”climb the mountain not so you the world can see you, but so you can see the world.”
Last Saturday, my boyfriend and I hiked up the 3.1km path to reach the peak of Bluff Knoll, a mountain in the Stirling Ranges National Park.
I thought it would be a great idea to fit a mountain hike into our road trip down to Albany last weekend (and I must admit, there were a few times during the uphill hike that I regretted my idea but alas, I made it.) On a side note, nothing tests your fitness like a mountain climb- that’s for sure..
Nestled in the national park is Bluff Knoll. It is the highest mountain in the ranges, with the peak standing 1099 metres above sea level. The hike to the peak can take between 3-6 hours (depending on fitness, motivation, weather conditions and if you want to take breaks to stop and admire the view). My boyfriend and I reached the peak and were back on flat ground in around 3 hours (even with me having to stop to catch my breath).
In regards to entering the National Park, there are fees payable upon entry. The payment machines take cash or eftpos so please keep this in mind on your drive out to the ranges. On a safety note- BRING WATER. I carried a 1 litre bottle with me and drank it all so if you can take more, do. You will need to stay hydrated, especially on a warm day. When it comes to footwear, sneakers with grip or hiking boots are a must. The path gets challenging at times and on the descent, you’ll appreciate shoes with more grip.
With that being said, the views are well worth the challenge. The panoramic views are mesmerizing (especially on a clear day). There’s something magical about mountains, especially if you have the chance to reach the peak.