Charles Darwin Track – Wentworth Falls + Korrowal Knife Edge and other Jamison Valley traverses

Currently reading: David Mitchell – Ghostwritten (still) | Peter Matthiessen – The Snow Leopard (still) | David Foster Wallace – Infinite Jest (back at it!)

In addition to my usual local jaunts, I went for a couple of early morning rambles at Wentworth Falls and Katoomba over the past week. I was covering old ground on each occasion, but these trails always deliver.

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Mist in Kedumba Valley

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One of many small falls on the Charles Darwin track

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Some rickety boardwalk in need of a little love

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The Charles Darwin track traces the line of a shallow gully, from Wentworth Falls Village all the way to the edge of the escarpment

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Regrowth after bush regeneration burning

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I’d have been willing to put my feet in here if it had been just a little later in the day

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But there was still evidence of morning dew all along the trail

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Walking across the pipes is strongly discouraged

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Morning sun

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Rocky interlude between Weeping Rock and the top of Wentworth Falls

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This track across the top of Wentworth falls leads to the National Pass and Wentworth Pass – both trails are currently closed due to unstable track conditions, however you can still walk down as far as the bottom of the falls

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Looking out over the drop

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Top of Wentworth Falls

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View of the falls from Fletchers lookout

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Undercliff Track

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Walking westward along the Undercliff track

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Turnoff to Princes Rock

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Kings Tableland, as seen from Princes Rock

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View from Princes Rock

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Princes Rock lookout

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Ascending to the car park from Princes Rock

A couple of snaps from other morning walks

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If you go early enough, you can find Echo Point devoid of crowds – the three sisters can be seen here in among the fence rails, with Mt Solitary peeking just above fence-line and Narrowneck plateau at center right

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Hey girls

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Two of the three sisters with Solitary behind

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This one from a couple of weeks ago now – taking a hike from Leura Cascades to the Golden Stairs with the lovely Zoey

Yesterday, Jay and I climbed the Korrowal Knife Edge up Mt Solitary. I didn’t take many pics as I have done that walk and photographed it several times before.

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View back towards Castle Head (the faint darker patch of green behind the furthest rocky outcropping), as seen from the top of the Knife Edge

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The last stretch of climb up Mt Solitary sees you re-entering the trees with limited views, so we just went as far as the top of the exposed Knife Edge

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The southern end of Narrowneck Plateau with Clear Hill to Tarros Ladder and Duncans Pass at the far end, and Walls Pass jutting out slightly at center right. I think I’ll try for an overnight hike down Duncan’s Pass to Medlow Gap and Dunphy’s Camping area soon, though I seem to have had a bit of a muscle tear in the aftermath of yesterday’s walk, so I might need to take it easy for a few days while I assess the damage…

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Stunning rock formations all the way up the Knife Edge scramble

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Pano of the Jamison looking back towards the main ridge-line from Mt Solitary

I had a minor stack walking down the Golden Stairs – there was a bit of blood but no broken bones. I apologised for the gross appearance to which Jay replied: “I’m more concerned about your level of pain than the aesthetic of the wound.” Always good to have a fellow empath with you on the trail.

Taking it easy today…

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