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Frenchman Peak Trail is a 1.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cape Le Grand, Western Australia, Australia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round.

Length 1.5 mi Elevation gain 534 ft Route type Out & Back
Kid friendly Hiking Walking Views Wild flowers Wildlife Bugs Rocky Scramble No dogs
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In the south-west corner of the park, massive rock outcrops of granite and gneiss form an impressive chain of peaks including Mount Le Grand (345m), Frenchman Peak (262m) and Mississippi Hill (180m). They are the result of erosion and movements in the Earth's crust over the past 600 million years. Caves and tunnels found in the peaks are thought to have been formed or enlarged by wave action and underwater currents during a period some 40 million years ago, when sea levels were at least 300 metres below their current level and the peaks were largely submerged. A party led by explorer and prominent colonist John Forrest passed through the area in 1870, in search of good country for pasture. During this expedition, Frenchman Peak was named by his brother, surveyor Alexander Forrest, because its shape was said to resemble a man wearing a Frenchman's cap. The Aboriginal name for the peak was Mandooboornup. There is a hard 3km return, 2 hour walk to the summit to enjoy outstanding views over the coast. Please follow footpath from the car park to the easy angled east slope - do not attempt to short cut as the rock is deceptively steep, especially on descent. This walk is not recommended in wet or windy weather. Wild coastal scenery, rugged granite peaks, and sweeping heathlands characterize Cape Le Grand National Park. Popular features in the park include attractive bays with wide sandy beaches set between rocky headlands. The park lies 30km south-east of Esperance, 50km by road. Approach via Fisheries Road, Merivale Road and Cape Le Grand Road. The route is well signposted from Fisheries Road. The park is 30 minutes drive from Esperance. Vehicle entry feed apply.

Department of Parks and Wildlife http://www.dpaw.wa.gov.au

There are campgrounds at Lucky Bay and Le Grand Beach. Facilities include septic toilets and showers. Camping fees are: Adults $9/night; Concession card holders $6/night; Children (under 16) $2/night. Boats are best launched at Lucky Bay. Small boats can also be launched from Cape Le Grand Beach. Launching at Rossiter Bay is not recommended. These beaches are notoriously treacherous for vehicles and it is easy to become bogged in the most innocent looking wet or dry sand. Ask the Department of Parks and Wildlife ranger about surface conditions and tides.

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Shannon Gardner
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awesome challenging hike with stunning views as the reward. nature's window which is a little left of the track once you walk through the overhang is amazing. walk slowly on the steep parts

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Mathis Louvier
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Absolutely georgous ! The astonishing view is totally worth the steep ascent.

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Ben Longden
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Lovely climb and view is amazing

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Claire Den
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Great trail - nice views on the top

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Patrik Wadelius
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Amazing views! 10 / 10 would do again

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Marlee Calabro
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Great hike and well worth it for the cave & view up the top! A short easy path starts you off from the car park, then it’s following the signs up the rock at varying gradients! Cave was a treat!

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Alecia McCall
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Rocky

Awesome steep climb up the rock face and the views were well worth it. Only took 1hr 10 mins instead of the 3 recommended in ideal conditions.

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Kristen Nairn
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A difficult climb, but certainly achievable if you go slow and steady! Views from the top are incredible. Highly recommend!

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Glen Boddy
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Magic place

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Josh Clifford
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Chloe Bending
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Piriti Dargaville
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Chris Garratt
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Damien Broughton
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Fabio Goncalves
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Canan Aksu
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Sara Henley
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Jim Bob
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Jo Letts
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Sean Gardiner
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Ali Downie
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Raphael Fostier
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Abhi Rahate
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