Ingalalla Falls, Kalamunda Native Forest Reserve and Mount Hayfield Loop

3 h 30 min to 5 h

1 h 45 min to 2 h 30 min

15.9 km
circuit

↑ 677 m
↓ -678 m

Hard track
Starting from the Ingalalla Falls car park off Hay Flat Road, Hay Flat, this walk takes you on a circuit around the Second Valley Forest Reserve past Ingalalla Falls, the Kalamunda Native Forest Reserve and Mount Hayfield. This challenging hike explores the natural creeks, waterfalls, pine forest plantations and native scrub within the Second Valley Forest Reserve. The hike begins with a short walk to Ingalalla Falls, following the creek upstream to the rock pools and waterfall, with several picnic tables dotted along the path. The hike continues to the north-eastern corner of the reserve, winding around the pine forest plantation, then heads west to the Kalamunda Native Forest Reserve, passing through the native scrub around Blackfellows Creek before climbing to the summit of Mount Hayfield. This loop consists mostly of fire tracks, suitable for moderate fitness levels, with some short steep hills. The tracks aren't well-signposted, so some sections may be unclear. The upper tiers of Ingalalla Falls are difficult to reach, as the trail is very steep and slippery. Dogs are allowed, but must be kept on a leash. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-35.5302456,138.3457057)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Victor Harbor Road, A13, Hindmarsh Valley.
  • Turn on to Welch Road then drive for 5.9 km
  • Continue onto Armstrong Road and drive for another 95 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 3 onto Mill Road and drive for another 31.2 km
  • Turn right onto Hay Flat Road and drive for another 3.6 km
  • Turn left and drive for another 110 m
  • Turn right and drive for another 40 m
  • Turn right and drive for another 2 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 75 m cross the bridge (about 8 m long)
After another 8 m head through/around the gate.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This side trip takes you to the Ingalalla Waterfall. To start this optional side trip veer left here. On returning from this side trip error >360 when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
Turn right.
After another 880 m veer right.
After another 460 m turn sharp right.
After another 690 m continue straight.
After another 1.2 km turn sharp right.
After another 315 m continue straight.
After another 1.1 km continue straight.
After another 1 km turn right.
After another 15 m turn right, to head along Mount Hayfield Road.
After another 75 m (at the intersection of Attril Track & Maple Lane) turn sharp left, to head along Attril Track.
After another 255 m continue straight.
The starting point of an alternate route. An alternate route skipping the westernmost part of the track. Shortens the circuit about 3 kilometres. To take the alternate route turn left here. Details below.
After another 1.4 km veer right.
After another 600 m continue straight.
After another 730 m turn left.
After another 610 m turn left.
After another 370 m continue straight.
After another 790 m continue straight.
After another 720 m continue straight.
After another 900 m continue straight.
After another 15 m turn right.
After another 690 m pass the "Mount Hayfield" (75 m on your left).
Continue straight.
After another 15 m continue straight.
After another 420 m continue straight.
After another 30 m continue straight.
After another 330 m continue straight.
After another 265 m turn right.
After another 430 m turn right.
After another 110 m turn sharp left.
After another 560 m turn right.
After another 830 m turn right.
After another 10 m turn left.
After another 40 m come to the end.

An alternate route skipping the westernmost part of the track. Shortens the circuit about 3 kilometres.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 65 m come to the end.
At the end of this alternate route, rejoin the main route.

This side trip takes you to the Ingalalla Waterfall.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 140 m cross the bridge (about 8 m long)
After another 85 m turn right.
Then head up the very steep (30% ~ 16.7°) incline (about 15 m long)
Then come to the "Ingalalla Falls" (on your left).
"Ingalalla Waterfall".
The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 245 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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Ingalalla Falls, Kalamunda Native Forest Reserve and Mount Hayfield Loop


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 15.9 km
Time 3 h 30 min to 5 h
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)
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