Waterfall Gully to Mt Lofty summit hike

15th September 2016: Trail Closed Due to Flood Damage

The Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty walking trail was damaged in the spring floods of 14th Sept 2016. The trail is closed until further notice (weeks, possibly months).

Current National Parks closures.

drinking water
mobile phone reception
seating available
shops
toilets
views
Access available by Bus
Access available by Car
Rating
Moderate
Duration
2
hours
Route Style
Return
Length
3.9
km
Terrain
Steep

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.

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
475m
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 ;)