From the start point (at waypoint ‘START’), head SSW via ‘1’ onto Gunapin Ridge Road and follow the road southward for 1.3km. Then veer to the right to head off-track SW up a hillside, initially picking your way through a belt of heathland before entering wandoo woodland. Reach a small granite slab at ‘4’ . Turn left to follow the outcrop southward for a short distance to ‘4’ gaining a view to the SE. Then turn sharp right to head directly upslope through a sheoak thicket to a smaller outcrop at ‘5’. Veer sharp left on the outcrop and descend gently southward across the hillsidecontinue uphill through a sheoak thicket to another small outcrop (at about ‘5’). Then veer southward approximately along-slope close to the edge of the laterite-capped hilltop, picking a way initially through the sheoak thicket and some heathland. After ‘5-1’ cross a gentle ridge and veer right (SSW) to descend the hillside to reach Kennel Road (vehicle track). Turn right (NW) to follow the road for almost 1 km, initially uphill and across a broad saddle . At ‘7’, where the road starts downhill and the heathland to the left gives way to woodland, turn left to head mostly along slope, initially westward through woodland to ‘7-1’ and then SW. At ‘8’ veer right to head westward downslope to ‘9’. Then veer left (SW) to cross the head of the nearby narrrow gully to ‘10’ on the SW side. Then head WNW downslope and descend through a cluster of large granite boulders at ‘10-1’. Continue deescending WNW to cross Qualen Road at ’10-2’ . Cross the nearby narrow valley floor and climb via ’10-3’ to reach a local hill-top at ‘11’). Then veer westward, initially gently downhill, through sheoak thickets and across rocky ground to soon reach a granite slab at ‘12’ with views westward to distant Mount Dale (28km WSW). Then head northward, initially along the outcrop. Veer left (NW) at ‘13’ to cross the sandy floor of a broad, gentle side valley at ‘13-1. ‘York Road Poison’ shrubs (Gastrolobium calycinum) display their abundant yellow-orange pea-flowers in this area in springtime. Then cross the gentle hillside via ‘14’, bypassing thickets of Parrot Bush upslope. Continue NNW along the slope (via’14-1’) soon entering a narrow belt of pleasant wandoo woodlands via ’14-2’. (Or see Option below if you prefer to opt at this point for the shorter walk via ’14-2alt’ etc.) Then descend gently through very open jarrah forest and cross the floor of broad sandy saddle area via ‘15’. Then climb gently to reach a ridge at ‘16’. Head north along the ridge, but slightly westward of the crest, to reach a rocky knoll at ‘17’ in wandoo woodland. Continue generally northward (via ’18’) around the head of a small westward-sloping valley, then climb quite steeply for a short distance via ‘19’ through a sheoak thicket to reach a small laterite-capped hill top at ’20’. This is approximately the halfway point on the walk. Cross this flat heath-covered hill top NE-ward (to ’21’) and descend northward down the escarpment to a small granite slab (at ’22’). Veer NNE from the slab, skirt a patch of shrubland to cross a small gully and continue downhill to cross a larger gully (at ’23’). Veer eastward to climb the opposite slope and up a steeper rocky outcrop to ‘24’. Above the outcrop, the slope flattens. Head SSE along slope, partly through sheoak thickets. After ’25’ veer southward and gently downslope to’26’, picking a way along animal tracks through a thick patch of heath. Then veer left to descend SE-ward to ’27’ to reach the valley floor again (about 1.2km upstream from the earlier stream crossing at ‘23’). Follow the stream course eastward through the pleasant, very open wandoo woodland of the valley floor. Cross Dog Road (at ’27-1′) and continue along the stream course. Veer left at ’28’ to climb eastward up the hillside and then along slope just below the laterite-capped ridge crest. At ’29’, veer left (NE) to climb onto the flat ridge top which gives a limited view to the SW. Then head NE to descend from the small hilltop and cross a shrub-covered side valley and stream course at ‘29-1’. Continue NE to reach the south flank of a narrow gully at ‘30’. Veer eastward along the edge of the gully to cross at ‘31’. Then head ENE up the steepening slope to ’31-1’ and skirt NE around the steepish slope through woodland below the laterite-capped hill-top. At ’32’ head due north to cross the narrow gully and climb steeply up a hillside via ‘33’ and ’33-1’ to meet an old vehicle track on the hilltop at ’33-2′ (elevation 388m). Follow the track NE-ward and soon reach a granite slab on the northern edge of the hill top at ’33-3’, with a view across forest in the direction of the town of York and Mount Bakewell (30km NE). Then retrace your steps back along the vehicle track to ‘33-4’ and veer left to head southward back across the hill top, picking an easy way through heath and a patch of shrubland to reach the upper edge of an outcrop at ‘34’. Veer left to follow the south-SW-sloping outcrop generally SSE via ‘34-1’, ‘34-2’, ‘34-3’, ‘35’ and ‘36’. Follow the exposed areas of granite slab as much as possible and use the waypoints to help pick the easiest way through short patches of shrubland that cover parts of this 700m long outcrop area. There are some good views westward from the outcrop to Mount Dale and SW to the monadnocks area (including Mounts Cooke, Cuthbert, etc). After reeaching the southern end of the outcrop at ‘37’, veer right (SW) to pass through a group of large boulders at ‘38′. Then cross a small gully southward to ‘38-1’. Continue SSW via ‘38-2’, skirting initial patches of Parrot Bush on the broad ridge top and then pass through wandoo woodland. Then pick an easy way through a short patch of heathland on the west flank of the ridge and cross a small granite outcrop at ’38-3’. Continue SSW along the west flank to ‘39’, then veer left (SSE) downhill and enter a sheoak thicket on the west flank of a small gully. At ‘39-1’ veer SSW again to soon cross the stream course at ‘39-2’. Veer left (SSE) at ‘40’ and head SSE downhill to ‘41’, avoiding denser shrubland on the left (east). Then head ESE across the southward-sloping hillside and meeet an old vehicle track at ’41-1’. Follow the track downslope and reach Qualen Road at ‘42’ near the intersection with Gunapin Ridge Road and close to the start point.
Option for shortened walk (~15km): The NW part of the walk route between waypoints ‘14-1’ and ‘29’ can be bypassed by a short-cut . On reaching ‘14-1’ on the described route veer right to head northward, initially upslope to ‘14-2alt’, then to a broad flat area at ‘15-alt’ in wandoo woodland. Then turn right (ENE) to climb the hillside and reach the crest of a small, north-sloping ridge at ‘16-alt’. Veer right (ESE) along slope to cross a small gully at ‘17-alt’ and then veer left (NE) to cross a second small gully between ‘18-alt’ and ‘19-alt’. Head ENE down the hillside. Cross Dog Road and then a stream course in the main valley at ‘20-alt’. Continue ENE up the eastern flank of the valley to rejoin the described route on the laterite-capped hill top at ‘29’. This short-cut reduces the total walk distance by about 3.5km.