The unmarked trails to the summit of Mt Barney are very steep and require bushwalking experience, navigational skills and excellent preparation. The easiest route to the summit is via the south-east ridge and then down south ridge.
Starting from a locked gate at the south-western end of Yellow Pinch camping area, the track initially follows the Logan River flats, then passes through open eucalypt forest. As you continue uphill, the ground cover consists of low heaths, wattles, banksias and grass trees, with she-oaks scattered amongst eucalypts. Before reaching the summit of East Peak, the track leads over some very steep and slippery rock slabs.
From here you walk through some thick vegetation towards West Peak and then down towards Barney Gorge Creek. On the descent it may become difficult to keep sight of an obvious track, so use detailed track notes.
Mount Barney is a remote park with unmarked trails through steep, rough terrain. Anyone planning to walk in this national park must be physically fit, skilled in navigation and experienced at bushwalking.
Allow a whole day to get up the mountain and back down again. Be prepared for sudden weather changes, including rain and cold temperatures.
Take food and water. Wear a hat and sunscreen.
Tackle this walk in spring, summer or autumn when there are more daylight hours to complete the walk.
How To Get There
Yellow Pinch is located at the base of Mount Barney. From Brisbane via Rathdowney: follow the Mt Lindesay Highway through Beaudesert to Rathdowney. 1 kilometres after Rathdowney, turn right on to the Boonah-Rathdowney Road and travel 8 kilometres to the Barney View-Upper Logan Road turnoff. After turning left, follow the signs to either Lower Portals or Yellow Pinch. From Boonah: follow the Boonah-Rathdowney Road south for 39 kilometres. Turn right on to the Barney View-Upper Logan Road then follow the signs to either Lower Portals.
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