Lamb's Head and Kahlpahlim Rock Loop

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Dinden National Park

Lamb's Head and Kahlpahlim Rock Loop is a 7.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mareeba, Queensland, Australia that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Length7.8 miElevation gain2,365 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Sally Fields
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Jax Macintyre
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Fiona Fuller
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HikingGreat!

Did the Ridge trail this time. Really enjoyed it. Was difficult but in a nice way. Definitely a vast difference to going up via the Trailhead rainforest side. Definitely recommend doing both. I’d probably stick to doing the ridge side now I’ve experienced both.

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Michael Bradley
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HikingGreat!

A beautiful trail which has various different landscapes and terrains with a magnificent view of Cairns and beyond at the peak. It is recommended to bring a few litres of water as well as a snack or two as it takes 4 hours minimum. We did it in the rain so it took us over 6 hours to do the entire circuit loop but we spent a lot of time stopping for photos, pulling off leeches and escaping from a defensive cassowary which forced us off the track. Definitely should be a relatively fit person for this climb. I'll be doing this one again on a clearer day!

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Rammus Support
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Rachael Walshe
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the false peaks get a bit much but oh goodie this one is a challenging, fun time.

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Rosa Dias
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first time coming down this way, take your time and consider taking a pole or two

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Rosa Dias
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Kalyra Thompson
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Very steep climb with some false peaks to get you excited only to find more climbing ahead. The views and the downhill portion are worth every drop of sweat on your upward journey. Highly recommend, bring hydration, snacks and wear good shoes with grip!

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Greg Armitage
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Kahlpahlim Rock Loop - 13.3km (4.25hrs) Loop hike to Kahlpahlim Rock at 1300m returning via the ridge in Dinden National Park. The climb was steep (700m over 5km). Unfortunately at the summit we were greeted by mist and no view to Cairns. Photo attached is from about 100m below the summit. Fantastic hike and well worth the effort.

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Hayley Stott
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Went up the ridge trail and back down the Kahlpahlim track, walking the final 2km to the car. Just over four hours in total, including lunch at the top. The ridge trail was quite enjoyable - nice open forest and the track is clear and well marked. It is steep but achievable (I would say similar difficulty to the Pyramid.) The track changes quite significantly after you hit the rock and head towards the research station. It is more overgrown with fallen trees and goes steeply up and sharply down. keep following the arrows and you will suddenly come out to an amazing view over Copperlode and Cairns. Please be careful here as you are on the edge of a rolling cliff; it was quite slippery today due to dry leaves and loose dirt. There are plenty of off shoots around the rock - we didn't explore any today but I would be interested in checking these out next time. Apparently there are some climbing ropes somewhere too. Heading back down the Kahlpahlim track was long with little to see. There is a creek towards the end that was nice for a quick cool down though. Once you hit the carpark it is about 2km along the road back to the ridge trail carpark. Probably wouldn't do this as a circuit again - the ridge trail was steeper but shorter and more scenic; doing the circuit doesn't add much to the experience in my opinion.

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Fiona Fuller
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Enjoyable hike that offered a great view at the top. Completed this with 2 other ladies, taking our time and enjoying the landscape. Definitely a hard slog going up but easy and clear track so plenty of opportunities to stop and gather yourself before hitting up the next uphill section. Once you arrive at the top don’t be discouraged by cloud coverage. Sit and enjoy lunch and be patient. The clouds might just roll on by and allow for the spectacular views.

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Gareth Jones
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Great hike, well tagged/signed, just under 4 & half hours including a quick drink stop at the top to take in the view (which is amazing!)

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Kinnon Bell
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Itoshi Katagiri
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Brit Wallace
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Fast trail running track! Shaded track most of the way. Can definitely get lost looping around the top! Absolutely loved it. Keep going 1km or so down the road from where Google maps takes you to. BEAUTIFUL VIEWS

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Rob Davidson
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Well trafficked loop - left ridge trailhead at 4 to watch the sunrise. Easy to follow trail, reflectors well placed

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Rikki Veronese
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Melissa McEvoy
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Gorgeous trail - perfect time of year to tackle this one .. ( June ) stunning diversity in the landscapes too , not to mention great view at top !

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Michellie Beaumont
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Good Trail, for more advanced hikers, do watch out for the red belly black snakes and leeches, recommend hiking boots

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Sarah Molina
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Completed in 5hours. Spent about 1 hour exploring the lookouts at the top. Went up the ridge trail from the first car park and then back down the same instead of the loop just to make the trip shorter since had a little one with me. Little one got a tick, so will put deet on next time even though there were no mozzies. Also last time there were leeches but not this time. Amazing view over the Cairns and Tablelands region from the peak. Well worth the hike up!

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Warren Robb
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this is definitely rated correctly as hard..just did it today, dropped mountain bikes at ridge trail head, then parked car at kahlpalim trail head and started there.did whole loop back. Rode bikes back to car otherwise you gotta walk an extra 2.5km along the Rd at the end. fantastic walk and views worth it. ridge trail is very steep in some sections..6 hrs all up with a few photo and drink stops..will definitely do again.

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Tracey Scott
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My favorite walk in FNQ thus far. The down walk along the ridge was disappointing as it was very slippery and the last 2km along the road back to the car park. Breathtaking views, and the ascent was such a joy of tracks past boulders, moss, fungi, ferns, orchids etc. That unmistakable smell of the purest air you will ever experience.

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Rae Zhang
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The view on top was absolutely amazing. So far my fav around the area. But the way down, from either way, was terrible, loose and steep. How much I love the view how much I hated the way down. We started a bit too late ended up walking in the dark for the last bit but luckily we finished the steep part right before the sun went completely down. Wasn't that bad watching sunset through the woods tho. Can't wait doing it again

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David Harland
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Really beautiful hike, the view at the end is great and a great place to just sit for a while to take it all in - gorgeous. We did the full loop, was just over 14km all up. Took us just over 4 hours walking time. Would recommend hiking boots or trail runners, my usual runners were all over the place coming down the ridge trail and it was completely dry - September. Did this track just over 10 years ago with 3 others & we got super lost. The track is far better maintained and marked these days. Went off in the wrong direction twice due to misleading markers or lack of, could tell by the track that other hikers had made the same mistake, but this app quickly sorted us - Ah technology :) Don't forget to bring a towel for a well deserved dip at the end, so nice!!

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Rukmani Hart
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Did the circuit - up Kahlpalin and down the ridge track. Took us 6.5hrs - which included a few short rest stops, a ~1.5 km detour and and a decent amount of time to enjoy the flora on the trail and spectacular views from two different view points. Sheer drop off from the main look out point which may not appeal to those afraid of heights - but the view is incredible. Some steep climbs over rocks and roots make it fun and we met someone with a double hip replacement coming down. I wouldn’t have been game but she seemed to be handling it by taking it very slow. No cassowaries but looks like wild pigs have been busy digging up sections of the ridge trail! Great view point to get perspective of the lay of the land over Cairns and the Tablelands.

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Stefan Brännström
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Didn’t quite make it to the rock but next time. Had my 13 year old son with me and he was complaining that I was walking too slow. :) A bit hard to see the trail when you get to a grassy area not far from the rock but keep your eyes open on ribbons tied on trees.

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Ammar Zulkofli
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Mine was rainy,wet,muddy and cloudy hike. But worth of 3 hours hike to the top with foggy,strong wind but still a stunning cloudy view. Will do it again on summer with clear view at the top. Using 2 wheels drive to the upper camping site surely a challenge but made it there and going back home safely.

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Samantha Cooke
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beautiful variety in rainforest and bushland. the track is hard but the views are sensational

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Sammi N Andy Toyne
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Steep climb up to the peak with several small level sections. Intersects with the Kalpalhim trail about 1km from peak. This route shows a few detours from the standard route to the rock and also leads to the Boulder Climb on the west. Fantastic views in some spots. Some severe dropoffs from viewpoints so take care. Watch out for the Black Snakes

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