A fast mountain climbing information to an extension of the Ivan Evans Stroll in Cairns as much as Waddlebla Peak & Boiboi Peak on the Waddlebla Path.
The Ivan Evans Stroll is a well-liked hike amongst Cairns locals on the lookout for a fast stroll near city. Nevertheless, the Ivan Evans path itself is kind of quick and never a lot of an journey by itself. For that reason, I selected to mix the Ivan Evans Stroll with the steeper Waddlebla Path as much as Boi Boi Peak and Waddlebla Peak. This made it a way more difficult, extra scenic and extra rewarding hike— albeit with out leaving a lot when it comes to views.
Observe that there are dozens of trails that run by means of the dense rainforest of Ellen Shut Reserve and lots of of those are mountain bike trails. Please respect that many of those trails have been created and are managed by mountain bikers. Whereas I’m positive they don’t thoughts sharing their trails, hikers and path runners ought to hold out of their approach and keep alert and looking out for downhill riders.
For the aim of this weblog, I’ll define the route I took as much as Boiboi Peak and Waddlebla Peak. Nevertheless, if you want, you possibly can take various routes or end the stroll early when you attain Waddlebla Peak close to Lake Morris Street.
The place is the Ivan Evans Stroll Trailhead?
The Ivan Evans Stroll begins on the finish of Ellen Shut, which is a suburban avenue within the Cairns suburb of Bayview Heights. The trailhead is simply about 10 kilometres from Cairns foreshore, solely requiring a fast 15-minute drive.
When you pull as much as the tip of Ellen Shut, park your automobile and search for the signpost within the grassy space on the suitable aspect of the cul de sac.
In regards to the Ivan Evans Stroll and Waddlebla Path
Since there isn’t a single route or monitor to Boiboi or Waddlebla peaks, I’ll simply run by means of my monitor and expertise on the path that can assist you plan your stroll. The primary part follows the favored Ivan Evans Stroll earlier than detouring on what’s signposted as a “service monitor”. Nevertheless, it’s actually only the start of a community of mountain bike trails resulting in Lake Morris Street.
From Lake Morris Street, you’ll have to stroll a number of hundred metres alongside the street earlier than choosing up the Boiboi Peak Path once more.
As I discussed above, hikers and path runners ought to hold a watch out for mountain bikers and keep out of their approach (take your headphones out).
Right here’s a GPX map that I recorded utilizing my Garmin watch. If you happen to like, you possibly can obtain the GPX monitor by clicking on the hyperlink beneath.
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Ivan Evans Stroll
The Ivan Evans Path is a nice monitor by means of the Ellen Shut Reserve, connecting Ellen Near Toogood Street with a small viewpoint within the center. The monitor is simply 2.4 kilometres return and straightforward to observe. It’s additionally not too steep, making it a superb stroll in the event you’re on the lookout for one thing straightforward or fast.
After bout 600 metres (roughly the half-way level in the event you’re strolling by means of to Toogood Street), you’ll come to a viewpoint space. This is named Boiboi’s Lookout however actually wasn’t that spectacular. This isn’t to be confused with Boiboi Peak, which is equally as unimpressive.
If you happen to’d prefer to proceed as much as Waddlebla Peak and Boiboi Peak, you’ll have to divert left at this lookout.
Whereas not signposted, the altering of trails onto the Waddlebla Monitor is instantly apparent. The monitor steepens dramatically because it begins the ascent.
Whereas there aren’t many good views in any respect as a result of heavy vine and rainforest, the Waddlebla Path makes for an fulfilling climb with sections of sunshine, rocky terrain. Nevertheless, don’t underestimate the steepness, particularly in the event you’ve obtained accidents.
There’s a excessive level simply earlier than Lake Morris Street, the place essentially the most thrilling options being is a picket signal nailed onto a tree and an previous, dilapidated treehouse.
If you happen to proceed on the identical path, you’ll quickly come out at Lake Morris Street. You may finish the stroll right here, or proceed up Lake Morris Street, preserving a watch out for automobiles and cyclists, for 600 metres to seek out the subsequent trailhead. You possibly can additionally proceed a bit additional to achieve the White Rock trailhead, which gives probably the greatest viewpoints round.
The Boiboi Peak trailhead is positioned on the suitable aspect of Lake Morris Street, 600 metres up from the Waddlebla Path. It’s not instantly apparent, neither is it signposted. Nevertheless, you shouldn’t have any drawback discovering the monitor reverse a large, grassy clearing, simply earlier than the dogleg switchback on the street.
The Boiboi Peak monitor is much less steeper than the Waddlebla Monitor, and can also be not utilized by mountain bikers (so far as I’m conscious). You may additionally discover that the rainforest is denser and extra tropical, with a little bit of treefall and loads of wait-a-while.
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Ultimately, you’ll attain Waddlebla Peak, though you’ll be excused in the event you miss it. Actually, it’s simply as anticlimactic as the remainder of the hike. Nevertheless, in the event you’re doing this stroll, then you definitely have been already conscious of this. As an alternative, discover reward within the serenity of the secluded trails by means of the plush, tropical forest.
This monitor continues for one more kilometre on an analogous gradient earlier than reaching Boi Boi Peak, the very best level on this hike. Once more, sadly, however not surprisingly— no view in sight.
From right here, I selected to show round and stroll again all the way down to Ellen Shut. Nevertheless, this monitor continues for one more 2 kilometres because it descends all the way down to Redlynch. A very good choice in the event you needed to proceed could be to move to Crystal Cascades and Fairy Falls in Redlynch after the stroll.
Return to Ellen Shut
From the excessive level at Boiboi Peak, I walked again down the identical monitor. I took a incorrect flip alongside one of many mountain bike tracks on Waddlebla Path, as you possibly can see on the GPX Map, which made me loop round to Vine Shut, simply across the nook.
Extra Cairns Hikes and Adventures
I hope that you just discovered this fast, mini-guide to the Ivan Evans Stroll and Wadelbla Path to Waddlebla Peak and Boiboi Peak helpful. If you happen to loved the hike, why not try a few of my different guides and blogs about hikes and adventures in Cairns beneath.
I’ve additionally written a complete information to the very best issues to do in Cairns and in the event you like waterfalls, this information to Cairns’ finest waterfalls.
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