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Postby jimmeyer176 » Sat 14 Jan, 2017 9:03 pm

Heya - planning on doing the Six Foot Track in May and am thinking about going from Jenolan to Katoomba, just so once I get back I can jump a train back to Sydney. It will be a 2-day hike staying at Alum Creek. I've heard the track is easier done this way however I'm not sure what people mean by that, I'm assuming they mean climbing? But would be interested in hearing peoples views on going this direction over Katoomba-Jenolan. Cheers.
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Re: Direction?

Postby Xplora » Sun 15 Jan, 2017 6:03 am

It is not difficult either way. A few hills regardless. They way you are doing it means you start with a climb and finish with one as well. Pick up your water at the last Little river crossing as the water at Allum creek is not reliable. Filter all water. If you get an early start and walk well you may find you can make it to the Cox's on day one but Allum creek is the closest to a half way camp. Remember you still have to walk to Katoomba at the end so biting off a bit more on the first day may help. May is a good time to do it but there could be some rain.
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Re: Direction?

Postby jimmeyer176 » Sun 15 Jan, 2017 7:14 am

I was planning on calling a cab from the Explorers Tree, I hate road walking
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Re: Direction?

Postby michael_p » Sun 15 Jan, 2017 9:40 am

jimmeyer176 wrote:I was planning on calling a cab from the Explorers Tree, I hate road walking

It's not that far from the tree to Katoomba Station.

Before you get to the Explorers Tree there is a path next to the Six Foot Track car park that heads towards Katoomba (https://goo.gl/maps/ev2bTRp97nA2). It comes out on the highway here: https://goo.gl/maps/bDHdwot7nHK2 , where a footpath (behind the armco railing) runs all the way to Bathurst Road and then straight along Bathurst Road to the station. Maybe 1-1.5km of highway walking the rest on local streets.

Cheers,
Michael.

P.S. You could try stopping at the Megalong Valley Rd car park looking tired and unwell and see if someone will give you a lift to Blackheath. :D
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Re: Direction?

Postby johnw » Sun 15 Jan, 2017 9:41 am

jimmeyer176 wrote:I was planning on calling a cab from the Explorers Tree, I hate road walking

Me too but it's only roughly 2km back to the station and mostly downhill. When I did it we started from Jenolan and I think that would still be my preference, unless wanting to spend some time at the caves after the walk. I just hate the thought of climbing up the Black Range with an overnight pack. The hills in the J to K direction are not as daunting IMHO even though you do start and finish with a climb as Xplora said.
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Re: Direction?

Postby Neo » Sun 15 Jan, 2017 12:54 pm

I did the walk a bit over 15 years ago with a mate so memory is pretty foggy. We had heavy old style gear.

We got dropped off at the caves. The first people we spoke to were a father and son who had jogged the track from Katoomba that morning! The first people we camped near were a couple from Sydney doing it the other direction. I recall they had red wine and bad blisters.

As above there is a bit of up hill either end.

We walked from the tree into Katoomba and stayed there new years eve.
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