Boranup Forest Trail
Boranup Forest is famous for its Karri trees, a species that is only found in the South West of Western Australia. The Boranup Trail run will give runners (or walkers) a good sense of the beauty and majesty of these wonderful trees.
In December 2022 a fire burnt through this area. The Karri themselves seem remarkably untouched, but the understory was burnt. As a result many of the trails are closed, and some are also overgrown. This run is on the remaining open track, and the images in the slider were taken in January 2023.
This is a reasonably hard run, with plenty of moderate hills. It is mildly technical with limestone rocks to avoid as well as forest litter. Karri tends to shed bark.
Park near the entance to Boranup Drive, off Caves Road, and at the north end. Boranup Drive is a few kilometers south of Lake Cave.
Head right off Boranup Drive (west) just 500m from Caves road, along Point Rd (not signed). You will follow this for almost 4km. At 3.8km turn left and onto the Cape to Cape. You are heading south and up.
Follow the Cape to Cape to 8.7km where you will turn left onto a well worn 4wd track, then right at 8.9km and then left again and onto Boranup Drive at 9.6km. You follow Boranup Drive back to the car. This last section is gravel.
In The Future
Hopefully some of the closed trails will open. If so I will remap the run to make it a little more exciting. In particular I hope the Lord of the Rings trail opens, so the the last few kilomters is run on trail, not gravel road. It is overgrown now (Jan 2023) – despite a post on a bike forum saying it was clear.
Even with the degraded scenery the Boranup Trail is a great run. The images should show that I hope.
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