From the start point (at waypoint ‘START’) head initially about 300m SSW along the forestry track to ‘1’, then veer to the left, southward off the track, to climb a gentle slope and along the western slope od a hillside through open forest to ‘2’. (Or see Option 1 below for a more direct route along the hill top.) Veer right to follow the hillside eastward to ‘2-1’. Descend slightly through fringing heathland to an outcrop at ‘2-2’. Continue eastward along the outcrop to re-enter heathland and forest at ‘2-3’. Veer slightly left to head ENE gently upslope to ‘3’ through wandoo woodland near the crest of the broad ridge. Descend ESE via ‘4’ and ‘4-1’ to cross Yarra Road at ‘5’. Continue descending ESE and reach a broad, very lightly wooded valley. Follow the valley from ‘6’ to ‘8’, then veer left (NE) to cross the valley floor and head gently uphill. Cross an old forestry track (Lightning Road) at ‘9’. Pass through a short section of Parrot Bush scrub understorey covering a broad hill top at ‘9-1’ (elevation 327m). Cross a gentle saddle to ‘10’ and head northward, passing along the eastern side of a ridge to ‘11’. Then descend across partly open, rocky ground to ’12’. Ascend again, partly through a thicket of casuarina (sheoak) to reach a granite outcrop at ’13’. Climb to the ridge to the SW via ‘14’, back into wandoo woodlands. Veer NW, recrossing Lightning Road at ’14-1′ . Veer left at ’15’ on the broad crest of a ridge to descend very gently westward. Veer right at ’15-1′ and head roughly NW along a narrow spur ridge, then descend to cross a northward-draining stream course at ’15-2′. Veer left (WNW) and ascend the west flank of the valley to ’16’. This is at the northern edge of a laterite-capped ridge, with good northward views through the wandoo trees and across the Darkin River valley. Descend northward to reach the upper edge of a large granite outcrop at ’16-1′. This north-sloping outcrop provides open views across the valley and is a good place for a lunch break. Also take a little time to explore the large granite boulders to the left near ’16-2’, then descend the outcrop via ’16-3’ and continue downslope to another smaller outcrop area at ’17’. Turn left to head westward along slope. Cross a broad gully at ’18’, then climb quite steeply up a laterite-capped breakaway to a narrow boulder-strewn plateau at ’19’, with large wandoo trees. Veer SW-ward and descend from the ‘plateau’ via ’19-1’. Then walk WNW along-slope below the latreite breakaway via ’19-2’. At ’19-3’ head NW down a small ridge to re-cross Yarra Road at ’19-4′. Cross a small gully to reach another narrow ridge at ‘20’, then continue along the northern escarpment of the laterite plateau, climbing across the steepish slope via ’20-1’ and ’20-2’ through heath and wandoo woodland. Reach ‘22’ located on a ridge on the east side of a 50m deep gully. Veer left to descend initially SSW across the slope to ‘23’. Then veer right (west) to descend directly downslope through some heath and scrub and across rocky ground to cross the stream course in the gully at ‘24’. Climb to a ridge at ’25’ then descend initially southward to ‘26’, crossing a small water course, then SW-ward to cross a narrow, deeper gully at ’27’. Climb to a small outcrop via ’28’ and ’28-1’ then turn southward via ’28-2’. Continue southward, mainly aloing slope via ’28-3’. At ‘29’ veer left (SE) to cross a small gully to a very small rock outcrop at ’30’ with views eastward across the small side valley. After reaching ‘ 31′, veer left to head ENE downslope to cross the stream gully at about ’31-1′. Then continue ENE, climbing partly through heath. Veer left (northward) at ’32-1’ to cross a small gully and then veer right (east) at ‘33’ to continue upslope and reach a small SW-sloping outcrop with good views of Mount Dale 14km to the west. Walk ESE along slope to reach another small outcrop at ’34-1′. Veer right at ‘35’ to cross the head of a small gully to ‘36’ where the hillside is covered in an understorey Parrot Bush, but you should find an easy route through that will not be too dense and scratchy. Veer left (ESE) and descend initially mainly through the fairly open scrub and then through marri-jarrah forest to reach Yarra Road at ’37’. Follow Yarra Road southward for about 300m to get back to the start point.
Option1, from ‘1’: For a slightly shorter, more direct route between waypoints ‘1’ and ‘3’, from ‘1’ simply head SSE up the broad ridge to ‘2-alt’. Then veer left (eastward) to cross the hill top (elevation ‘371m) and rejoin the decribed route at ‘3’.