Location: Sullivan Rock to Monadnocks, Mount Vincent & Mount Cuthbert
Distance: 15km loop
Grade: 3/4 - Variable terrain with some steep ascents and descents
Trail Marker: Yellow triangle with black Wagyl (snake)
Duration: 5 - 6 hours
Toilet Facilities: Yes, at start/finish
Dog Friendly: No
Date climbed: 27th February 2018
The Mount Vincent, Mount Cuthbert loop begins at Sullivan Rock, a beautiful granite outcrop located within the Monadnocks Conservation Park. The trail leads up over the rock providing the most gorgeous views of what I am sure to be Mount Cooke in the distance. Little rock pools and the moss cover the granite like a blanket. Follow the cairns up towards the edge of the forest where you will leave Sullivan Rock via a sandy track and start making your way to Mount Vincent.The trail crosses the old Bibbulmun Track, a sandy coming in from the left. You will see the sign on the right pointing east which continues on to Mount Cooke, a popular hiking Make sure you cross over the 4wd track and re-enter the forest almost immediately and start following a narrow track again.
Ascending Mount Vincent takes walkers up and over the large granite outcrop walking in a north easterly direction along the ridge and you will start to see Mount Cuthbert in your sights straight ahead. You will pass a large rock cairn which had me thinking I had reached the summit already but continue on following the smaller cairns and the Wagyl track sign and you will see it clear as day. Heading down into the valley was a nice change of scenery winding between the two mountains. The forest was fairly open with a mix of Jarrah, Marri and Banksia trees.
It wasn't long before I started the ascent and caught glimpse of my goal, the rock cairns indicating the Mount Cuthbert summit. The views already were just breathtaking. A quick side step to the right where you follow the narrow trail passed a large Balga tree and out through to the granite outcrop. Just like Sullivan Rock there were plenty of little rock pools, moss and sundew covering the area with views out for miles. The trail continues north descending once again into the valley below continuing on to Monadnocks campsite. From here you can either head straight back the way you came back over Mount Cuthbert and Mount Vincent as many people do or if you are wanting a little relief on your legs or just don't like double backing like me then you can loop back along the 4wd track to the start.