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With so many people choosing to hike to the summit of Bluff Knoll (the highest point in the Stirlings) the smaller and lesser known peaks get left out. For those looking for some real adventure and that feeling of getting off the beaten path, then Talyuberlup is definitely the peak for you. At 783m above sea level, it is no where near the height of the more popular peaks but the thing that makes this peak so special is the huge granite slabs and canyons at the top. Not seen on any of the other Stirlings Peaks, the canyons make an amazing site against the sky as you drive along the Stirling Range Drive. Once on the summit, the rocky outcrops make the perfect place to explore and if you stay for sunset, you can be back at the parking lot before dark and on your way to the nearest camp ground.
The hike starts at the car park on Stirling Range Drive. If you're coming from Chester Pass Road then it's around 15 minutes down the gravel surfaced Sitriling Range Drive. Don't be put off though as the road is in very good condition and any 2 wheel drive will be able to make the trip quite comfortably. The parking area is on your left and there is a picnic area there aswell for you to enjoy lunch at.
After you leave the car head across the road and to the right a little and you'll see a sign that says Mount Talyuberlup. The path is well defined and the start of the trail goes through the shade of the trees before heading up and into the scree covered slopes. Once above the tree line you have amazing views out of the southern part of the national park. As you go higher the path begins to steepen and there are limited places to sit and rest so just stop on the trail and take a short break.
The upper sections of the mountain open up into amazing granite slabs and huge boulders and the once scree covered ground is now a rock-hoppers paradise. The trail becomes less obvious but you hug it around the huge rock wall to the left and there is a marker peg and here you go directly up. From here you are almost on the top and there is a rock cave directly above you. There is a sign that says do not stay too long as rocks may fall, so pass quickly and continue to follow the path.
By now you'll be almost on the summit and the views out to the west are amazingly beautiful. From here you can see right across the gorge/ravine to the rocky spire and to get to the top you must cross the ravine and head up. The path here isn't that obvious but you can certainly work it out and get across.
Be careful as the wind can be violently strong and if you are small you could possibly be blown off as the top is quite flat and the wind can be dangerously strong, especially with the gusts. You can spend a bit of time on the summit and explore the area.
If you are into rock climbing then you'll certainly enjoy the summit. You will need to bring all trad gear and slings if you're doing top roping. The rock here is of varying quality and the difficulty level is for beginners to advanced climbers. To get to the far side of the summit you must cross 2 ravines and this must be done with great care as the drops are quite significant.
The time from the car to the summit is around 45-50 mins and down is 30 mins. Starting elevation is around 400m and the summit is at 783m.
If you are up for an adventure in the Stirling Ranges then this is definitely one of the best. I've been up 6 of the peaks here and this is by far my favourite.
- Hiking boots or runners
- Shorts (long pants optional depending on weather)
- Jacket (no matter the season it can be cold on the summit due to wind)
- Water (2L)
- Hiking Sticks (optional)
- Lip chap
- Torch (if staying past sunset)
- Climbing Gear (if rock climbing)
- Permit is $12 for national park entry for a car
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