Yellow Pinch Summit
Mount Barney National Park
A steep but rewarding hike to a spectacular lookout with uninterrupted views of Mount Barney and Mount Lindesay.
This moderately trafficked hike starts from the Yellow Pinch car park at the end of Upper Logan Road in Mount Barney.
From the car park, follow the trail to the right (not the fire road) as it undulates through open eucalypt forest.
When you reach the turnstile, head right up the hill. Do not go through the turnstile (this goes to Mount Barney summit and Cronan Creek Falls).
The trail then ascends more rapidly, but only for a short period, along a loose scree track on the ridge to the summit.
The views from the top are breathtaking, uninterrupted across the valley to Mount Barney’s formidable east face (standing tall at 1354m), including the East and North Peaks, north saddle and further north to Leaning Peak, Isolated Peak, and Toms Tum.
There are also impressive views to the south of Mount Lindesay and Mount Ernest.
After heavy recent rain, you may even spot a waterfall on the side of the mountain.
There is an information sign at the summit that tells of how Mount Barney came to be formed through volcanic activity which is an interesting read.
Track: The track is graded, and while lacking signage, is still relatively easy to follow. The track along the ridge is loose and rocky in places.
Difficulty: The track is short but steep. A moderate degree of fitness is recommended, however all fitness levels could achieve this with adequate time.
Direction: This is an out-and-back track that returns the way it came.
The trail starts from the Yellow Pinch car park at the end of Upper Logan Road in Mount Barney, 2 hours drive south-west of Brisbane.
Parking is typically ample for how trafficked the walk is.
best time to go
The walk can be completed year-round, however sunrise and sunset are particularly good times to complete the walk.
The summit is quite exposed to the sun and wind.
Always check the Queensland Parks website for updates on track closures.
Remember, whenever venturing into the outdoors, practice the Leave No Trace principles and be considerate of others. This means: dispose of your waste properly, don't remove things or move things from their natural position and respect all wildlife. Also be sure to plan ahead and adequately prepare for any adventure.
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