Location: Fred Jacoby Park
Distance: 3.5km loop
Trail Marker: Blue Triangle with boot markers
Duration: 1 - 2 hours
Cost: $0, free entry
Date Hiked: 30th June 2018
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You might have guessed by now that we love the Perth Hills but, there is one thing that frustrates me slightly, and that is the lack of dog friendly hikes available to dog owners. Thanks to The Life of Py, I stumbled across this dog friendly one in 2017. A nice little 3.5km loop that starts from Fred Jacoby Park and winds through beautiful jarrah forest, past granite outcrops and majestic trees.
The first time we walked it, it was very dry so the photos didn't really do the trail any justice so have used the pics from our paw friendly hike we ran on it in June last year.
The trail begins at the red/white trailhead sign and then heads into the bushland underneath the historic Mundaring to Kalgoorlie pipeline.
The boardwalk leading underneath the pipeline doesn't last long before we found ourselves at a wide vehicle track where the trail makes a right turn and then left into the forest along a single narrow track.
The trail ascends for a 100m climb to the top passing by a few granite outcrops and plenty of lush green foilage. It's not too challenging but for those who may need to pause and catch their breath, make sure to turn around and take in the views of the Helena River Valley and Mundaring Weir in the distance.
Wide open moss covered granite slopes provide an area to sit and take a morning tea break.
The trail re-enters the forest passing through tall Jarrah trees and more granite boulders.
The final climb to the summit is through a really beautiful section of stairs that go between large granite boulders, giant jarrah trees and majestic grasstrees.
A perfect place to stop and take some pics with your furry kids.
Departing the summit, the trail opens up along wide vehicle tracks. You need to pay attention here as the trail makes a left hand turn back into the forest not too far down from the summit. This can be easily missed if your not paying attention.
Coming off the wide vehicle tracks and turning left, walkers are taken back through the forest and start descending back down to the pipeline.
Walkers descend down another set of steps walking through through a section of grasstrees.
The trail takes walkers away from the native forest and down in to a pine plantation but be warned, loads of cockatoos were feasting amongst the trees which meant that lots of large pinecones were being dropped from up ahead. The thump on the ground is enough to make you be cautious as one of those landing on your head would be quite painful.
If you have a decent camera with a long lens I recommend taking it so you can get some nice closeups of these beautiful birds.
As you arrive at the bottom of the pine plantation you will find the pipeline once again. Look out for the bridge that takes the trail over and then basically you walk alongside the pipeline for 100m or so and you will find yourself back at the start again.
If you get the chance and have enough time, head over in to Fred Jacoby Park and check out the English Oak Tree, the largest living oak trees in Western Australia. A boardwalk enables visitors to get in under the canopy of this 140-year-old heritage-listed tree, whilst protecting the tree roots from compaction.
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.