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Nice hike
Stiff steps
Nice walk in the Forest down in the canyon
Hithickîng to foresee to return to your car if needed (or stormy Weather !)

Tough but rewarding walk... would have been nicer on a warm day, rather than the hottest day on record for Sydney's west! Nice camping area by the Kowmung river.

Track details: https://hikingtheworld.blog/2018/01/07/kanangra-walls-to-kowmung-river/

First off this is definitely doable in one day despite so many things I read that made it seem extremely difficult. Much of the trail is level and even on man made walkways in many spots. One if the most difficult portions was the detour to the Figure 8 pools, which for my money can be skipped.

What I will say is that if you start in Bundeena like I did because I was worried about catching the last ferry, be aware that the final 3-4 miles are all uphill. It's not terribly steep and there are steps for most of the way but after 13 miles it's tough enough. Also it's good to know that there's no ticket machine at the Otford station so make sure you have a full card or a ticket in advance.

Otherwise this is an incredible experience with some of the most beautiful coastlines and beaches you can ever hope to see. And it's not crowded in the slightest so at times you'll feel that you have it all to yourself.

Add in the Gand Canyon to your loop and you have one of the hardest but most beautiful walks, with a spectrum of vegetation/ forest of the Gross Valley. Fresh water is available along the track but best boiled. I started with 3 litres and drank the lot. Swimming at the many waterholes is very refreshing on hot summer days. A must do walk in a world heritage wilderness. You will need very good knees and ability to climb. It is also advisable to take orienteering equipment as the track is sometimes elusive. Also, consider snakes. Don’t become a statistic.

1 month ago

This is a nice track. Plenty of challenging hills (of the uphill and downhill variety). Nice scenery, also opportunities to see wildlife (saw some roos, sheep, horses and a snake). The campground at the Cox's River had water in the tank, but the other campsites not so lucky so be sure to take plenty of water.

3 months ago

Good views, easy enough to follow.

4 months ago

Did this one back in 2006, gearing up to do it again in 2018. A difficult, but rewarding walk. watch out for tiger snakes!

very good

This is a great trail for everyone it’s got everything to challenge lush forests to start with and coastal beaches. This is a great trail that I take friends from out of town on because it gives stunning views. Time your finish with a ferry ride back to Cronulla and a deserved beer and a feed.

5 months ago

You need to be prepared for this one, appropriate well fitting shoes, plenty of water and snacks, this cannot be stressed enough. It took me 14 hours the first time I did this track. I’ve seen a lot of snakes and wildlife every time I do this walk. It’s very beautiful, although you may not think that after the first 10ks. There’s no huge payoff like a beautiful view at the end but you see some great country and if you can do the whole track in one day it will feel like you can do anything, although you won’t be able to climb stairs for a few days.

This is without a doubt my favourite trail so far in the Blue Mountains. It's accessible on foot from the Wentworth Falls train station (just over 2km), which is nice.

The Valley of the Waters is absolutely stunning. I had been hiking in very dry areas over the previous few days, so it was lovely to see so much water. I went down through it, but I imagine that coming up it and seeing the series of waterfalls and cascades is even more spectacular.

The walk on the valley floor is quite enjoyable. There are some nice little climbs and twists in the trail, and it's set in fairly heavy rain forest.

Wentworth Falls is absolutely spectacular. There's a pool beneath it in which you can swim, and there are a couple of sandbars which allow you to traverse the pool in fairly shallow water (about 1m deep). I spent quite a while here simply because it was so peaceful and beautiful. The waterfall is almost hypnotic.

The climb up the stairs on the way back up the cliff from Wentworth Falls is quite tough, but not as difficult as the Golden Staircase or the Furber Steps over in Katoomba.

The trail along the top of the cliffs back to the Conservation Hut (where you start) is decent as well. Nothing special, but some picturesque views out over the valley.

Including the journey to and from the train station, the hike overall took me about 4 hours. I was carrying 1.5L of water which was just enough given that there are water taps at the Conservation Hut. Definitely recommend wet weather gear here - it was a bright sunny day when I started but just as I finished up it was beginning to rain.

The only downside to the trail is that it seems to be very popular, so there are a lot of people on it. Combined with the fact it is very narrow (most of it is single file) and I like to move fast, I found it rather frustrating getting stuck behind people or while giving way to people coming the other way.

5 months ago

Started in Katoomba. Day one to cox's river is very short and easy but equally as beautiful. From there we hiked to jenolan caves on day 2. Makes for a long day with lots of elevation gain and nothing to look at. Just a boring dirt road that the snakes enjoy sunbathing on. The trail gets better looking after the last campsite, who's name eludes me.

This walk combines waterfalls, cascades, cliffs and spectacular views. For a fairly short walk it provides a beautiful cross section of blue mountains scenery.

It drops a bit further into the valley than the National Pass loop and then climbs up from the lower Wentworth falls via some ladders to the mid level of the falls and then up stairs cut in the cliff to the top. The first part of the walk and the section from mid Wentworth falls up can be quite busy but one of the nice things about going down to the lower Wentworth pass is that this section of the walk is normally very quite.

really nice and easy

Nice walk,however the directions that open up in Google maps, didn't lead us to the starting point of the track.

Nice walk but I'd recommend to start from Berowra station and end in Mt Ku-ring-gai instead.

9 months ago

Spectacular views of Dangars Gorge and waterfall. Absolutely stunning views.

9 months ago

Great short walk with gorge and waterfall views and a bit of history along the way.

Absolutely amazing! Apparently there was quite a bit of rain last week and we saw more waterfalls than I've ever seen on a hike. Add into that the magnificent scenery with cliffs and valleys and overlooks and this is one of our best hikes ever. We went from the conservation hut along the national pass trail to Wentworth Falls then went into the town along the Charles Darwin trail which was a very relaxing end to our trip and puts you a block away from the train station. The steep climb up at the end was tough but very safe. Just take your time and rest when needed and it will be no problem. .

Beautiful trail. Travel along the river, and creeks most of the way. Also get the beautiful salt marsh. Shorter than expected at about 3 hours all up.

Great hike. Great few days with the boys. Enjoyable and fun-filled.

Incredible, but demanding walk. Check an elevation profile before taking this on. I walked this from Bundeena to Otford, and would recommend doing this. The shorter second day leaves for some flexibility. A number of wallabies were sighted along the trail, and a handful of creeks are along the trail for those with water filters. Rewarding hike, although it's entirety is not for the unmotivated.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

One of the hardest one day loops in Blue Mountains. Hike time 7-8 hours. Do not underestimate the ascent with high steps. Take plenty of water and snacks to remain hydrated.

original figure 8 pools track closed. looks like permanently. this means walking to burning palms and tracking back adding another 4km to trail from Otford. steep climb coming back out

This is a tough 2 night minimum walk. Water for a full day must be carried on the walk in and out.
Wildflowers are amazing in the spring .
I would wait until 12 months after a fire to do this walk as the trail is very overgrown and badly needs repair. Wear leggings as there are plenty of snakes about.

Great trail, however I would suggest that its more than moderate difficulty as it has some extremely steep stairs and paths. Especially down to the Empress Falls.

The views are fabulous though so well worth the effort.

Highly recommend, I would personally start from Orford early morning and walk north, and aim for an afternoon ferry, the reason being ferry does not start till a fair while into the day, some of the best coast near sydney

stunning view and perfect if you're looking for a little workout during enjoying nature

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