This walk starts at the Great Walks Entrance on Flaxton Mill Road, goes down to Baxter Creek and Falls, and then up again to the road. It is then a pleasant stroll along the side of the road following the Great Walk signs to Mapleton Falls.
The start of the walk is easy enough to find. Put 160 Flaxton Mill Road into GPS and you will see the start of the walk and carpark on the other side of the road from this address. It is also just past the start of the dirt section of Flaxton Mill Road.
If you only want to walk as far as Baxter Falls and back then you could start walking at Suses Pocket Road, but there is no parking at that location other than pulling off to the side of the road onto what are very narrow shoulders.
The various access points to the hike are clearly marked
This camp has basic facilities, including toilets and a water tank. Fires are not allowed. If you are not doing the through walk or doing an overnight stay before taking on one of the walking tracks, there is little appeal to camping here.
The fire trail continues past the walkers camp for another 400 metres before joining the hiking path. This path leads down the hill through a series of switchbacks and steps. The total vertical descent is about 200 metres. While not the hardest or steepest path I have walked, it is a relentless and continual slope, which of course you will have to head back up.
The tracks to and from the creek are steep. The one to Flaxton Mill Road has lots of steps.
When you arrive at the creek, follow the sign to the right to arrive at the lovely Baxter Falls and the pool underneath it. The water looks deep enough to swim, but you would probably be better off going to a better swimming hole like Kondalilla Falls.
From Baxter Creek, the track leads back up. This side is not as steep as the track on the other side with only a few steps. If you are not sure of your fitness and just want to visit the falls, then this is the side to do.
The path up to Suses Pocket Road is long but not as steep as the other side of the creek
The track lets out at Suses Pocket Road. From here the walk goes a little over 2 kms along the road to Mapleton Falls. This is a pleasant and signed walked, and part of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk. Suses Road joins Obi Obi Road before veering off to right onto Mapleton Falls Road.
The road into the walk from Obi Obi Road is well sign posted
The end destination of walking along the road is the beautiful Mapleton Falls Lookout. To honest, the view of the falls is not very exciting as you are almost directly above the drop, but the view down the valley is spectacular.
There is also the 1.2 km Woompoo Circuit here, as well as a nice picnic area. So when walking this track, this is the place to stop for lunch. The Mapleton Falls Lookout is worth visiting on its own, in which case, it is just a matter of driving up to the lookout.
The walk to return back is simply to retrace your steps. After the hike the nearest cafe is the Flaxton Barn. There are of course other places to go for coffee, cake, meals and drinks in the area. We often stop at the UpFront Club in Maleny or taste the wines at the Flame Hill Vineyard.
The Complete Sunshine Coast HInterland Great Walk is 58 kms in length and takes 4 to 6 days to complete. While the various sections and subsections are popular with hikers, few people do the complete walk. Most of the best overnight hikes are in the Gheerulla Valley.