Mount Ohlssen Bagge

  • Mount Ohlssen Bagge
  • 942 m
  • Primary factor 100 ? m (guess only)
  • Location: S 31:32.716, E 138:36.307 (GPS at the summit)
  • In Flinders Ranges National Park, South Australia
  • Climbed July 13th. 2003.


How to get there: This mountain is located in the Flinders Ranges National Park, in the state of South Australia. This park is about 460 km north of the city Adelaide. There is a small village, Hawker, about 50 km south of the park. Hawker can be reached from Broken Hill via Peterborough, about 480 km on good roads or from Port Augusta, only about 100 km (But then you need to get there in the first place!). The park is more than 1000 km south of Alice Springs.
The Wilpena visitor center has a general store, automobile fuel, a campground as well as a motel. This Wilpena area is approximately 530 meter above sea level.
Route description: The Wilpena Pound is a remarkable "oval of mountains" with an almost flat basin enclosed inside. It does look like a crater, but has been formed by uplifting of the rocks around. The flat basin accumulates more moisture (from the slopes) and is rich in vegetation (fantastic trees) as well as a very good place for kangaroos.
The trail is well marked from the visitor center of the park. From the park lodge (or from the trailhead near the visitor center), cross the creek and follow it upstream along a dirt road (that is you walk with the creek on your left). The trail to Ohlssen Bagge is well marked where it leaves the main (dirt) road sharply to the left as it crosses the creek. The trail is quite good and not difficult (US) class 1, as it gains elevation and contours up towards the summit. Higher up, the trail traverses more to the left in order to find an easy access to the summit area.
Comments: We had just driven almost 500 km from Broken Hill in New South Wales and wanted a short afternoon hike. Thus, this hike was a family hike, Heidi and my son Pål Jørgen, age 14, came along. It took us precisely one hour from the trailhead to the top. We spent about 15 minutes enjoying the good views from the summit, then about 45 minutes on a leisurely descent.
It is a bit unclear (at least until I can find a topo map) what the primary factor of this peak is. The next peak along the rim is clearly higher, however, the drop to the interconnecting saddle looked non-trivial. Ohlssen Bagge is the first peak south of the Wilpena park center and certainly worth the trip.