Waterfall Gully to Mt Lofty summit hike

drinking water
mobile phone reception
seating available
Access available by Bus
Access available by Car
Up to 2 hours
Route Style

Map of hike walk from Waterfall Gully to Mt LoftyThis popular walk is short and sweet. With a cafe at each end, a well made path and regular seating, this walk is popular for a reason.

On almost any morning of the year the trail attracts a range of people: some casually walking, others using it as a training walk, some runners, and others with heavy-simulated packs training for distant hiking locations like Nepal. As the walk involves some steep sections, the time taken to walk the trail can vary significantly.

On a busy weekend, car parking at Waterfall Gully can be limited.

Starting hiking from Mt Lofty instead of Waterfall Gully can be a good way to use the downhill as a warm up, to super charge your up-hill efforts.

Elevation profile of climb on Waterfall Gully to Mt Lofty hike

Elevation profile of climb on Waterfall Gully to Mt Lofty hike

7 Other Ways to Hike Up Mt Lofty

The well-known and popular Waterfall Gully to Mt Lofty summit hike is good – short and sweet (code for good, but steep).

Here are 7 other ways to hike up to the summit of Mt Lofty. Some are gentler, some just as steep. Expect to see fewer people but more koalas and kangaroos.


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Walk Details

Adelaide City & Suburbs, Adelaide Hills
1.5 - 3 hours return. Keen hikers/runners 30-55min up, 25-35min down.
Class 2: a popular and well maintained nature trail
1 hour or less
Bus, Car
A map would generally not be required. The trail is very clear, and well marked. It is also a very popular trail, if you haven't seen anyone for 10 minutes you must be lost ;)