Stirling Range National Park
Directions - Mount Magog is located on Stirling Range Drive and is the furthest day hike from the turn-off at Chester Pass Rd. Enjoy the drive along the unsealed Stirling Range Drive until you come to the signs for Mount Magog. The car park is located on a downhill one way slip road.
The Hike - Mount Magog was the final day hike that I had not completed in the Stirling Range thanks to a change in weather on my trip here last year. The plan had been to do this hike on the previous day but I was enjoying the Nancy Peak/Devil's Slide combo so much that I lost track of time and didn't have time to get there and summit it before dark. After a bit of a lazy sleep-in at the Mt Trio Campsite I packed up all my stuff and headed off with mostly sunny skies towards my destination for the morning. The drive along Stirling Range Drive was once again a treat with light clouds misting the summits of Bluff Knoll, Toolbrunup and Mount Magog.
Arriving at the car park I found a couple of gentlemen enjoying something to eat on one of the picnic tables. Given I didn't pass them on the way back I assume they had just finished their hike up to the summit. I went through my usual pre-hike routine of filling water bottles and getting my gear together before setting off to start the journey to the top. With a wet-ish winter and spring there was life in the stream that runs next to the car park and the choir of bird life and frog songs was a nice morning symphony. A small patch of Wandoo forest lines the little valley in the landscape that the stream has forged a path through and there was a good variety of wildflowers dotting the path. It doesn't last long though as you climb out of the valley and start the flat section through scrappy bushland on sandy tracks. Being the longest day hike in the area, pipping Bluff Knoll by a few hundred metres, there is a bit of walk to get to the actual climbing (unlike Bluff Knoll that is all climbing).
The reason for this is because Mount Magog is set back a bit from Stirling Range Drive and it wouldn't have made sense to ruin the environment by constructing a small road to near where the climbing begins. I actually preferred the flat section as you get a bit of time to warm up and mentally confront your opponent for the next couple of hours. Getting to see the surrounding peaks is unfortunately made a lot easier in parts with some evidence of dieback affecting the area and leaving the vegetation a little sparse. The views are pretty good as you get the interesting peak of Talyuberlup to the right and the rocky protrusion of Mount Magog poking through the trees to the left. When I started there was a light sprinkle of mist around the summit of Mount Magog but with the mid morning sun now getting stronger I knew it wouldn’t last very long.