The new Mahogany Trail at Mt Coot-tha leads to the summit
The Brisbane City Council is busy upgrading facilities and paths on Mt Coot-tha. The latest walking path to open is the Mahagony Trail which goes between the JC Slaughter Falls picnic area and The Summit.
As there is already the Summit Track that goes between JC Slaughter Falls and the Summit, you may be wondering why they have added this new path. What was happening was that many people, particularly tourists we walking from the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens to the summit by walking along the verge of Samuel Griffith Drive. This is dangerous because there really is no room on the side of the road for walkers.
The view from one of the access points on the Mahogany Trail
The Mahogany Trail, which was originally a fire trail that was closed off to the public has been upgraded and signposted to make it easier to complete the walk. Personally I think it would have been better to just add better signage to direct people to The Summit Track, but there are still some advantages to walking the Mahogany Trail.
The hike starts at the end of the upper car park at the JC Slaughter Falls Picnic area and ends at the same point as the Summit Trail near the Summit Car Park. If you are walking from the Summit via the Summit Track, then when you arrive at the JC Slaughter Falls picnic area, continue down the road until you reach the large picnic area, and you will find the start of the track there.
The JC Slaughter Falls Picnic Area opposite the start of the Mahogany Trail
As the trail follows the scenic road, there are several access points from the road down to the trail. If you head up some of these you can gain a view down to the city, but not as clear as the one from the summit. If someone is walking along the road they will see signs leading down to the Mahogany Trail.
The Mahogany Trail is one more way to walk to and from The Summit
The main advantage though has to be being able to do a circuit from the summit down to JC Slaughter Falls and then back up to the Summit. This is great for the many people who walk the trail for exercise.
The Summit Track is well maintained and partly follows the creek
Overall I would say that the Mahogany Trail is not as interesting as the Summit Track. but it makes a nice addition to the tracks on the summit and could prove popular with mountain bikers. Already people who walk Mt Coot-tha for exercise have discovered the trail and having an alternative path path to the summit is welcome.
Note: I have included a link to the track and trail map at Mt Coot-tha. At the time of writing they have not updated this to include the new paths, However there are plenty of signs on the paths themselves and hopefully they will update the website soon.