Mundaring to Helena
Directions - You can come in via either end of Mundaring Weir Rd depending on where you are coming from and take the roundabout east on Allen Rd. The car park is located at the end of the sealed road with the trail starting from the Bibbulmun Track sign on the eastern side of the car park.
The Hike - With the recent demise of the Paten's Brook Walk Trail at the hands of DPaW's trail marker removal tools, I thought I would take a visit out to the area and provide an alternative hike to the much loved loop trail. While the Paten's Brook trail was a much easier 8km loop, this 23km there and back trail is well worth the extra kilometres. Providing several hours away from the hustle and bustle of city life, this wonderful section of the Bibbulmun Track between the Perth Hills Discovery Centre and the stunningly positioned Helena Campsite is a wonderful escape for any keen hiker. Another early start beckoned and I was out at the starting point before dawn. The run of chilly nights had not abated and the temperature gauge in my car was reading an icy 2.5C with a picture of a snowflake just to rub it in.