Starting from Rifle Range Road, Atherton, this walk takes you to the summit of Mount Baldy and back via the Grays Break and Mount Baldy Walking tracks, crossing Thompson Creek along the way. Prepare to be rewarded by the panoramic views over the town of Atherton and beyond. Lake Tinaroo and the Danbulla State Forest look especially picturesque from the top. Explore the rainforest and eucalypt woodland as you make your way to the top, and don’t forget to stop and sit on the stone steps to enjoy the breathtaking scenery. Watching the sunset from the summit is magical as you can imagine, but the night sky and city lights can be peculiarly interesting as well. Keep in mind that there may be loose rocks on the track. Avoid coming during/after rainfall as the track can be slippery when wet. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Turn on to Herberton Road, 52 then drive for 1.1 km
Turn right onto Rifle Range Road and drive for another 610 m
Turn left onto Rifle Range Road and drive for another 55 m
Turn left onto Grays Break and drive for another 1 m
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From Rifle Range Road(50 metres northwest of intersection with Newell Street), head towards the woodland along the dirt track, moving directly away from the road. Follow the said track(Grays Break) as it leads you deeper into the woodland, then cross the Thompson Creek to continue along Mount Baldy Track.....
Directions & comments
At the intersection of Rifle Range Road & Grays Break Start heading along Grays Break (a vehicle track).
After another 35 m veer left, to head along Grays Break.
After another 50 m head through the bollard.
After another 150 m head through/around the gate.
After another 140 m head through/around the gate.
After another 370 m (at the intersection of Mount Baldy Walking Track & Grays Break) turn right, to head along Mount Baldy Walking Track (a walking track).
Continue another 1.5 km to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 2.3 km to get back to the start.
About 40 m past the end is "Mount Baldy".
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Mount Baldy Track
1 h 45 min to 2 h 45 min
Quality of track
Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Very steep (4/6)
Clearly signposted (2/6)
Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Foretasted & unexpected storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)