Starting from the car park at the end of Mount Summit Road, Mount Barker Summit, this walk takes you to the summit of Mount Barker and back via the Mount Barker Summit Walk. Mount Barker Summit Reserve is one of the most important conservation areas in the region, protecting valuable biodiversity, including threatened plant and animal species, and lies within the home country of the Peramangk and the Ngarrindjeri people. This short hike follows a relatively easy trail to the summit of Mount Barker, passing a lookout area with picnic tables before reaching the summit, which has a stone cairn identifying it as an ancient burial site. From an elevation of 517 metres, the summit provides panoramic views of the surrounding area, including Mount Lofty to the northwest, the township of Mount Barker and the Cream Bowl to the west, Lake Alexandrina and Coorong to the south and the Bremer Valley to the east. This walk consists of narrow walking trails, with some gentle hills, steps and uneven natural surfaces, suitable for average fitness levels. Let us begin by acknowledging the Peramangk people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.