Location: Devils Slide, Porongurup National Park
Distance: 3.4km return
Trail Marker: Blue triangle with yellow footprint
Duration: 2 - 3 hours
Cost: $13 National Park Fees
Toilet Facilities: Yes, at Tree-in-the-Rock carpark
Dog Friendly: No
Date Hiked: 2nd November 2018
The Porongurup National Park is my favourite place in the whole of WA. So much so that our walks here usually take twice, sometimes three times as long as it usually would for anyone else. Our first visit was an impromptu one, but was one of the most memorable hikes I had ever walked. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that it's an extremely ancient mountain range formed over 1200 million years ago. This visit we had our eye set on Devil's Slide as the last time we climbed this section fast changing weather brought in thick cloud and aside from not seeing a thing at the top, we were almost blown off. Because we were a little pressed for time we decided to enter in via the southern side from Waddy's Hut.
The trail up to the start of the Devils Slide Trail is a steep continuous 900m ascent. A trail sign can be found at the start of the Devils Slide Trail which continues on left ascending up to Marmabup Rock. The peak is 670m above sea level but the trail is a 730m ascent. The trail begins as a single track through a canopy of trees and then opens up to a section of exposed granite where the climbing begins before taking walkers over the purpose built wooden bridge. The trail narrows to single track through thick forest which at times proved a little dangerous with long reeds covering the trail providing a trip hazard but it was quite a beautiful section to walk through. There are a few opportunities to peak out and see the views, giving you some indication of high high you had climbed.
Thick carpets of damp moss covered the granite slopes like a big rug and play such a pivotal part of this healthy ecosystem. But it was the vibrant depth of the green Peat Moss that really captured out attention. The trail has a few steep areas to scramble over and then through a reedy section up to the summit. 670m above sea level providing amazing 360 degree views. Be aware the weather can change in an instant. Twice now we have been forced to make a quick descent. As this is a return trail you take the same path back to where you started.