Hiking Mount Gillen

26 October 2016
View from the top of Mount Gillan
View from the top of Mount Gillen

One Sunday afternoon back in early August, we decided, perhaps somewhat foolishly, to climb Mount Gillen.  We had heard it was a good trek, and given how close it was to our house, we thought it would be the perfect afternoon activity.

We decided to bike out there.  It was an easy 6km bike ride out there, most of it along a bike path that follows Larapinta Dr.

The trail is unmarked, but we’d been told to head to John Flynn’s Grave, and that the path was just west of there.  It was easy enough to find.  There’s an unmarked gate you walk through, and then you start to slowly ascend, up, and up, and up.

The trail
The trail

It took us a good hour to climb to the top, but it felt like it took far longer than that.  It was hot, there was no shade, and it was steep.  At one point it felt like we were never going to make it, and we seriously considered turning back because we thought the sun might set before we made it back down!

But once we made it to top, it was completely worth it.  The views at the top were unbelievable!

Mount Gillan
Mount Gillen

And the next time we go, we’ll start early in the morning and wear hats!

Here is the full album of photos: https://goo.gl/photos/vVugdhcZQkSf8age6

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