Eagle Hill (Gleneagle) Walk overview

Eagle Hill is the lowest of the several granite domes or ridges in the Monadnocks Conservation Park. The summit is unremarkable, but the variety of outcrops and good views around its flanks and along the nearby Canning River make this mainly off-track walk very worthwhile for an adventurous walker.

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  • Main features / Highlights

    This walk is mainly within the Monadnocks Conservation Park and features several of the granite outcrops around the flanks and southern ridge of Eagle Hill (elevation approx. 480m) which provide excellent views, variously to the north (as far as Mt. Dale), east and west. Part of the route down the north flank involves a steepish descent on rough, rocky terrain where special care is needed; less experienced walkers may find that section challenging. Between the outcrops, the walking is mainly through open jarrah and marri forest with some sheoak and banksia, plus a few short scratchy sections of parrot bush (including Eagle Hill summit area).  The route crosses the Bibbulmun Track at a couple of points including the footbridge crossing of Canning River. The uphill walking involves mostly gentle to medium grade slopes. In wet weather extra care is needed on the outcrops which can become slippery in places.

    The walk route crosses the WalkGPS Turtle Pool-Eagle Hill walk route at two points but the two walks are otherwise quite different. For those seeking the less challenging route, including much less off-track walking, the Turtle Pool route should be your first choice.

    For overnighters: For those keen to camp overnight in the area: After reaching waypoint ’26’ on the walk route, you can then detour to the Monadnocks Campsite (which includes a 3-sided shelter) on the Bibbulmun Track by heading southward on the Track  for 6km. To rejoin the walk route from the Campsite you can return northward along the Bibbulmun Track for about 2.7km to the crossing of Randall Road, then veer NW-ward off the Track to climb the ridge off-track for less than 1 km, then descend to soon rejoin the walk route at ’34’.  See Nearest campsite/s below for more info.

  • Route notes

    From the start point (at waypoint ‘START’) head SE along the old forestry track for about 150m. Then veer left (ESE) and head gently uphill through quite open, mixed jarrah-sheoak-banksia forest. Veer left at ‘2’ to head ESE upslope through the forest for 400m to ‘2’. Then veer left, along slope to cross a small gully at the edge of a sloping granite outcrop at ‘3’. Cross the outcrop to re-enter the forest upslope at ‘3-1’ on the eastern side. Continue eastward, mostly along slope via ‘3-2’ and cross a stream gully at ‘4’ to reach the lower edge of another sloping granite outcrop which is partly masked by patches of fringing shrubland. Head up the outcrop via ‘5’ then veer eastward at ‘5-1’, picking an easy way through shrubland and across a low, rocky ridge. Reach a large NE-sloping outcrop at  ‘6’, gaining good views now NE across Canning River valley. Walk SE-ward along the NE-sloping outcrop for about 150m before re-entering heathland at ‘6-1’. Continue along this northern slope of Eagle Hill partly across rocky ground and through shrubland via ‘7’.  Then climb upslope via ‘7-1’ and ‘7-2’. Near ‘8’, in a small area of wandoo trees, scramble up to a prominent granite outcrop at ‘9’ which provides another good sweeping view NE-ward. Do not attempt to directly descend the outcrop northward as it steepens downslope. (Please also be sure to pre-read WalkGPS Disclaimer.) Instead cross the narrow outcrop to its eastern side at nearby ‘9-1’, then descend mostly through shrubland along the eastern edge of the outcrop to reach the upper edge of another sloping outcrop. (Alternatively, if you would prefer to bypass the steepish rocky descent ahead you can retreat to ‘9-alt’ and head initially upslope to ’10-alt’ before rejoining the described route at ’10-1′.) Veer left to ‘9-2’ at the edge of a belt of shrubland running down the western edge of the lower outcrop. Descend carefully down this edge avoiding possible slippery patches of rock on the steep slope. To your right you will see a large boulder precariously balanced on the steep rock slope. When the steep slope eases at  ‘9-3’, turn right (eastward) and pick an easy way around boulders and through shrubland via ‘9-4′. At ‘10’ head NNE to re-enter the forest and descend down an initially rocky ridge via ’10-1’. After ‘11’ the ridge narrows. At ‘11-1’ veer right (NE-ward) down the east flank of the ridge and soon (at ‘12’) rejoin Scenic Drive. Turn right to follow it eastward, with the Canning River only 30-60m to your left. At ‘13’ the Bibbulmun Track joins from the right. (See Option below for slightly shortened walk after ‘13’ with more on-track walking.)  At ’14’ veer left to leave Scenic Drive and  follow the Bibbulmun Track across the Canning River at a footbridge. On a sunny day you may see marron ‘sunbathing’ in the shallow water of the river below the bridge. Soon after crossing the bridge the Bibbulmun Track veers left (SW) at ’15’ on a granite outcrop. At this point continue straight ahead NW-ward up the granite outcrop and across a patch of heathland. Veer NW at ‘16’ and cross another scetion of granite outcrop before re-entering shrubland and forest at ‘17’.  Cross a gully at ‘17-1’ continue along slope to arrive at the upper slope of another granite outcrop at ‘18’ from where there is a good SW view back across the Canning River valley to Eagle Hill. Then head southward down the outcrop and from ‘19’, near the foot of the outcrop, follow an old vehicle track  eastward to a vehicle track junction at ‘20’. Follow the right-hand fork to soon cross the Canning River at a ford at ‘21’  and rejoin Scenic Drive. Turn left to follow Scenic Drive for only about 100m to ‘22’. If the river is flowing well it is worthwhile diverting just 40m to ‘22-1’ to see the river flowing across an area of bare granite.  Then re-cross Scenic Drive at ‘23’ and head southward up another granite outcrop, crossing a patch of heathland after ‘23-1’ to reach the top of the outcrop slope at ‘24’.  Re-enter the forest at ‘24-1’ and after ‘24-2’ veer SE-ward. The slope soon flattens. At ‘25’ veer southward and continue climbing until  ‘25-1’ . Then walk along slope around the hillside, crossing the Bibbulmun Track at ‘26’ and a small gully at ‘26-1’, then descending gently to meet Coglan Road (vehicle track) where it crosses another small gully. Turn right to follow Coglan Road  increasingly steeply uphill to the SW. At ‘28’ turn left onto a vehicle track which leads to a small outcrop at ‘29’. Then head southward, initially through open forest and then some denser shrubland, to reach the edge of a large outcrop which slopes ENE. Climb across the slope to ‘31’ gaining good wide views to the east and as far as Mount Dale (20km NE). Walk roughly SSE along the upper slope of the outcrop for about 250m via ‘31-1’ and ‘31-2’. At ‘32’ veer uphill to reach the crest of this ‘monadnock’ in low scrub/heath at ’23-1′. Descend the western rock slope SW-ward via ‘33’ (with good view to west) and cross a stream course at ’34’ near the foot of the slope.  Then veer westward through mostly open  forest to reach the foot of a large domed outcrop at ‘35’.  Distinctive giant granite ‘marbles’ sit at the top of the dome at ‘36’. After visiting these large boulders veer to the right (NE) for about 50m via ‘37’ to bypass the partly scrub-covered crestal area of the dome. Then veer approx. NW-ward down the outcrop, passing two interesting large ‘standing’ granite rocks at ‘37-1’ before re-entering forest at ’38’. Soon reach another outcrop. At ’31’ turn approx. NNE to descend the outcrop and re-enter forest at ‘39-1’. Cross a small stream gully and climb NNE uphill to ‘39-2’, then along slope to meet Coglan Road again at ‘39-3’. Cross Coglan Road and climb the hillside to ‘40’. Then veer left (NNW) to reach the crest of Eagle Hill’s narrow southern ridge. Continue northward up the ridge via ‘40-1’. At ‘40-2’ descend a little to the right to reach a granite outcrop on the east flank of the ridge which provides a good view south to Mt Randall and other ‘mounts’. Continue climbing along the east flank via ‘40-3’ and ‘40-4’, crossing more outcrops with intervening patches of heath.  Reach the crest of the ridge again at  ‘41’ on an outcrop. Then, to avoid a dense patch of heath upslope, veer left (NW) briefly through forest on the west flank, and at ’42’ veer right to climb back to the crest and reach another outcrop. Now take time to find the easiest way via ‘43-1’ and ‘43-2’  through another quite dense patch of ‘Parrot Bush’ shrubland upslope. Continue upslope to reach the summit area of Eagle Hill. Veer left (WNW) at ‘44’ and cross the approximate summit at about ‘44-1’ (elevation ~484m). Soon after (at about ‘45’) meet the end of the old, partly overgrown Eagle Hill Road. Follow this old vehicle track  NW gently downhill from the summit area to ’46’. Then turn left (westward) to descend off-track  to a steeply sloping outcrop at ’47’. Follow the outcrop downslope to cross a stream at about ’48’. Veer WNW around the hillside through forest via ‘48-1’  and then continue NW along slope to rejoin Eagle Hill Road at ’49’. Turn left to  follow the road downhill. Turn right at a junction at ’50’  and follow the road around the edge of the pine plantation via ‘50-1’ to reach Kinsella Road at ’52’ Turn right to follow Kinsella Road and then Scenic Drive (at ’53’) back to the start point. (Historically both Kinsella Road and Scenic Drive began as railway formations constructed for jarrah forest logging in the late 1800’s.)

    Option for slightly shorter walk distance with less off-track (via short cut ’13’ to ’26’):  Instead of crossing the Canning River after ‘14’ you can follow the Bibbulmun Track south from ’13’ to rejoin the walk route at ’26’.

  • Access / Directions

    24km SE of Armadale along Albany Highway. Turn left off Albany Hwy into Kinsella Road which is about 250m before the Gleneagle Rest Area. After 2km along Kinsella Road (gravelled surface), when the road begins to veer left, soon after the end of Gleneagle Pine Plantation, veer right to turn into Scenic Drive (may be unmarked due to vandalism of sign). Follow Scenic Drive for only 100m to where an old forestry vehicle track joins from the right . There is sufficient space for a few cars on the old track near the corner with Scenic Drive. This is the ‘START’ point for the walk. (NOTE: This is a different start location than used for an earlier version of this walk. The previous start location was near the junction of Eagle Hill Road with Kinsella Road, but subsequent road grading has left a gutter along the edge of Kinsella Road which would be a likely problem for low clearance vehicles trying to get onto Eagle Hill Road.

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  • Nearest campsite/s

    Monadnocks Campsite:  6km on Bibbulmun Track, southward of waypoint ‘26’.

    Canning Campsite:  7.5km on Bibbulmun Track, northeast of waypoint ‘15’.

    NOTE: Bibbulmun Track sleeping shelter restrictions –  Check Overnighting on WalkGPS for info. on access to the Track shelters, especially if planning an overnight or multi-day walk for a group of 8 or more walkers.

  • Escape route/s

    In north, follow Scenic Drive (dirt road)  NW about 3.5km to Kinsella Road and then follow Kinsella Road about 5km south to Albany Hwy. In east, follow Bibbulmun Track/Edgelly Road to Scenic Drive, or to Coglan Road or Randall Road (dirt roads) and then west to Albany Hwy.

  • Other Info.

    “Monadnocks Conservation Park”, DPAW site – Unfortunately this provides no significant information and no management plan appears to exist for the Park as yet.

    Trivia: How did the giant, round granite ‘marbles’ on the outcrop in the southwest get there? – See Australian Landforms (p.133) for the answer.

    Other map availability

    South West WA 25K Scale Topo Maps”, Greg Harewood & Landgate, 2015.  – Digital raster; ECW format on 16GB USB. See tile #301-2133-III-NE for relevant map coverage.

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