Waterfall Gully to Mt Lofty summit hike

Walking Trail Facts
Distance
7.8 km return
Duration
1.5 - 3 hours return. Keen hikers/runners 30-55min up, 25-35min down.
Suitable for
Walking, Hiking, Jogging
Trail Class
Grade 4, Hard Hike
Terrain
Steep
Park (national park, conservation park, forest, reserve)
Waterfall Gully
Region
Adelaide City & Suburbs, Adelaide Hills
Download maps & GPS files
  1. 1 map PDF
  2. 2 GPS files
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Photos
9 photos
Travel options
  1. Bus
  2. Car
Travel time from Adelaide
1 hour or less
Total climb
475m
Waterfall Gully to Mt Lofty summit hike

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About the Walking Trail

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.

Downloads

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Photos

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.