Hiking Mt Bruce, Western Australia

Hiking Mt Bruce, Western Australia is easily one of the best hikes I have done in my home state. Mount Bruce (Aboriginal name: Punurrunha) is located within Karijini National Park in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. At 1,234 metres above sea level, it is WA’s second highest peak falling short by 15m to Mount Meharry which is also located in Karijini.

Our day began as we left Dales campground on a crisp morning before sunrise to start the drive to Mt Bruce.

Hiking Mt Bruce, Western Australia

There are a few options to hike Mt Bruce. We did the full summit trail which is recommended for experienced hikers.

Hiking Mt Bruce, Western Australia

Starting in the car park of Mt Bruce (toilet facilities available) we had a short walk to the lookout at Rio Tinto’s Marandoo mine site to warm us up. The site is an open iron ore pit with huge trains slowly rumbling in.

Hiking Mt Bruce, Western Australia
Hiking Mt Bruce, Western Australia

We continued on and arriving on the other side of the hill had this pretty amazing view of what we actually have to climb. We were starting to feel the warmth of the sun and pilbara weather.

Hiking Mt Bruce, Western Australia

Hiking Mt Bruce, Western Australia

The path ends part way up the hill as we make our way into the class 5 section of rocks and the climbing begins! There are plenty of markers along the way so you shouldn’t get lost.

Hiking Mt Bruce, Western Australia
Hiking Mt Bruce, Western Australia

Looking back to check out the view. I love the contrast of the red dirt path and the prickly spinifex.

Hiking Mt Bruce, Western Australia

As we get higher the wind becomes stronger. We were walking along a ridge when a big gust of wind came and almost blew us off. Grabbing my sisters hand we walked along together in fits of laughter. Being mid June the wildflowers had started to bloom and were dotted along the trail.

Hiking Mt Bruce, Western Australia
Hiking Mt Bruce, Western Australia

The view was already looking pretty special and I couldn’t wait to get to the summit. From here you can see the mine site, train line, the ridge where we almost got blown off and the trek so far.

Hiking Mt Bruce, Western Australia
Hiking Mt Bruce, Western Australia

The amount of different scenery you pass through really surprised me too. Rock tiles, trees, shrubs, wildflowers and chains! Seeing the chain was a bit daunting but for someone that isn’t afraid of heights it wasn’t actually that bad.

Hiking Mt Bruce, Western Australia

Some more climbing and this time you can really see how high up you’re getting. Hiking Mt Bruce, Western Australia

We arrived to a very windy summit and the beautiful panoramic views of the Hamersley range.

Hiking Mt Bruce, Western Australia

Hiking Mt Bruce, Western Australia There was no one else around, we had beaten all the other hikers. Ahhh.

On the way down we did pass a lot of people (exhausted and sweaty people) making their way up. I definitely think arriving just as the sun is coming up was a good idea.

Mt Bruce quickly became one of my favourite hikes in Western Australia.

Trail options:

Marandoo View
Length: 500m
Grade: Class 2
Time: Allow 30 minutes return

Honey Hakea Track
Length: 4.6km
Grade: Class 3
Time: Allow 3 hours return

Mt Bruce Summit
Length: 9km
Grade: Class 5
Time: Allow up to 6 hours return (we took roughly 3.5- 4hrs with time to chill at the summit)

What to take:

  • Min 2 litres of water
  • Hiking boots or good walking shoes
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Snacks and/or lunch
  • Windproof jacket
  • First aid kit
  • Head torch/ flash light for early morning
  • Bag for rubbish

Notes:

This walk is not for the faint- hearted. Some parts of the walk are class 5 and require climbing rocks and a high level of fitness and experience.

Karijini National Parks climate can be best described as tropical-semi desert. Temperatures in summer are often 40 degrees Celsius. Make sure you are prepared for the heat.

You can get to the carpark by two-wheel drive and larger vehicles.

Have fun hiking!

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