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Six Foot Track This classic walk takes you from Katoomba to Jenolan Caves via a historic horse route. The walk travels mainly along well-maintained service tracks and explores Nellie's Glen, Megalong Valley, Cox's River, Black Range, and Jenolan. There are well established campsites along the way. Blue Mountains National Park Length: 44.8 km Time: 3 Days Climb: 2067 m Style: One way Rating: Track: Hard Where: 0.9 km WSW of Katoomba Transport: car bus Visit www.wildwalks.com for more info Side t
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  Six Foot TrackSix Foot Track Thisclassicwalk takesyoufrom Katoombato JenolanCavesviaahistorichorseroute.Thewalk  travelsmainly along well-maintained servicetracksand exploresNellie'sGlen,Megalong Valley,Cox'sRiver,Black Range,andJenolan. Therearewellestablishedcampsitesalongthe way.BlueMountainsNationalPark  Length:Time:Climb:Style:Rating:Where:Transport: 44.8km3Days2067mOnewayTrack:Hard0.9km WSW of KatoombacarbusVisitwww.wildwalks.com for more info Sidetripsand Alternateroutesmentioned inthesenotesarenot included inthetracksoverallrating,distanceor timeestimate.Thenotesonlydescribetheside tripsand Alternateroutesinonedirection.Allowextratimefor restingand exploringareasof interest.Pleaseensureyouand your grouparewellprepared  and equipped for allpossiblehazardsand delays.Theauthors,staff and ownersof wildwalkstakecareinpreparingthesenotesbut willnot accept  responsibilityfor anyinconvenience,lossor injurysustained byusingthesenotesor maps.Pleasetakecareand shareyour experiencethroughthewebsite. GPS for start the start of this walk:-33.704,150.2913 & for the end:-33.8203,150.0212 Wildwalks Wildwalks is visited by more than a 1500 people everydayYou can share your vision with fellow walkers by sponsoring these tracknotesA unique way of reaching people both online and on the trackwildwalks.com/sponsor.html Sponsorship is what keeps Wildwalks up-to-date and freely available   Six Foot Track Registration is required for all larger organised groups such as: schools, scouts, guides, defence forces, and walkingclubs. There are no requirements for individuals or small family groups to register. Registration through the Six FootTrack Heritage Trust needs to be completed before starting the walk.The Trust produces a map of the walk, which also has information about points of interest along the way. The map isscaled at 1:50k and has a contour interval of 100m. The proceeds of the map sales supports the ongoing trackmaintenance, The map costs $7.15.This classic track is managed and maintained by the Six Foot Track Heritage Trust in partnership with the Department ofLands (NSW).Terry Childs, Six Foot Track Heritage TrustPO Box 2146, Orange NSW 2800Phone 02 6391 4330terry.childs@lands.nsw.gov.auLPMA Six Foot Track Site More info  Free Beacon Hire A Personal Locating Beacon is a hand-held device that, when triggered, sends a message to the emergency serviceswith your location. The emergency services staff can then look at your trip intention forms and decide how best to helpyou. In the Blue Mountains, you can hire these for no charge, just complete thisTrip intention form, and a borrowingform. The device can be picked up from:NPWS Office - Govetts Leap Rd Blackheath - 9am to 4pm 7 days Ph: 02 4787 8877Katoomba Police Station - 217 Katoomba St Katoomba - Anytime Ph: 02 4782 8199Springwood Police Station - 4 Jerseywold Avenue Springwood - Anytime Ph: 02 4751 0299 More info    Explorers Tree (Katoomba) In 1813, the explorers Gregory Blaxland, William Wentworth and William Lawson, on their historic crossing of the BlueMountains, engraved their names not only into the history books, but also reportedly into this tree on the side of PulpitHill. The tree now long dead was caged in 1884 in an attempt to preserve the engravings. The engravings are no longervisible and there is even debate over the last 100+ years as to the authenticity of the engravings. Explorers Tree to Six Foot Track Info Shelter 0.3km 5 mins(From S) From the 'Explorers Tree' (at the intersection of Nellies Glen Rd and the Great Western Hwy), this walk followsthe 'Six Foot Track - 200m' sign up along the sealed Nellies Glen Rd for just over 200m before turning left at another 'SixFoot Track' sign. Here the walk comes to a dirt car park and shelter with a large 'Six Foot Track' information sign. Page 1/18  PDF generated on 26 Oct 2011  Six Foot TrackSix Foot Track Six Foot Track Info Shelter to Int of 6 Foot Track and Norths Lookout Trail 0.5km 10 mins(From 0.26 km) From the shelter and car park (on Nellies Glen Rd), this walk follows the 'Six Foot Track' sign around thelower locked metal gate to follow the management trail gently downhill. The walk continues down this trail, whichbecomes fairly steep in places, for about 500m. Here the trail flattens out and comes to an intersection marked with acouple of 'Six Foot Track' signs and a 'Nellies Glen Bushland Restoration' sign. Int of 6 Foot Track and Norths Lookout Trail to Norths Lookout 0.2km 5 mins Optional Side Trip :(From 0.81 km) From the intersection, this walk heads south along the cleared bush track until coming to an intersectionwith another bush track off to the left, signposted as part of the 'Bonnie Doon Fauna Study'.From the intersection, this walk heads south down the bush track until coming to a great lookout over Nellie's Glen -Norths Lookout. Int of Six Foot Track and Norths Lookout Trail to Int at Lower Nellies Glen 1.6km 40 mins(From 0.81 km) From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Six Foot Track' sign, fairly steeply down the managementtrail past the 'Nellies Glen' metal plaque and, about 10m later, past the timber 'Nellies Glen' sign. After another 80m, thetrail narrows and this walk turns left to head through the green timber chicane with the 'Caution - Steep Decent' and'Pedestrian Access only' signs. As the sign suggests, this walk now leads steeply down the Nellies Glen canyon steps forabout 300m, passing alongside the tall rock walls and crossing the usually small creek a few times before bendingdistinctly left to cross below a small set of falls (below the main Bonnie Doon Falls). Here the track mostly flattens outand leads along the side of the gully for another 400m to pass a 'Blue Mountains National Park' sign, then just over 100mlater, passes another sign marking the lower end of 'Nellies Glen'. About 600m after this sign, the track bends to cross anarrow gully then leads up to a small clearing at the northern end of the wide Nellies Glen trail. Int at Lower Nellies Glen to Megalong Village site 2km 35 mins(From 2.44 km) From the clearing, this walk follows the wide trail gently downhill while keeping the valley to your right.The trail leads generally downhill through the scribbly gum forest for about 1.4km to then cross the culverted Devils HoleCreek - just past the creek is an unused concrete pipe with wild bee hives inside. This walk continues along the trail foranother 500m to an intersection with the Devils Hole Trail (on your left) just before the horse paddock, the signpostedsite of the historic 'Megalong Village'. Megalong Village (Historic) In 1870, kerosene shale was discovered in the area surrounding the upper end of Megalong and Diamond Creeks so in1885, Mr J. B. North started to mine the resource. The mine continued for nearly 10 years. During the life of the mine, theMegalong Village grew to to a small town with a hotel, butchery, bakery, public hall and around about 40 families. Whenthe mines were closed in 1904, the best buildings were demolished and rebuilt in Katoomba. In the December of 1904, ahuge bushfire ripped up through the valley destroying what buildings were left. Not the area is private land with a horsepaddock with a view of the escarpment behind. A small bronze sign marks the site . Megalong Village site to Megalong Ford 2.7km 45 mins(From 4.42 km) From the intersection, this walk walk follows the 'Six Foot Track' sign along the Nellies Glen trail, tocross the culverted Diamond Creek then pass alongside the old Megalong 'Village site' and horse paddock (which is onyour left). Just shy of 250m past the main horse paddock this walk heads through a usually closed gate and continuesgently undulating along the trail through the tall scribbly gum forest for 500m, crossing a usually small creek to then passa 6FT '40km' arrow post. About 400m further along this trail, soon after crossing the usually small Corral Creek, this walkcomes to a T-intersection, where a 'Six Foot Track', sign points back along the trail, and where there are some powerlines to your right.From the intersection, this walk heads west along the Nellies Glen Road trail, initially keeping the power lines to yourright. After about 170m this walk veers right at the locked 'Wari-Wari' gate to climb the fence using a stile . The walkcontinue along the (now public) dirt Nellies Glen Road, for 900m passing a series of driveways, to rejoin then power linesfor 120m passing just below a nearby house. Here the road leads downhill for 200m to pass a large 'Road subject toflooding...' sign then just 100m later this walk comes to an intersection with 'Six Foot Track' sign and stile (just before theroad bends right to cross Megalong Creek). Page 2/18  PDF generated on 26 Oct 2011  Six Foot TrackSix Foot Track Megalong Ford to Int of Six Foot Track and Megalong Rd 1.1km 20 mins(From 7.09 km) From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Six Foot Track' sign over the fence using the stile. A signreminds walkers to stay on the track as this section is on private property. The walk leads through mostly open farmlandfor 130m passing a 'Private Land No Camping' sign to then cross Mitchells Creek, this creek may become impassableafter heavy or prolonged rain. Over the next 300m the trail leads over a rise through the farmland to then cross a fenceusing a stile on the right. The track now leads through a denser forest for another 300m to cross 'Mclennan Bridge',named after Mr Michael (Mick) Mclellan who has been in charge of the maintenance of the 6FT for many years. Just shyof 150m after the bridge this walk continues straight at a four-way intersection for another 200m to cross a fence using astile. Here the walk crosses the sealed Megalong Rd, to find a car park beside a clearing and several 'Six Foot Track'signposts (about 400m south of Megalong Creek). Old Ford Reserve Old Ford Reserve campsite is a few meters north of the Megalong Rd bridge over Megalong Crk. The campsite isaccessible by car, has a toilet, and plenty of flat space to pitch a tent. Some nice groupings of trees and access to thecreek makes this a nice place to stay. The campsite is about 500m north of the Six Foot Track crossing point atMegalong Rd. Int of 6 Foot Track and Megalong Rd to Megalong Cemetery 0.1km 2 mins(From 8.23 km) From the car park on Megalong Road (about 400m south of Megalong Creek), this walk follows the 'SixFoot Track' sign over the cattle grate or stile and goes beside the large sheltered 'Six Foot Track' information sign. Herethe walk heads gently downhill along the dirt road for about 80m to come beside a stone memorial, marking 'MegalongCemetery' (on your left). Megalong Cemetery (historical) The Megalong Cemetery became the final resting place for at least 14 people who died between 1894 and 1931. Manyof the grave sites are in poor repair or can no longer be easily found - please take care in the area to avoid any furtherdamage. A tall stone monument marks the edge of the cemetery on the Six Foot Track, about 100m west of MegalongRoad. This cemetery is currently under the management of the Blue Mountains City Council, and is recognised by theNational Trust. Megalong Cemetery to Int Near Guyver Bridge 0.8km 15 mins(From 8.32 km) From beside 'Megalong Cemetery', this walk heads gently downhill along the dirt road for about 80m topass through gate with a 'No Through Road' sign. Just shy of 300m later, this walk passes a few driveways, beside thefarmland to cross another cattle grate. Then about 150m later, the road leads close to Megalong Creek, where a signreminds visitors this is private land. About 30m further on, the main dirt road veers right at a Y-intersection then crossesa cattle grate. Here the walk heads uphill along the dirt road for just over 200m (with views of the escarpment behind) tocross another grate and come to an intersection marked with a 'Six Foot Track' sign pointing right into the valley. Int Near Guyver Bridge to Euroka back gate 1.9km 40 mins(From 9.09 km) From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Six Foot Track' sign downhill along the narrow track into thevalley. The walk now crosses a small creek on the timber 'Guyver Bridge', named in honour of Jon Guyver who workedhard to redevelop the 6FT as the track coordinator/administrator until 2010. Here the walk heads up the timber steps andover a rise. The track now follows a wire fence down through the farmland and across a valley (above a dam) for almost100m to metal stile just before a dirt trail. Here the walk turns right and crosses the fence using the stile, then follows a'Six Foot Track' sign along the track as it undulates over a series of hills for about 300m before crossing another fenceusing another metal stile beside a large tree. The track now leads uphill for 200m to pass a 'Private Land - No Campingbefore Coxs River Reserve' sign, then winds along the side of the hill for a further 150m before heading into a woodedforest and down some timber steps. The walk then crosses a steep gully and winds along the side of the hill for just over100m to pass a '35km' 6FT arrow post, then 150m later, crosses another fence using a metal stile. Here the walkcontinues for another 600m through a mix of farmland and open forest, crossing a few more steep gullies with timbersteps to head through a closed gate, marked with a few 'Private Property' signs. Page 3/18  PDF generated on 26 Oct 2011  Six Foot TrackSix Foot Track Private Gate to Bowtells Bridge East 3.4km 1 Hrs 25 mins(From 10.94 km) From the gate, this walk heads downhill along the narrowing track, keeping the valley to your right.After about 120m, this walk crosses a timber fence on a metal stile, then continues down the track over a few large rocksfor just over 200m, to an intersection with a wide trail. Here the walk turns right then immediately left, to continue alongthe track as it narrows again. The track then leads down along the side of the valley for about 600m and passes throughanother usually closed gate, then about 250m later, the track passes a few granite boulders and heads down a fewtimber steps. About 400m after this, this walk heads down a 100m-long series of timber steps to cross a gully and find aseries of large granite boulders - one of the small overhangs is home to a wild bee hive. The track leads out of the valleyand gently down along the side of the hill for about 1km, where the valley opens up with wider views down to the CoxsRiver, then heads down some more timber steps. About 250m later, the track leads down another set of timber steps tothen head through a pleasant lush gully with views close to the river. The track then heads along the hillside for another150m to an intersection (just above the swing bridge, to your right), marked with a 'Six Foot Track' and 'AlternativeBridge' signs. Bowtells Swing Bridge This suspension footbridge spans the Coxs River and provides an alternate route for the Six Foot Track when the riveris in flood. Regardless of weather, this route is now becoming more popular with many walkers, wanting to avoid the rivercrossing. The bridge was built and opened in 1992 by the Royal Australian Engineers. The bridge is named after a fellowsoldier of the builders, Corporal Bob Bowtell, who suffocated and died in foul air whilst attempting to clear a tunnel of theVC during the Vietnam war . Bowtell grew up in Katoomba and is now buried in West Malaysia. Bowtells Swing Bridge to Coxs River Campsite 1.1km 20 mins Alternative ROUTE :(From 14.38 km) From the intersection just above above Bowtells Swing Bridge, this walk follows the 'Six Foot Track'sign along the clear track keeping the main valley to your right. After about 30m the track passes an intersection withanother track (to the bridge) then continues along the side of the hill for about 800m crosses several gullies to come anintersection with a trail beside a short timber fence. The walk continues beside this fence for about 70m to then turn rightto follow the 'Six Foot Track' sign moderately steeply down the embankment. Here the walk leads down across the openfloodplain to the bank of the Cox's River.From the clearing and floodplain, this walkcrosses the river that may flow in two or three sections across smooth and slippery rocks. This river becomes impassablewhen in flood, the river is normally only shin deep, if deeper consider using the swing bridge upstream. Once on thesandy beach on the far side, this walk follows the wide trail uphill for about 40m to the intersection marked with a 'SixFoot Track' sign, where the Coxs River Campsite is just up to the right. Bowtells Swing Bridge to Bowtells Swing Bridge North 0.1km 4 mins(From 14.38 km) From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Alternative Bridge When River High' sign down the timbersteps to the southern end of the 'Bowtells Bridge'. Here the walk climbs the ramp and crosses the Cox's River on thesuspension bridge, observing the 'Only one Person at a time' safety sign. This crossing can take some time with a largegroup - the bridge does swing a fair bit and people concerned by heights may find this challenging. The bridge spans100m, giving great views of the river below. On the far side, this walk steps off the bridge onto the large rock platform. Bowtells Bridge West to Six Foot Track Lodge 0.8km 20 mins(From 14.51 km) From the north side of the bridge, this walk heads up the timber steps through the dense forest to soonpass the 'Bowtells Bridge' sign. At the top of these steps, the track bends left then leads along the side of the hill for500m, crossing a few gullies and undulating up and down a series of timber steps to then pass between a couple offences posts. Here the walk continues down a series of timber steps to a clearing and intersection marked with a 'PrivateLand - No Camping' sign.From the intersection and clearing, this walk follows the 'Camping Ground-500mtrs' sign north up the timber steps. Thetrack soon bends left and follows the side of the hill for about 130m to then head through a gate with a 'Welcome' sign.The walk continues along the clear track for another 70m to the intersection with the timber path just below the 'Six FootTrack Lodge'. Six Foot Track Lodge The Six Foot Track Lodge is situated above the flats of the Coxs River along the Six Foot Track alternate route, not farnorth of Coxs River Campsite. The lodge consists of two cabins, each with the capacity to sleep twelve people in bunks.The cabins are equipped with linen, warm blankets, log fire, pizza oven, tank water and has its own outhouse toilet. At$35 per person per night, this is a very pleasant way to spend an evening. Meal packs can also be organised for a fee.For more information, visitwww.6fttracklodge.comor call Willi-Joy Sirks (owner) 0415 523 041. All bookings must bemade before commencing your walk (the cabin is not staffed). Page 4/18  PDF generated on 26 Oct 2011
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