Mt Edwards is a fairly easy peak to walk up though it is steep in sections with stairs, if you are not rushing then anyone with a reasonable level of fitness can complete this walk. At 634 metres above sea level it is only about 500 metres from Lake Moogerah to the top. The total track length is only 2.2 km However it took us a total of 3 and half hours to complete, including the time spent at the summit relaxing, snacking and enjoying the view.
The hike start starts at Fred Haigh Park at Lake Moogerah. This lakeside park has barbecues, shaded picnic areas, toilets, drinking water taps and a nice little cafe. Using your GPS the easiest way to find this park is to put in the address of the cafe, 144 Moogerah Connection Rd, Moogerah. Alternatively the GPS we were using didn't seem to know where Moogerah was, so we put in Aratula instead and simply turned off when we saw the Lake Moogerah sign (there are actually two turn offs to Lake Moogerah on the Cunningham Highway before Aratula, so if you miss one you will see the other).
The hike starts at Fred Haigh Park at Lake Moogerah where there is a cafe, barbecues and picnic tables
To find the start of the walk, just look for Moogerah Dam as you will need to walk across the dam wall to Mt Edwards. Be aware that public access to the dam wall is permitted only during daylight hours (6 am to 6 pm), which means if you head up Mt Edwards late in the afternoon you might return to find the gates locked.
The hike itself is on a steep, rough but well defined track. There is plenty of shade on much of the hike. But those shade trees both restrict the view and stifle the wind, making the few open sections on the way up very welcome. Yes there are a few cliffs on the way and at the top, however there is no point where you need to walk close to the cliffs' edges. Just be careful when you are seeking views and taking photographs.
Yes there are some cliffs, but you can complete the hike and see the views without going to the edge of any of them
The hike's difficulty varies from a gently sloping path to steep stairs. If you rest often, anyone with a reasonably level of fitness can complete this walk. There are of course trail running groups who run and down this peak for fun.
The hike varies from steep stairs to a gently sloping path
You will know when you have reached the halfway point when you come to an exposed rock section. You will be able to see Little Mount Edwards across the gap. When you reach the height of Little Edwards you have made it halfway up Mt Edwards.
While Mt Edwards does have great views, they are disappointingly not of Lake Moogerah. However from the halfway point you have some views of the lake. Be care though as you need to move closer to the cliff edges for the view.
From the halfway point the track continues steeply for a while until it abruptly flattens out for the last section to the summit. You know it is not far to go when this happens and there are no sudden sneaky last inclines to the top.
The peak itself is a wide, shaded with plenty of rocks to sit on and relax and enjoy the vista. Mt Edwards drops sharply off here, providing great views. Take some snacks or even lunch with you to enjoy while at the top.
The summit of Mt Edwards has plenty of shade, rocks to sit on and great views
Walking back down Mt Edwards is not that difficult. While the path is rough and steep in sections, there is little loose soil or rock. At the lake can have a picnic or barbecue beside the lake or visit the Lake Moogerah Cafe for meals, snacks, cold drinks or hot coffee.
The cafe is a great place for a snack, cold drinks, hot coffee or a snack after the hike
Lake Moogerah offers a range of other recreational activities. It is the main location for water skiing and power boating in South East Queensland. Other peaks to consider hiking are the easy Mt French and the challenging but beautiful Mt Greville.