This past long weekend, a group from The Hiking Society MeetUp took off to Halls Gap and hiked the Pinnacle Circuit and the Boronia Peak trail.
In what can only be described as perfect hiking conditions, this 9.4km circuit (according to WikiLoc) was absolutely amazing.
It had everything from gravel paths, rocky terrain, amazing lookouts, a ‘cool chamber’, some staircases and everything else in between.
Day Walks Victoria suggests that you go in a clockwise direction, however, our group went anti-clockwise and started off by heading towards the Venus Baths.
The trail we took began on a fairly flat, well-formed path at the back of the Grampians Caravan Park near the local tennis court.
Fairly quickly, the trail changed quite quickly and we found ourselves walking on slightly rocky terrain.
One feature in the early part of the Pinnacle Circuit is the Elephants Hide. It’s part of a steep rocky path that kind of resembles an elephant’s arse.
This rocky terrain continues for the rest of the Pinnacle Circuit as it continues to climb all the way to the Pinnacle Lookout.
Along the way, you can visit places such as Splitters Falls (although there was little water rushing), take a side trip to Boroka Lookout, sit inside the Cool Chamber and walk through the Silent Street section.
Now, what is the Cool Chamber you ask?
It’s this semi-cave that you can sit underneath and, as the name suggests, cool off.
From here, it’s about another kilometre to the Silent Street section which is a short, relatively narrow corridor including steep steps.
It is narrow as a result of gradual water erosion of the surrounding sandstone.
After this section, it is a 30-metre walk to the Pinnacle lookout perched on top of a thin, rocky platform.
Given the expansive area of the lookout, this makes for a great place to stop for lunch or an extended break.
After stopping for something to eat and taking a million pictures of the amazing scenery surrounding us, we gradually made our way back down to the bottom and back to the car park.
Despite taking many extended breaks, our group was able to finish the hike in just on four hours.
I would grade the Pinnacle Circuit as medium and would recommend it for those who have a good level of fitness.
It is a well-signed track so losing sight of the trail can be difficult, but it’s always a good idea to carry a map with you.
Furthermore, it’s not one of those tracks where you need to be a highly experienced hiker to complete it.
What I will say is that you do need to bring plenty of water and food with you to get through it.
Nine kilometres probably doesn’t sound like much, but it’s the constant hills that make you feel like you’ve done more.
As always, if you’d like to download our trail, you can download it here.
The Stats – The Pinnacle Circuit
Length (km): 9.36km (according to WikiLoc)
Time: 4hr 5 mins
Moving Time: 3hr 31 mins
Average Speed: 2.28 km/h
Maximum Elevation: 721m
Accum. elev. uphill: 498m
Accum. elev. downhill: 498m
Return/Circuit/One Way: Circuit