The Nitty Gritty

Location: Katoomba, Blue Mountains
Distance: 14.36 km (According to my walking app: Map My Walk)
Time: 8 hrs 12 min
Trail style: Return
Climb: 797 m
Grade: Hard – experienced hikers only

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Limited parking available at Golden Stairs car park. If committing to this hike in a day, I recommend commencing the hike early in the morning (7 – 8 am) to allow buffer time for lunch, and in the event that you get lost. After Ruined Castle, this trail is for most of the part unmarked and dangerous due to the steepness and loose terrain.

There are toilets along the way to Ruined Castle, but no water facilities so be sure to take 2-3 litres of water with you. I also recommend picking up a police beacon from Katoomba Police Station in case of emergency – better to be safe than sorry, and the hiring of the beacon is free of charge.

Highlights of this walk:

  • mist in Jamison Valley (if you’re lucky!) – read more about this phenomena
  • scrambling across rocks on Koorowall Knife Edge
  • breathtaking views of Jamison Valley all the way to Lake Burragorang from the top of Mt Solitary

Head down Golden Stairs and follow the path to Ruined Castle. Continue past the stairs up to Ruined Castle and navigate towards Mt Solitary using a compass and a topographic map.


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Koorowall Knife Edge

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Disclaimer: Be smart and prepare for the conditions of the day. This site accepts no responsibility for any misfortunes. 

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