For those wishing only
to climb Barn Bluff, the most efficient approach is from the north on the Overland Track. Refer to the parent page
above for details.
Folks doing the Overland from the south (Lake St Clair) end could equally well tack on Barn Bluff summit at the end of their trek. Get to the Overland/Barn Bluff track junction and follow the description below from there.
North face route shown in red. Cairns also show the route quite clearly
From the Overland Track/Summit track junction walk approximately 2km on the boardwalk along the edge of the lower NE ridge of the mountain looking down into Waterfall Valley. At the end of the track a cairned route heads up through a dolerite boulder field and onto the north face of the mountain. Follow cairns and, occasionally, a boot path up steep gullies trending initially rightwards and then back left to attain the summit ridge. There are a couple of exposed sections with some scrambling required but it’s not half as difficult as it looks from the approach. Lastly walk west across the usual jumble of boulders to the summit cairn and admire the views.
Nothing special. Sturdy boots and carry plenty of water - there is none available on the mountain and even if there was I wouldn't drink it. The route up to the summit block in knee deep in wallaby poo.
Barn Bluff summit view NE to Cradle Mountain