Stirling Ridge Walk

Stirling Ridge Walk

Stirling Range National Park

Directions - Being a one way hike, you can do it in either direction but unless you are using a shuttle service (the Stirling Range Retreat offer one), you will need to organise a car drop at either end. The Bluff Knoll end is easy with a large car park at the base with the Ellen Peak end requiring a bit more navigation. From Bluff Knoll Road, turn right onto Chester Pass Road until you reach the turn for Smith Road. Turn right and follow all the way to Sandalwood Road, turn right again and keep following until you see the sign for Gnowellen Road. Turn right and keep driving until you reach the Stirling Range National Park sign. There is plenty of room to park here or you can turn right onto the vehicle track and keep driving until you reach the gate and Leave No Trace sign for the walk.

Warning/Advice - This is not a marked trail plus it's a different physical challenge to anything else you'll get in WA and as such you will need to be an experienced hiker of good fitness with proper navigation skills. There is no source of reliable water along the trail so to be safe it is recommended you take 4-5L per day, more if the weather is warm as you're quite exposed. Check the weather closely before setting off (this site is the most accurate I've found), sign the logbook with your intended plans on the other side of Bluff Knoll Rd from the cafe and make sure you know all the exit routes. Respect the environment by keeping to the existing walk pad, pack out what you brought in and bury all human waste in a hole at least 15cm deep. The files on the Stirling Ridge Walk FB Group are very useful for preparation for this walk. Don't underestimate this walk, the terrain or the changeable weather.