Maybe you are simply trying to get fit or, preparing for one of the tougher hikes in South East Queensland or are building up for a bucket list hike like walking Kokoda, the Overland Track, Machu Pichu or El Camino Way or just for one of the tougher hikes in South East Queensland. To help you get fit, there are many convenient hikes in and around Brisbane that can be done quickly and can easily become a regular routine for your fitness program.
A tough hike is its own reward, and so are the views
Fitness experts suggest that it can take up to 16 weeks to build your fitness for a multi-day hike if you are starting from scratch. Even if you are fairly fit you may find that you need to train up for a tougher hike.
Mt Coot-Tha has a large number of different tracks suitable for all levels of fitness and all time frames. Here are some of the more popular tracks for training.
A less rigorous option is to start at the Toohey Picnic Area in Toohey Forest where you can follow the tracks to cross under the highway, pass through Griffith Universitie's Mt Gravatt Campus and up Acacia Way to the summit and back again. This is about 9 km return. Not a strenuous hike for the fit, however it is a great location for anyone who needs to build their fitness.
For people in the Northern Suburbs, Chermside Hills is a popular location for both walking and running. The Chermside Hills Reserve contains long fairly flat paths suitable for runners as well as a hill in the middle of the reserve that many people run up while others just choose to walk up.
For a longer hike you can string together connected walks in Chermside Hills Reserve, Milne Hill Reserve and the lovely Raven Street Reserve. All with lots of slopes to help build up your fitness levels.
Tabletop Mountain, Toowoomba
Tabletop mountain is just outside of Toowoomba and while not a very long track it involves some steep sections, lots of rock hopping and one section of rock that is near vertical.