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Mt Frankland Summit Trail is a 1.2km, grade 4 return hike, located in Walpole, Western Australia. The hike should take approximately 0.5hrs to complete.
The Summit Trail to the top of Mount Frankland takes you to the Towermans Lookout where there are remarkable views over the Walpole Wilderness Area. While the walk is strenuous the views make it worthwhile – on a clear day you can see Mt Roe in the north, the Porongorup and Stirling Ranges in the east and the Southern Ocean to the south.
Located in the Mount Frankland National Park near Walpole, this short but steep walk takes you to the peak of Mount Frankland for fantastic views of the karri forest, the Frankland River below and on a clear day, the southern coastline. Whilst at the top, look for the plaque that has the original Aboriginal name of Mount Frankland, Caldyanup, as well as directions pointing to other landmarks. The trail starts next to the Car Park, at the base of Mount Frankland. Start on the bitumen track and climb to the top of the dome. The climb to the top includes over 300 steep concrete steps and requires a short ladder climb so a reasonable level of fitness is required. Walkers should also consider the weather conditions before proceeding on this walk. On descent, take the trail to Soho Lookout and continue on the Caldyanup Trail which loops around the base of the rock (1.6km return-moderately difficult) to immerse yourself in one of the best granite and karri areas in the south west. There is a picnic site near the Car Park, toilets and shelter where you can enjoy a break before or at the end of your walk.
Start Point: Car Park, Mount Frankland National Park. 30 minutes from Walpole which is 400km (4 hours) south of Perth.
End Point: Mount Frankland Car Park, 28km from Walpole, which is 420km (6 hours) south of Perth
Region: Walpole, South West
For more information, a location map and GPS file please visit Trails WA.