and Cooke. Then follow a clear foot-track only 30m north to reach a small cairn at 'CRN2' on a smaller slab. [At this point if you're keen you can make a very short diversion up to the actual summit area of Mount Randall to a large granite slab at 'SMTVU' on the western side (a favourite area for rock climbers) with sweeping views, including northward to Eagle Hill.] Descend from 'CRN2' via a foot-track which initially follows the eastern ridge of Mt. Randall to waypt '7'. Continue gently downhill following the vague foot-track approx. eastward via '8', and slightly south of the ridge crest. Near '9' the foot-track wanders through a patch of shrubland and veers more ESE to soon reach the Monadnocks Campsite (at 'BIBHUT'), a good place for a rest stop. Follow the track SE from the campsite to reach the Bibbulmun Track at 'OLDBIB', close to where it veers SE away from the old Bibbulmun Track (Herold Road). Follow the Bibbulmun Track southward via '11A to reach 'FALLOG', then veer ESE gently uphill to cross the crest of a broad ridge and reach waypt '13' on the more steeply sloping eastern side. Turn left (north) and gently descend along the slope to reach 'ENDROK' near the south edge of a large eastward-sloping granite outcrop. Follow a kangaroo trail through a very short section of scratchy shrubs fringing the outcrop. Then follow the upper slope of the outcrop (which provides good views to the east) approx. NW via waypoints '16' to '19' to reach some large boulders at 'BIGROK'. Then descend to the foot of the outcrop (via '21') to reach '22' which is approximately the halfway point of the walk. Re-enter the forest and after less than 1.5km (via waypoints '22A' and '23') of easy walking, mainly along slope and among scattered tall grass trees, reach waypt '24' at the foot of another outcrop which rises quite steeply to the west. Climb a short distance up the gentler lower part of the outcrop to reach '25' then soon after re-enter the forest to reach '27' to the north. Veer NW upslope and soon reach another outcrop at 'BIGRK2' which gives a good view of distant Mount Dale, 23km to the NNE. Follow the outcrop via '29', then downslope to '30', then veer NW to re-enter the forest and reach '31'. Veer further westward to reach the Bibbulmun Track again at waypt '32'. Turn right to follow the track NW to '33'. Then veer to the left off the track through the forest via waypoints '33' to '35' to cross a small stream and reach the foot of another outcrop at 'BIGRK3'. Walk less than 50m south along the foot of the outcrop to locate an easy route to walk up to the higher rock slope and then mainly along slope to '37'. From near '37' follow an animal track to pass through a short scrubby section and back onto rock outcrop at '38'. Soon after '38' re-enter the forest to the north and reach a ridge at '39'. Veer west to follow the ridge uphill via '40' to reach the narrow ridge top at about '41'. Follow the eastern edge of the ridge southward for less than 100m, then at '42', head due south to cross the ridge top and descend the southwest flank to meet an old overgrown forestry track at about '43'. Follow the track for about 1.3 km, via '44', and '45', to its exit point at Albany Highway (at 'C'). Then go off-track for a short section to get back to the Start point of the walk. (If returning to the alternative Start point, at 'START2' on Bulldozer Road, after waypt '43', bypass waypts '44' and '45' and head southward via '44ALT', '45ALT', '46ALT' to 'OLDTRK', then 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 426265 6422595 Park car, parking strip at side of Albany Hwy.
2 426614 6422710 Small stream (flowing in winter).
OLDTRK 427002 6422383 Cross old forestry track.
2A 427460 6422006 Meet old forestry track. Turn left onto track.
CAIRN 427609 6422086 Small rock cairn marks side-track on left.
4 427702 6422362 On old foot-track, ascending Mount Randall.
5 427630 6422422 Still on old foot-track.
6 427643 6422613 Foot of outcrop, near summit of Mt. Randall.
VIEW 427579 6422604 On rock outcrop just below Mt. Randall summit.
CRN2 427581 6422635 At small(former?)cairn on outcrop. (Cairn possibly gone.)
7 427740 6422727 On foot-track on ridge below Mt. Randall summit.
8 427953 6422744 On foot-track, descending from Mt. Randall.
9 428131 6422689 On vague foot-track, in shrubland.
BIBHUT 428229 6422625 Monadnocks Campsite (hut).
OLDBIB 428487 6422548 Bibbulmun Track leaves old track.
11A 428611 6422345 On Bibbulmun Track.
FALLOG 429004 6421561 On Bibbulmun Track. Large fallen logs nearby.
13 429700 6421476 On eastward slope, below broad ridge.
ENDROK 429662 6421658 Near south edge of granite outcrop.
16 429645 6421752 Outcrop continues.
17 429534 6421789 Outcrop continues.
18 429475 6421896 Outcrop continues.
19 429492 6421955 Outcrop continues.
BIGROK 429423 6422061 Large granite boulder on outcrop.
21 429474 6422146 Descending outcrop.
22 429670 6422163 Near foot of outcrop.
22A 429746 6422558 In open forest.
23 429312 6422990 In open forest.
24 428917 6423011 Reach foot of another granite outcrop.
25 428887 6423054 On outcrop.
27 428900 6423228 In forest between outcrops.
BIGRK2 428828 6423300 Reach another outcrop.
29 428742 6423385 Outcrop continues.
30 428776 6423470 Outcrop continues.
31 428433 6423708 In open forest, tall grass trees nearby?
32 428037 6423707 Meet Bibbulmun Track again.
33 427794 6423962 Leave Bibbulmun Track.
34 427620 6424038 In forest.
35 427484 6424102 In forest.
BIGRK3 427301 6424085 Reach foot of granite outcrop near stream.
36 427289 6424043 Still at foot of outcrop.
37 427186 6424174 On outcrop. Entering short scrubby section.
38 427140 6424195 On outcrop.
39 427097 6424335 In forest, ascending ridge above outcrop.
40 427012 6424348 In forest, ascending ridge.
41 426948 6424254 In forest, on narrow ridge top.
42 426974 6424187 Near eastern edge of ridge top.
43 426954 6423639 Meet overgrown old track (follow downhill).
44 426690 6423172 Still on old forestry track.
45 426643 6422901 Still on old forestry track.
C 426206 6422668 Old forestry track meets Albany Highway.
END 426265 6422595 End walk. Back at car.
Additional waypoints on map :
START2 426500 6422061 Alternate Start point, end 37 Mile Rd/Bulldozer Rd.
2ALT 427031 6421891 On spur ridge.
44ALT 427166 6423347 Near heathland on floor of small side valley.
45ALT 427103 6422825 Narrow stream gully.
46ALT 426963 6422723 In forest.
D 426755 6421607 Old forestry track meets Albany Hwy.
E 427275 6424781 Randall Road intersects Bibbulmun Track.
OLBIB4 428488 6421848 On Herold Road (Old Bibbulmun Track).
OLBIB5 428773 6421110 On Herold Road (Old Bibbulmun Track).
SMTVU 427527 6422603 On rock slab on west side of Mt. Randall summit.
GRAN 427764 6421927 Granite outcrop SE of 'CAIRN' waypt.
S-RAND 427937 6421437 On crest of ridge south of Mt. Randall.
BIB 429172 6421044 On Bibbulmun Track, south of 'FALLOG' waypt.
BIGRK 428764 6423012 Outcrop continuing upslope from Waypoint '24'.
BOLDRS 429185 6422294 Large granite boulders in forest, near ridge.
CRNRK 429211 6422069 Small cairn on granite outcrop, near ridge.
NTHROC 429354 6421833 Granite outcrop, near ridge.
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