The Stirling Range Ridge Walk is a challenging and spectacular hike. There’s something addictive about it which sees hikers return time and time again. With sufficient preparation (and a bit of luck with the weather) you will truly feel like you’ve gotten away from it all and experienced something magnificent.
Located within the Stirling Range National Park (Western Australia), this mountain range is 337km SE of Perth / 95km north of Albany. Over the course of the Stirling Range Ridge Walk you will hike 23km. However the trail is difficult and largely unmarked with no designated path.
Bernadette Benson: For the loop (43km with 2500m elevation gain), start/finish is the corner of Bluff Knoll Road and Chester Pass Road. I ran up Bluff Knoll Road, then did the run/hike/scramble across the ridge, along the one and only route (outlined in AT Morphet's 1996 guidebook and also available on the 'walkgps' site). Given the thick bush and cliffs, it would be nearly impossible to shortcut anything on the ridge. At the eastern-most peak, Ellen Peak, I signed the register, then headed down to the northern national park boundary fire trail, which I then ran westerly back to Chester Pass Road.
20 Nov 2021- I went out with Rudi Smith, the current FKT holder, for a fun day out which makes this a supported effort. My time was 9 hours, 12 minutes, 19 seconds. It's not the quickest, but hopefully it inspires more people to give it a go with friends! Link to Strava https://www.strava.com/activities/6281588998