|Stirling Range NP, Bluff Knoll|
|Harvest time, not good for the hay fever|
|Moingup Spring Camp area|
We decided to stay in the National Park camp, Moingup Spring, rather than one of the two caravan parks in the area. After collecting the park brochure we planed on taking a drive through the park on the Stirling Range Road after walking one of the trails, mostly to mountain summits. Of the 6 bushwalk trails we chose Mount Trio as this was classification 4 in the brochure and has a man walking on a slight grade with walking stick. The description read "first third steep but the remainder is easy", so that sounded ok, especially two thirds easy!!
|Mt Trio, we got at least two thirds up the mountain|
|Track looks great at the start.|
|Still powering on, steeper than piccie shows|
About 10 minutes up the side of the mountain we stopped for the first break and already the path was quite steep, but had well formed stairs, so we took in the view and reassured each other that this would be ok. After another 2 or 3 stops up the hill side we had made it more than half way, I said it looked as though it was getting flatter so we pressed on. Then we came across another steep section and Helen decided that this was enough for her mumbling something like if she was a mountain goat she would have 4 legs!!!.
|Rest time, but look at the view.|
|I can do this, nearly there .... I think!|
|WOW that's some road block, move you bugger|
|Hels made it back to car park before me.|
From here we continued on the drive around Salt River Rd to Stirling Range Rd. The drive through the range had many wildflowers to be seen and various lookouts to take in the views of Mt Trio and the others in the park. At lunch time we stopped at White Gum Flat picnic area, it was so tranquil you could hear the serenity, it seemed we were the only ones in the park.
|Another wild flower|
|Enjoying one of the old park benches at White Gum Flat picnic area.|
|What happened to our serenity|
|Tall timber at Tree-in-the-Rock car park|
|Hels that's the wrong way|
|But did see some mossy trees|
After taking the wrong trail to begin with (started heading up a mountain!!) we soon found the Bolganup Trail and enjoyed the 600m walk (much flatter).
|Big tall mossy trees|
|Back on the Bolganup trail|
|Even found a frog on a tree stump (Freddo chocolate!)|