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’.