Location: Julimar State Forest South to Julimar State Forest North
Trail Marker: The Pilgrim Trail Markers
Duration: 7 - 8 hours
Cost: $0, free entry
Date Hiked: 19th July 2017
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Day five was through the Julimar State Forest from south to north, a 19km adventure.
This was by far my favourite section throughout the entire Pilgrimage, I think because it was all in forest and no road walking required. The trail winded through the beautiful Julimar forest of mixed Wandoo and Jarrah trees which would be wonderful in the spring time with all the native flowers.
It gets VERY wet in Winter, and often can be flooded so you will likely need to detour around puddles. Julimar has several 4wd trails all leading to the middle section which is known as 4wd territory so be alert of 4wd especially on the tight bends.
It does make for good mud though, so much so that Hazel collected some to use for a foot mud scrub at a later date.
Because of the flooding, on some occasions it may be impossible to take the shortcut trail which knocks off 2km, we got lucky but if you leave it any later in Winter you probably won't so be prepared to add the extra 2kms to this section.
Once we had crossed the flooded 4wd pit, the trail ascends up to the north section of the forest. Thankfully the lush greenery distracted us from our tired aching feet.
Our campsite for night five was in the north section of Julimar Forest, just off the main road. An old horse stable provided us with shelter which was great as it was pouring with rain again and we needed fire to keep warm and dry our shoes.
Hopefully this post inspires you to visit and if so, we would love to hear your thoughts on the trail. Please feel free to tag us in your adventures.
We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we walk, the traditional lands of the Whadjuk people & wish to acknowledge them as traditional owners paying respects to their Elders, past & present, and Elders from other communities who may be here today.