East Mount Barren (450m) is on the eastern edge of the national park and its distinctive outline can clearly be seen on the approach from Hopetoun.
The carpark on its western side is the trailhead for the walk to the summit, which is a hard walk but well worth the effort. In season you will pass through magnificent stands of Barren's regelia (Regelia velutina), which has crimson flowers atop pale green stems.
The view from the summit and for much of the trail is spectacular. On a clear day you can see most of the peaks of the Barrens Range stretching west along the coast and the Doubtful Islands some 65 km to the south-west near Bremer Bay.
If you are not a hiker don’t worry, the views from the East Mount Barren carpark are some of the best in the park. Well worth a visit.
The coastal peaks collectively known as ‘the Barrens’ and dramatic headlands overlooking the sea are composed of folded and tilted layers of quartzite and schist rock. The quartzite that forms the peaks is a very hard rock that is more resistant to weathering than the surrounding rock types. Together with the schist it forms the jagged rocks that give the peaks and headlands in the park their distinctive look.
Cliff Risks are significant in this park.
Caring for the park:
Please clean footwear and equipment at the start and finish of any walks you do in natural areas to prevent the spread of Phytopthora dieback.
Height: 311m Distance: 2.6km return (allow 2 to 3 hours) Trail Classification: Class 4 Moderately difficult
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