Starting near the Wilpena Pound Resort at the end of Wilpena Road, Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park, this walk leads to the summit of Mount Ohlssen Bagge via the Pound Gap and Mount Ohlssen Bagge tracks. Embark on a steep rocky climb to the summit of Mount Ohlssen Bagge, with great views of Wilpena Pound and the surrounding valleys. Keep a lookout for fascinating reptiles along the way. The walk begins near the Wilpena Pound Resort, following the main trail a short distance into the Pound Gap, before branching off to begin the climb up Mount Ohlssen Bagge. Keep a close eye out for the orange markers along the trail. This is an easier hike compared to Saint Mary’s Peak, but it still presents quite a challenge in terms of elevation. The climb is strenuous and there are few rocky sections, but the view from the summit rewards your efforts. 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 Range View Road, B83 then drive for 33.1 km
Turn left onto Railway Terrace, B83 and drive for another 66.4 km
Turn right onto Wilpena Road and drive for another 50.9 km
Turn left onto Wilpena Road and drive for another 3.8 km
Keep left onto Wilpena Pound Road and drive for another 10 m
Keep right and drive for another 205 m
Turn right and drive for another 45 m
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started Start from the wooden trailhead signpost with a small desk embedded to it, next to IGA Wilpena General Store just off Hawker-Wilpena Road. Head towards the angled hip-height signpost passing by a metal pole with color-coded track signs on it along the dirt path, moving directly away from the store. Keep right and follow the dirt trail as you pass by the said angled signpost to your left. Cross the paved road using the crosswalk and keep going straight down the dirt track as it tightens after the road. Turn right as the track widens and comes to an intersection, passing by another colour-coded metal pole to your left to continue along Mount Ohlssen Bagge Track.....
Directions & comments
Wilpena Pound Visitor Centre (about 85 m back from the start).
There is a toilet (about 75 m back from the start).
After 115 m pass the car park (35 m on your left).
After another 20 m continue straight.
After another 205 m come to the "Wilpena Pound Campground" (25 m on your left).
After another 35 m cross the ford.
After another 25 m turn left.
After another 130 m (at the intersection of Outside Trail & Pound Gap Track) continue straight, to head along Pound Gap Track.
After another 340 m (at the intersection of Pound Gap Track & Mount Ohlssen Bagge Hike) veer left, to head along Mount Ohlssen Bagge Hike (a walking track).
After another 120 m (at the intersection of Drought Busters Hike & Mount Ohlssen Bagge Hike) continue straight, to head along Mount Ohlssen Bagge Hike.
After another 420 m (at the intersection of Mount Ohlssen Bagge Hike & Drought Busters Hike) continue straight, to head along Mount Ohlssen Bagge Hike.
After another 2.1 km pass the "Mount Ohlssen Bagge" (8 m on your left).
Continue another 15 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 3.5 km to get back to the start.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Mount Ohlssen Bagge
2 h 45 min to 4 h
Quality of track
Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Very steep (4/6)
Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)