Golden Stairs to The Ruined Castle and Mount Solitary is a 15.0 kilometer out and back trail located near Katoomba, New South Wales, Australia that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking and walking.

DISTANCE
15 km
ELEVATION GAIN
949 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

walking

forest

views

wildlife

11 days ago

The hardest part is when you going back and run out of water

trail running
3 months ago

Leave your car at the top of Glenraphel drive and walk down the dirt road (approx 2ks to the Golden Stairs). The dirt road is fine if you have a 4wd, but if you have a car, it's probably better to leave it as the road is not that well maintained.

The walk itself is worth it. The views from the top of the ruined castle (big rock formation) is awesome. apart from the Golden Stairs, the walk is easy. But going down and up the GS is tough going (only 800m, but very steep).

1hr 40m each way.

hiking
3 months ago

Fantastic walk with amazing views. We got the scenic railway into the valley and walked to the ruins. A bit of a scramble across the landslide section of bout 500m but other than that it’s a pretty easy walk. We had our 13 year old plus I have average fitness at the moment but did it comfortably. It’s about 2hrs each way. Got the sky rail back up the hill. Also a small hill climb of approx 600m to the ruins but take ur time and it’s pretty easy. Beautiful country. Take some water, snacks & a coffee in a flask and u’ll love it. Be careful not to miss the track off the boardwalk at scenic world. After you get off the train and just past a few displays the trail is off to the right.

hiking
4 months ago

Set out around 8am from the top of the Golden Stairs and arrived at the Castle around 945am. Coming down is mostly easy and the middle section through the forest is nice and mostly flat with a slight uphill effort to get to the castle. Scramble to the top is rather easy when you find the right section to climb. The hardest part was the climb back up the Stairs at the end. I was carrying a 12kg pack for training but is rather hard regardless. Take some rests on the way back up and you will get there fine but you will have some tired legs. Took us 3.5 -4 hours round trip. View on top of ruins was amazing.

hiking
5 months ago

Started around 2:30pm in the summer time. Got to see the amazing changes in the sky’s colour. The top of the Ruined Castle made for a scenic little picnic spot for our sandwich craving group. Plenty of landmarks to frame pictures if you get creative!

hiking
6 months ago

Did this hike March 19, 2018. Excellent full day hike. Well marked. I started from the Golden Stairs and worked my way to the Ruined Castle and Mount. Solitary. I would say the hike out there was more moderate than the listed difficult with only a few difficult sections (i.e. scrambling rocks to get to top of Mount Solitary and Ruined Castle for the view points). Started bright and early and got to Mount Solitary by half day to beat the heat. Brings lots of water. Returned same route but continued on along the Federal Pass which more difficult, ending at Scenic World (took cable car back up at the end of the day)

hiking
6 months ago

A great hike in the Blue Mountains! We climbed the ruined castle and mount solitary, both had with awesome views. There's a bit of scrambling to get to the top of Mount Solitary, which was fun. There's lots of good camping on the way to mount solitary or on top.

trail running
10 months ago

The trail from Golden Stairs (or Scenic Railway) is nice, lyrebirds are very common. The 360 degree view atop the Ruined Castle is utterly magnificent

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

amazing views

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Challenging but beautiful. The way down was quite tranquil and easy but the way back up was another story. A lot of stops and breathers. Amazing views the entire way and was breathtakingly beautiful.

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Between the stairs and the rock formation the track is quite flat. The views from atop Ruined Castle are something truly special. Watch out as there's no track to the top, you have to scale the rocks.

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