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Bluff Knoll is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Stirling Range National Park, Western Australia, Australia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking.

Distance: 3.9 miles Elevation Gain: 2,089 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Note: Trail may be CLOSED due to bushfires. Please check the park page for more information. Bluff Knoll, at 1,095m above sea level, is the highest peak in the south-west. The main face of the Bluff forms one of the most impressive cliffs in the Australian mainland. It takes three to four hours to complete the 6km return walk. Walking is not recommended in wet or windy conditions or in extreme heat. Bluff Knoll was called Pualaar Miial ('great many faced hill') by the local Aboriginal people. This was because the rocks on the Bluff were shaped like faces. The peak is often covered with mists, which curl around the mountain tops and float into the gullies. These constantly changing mists were believed to be the only visible form of a spirit called Noatch (meaning dead body or corpse), who had an evil reputation. The Stirling Range is renowned for its unusual, and sometimes spectacular, cloud formations. Park visitors may notice two types of unusual cloud formations about the peaks, often when the rest of the sky is clear. A shallow, low-level stratified cloud that drapes over the higher peaks is a familiar sight. Another type of shallow cloud layer may leave the higher peaks exposed, which is a unique sight in WA.

hiking
5 days ago

Great walk, was unfortunately mostly cloudy and windy from about the halfway mark onwards but clouds cleared to give amazing views once we hit the top. Trail wasn't too challenging, just a little muddy/slippery at points.

hiking
24 days ago

A fantastic hike! We started at 522am and arrived at the summit at 630am. It was a very clear, civilised trail, although very steep and tough on the legs and heart rate! There was a bit of sunlight breaking on the horizon at the summit before cloud covered us. We stayed for 50mins, absolutely freezing with very strong winds. The hike down - once out of the cloud cover - was stunning. Even though we didn’t see the full sunrise, it was very worth it! All up, 2hrs 24 mins to climb up and down.

hiking
1 month ago

The path has recently been upgraded. Quite gruelling as you pass half way, always thinking your near the top to realise you have another kilometre.. very crowded and could potentially be very dangerous on the summit but magic views

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no shade
1 month ago

Literally a 3km long staircase. I personally found it quite challenging. Well worth the hike though. Amazing views. Wonderful scenery. Clean concise path.

hiking
1 month ago

Great view for sunrise, more of a staircase than hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Worth it- Spectacular views on the way and from the top. The climb is really steep in some bits. We were done in about 4.5 hours with a lot of breaks. We hiked towards the end of May and did not come across any wild flowers but it could be due to the wild fires. My two cents- It can get really cold closer the summit with unexpected cloud covers/mist so a hat, pair of gloves and an all weather jacket/raincoat are recommended. A hiking stick is really helpful especially on the way down.

hiking
3 months ago

Closed because of the bushfires! Drove all the way for nothing

4 months ago

challenging but so worth it !!

6 months ago

Love it

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scramble
7 months ago

amazing views given me more incentive to go climbing more mountains in the ranges as one did loved it even with the misty fog overhead

hiking
8 months ago

Amazing view. Stayed to watch most of the sunset, just make sure you have plenty of light for the way down.

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rocky
9 months ago

Awesome trail but prepaid water prove jacket its can wet up there even its hot at the bottom, good challenge but worth it.

hiking
9 months ago

Awesome walk, hard but really worth it & rewarding....probably best not to do with a cold

hiking
9 months ago

An amazing hike with fantastic views all the way up. I'm glad I went early in the morning. I was very lucky at the top, we were sitting in the cloud and just as I was leaving the cloud parted and the view was stunning.

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rocky
10 months ago

Great hike! Steep but worth it

hiking
10 months ago

Challenging for sure but worth it. Our 7 year old climbed with no problem. It was hot while climbing but as we got closer to summit it started getting cold and windy. Lucky we had jackets and beanies with us.

hiking
10 months ago

Often very busy, especially on snow days, but well worth it. Can get very windy, but pretty safe, steady steps most of way.

recorded Bluff Knoll

hiking
11 months ago

Challenging walk. Preparation and fitness required. A must do.

hiking
Sun Jun 09 2019

We had great conditions on our hike, sunny & hardly any wind. View from summit was great. Ensure you have good footwear & in my experience hat & sunscreen. Recommend some levels of fitness needed as trail sum times steep.

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Fri Apr 26 2019

Probably the premier walk in the Stirling Ranges National Park. Quite steady inclines. Some would prefer to have walking sticks with them as the steps and rock slopes are pretty steep at times. Good to have some fitness. Take plenty water, and cold gear etc in case the weather turns. There is snow on the top of Bluff Knoll transiently most winters. Excellent views looking westward across the other Stirling Ranges peaks.

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Thu Apr 18 2019

Really hard but every step is worth it. We went up there in the afternoon to watch the sunset and watched the stars on the way down. Breathtaking!

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Thu Apr 11 2019

Nice easy trail. Mostly stairs

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Wed Apr 10 2019

I would recommend to anyone that has a descent level of fitness, start early and take lots of water and snacks views make it worth the effort

Thu Apr 04 2019

sometimes steep stairs on the way up but rewarding view on the way on the top we were in the clouds so there was no real view, but it was an amazing experience and atmosphere anyways. would recommend it!

hiking
Tue Apr 02 2019

Found this one to be an awesome challenge. was hard on the legs but I'm not exactly the fittest. didn't see anything at the summit as had low cloud coverage so going to have to do it again.

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rocky
Sat Mar 30 2019

The hike is almost divided into three parts. The first being an easy forest walk, the second a steep uphill with steps and a third a kind of more flat but still uphill. The middle-part was quite hard for me who’s not very fit, but I got up in an hour and a half (with a lot of little breaks) and the view was AMAZING! I would definitely do it again, it was worth the panting and sweating! The only reason I can’t give it 5 stars is because the steps aren’t always in a great condition, it’s a lot of the time just rocks.

Sat Feb 23 2019

good hike! we hiked up for sunrise and the view at the top was incredible!

hiking
Thu Feb 07 2019

Similar set up to other mountain walks in the Stirling range, clear steep stairway path all the way to the top, with gradient easing as you get closer to the summit. Be prepared for all conditions blue skies at the bottom rain clouds and complete white out at the top! Would do again.

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rocky
Thu Jan 31 2019

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