Mount Edwards Summit Trail

MODERATE 11 reviews

Mount Edwards Summit Trail is a 5.3 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Charlwood, Queensland, Australia that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
5.3 km
ELEVATION GAIN
516 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

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nature trips

walking

lake

views

At 632m Mt Edwards is the conical-shaped peak rising beside the Cunningham Highway. The national park was gazetted in 1966. It encompasses Mt Edwards, Little Mt Edwards, part of Reynolds Creek as well as a very nice gorge with pine trees on one side. Walk across the dam wall and then you come to the beginning of the track. It is well marked and rocky all the way up. From the Gorge Lookout there great views of Little Mt Edwards. Be careful at cliff edges. Once at the top there is a survey marker. As well as different lookouts offering many vantage points.

2 days ago

Great hike with rewarding views

hiking
5 days ago

The Mount Edwards trail is a nicely formed track with a consistent gradient to get the heart pumping. While it is an easy walk for the most part, anyone walking with children might consider warning them about the cliff edges, as this trail is thankfully kept natural (limited artificial steps and no railings).

The trail is predominantly a short hike for those visiting Moogerah Dam, and in fact begins by first crossing the dam and then following the clearly marked stairs up onto the track. From there it's a single well-trodden dirt trail with some loose rocks to mindful of kicking down in the steeper sections. Largely covered by trees it is shady for the most part, although would be hot in summer. Add to your winter hiking list like most of the nearby peaks.

Highlights include a section of beautiful Grass Trees (aka Blaga / Xanthorrhoea / Black Boy) in the final section before the summit, which can take 100s of years to grow. The summit view is beautiful, looking across to Mount French in the distance (including the edge of the face we call "Frog Buttress" in our climbing community - a popular trad climbing spot). The cities of Fassifern and Aratula can be viewed below, and Ipswich is beyond the range after.

A worthwhile hike - don't dismiss it because of the short duration or lack of technicality. What it lacks in length or epicness it makes up for in consistent steepness/gradient, which we included in our hiking plan as part of training for the alps. Glad we did - a beautiful afternoon.

hiking
1 month ago

The track was more like 7.5kms. The view from the top was great. Good walk up and down. We took our 2 kids up. There are spots that are steep with loose rocks. The kids found them challenging. We all liked it but not the calf muscles hurting 5 days later still.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome walk...good workout..a couple of cliff edges but nothing too dangerous if you stick to the path ,sign marks the start of the cliffs. can be done with kids but under supervision at all times..a few trees across the path but nothing you cant climb over..watch out for your eyes as heaps of thorns and leaves at eye level...

hiking
1 month ago

Myself and my 8yo son made it to the summit, it was a Steep climb in places but the views ... wow .. just breathtaking ❤️ there is one lookout area about half way up which is an amazing view. The summit is roughly 1.5km past the lookout however the path gets steeper from here. Believe me the views are worth it and you can always reward yourself with a quick dip in moogerah dam when you get back down

hiking
2 months ago

I love this hike. Worth it for the views.

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