The neighbouring cousin to the popular Bluff Knoll, Toolbrunup Peak is a more extreme version of the tallest peak in the Stirling Range (or Koi Kyenunu-ruff as it is known by the Noongar people) and only about 50m shorter. Standing proudly in the middle of the Stirling Range, this imposing mountain is home to one of the hardest day hikes in the area and combined with the unpredictable weather, it can feel like another world.
If you’re up for an adventure then the 4km return hike to the summit of Toolbrunup is a pretty cool way to spend a few hours. As one of the hardest day hikes in the Stirling Range, you will be climbing non-stop to the summit as you ascend over 500 vertical metres. Unlike Bluff Knoll, the trail is not a series of steps leading all the way up, instead you tackle a fun scree field where you have to scramble up piles of rocks that have been deposited on the side of the mountain over the years.
A series of posts stops you getting lost and once you reach the saddle there is one last section of rocky ledges to negotiate before you reach the summit. Once there you will get 360-degree views across the landscape where you’ll be able to see all the other major peaks in the area along with the Porongurups to the south. If you’re keen then you can start your hike in the dark and aim to arrive at the summit for a sunrise you won’t forget.
The weather conditions in the Stirling Range are unique to the area and can change very quickly. Always carry a rain jacket and warm clothing, especially from autumn through spring and be wary if conditions turn. High winds near the summit can makes things difficult, especially on the narrow rocky sections so wear good footwear (something with plenty of grip) and don’t take unnecessary risks.
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