The Ruined Castle and Mount Solitary via The Golden Stairs

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The Ruined Castle and Mount Solitary via The Golden Stairs is a 9.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Katoomba, New South Wales, Australia that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and running and is accessible year-round.

Length9.3 miElevation gain3,113 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingWalkingRunningForestViewsWildlifeRockyScrambleHistoric siteNo dogs
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This route can also be done by beginning from the Furber Steps rather than the Golden Staircase, but using the Golden Staircase is usually less crowded as it bypasses the tourist hotspot of Scenic World. Either way you choose the distance is about the same at 15km. From Narrow Neck descend the stairs with relatively easy walking past the miners camp on Federal Pass track to the Ruined Castle walking track. Here you’ll have a bit of a rocky scramble to the top of the Ruined Castle before descending back to the Mount Solitary track and the toughest scrambling on the route. Take your time and watch your footing as you climb up the ridge where the summit offers great views of the Jamison Valley. While taking in the sweeping views you can stop for a snack (or lots of snacks) to fuel up for the return walk. There is roughly 1,000m of elevation gain and loss on this return hike so plan for this to take all day – an early start is a must.

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Erwin Prayudhi
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Easy.

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Bruce Henderson
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Zoe Martin
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The trail is back open but the Golden Stairs are still closed. Access via Furber Steps (near Scenic World). To the people who have accessed this walk when it was officially closed You Are Selfish Idiots!!. The reason the trail was closed was that it was dangerous and if something had happened to you Emergency personal would have had to risk their own lives because of your Selfish Actions. Think of others before stepping over a barricade next time self-entitled idiots. Plus the bush need time to recover from the bushfires and having people trample all over it did not help.

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Jack Jiang
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zhang hai
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It was done by Tony Yang, John, Savannah , Guo, Yao

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Arron Jones
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Hunter Ye
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Large rockslide (dated 27/07/2020) has directly destroyed a section of the trail near the ruined castle campsite. Area deemed unstable due to heavy rains and also fenced off at the start of Federal Pass. Was told by passerbys that ranger was stopping people from entering.

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Renee Summers
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Stunning trail, for the hikers and trail runners alike. Notable fact: no amount of re-routing/back tracking or looping will enable you to avoid the ascent to get back home The views are spectacular and the trail in pretty decent condition given floods, fire and famine. A good day trip out and back for the adventurous with some good scrambles. Take a robust snack plan. Start early and catch the sunrise as you drop down past the Three Sisters.

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n r
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Did this hike today - although closed, don't be deterred. Just need to hop over a few fallen trees. Stunning views from the peak! 6hrs total at a leisurely pace.

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sylv c
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We did the Furber steps to ruined castle, which was just shh of 15km. The track is still officially closed, but was still easy. Please be cautious of falling trees and boulders/rocks. We heard both while on this walk. A fair amount of scrambling but easy to get past the obstacles that haven't been attended to yet, and the path to the castle is very clear. Definitely climb on top of the ruined castle rocks, the view is absolutely stunning. Took us about 5.5 hours return.

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Montgomery O'Brien
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Track was officially closed but we tried anyway. Trail for the most part was in good condition except closer to Ruined Castle. Bypass to the castle itself was better (but steeper) via the campsite was a mess with lots of creativity required to get over fallen trees. We camped overnight at mount solitary which was beautiful - my 9 year old did great. Dad struggled a bit getting through some of the tighter bouldering with the full pack on my back. All in all a beautiful hike - amazing the see the greenery springing to life after the destruction from the fires.

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Tony J
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Emily T
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Amazing trail. We walked from scenic world so took an extra ~45 minutes to reach the trail head since we had no car. Beautiful walking track deep in the bush with some quick elevation at the end and gorgeous views at the top. We were lucky enough to see several lyre birds, bush turkeys, and lots of cool lizards on the trail. Absolutely recommend if you’re in Katoomba!!

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Gretchen Haufler
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My husband, six and eight-year-old daughters, and myself completed this October 4, 2019 on a Thursday. We began at around 11:15 and finished around five. Since we had just completed over 30 hours of travel from the states, we did not do the last .5 miles of the out and back. So sad!!!!! However, our last point out seemed like the end as we hit the top....we just did not continue along Solitude. First things first, this trail is adventurous and fun. It gives great views of the cliffs, allows you to climb up to ruined castle, a wow, and gives you quite a bit of simple bouldering up Mount solitude, which gives you views that most in the area do not get to experience. Details - you actually can park further up the trail head, but that parking lot is limited. See if you can get a spot there first, and if not, return back to where Altrails suggests. Like the other trails we did in this area, you are going to descend first and ascend last. In the middle, you will do an up-and-down first on ruined castle, which is the fork to the right on the O, and then do an up and down on Mount solitude at the end of the out and back. I would make sure to do the castle first because you may lack the energy to do it on the way back. You will love climbing up to the small little rock of the castle – do not wimp out on this! On the way back, on the other side of the O, there is a rainwater cistern. I did a trail run back to get more water, but later found out that my husband and the girls drank from the cistern. I was told that you needed to pre-treat the water before drinking. Oops. However, luckily none of us got sick! For reference, we are pretty good hikers. My girls can do over 23 miles with decent elevation in a day. The ferns, the birds making such interesting noises, the rainforest’s beauty, the solitude from more heavily trafficked trails, the views of the cliffs, the fun boulders, are quite fantastic. You will love this trail! Go for it.

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Paul Rooney
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awesome day, great hike!

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Jade Plunkett
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Recording didn't work too well for some reason. That aside, amazing hike. Scrambling was fun. Make sure you climb the ruined castle and follow the All Trails map to the very end to reach Mount Solitary - the best views of the Blue Mountains I personally have seen.

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Kate Messenger
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Just beautiful. Loved it.

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Armando Teixeira-Pinto
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Easy walk until the ruined castle. Most of the way to the Mount Solitaire is fairly well marked. Then there is a bit of a climbing to get to the top. We left the backpacks at the bottom as it would be challenging to climb with a heavy load on your back. Beautiful views from the top.

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Dean Piccirillo
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This was an incredible day outing. Would definitely recommend this to anyone. Plenty of variety, well worn trails, inclines & scrambling. Definitely should continue through to the lookout on the south side of Solitary Mountain.

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Tony Mavros
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ruined castle is dangerously beautiful and it was worth the hike perfect day!

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Tate B
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Did the track in two days, camping at Mount Solitary. Bit rough getting the packs up/down the scramble to the top but worth it if you take your time. There is no water at the top of Mt Solitary so bring it with you. Have fun on the ascent back to the carpack :)

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