Ridge Trail, Mount George Conservation Park

Walking Trail Facts
Distance
2.4 km circuit
Duration
2 hours
Suitable for
Hiking
Trail Class
Grade 3, Moderate Hike
Terrain
Steep
Park (national park, conservation park, forest, reserve)
Mount George Conservation Park
Region
Adelaide Hills
Download maps & GPS files
  1. 1 map PDF
  2. 2 GPS files
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Photos
19 photos
Travel options
  1. Bus
  2. Car
Travel time from Adelaide
1 hour or less
Total climb
125 metres
Ridge Trail, Mount George Conservation Park

About the Walking Trail

Map of Ridge walking Trail, Mount George Conservation Park, bushwalking loop track

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Behind the high electric fence and seemingly locked gate – it’s locked to vehicles, not people – is a dense hidden forest. This 2.4km loop trail packs a punch: the trail follows fire tracks and walking trails to meander to the summit of Mount George and a nearby rocky outcrop with a magnificent lookout with views over Bridgewater to Mount Lofty.

The trail is marked with pine posts and blue arrows, but it’s not clearly marked at the start, so follow the map closely to get started. The trails are well maintained and easy to follow. You can’t really get too lost anyway as side tracks lead to the 2-metre high electric fence with its 2-metre high locked gates – the only entrance and exit from the trail is at the shed near the main picnic area.

The open Stringybark forest was once typical of the hills here, and is a secluded preservation of native vegetation within an otherwise urbanised and cultivated area.

Trail Directions, walking anti-clockwise, read with map

Any numbers on the captions of the below photos match the numbers used on the map.

  1. Trailhead at Gate 5 adjacent shed
  2. t-junction on fire tracks, turn right
  3. Grassy fire track meets dirt fire track road, turn left and uphill
  4. t-junction to side track and gate
  5. Ridge Trail begins (end of fire track, start of walking trail)
  6. Sidetrip to Mt George Summit
  7. Take fire track to summit
  8. Mt George summit
  9. Lookout
  10. two tracks, upper track is easier
  11. End/start of Ridge Trail, end of walking trail, start of fire track

Extend the Hike

Extend the hike by walking along the Heysen Trail:

How to Get Here

The main carpark can be accessed by car from the Bridgewater exit on the freeway. The hike can also be accessed by Adelaide Metro public transport bus, route 864, to bus stop 46 on Mount Barker Road, and walking along the Heysen Trail from Bridgewater via the Fairy Garden.

Downloads

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