Location: Mount Gunjin, Greenmount State Forest, Pickering Brook

Distance: 5.5km loop

Grade: 2 - Easy, with some incline

Trail Marker: Unmarked

Duration: 1 - 3 hours

Cost: Free

Toilet Facilities: No

Dog Friendly: No

Date climbed: 12th February 2018

 

Mount Gunjin which stands 399m above sea level, lies within the Greenmount State Forest, and was the location of a Western Australian Forestry Department fire-watching tower. The fire tower and hut site are identified in the Kattamordo Heritage Trail pamphlet as being constructed in 1921. Beginning at the northern section, I parked and began my trek at the corner of Walter & Lockwood Roads in Bickley. The start of the walk follows the Munda Biddi Trail into state forest to the left of Lockwood Rd heading NNE. Such a beautiful trail to walk/ride through and my thoughts turned to my husbands Munda Biddi journey as he had gone through this section back in January.

Crossing over the small forest road, the trail then climbs quite steeply over a distance of about 400m before reaching the SE of the Mount Gunjin summit clearing. As you come out to the summit you will see a large clearing, this site was for the former Western Australian Forestry Department fire-watching tower, which had a few names including Mount Gunjin lookout tower. The summit is also the drop off/pickup location for Kalamunda Mountain Bike Collective 'Steadyrack Shuttle' service and a rest stop for the many mountain bike riders utilizing the many many trails within the area.

The trail crosses the summit and begins the descent back down through the Pine Forest which ends up on a 4wd track. Look out for the trail to re-enter the forest on the right following the Munda Biddi Trail back to where you started. I have always hated double backing on same trails but found some gorgeous wildlfowers I had not seen at the start.

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