As the dawn sun cast a red-orange glow behind the surrounding mountain tops, the eight-strong mountain squad of Lisa, Andrew, Dan, Sabrina, Dale, Brett, Shaun and Adrian started their ascent up Mt. Barney’s Logan’s Ridge.
- Challenging hike that will get your heart racing – from the climb and the heights
- Rock scrambling adventure
- Epic views across the Scenic Rim
The first recorded climb up this ridgeline was undertaken in 1828 by Captain Patrick Logan. We didn’t know it then, but this was going to be one hell of a climb, pushing all of us out of our comfort zones.
The steep ridge climb begins from Upper Logan Road with a walk through the dry forest, a meandering trail with Mt Barney looming imposingly ahead of us topped with a thick swath of swirling cloud.
I’m not going to sugarcoat it, I freaked out at one rock scramble point thinking I couldn’t make it, but I knew going down wasn’t an option. After one fall, I was about 10cm from a serious head injury and I remember I was holding my breath and hoping for the best as we edged along a cliff face. But we all made it – with a few war wounds as evidence of our adventures.
I will, however, be upfront that this is a hike only for experienced hikers. You have to be fit, possess navigational skills and be adept at rock scrambling because you are going to need it. Going along with someone who’s done the hike before is highly recommended. We headed up there with a mate who had ascended Logan’s Ridge at least 20 times, so we were safe in the knowledge that he knew this side of Mt Barney well.
Slippery rock slabs at the start of the hike were our first challenge. Trying to stay upright on the lichen-covered granophyre rocks needed all the focus and rock scrambling skills we could muster. After our first slip and slide adventure, we were greeted with a great view of Isolated Peak.
The next challenge was tricky rock scrambles where I just didn’t have the leg stretch to make it on my own, and I needed a push from below and a monkey grip from above to conquer.
Then we ascended up through the Gateway, an impressive rock entry way with cliffs on either side.
Rain in the days before the hike made for some mini cascades down some of the rockside chimneys as we continued up and we pulled out the ropes more than once for a bit of a security and a helping hand.
About two-thirds of the way up, we had a spectacular view of the Scenic Rim region from the rocky outcrops on the way.
There’s one cliffside section where I was scared to look down. This was after I’d slipped off a rock and was fortunately saved by the quick reflexes of Dan so I was already a little on edge about the ascent! We all agreed that the cliffside shuffle was downright scary.
After some tense cliffside moments, we made the final push towards the summit. It was a hard slog through thick, wet vegetation, and loose rock. Logan’s Ridge ends up on East Peak, linking up with the end of the South East Ridge trail.
There are dozens of photo opportunities on this hike. While cloud cover prevented us from seeing much at the top, we still got plenty of breathtaking views on the way up and a glimpse across to Mt Lindesay and West Peak once we were halfway down the summit of East Peak.
The recent rain and low cloud prevented us from hiking down our intended route of Barney Gorge, so we took it down a notch and went down a muddy South (Peasant’s) Ridge.
Without a doubt, this was the hardest hike I’ve been on.
It was extremely challenging physically and mentally with all my energy focused on placing my feet in the right place and on solid rock and ground. But this hike also had some of the best views in the Scenic Rim I’ve seen so far.
- Someone who has done Logan’s Ridge before
- Ropes just in case and the knowledge to use them properly
- At least 3L of water
- Lunch and snacks
- Bandaids for those inevitable scrapes
- Good hiking shoes you trust and have plenty of tread
- Rock scrambling
Expert. This hike should only be attempted by fit, experienced hikers who have climbed other exposed routes up Mt Barney such as South East Ridge. The ridgeline is very exposed.
Do not attempt to do this hike if it’s raining or has been raining the day or night before, as the rocks can be treacherous. If you’re scared of heights, this is not the hike for you.
Navigational skills are also required and there’s not always a distinct trail especially once you get about halfway up and there are multiple routes to tackle the rock scrambles depending on ability. Again, go with someone who’s done the trail before.
How To Get There
From Brisbane, get onto the Mt Lindesay Highway towards Beaudesert. At the Beaudesert township, turn right at the traffic lights and follow the signs to Rathdowney. Just past the Rathdowney township, turn right onto Boonah-Rathdowney Road and follow it until the left turn onto Upper Logan Road. Follow the signs to Mt Barney Lodge along Upper Logan Road. You’ll hit a gravel road and follow it to its end at Yellow Pinch carpark. Aussie Bushwalking has some great directions on how to reach the trailhead.
20km return from Yellow Pinch Reserve ascending Logan’s Ridge and returning via South Ridge. This includes the walk along the fire trail from the end of the South Ridge trail to the carpark.
This is a challenging, strenuous hike that will take about 8-10 hours.
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