Mount Hallowell

1 h 30 min to 2 h 30 min

3.5 km
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↑ 260 m
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Hard track
Starting from the car park on Lights Road, Ocean Beach, this walk takes you to the summit of Mount Hallowell and back via the Sheila Hill Memorial Track. An oasis of stunning Karri Forest, wildflowers and fungi, Mount Hallowell is a hidden gem in the South West that nature lovers will adore. Running concurrently with a stretch of the Bibbulmun Track, the Sheila Hill Memorial Track takes walkers past Monkey Rock on the way to the summit of Mount Hallowell. The route is a good mix of forest walking, climbing between granite boulders and sections that open up to expansive views of the coast and Wilson Inlet. Beginning as a relatively easy walk through bush and granite, the track rises quickly and steeply, leading to many enormous granite formations. You will be skirting Monkey Rock as you follow the track, without any signs that tell you there is actually a spur. The climb up the rock is quite worth it as the views that welcome you are stunning. Keep in mind that the terrain becomes more challenging as you go up. Near the highest point of the track, a short spur leads to the summit of Mount Hallowell. More stunning views await you there looking back towards Peaceful Bay and then it's all downhill back to the carpark. The trail is well signposted, with the Bibbulmun Track Waugal and plain yellow arrows providing clear navigational information. Although the trail is relatively clear and straightforward, the rocky terrain is highly uneven and potentially slippery. 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.
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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.
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Getting There
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Start At the intersection of Lights Road & Bibbulmun Track (-35.0147957,117.2950057)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom South Coast Highway, 1
  • Turn on to Lights Road then drive for 1.6 km
  • Turn left onto Lights Road and drive for another 3.5 km
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Getting started
From the carpark on Lights Road, Ocean Beach, head along the trail to the right of the red 'Sheila Hill Memorial Track' sign, and pass through the wooden barrier. Follow the Sheila Hill Memorial Track ahead, looking out for the Waugal markers and yellow arrows, and continue the Mount Hallowell hike.....
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At the intersection of Lights Road & Bibbulmun Track Start heading along Bibbulmun Track (a footpath).
After 610 m find the "Monkey Rock" (135 m on your right).
Monkey Rock
Monkey Rock

Popular with rock climbers, Monkey Rock is a magnificent rock formation high over Lights Beach and surrounding Denmark. A number of stairs have been put in place to allow easier access to the rock's magnificent views. Ideal for watching the sunrise and sunset, the vista offers a taste of Denmark's best scenery. Monkey Rock is only slightly lower than Mount Hallowell to the north, but provides spectacular views over William Bay National Park, Wilson Inlet, West Cape Howe, Ratcliffe Bay, Ocean Beach and the Nullaki Peninsula.
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Popular with rock climbers, Monkey Rock is a magnificent rock formation high over Lights Beach and surrounding Denmark. A number of stairs have been put in place to allow easier access to the rock's magnificent views. Ideal for watching the sunrise and sunset, the vista offers a taste of Denmark's best scenery. Monkey Rock is only slightly lower than Mount Hallowell to the north, but provides spectacular views over William Bay National Park, Wilson Inlet, West Cape Howe, Ratcliffe Bay, Ocean Beach and the Nullaki Peninsula.

After another 1 km continue straight.
After another 120 m come to "Mount Hallowell".
Mount Hallowell
Mount Hallowell

An impressive granite hill rising up from the ocean, Mount Hallowell is a landmark around Denmark that isn't entirely obvious as you drive along South Coast Highway. Mount Hallowell is just short of 300 metres high and not really a mountain, yet the exceptional views it provides may justify the naming.
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An impressive granite hill rising up from the ocean, Mount Hallowell is a landmark around Denmark that isn't entirely obvious as you drive along South Coast Highway. Mount Hallowell is just short of 300 metres high and not really a mountain, yet the exceptional views it provides may justify the naming.

Turn around here and retrace the main route for 1.8 km to get back to the start.
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Mount Hallowell


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 3.5 km
Time 1 h 30 min to 2 h 30 min
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
Experience Required Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Foretasted & unexpected storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)
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