Mt Coochin in the Glass House Mountains has the best views
Mt Coochin in the Glass House Mountains is the most northerly hill in the Glass House Mountains. At only 235 m, walking up the western peak is relatively easy, while the second requires a bit of scrambling, but the views are definitely worth it.
Not to be confused with Mt Tunbubudla, which is the other twin peaks in the Glass House Mountains, Mt Coochin has a ridge about halfway up between the peaks, while with Mt Tunbubudla, the ridge connecting them is very close the base of the hills.
Finding the start of the walk is a little difficult. The address is 2672 Old Gympie Road, Beerwah. When you see it, it just looks like the entrance to a private property, but you can identify it by the lack of mail box at the front. Drive in here and follow the road around where you come to a small car park and a National Parks sign.
You will see a main path with a faint path heading off to the right that goes up the west peak. You can usually spot the start of this trail by the sticks that are left up against the tree. Feel free to take the sticks to use as walking sticks, but put them back when you come back down.
The start of the path up the west peak is on the right of the main path
The trail up the hill is fairly steep, so a reasonable level of fitness is required. However the track is not particularly challenging if you have a rest now and then on the way up. Only the top of the trail is not well defined. Going up is easy, but finding the trail down can be a little harder.
The peak provides arguably the best views of the Glass House Mountains and is well worth doing. Going to the other peak is a little more challenging and will require some scrambling.
The view of the Glass House Mountains from Mt Coochin
A trail leads down the other side of the peak to a saddle between the peaks. Because of the faint, unmarked trail, it is possible to miss the saddle and end up in the ravine between the peaks. Scrambling back out of these is difficult so keep a careful eye on the trail.
Heading up the other peak is a very rocky trail. Once again, it is not particularly hard, but it requires a fair amount of scrambling and is not recommended in wet weather. Of course from this peak you have even better views of the Glass House Mountains.
Coming back, you can either retrace your steps or, when coming down the east peak near the saddle, you will see a path off to your right. Follow this down until you find the main path that you turned off at the beginning of the hike, then it is just an easy stroll back to the car park.
This is a great little hill well worth ascending, with the first peak being easy and the second one including a fair amount of fun scrambling (if you enjoy scrambling). The views are what makes this hike worth it.
Thanks for this.. followed your instructions and had a lovely afternoon's climb.
We climbed the West Peak then crossed over to the East Peak then back down from the East Peak. All the trails were easy to follow and mostly not too steep.