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Published March 30th 2021
Hiking Mount Ernest on a rugged trail
Challenging unmarked trail with scrambling sections, boulders climb and adrenaline razorback ridge for experienced hikers. An exciting great track in Mount Barney National Park with spectacular views of Mount Barney and Mount Lindesay.
The hike is very hard due to the remote location, the trail is not very well marked, scrambling on rocky sections is involved and there is a razorback ridge with a sheer cliff on one side. You must have hiking experience, carry a map or a tracker for navigational aid and a good level of fitness. Ankle-supporting footwear is strongly recommended.
In particular, there are parts of the trail litter with leaves and lots of loose rocks. The rocks can easily roll and they are a hazard for hikers. Pay great attention not to dislodge the rocks and wait to make your next step to avoid the risk of rocks rolling on hikers behind you.
The distinctive peaks of Mount Barney, Mount Maroon, Mount May, Mount Lindesay, Mount Ernest, Mount Ballow and Mount Clunie make up Mount Barney National Park. These rugged peaks are the remains of the ancient Focal Peak Shield Volcano which erupted 24 million years ago.
Mount Barney views from Mount Ernest. Photo by Author.
Most of Mount Barney National Park is in the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. It contains rainforest similar to those that once covered the ancient supercontinent of Gondwana.
Today only small pockets of rainforests survive on the east coast and for this reason, they are protected. The rainforest is home to great biodiversity of plants and animals.
The first time I climbed Mount Ernest, I have to stop every few minutes to take photos of the amazing surrounding. There are great views over Mount Barney National park, Mount Lindesay and the New South Wales.
The trail is challenging but it makes Mount Ernest more interesting.
Mount Ernest has two peaks, once you are on the first peak, you have to descend into the saddle and then climb up the boulder section. Then you pass the razorback and continue along the ridge. The top is marked with a cairn.
Descending is hard too because the risk of dislodging rocks and to slide on the dry leaves and loose dirt.
If you start early, you should make it to visit Rathlogan Olive Grove & Shed Cafe.
The Shed Cafe is a family-owned business operated by the Cheevers family located in the foothills of Mt Barney. It is about 17 minutes drive from Yellopinch Carpark and 12 km distance.
An aspect of the Rathlogan Olive Grove & Shed Cafe. Photo by Author.