I have done ALOT of hikes over the years, but never anything like Mount Tibrogargan Summit, it was EXTREME. Mount Tibrogargan is the second tallest Glasshouse mountain and the tallest that is open to the public to hike (well climb). When hiking Mount Tibrogargan, you have two options, the Tibrogargan Loop that circles the base of the mountain and Tibrogargan summit.
Hiking Mount Tibrogargan Loop
Tibrogargan Loop is a 3km round trip hike that circles the base of Mount Tibrogargan. This would be the most popular hiking trail due to its suitability for most hikers. Tibrogargan Summit is another story.
Climbing Mount Tibrogargan Summit
Tibrogargan Summit is a short hike, but an extremely steep and quite scary one. The summit hike/ climb is approximately as tall as a 50 story building. It starts with a series of stairs before hitting a vertical rock face which you will have to rock climb. According to locals, this rock face is referred to as chicken fence as this is where most people chicken out. After you conquer the rock wall, which is the steepest section, you have another 20 minutes of rock climbing. Although it is not as steep as the first rock wall, it is still steep (photos below). Anyone with even the slightest fear of heights should not attempt.
Access to both trails starts from the car park at the base. You will start by following the Mount Tibrogargan Circuit Walk. Eventually, you will see a sign to the summit. Before breaking off onto the summit trail you will come across a lookout.
Only attempt the summit trail if you are an experienced hiker and have no fear of heights what so ever. Alternatively, continue on the Mount Tibrogargan circuit. Mount Ngungun is another nearby hike suitable for all levels and fitness types.
Getting to Mount Tibrogargan
Mount Tibrogargan is around an hour north of Brisbane, located just off Steve Irwin Way. I suggest following Google Maps to find the Mount Tubrogargan car park.
What to pack when hiking Mount Tibrogargan
Wear good hiking shoes and carry a backpack with water, snacks and a camera.
Other Tips for hiking Mount Tibrogargan
- You will need both hands to climb Tibrogargan Summit so a backpack is a must.
- Don’t attempt the summit if you are afraid of heights.
- You can do the summit and loop in the same day.
- There are no bins at the top, so take all your rubbish home with you.
- Watch for snakes.
- If you’re lucky you may be able to spot koalas, kangaroos, echidnas and other wildlife on your hike, so keep your eyes peeled.
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