Sunday, October 11, 2020
Start Point: Katoomba Station (8:30am)
End Point: Katoomba Station (7:30pm)
Distance: 37.31km completed
Moving Time: 9:06:05
Total Time: 10:24:52
Calories Burnt: 4736
Weather: 10’C, Sunny (partly cloudy). Wind Speed: 5km/hr.
Difficulty: 8/10 (ascent up to Carlon’s head) -> Taking distance/elevation/terrain into account.
If you want to complete this track, I recommend to do it when the weather is good (no rain the day before or on the day itself), climbing up to Carlon Head can be a bit tricky if the ground is slippery (I would definitely not recommend going down but climbing up unless experienced walker). I will also not recommend this to anyone who is a little bit afraid of heights.
Katoomba Station -> Narrow Neck Gate
Around 3.5km of street walk. If driving, you can park at Narrow Neck Gates, this will reduce about 10km of total walking.
Narrow Neck Gate -> Tarros Ladder
Around 10km of fire trail. Quite exposed to sun. Track is relatively easy going. Should be able to get to bushwalkers hill (you’ll see a cell tower) within 2 hours.
Tarros ladder Medlow Gap Walk – Campground (Medlow Gap management Trail)
Some steep section down, nothing to serious, just be careful, will start walking through some bush but relatively easy to navigate. Once you reach the bottom, you’ll walk on relatively easy fire trail again, keep walking and you’ll reach a campground. We had our lunch here (around 1:30pm).
Campground -> Start of ascent up to Carlon’s Head
From where we had lunch to the intersection signboard (turning left here will take you to Dunphy’s camping area) is another hour. Here we go offtrack, instead of turning left to Bellbird Ridge management Trail or continuing on medlow gap management trail, we start our ascent up towards carlon head. This section is steep and is not recommended for beginners. Require some navigation and lots of scrambling.
Carlon’s Head to Bushwalker Hill
From here to Bushwalker Hill is flat ground, but you’ll need a GPS and a map as there’s no obvious path.
Bushwalker Hill to Katoomba
Same way back through Narrow Neck fire trail. Easy. Caught a lift froms someone who parked near the entry of golden stairs to drop me off at Katoomba. A quick subway bite before taking the train back to the city.
Interested in doing this? Here’s the alltrails recording I recorded:
Check out some photos here of what to expect
Check out the Relive video here:
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Hi everyone! I'm William Chow, 27 year old hiker from Sydney, Australia. One of my many passion is hiking, trail running, camping, star gazing and exploring the outdoors so thanks for stopping by. Since I go hiking/bushwalking almost every weekend (and multi day hikes now and then when time allows), I decided to dedicate a site (seperate from my personal blogging site) to share my adventures on every walk I do, and I hope you feel my passion in my blog enough to do some walks yourself!
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