Ellen Peak has 1012 m above sea level, and it’s located in Stirling Range National Park. The mountain itself is not too high, but trust me, this hike is quite challenging. In fact, you need to climb over 800 m from the plain to the summit. It’s steep. Sometimes very steep. What’s more, the walking track to Ellen Peak in the Stirling Range is not signposted. You better be experienced in hiking and navigating before making an attempt. This hike is also a great warm-up before even more challenging The Stirling Range Ridge Walk.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW?
Ellen Peak in the Stirling Range is a decent, one day hike. It’s best to start early in the morning, after a sunrise, so that you can be back before it gets dark. The trail has around 24 km both ways, and you need at least 7 hours to accomplish it. Of course, if you know where are you going. The track to Ellen Peak in the Stirling Range is not marked, so you will spend some time getting lost, and finding the right way. Navigation is a bit of a challenge. I used AllTrails app which worked really well for me. The path I took was accurate in 85% with the app recording. It doesn’t mean that I didn’t struggle to find the right path. I did struggle a lot.
IS THIS HIKE FOR YOU?
The trail to Ellen Peak in the Stirling Range is dedicated for experienced hikers. Don’t let the mountain height mislead you. It’s a challenging scramble to the top, and you need to be prepared for that. Previous experience in navigating, and orienteering is absolutely essential. If you have no knowledge about those aspects, don’t throw yourself in at the deep end. Stirling Range National Park has 6 well-marked walking tracks, so you can start from there, before you make an attempt to hike Ellen Peak. If you want to give it a go, prepare well for this adventure, and read more about climbing Ellen Peak in the Stirling Range below.
CARPARK – ELLEN PEAK SADDLE
The walking track to Ellen Peak in the Stirling Range starts exactly in this location 34°19’10.2″S 118°23’31.6″E. Just copy and paste those numbers into the google maps, and you will find the trail head. Park your car somewhere nearby. The beginning is nice and easy. You will be walking for 6 km on a flat track. After finishing this section, turn left. The turn-off is marked with some rocks left on the ground. Next 5 km is a rugged ‘bush bash’. The track goes gradually up to Ellen Peak Saddle. Sooner or later, you will be given an opportunity to view the entire ridge. This challenging hike is called The Stirling Range Ridge Walk.
ELLEN PEAK SADDLE – THE RIDGE
There are a couple of small campsites on Ellen Peak Saddle where you can set up a tent and spend the night. They are mostly used by people who do The Stirling Range Ridge Walk, and start their hike late in the day. The path is pretty much intuitive to this point. I would even say that it’s almost 100% accurate with the AllTrails recording. The summit seems to be very close, but the truth is that the most difficult part is just about to start. The track suddenly becomes very steep, and it’s no longer obvious. It’s still about 2 km from Ellen Peak Saddle to the summit, and the climb is almost vertical. I hope the weather will hold up for you.
THE RIDGE – SUMMIT
About 0,5 km before the summit, I was sure that I took one of the stray paths. I found myself in a very exposed and dangerous place, and I knew I was not where I supposed to be, even though I followed the AllTrails recording. I even made a decision to turn back, because I literally had no idea where is the right path. So I started going down, and suddenly noticed a well-trodden path. This was the right path to the summit. After next 20 minutes, I made it to the ridge. The last section of the track, a short scramble to the top, begins there. A useful tip. You will pass the peak on your left-hand side before reaching the summit.
SUMMIT – CARPARK
Views from the top are stunning! Take some time to enjoy them, and don’t forget to sign in to the guest book that can be found on the summit. It took me significantly less time to return to the carpark than climb Ellen Peak, mostly because I spent lots of time looking for a right path. It’s worth to say that I descended the mountain taking a completely different track. Even though, my intention was to follow the AllTrails recording both times, ascending and descending the mountain. From Ellen Peak you can get to Bluff Knoll, the highest peak in Stirling Range National Park. This hike is called The Stirling Range Ridge Walk.
Ellen Peak Carpark – Ellen Peak Saddle – Ellen Peak Ridge – Ellen Peak – Ellen Peak Ridge – Ellen Peak Saddle – Ellen Peak Carpark
Walking track: around 24 km, around 7 hours (return)
Trail difficulty: class 5 (not signposted)
Trail access: 2WD (unsealed road)
This is all you need to know about Ellen Peak in the Stirling Range. Are you experienced in hiking unsignposted trails? Let me know by leaving a comment below!
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