Steven North enjoys hiking and with his ventures, has been asked to notify friends when he goes again. With the beautiful weather that we're having, it's time to venture on to the first hike of the season and that's the Rocky Pool Walk, Piesse Brook, Kalamunda.
We will also be heading to Elevated Grounds Coffeehouse afterwards for a relaxing coffee break & sparkling water.
Schipp Road is a gravel road with many places to park and we will meet and the very end of the road (where the trek begins).
We will walk up to the Rocky Pools and hope that there's water in the pools. If there is water, we can jump in for a quick dip but it's usually dry around this time of year. It's a beautiful area because the area is connected with Ancient Atlantean stories but this is a beautiful walk and afterwards, we will head up to Kalamunda shopping centre for coffee. There are a few lovely locations that make incredible coffee and can share them with you later.
Make sure you bring plenty of water, good walking shoes and any walking tools (poles) that you may require. There are some steep parts to this hike and it is graded as a 5 trail, so it is not for the faint of heart.
We do not take any liability or responsibility for any injuries that may venture from this walk.
We aren't professional hikers, we aren't trained in first aid, we are not tour operators, we enjoy the health & fitness that a challenging hike like this will bring.
Rocky Pool Walk
Distance: 5 kms
Time: 1 ½ - 2 hours
Location: At the end of Spring Road, Kalamunda.
Description: This loop walk in the Kalamunda National Park has some difficult steep loose descents. There are beautiful views with many wildflowers and creeks which run in winter. It includes a section of the Bibbulmun Track.
Trail markers for this walk are blue.
Start point: Car park at the end of Spring Road. Leave the car park and head in a Northerly direction.
1. At the T- junction take the left fork and walk uphill.
2. Ignore a track to the left and continue on the main track.
3. At the T junction take the right fork and cross a small water course.
4. At this point, leave the main track and take a branch to the right. The point is indicated by a sign and a large cut log to the right of the track. This is the most distant point from the start of the walk.
5. The descent here is loose and stony, and crosses a rocky water course with a rock formation resembling a ram’s head.
6. A divergence in the track. In winter, due to the flow of water, it is necessary to deviate to the left through a grove of saplings. The track is indistinct but generally follows the creek line. Look for a blue marker on a dark Red Gum.
7. A bridge across the water course, directly under a high tension power line.
8. Leave the power line and veer right on a well made track following Shire of Kalamunda walk trail signs.
9. Rocky Pool, a spectacular pool with large granite boulders. There is water here for most of the summer.
10. The Bibbulmun Track joins the track from the left.
11. Turn right off the formed road, following the Bibbulmun Track markers. The turn is further indicated by a trail marker on a large post on the left of the road.
12. The Bibbulmun Track turns left and heads up the hill. Leave the Bibbulmun Track here, cross the water course to the right.
13. After crossing the water course, turn left. A Shire of Kalamunda walk sign on a tree directs you to the left, back to the start point.
Download Interpretive Trail to Rocky Pool via Schipp Road - This picuresque walk trail meanders beside Piesse Brook on a return trip of 3.4kms. It was established in 2012 by the Friends of Piesse Brook.
To help reduce the spread of Phytophthora Dieback:
- Don’t spread soil or mud around bushland, in particular during spring & autumn;
- Stick to tracks & paths;
- Observe signage in your local bushland reserve and stay out of quarantined areas in bushland.