Kattamordo Variation Walk -revised (Walk #3e)
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On forestry track in jarrah forest,
(north of Walnut Rd), July 2009
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25 kms ESE of Perth.
Option 1: 16-17.5 field kms (via Forrest Rd);
only 2% or 400m off-track;
Option 2: 17.5 field kms (via Volento Rd);
Other short walk option: 9 kms
|Degree of difficulty :||
MEDIUM (What does this mean?)
|Amount of uphill walking :||410m (cumulative ascent)|
YES, useful at the many track junctions and for the short off-track section of the walk.
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Follow Welshpool Rd to its end at the T-junction with Canning Rd. Then turn right to follow Canning Rd for 4 kms. Continue for less than 100m along the start of Pickering Brook Rd (where Canning Rd branches sharp right). Then turn off to park in the Pickering Brook General Store carpark on the right. Food and refreshments are available from the General Store at the walk Start point.
Car shuffle option: The final 1.5 kms of the main 'Option 1' route includes 1.5 kms of walking along sealed roads (Repatriation and Pickering Brook Rds) to return to the Start point. This can be avoided (and will reduce the Option 1 walk length to 16 kms) if you are in a group with two or more cars and can then do a quick car shuffle at the start (leaving one car at waypoint 'REPAT3' where a minor dirt road branches off Repatriation Rd where the road bends sharply left about 1 km from its junction with Pickering Brook Rd).
Alternative access: The northern part of the walk area (and northern boundary of Korung National Park) can be reached by taking Pomeroy Rd (turn left off Welshpool Rd 1 km after Lesmurdie Rd), then right into Lawnbrook Rd (through Bickley), then follow Walnut Rd to park either:
i) at the corner of Walnut and Lockwood Rd in the east where the Munda Biddi Bike Trail enters the forest (waypoint 'WAL-RD'), or,
ii) on the dirt road extension of Dodd Rd which veers right off Walnut Rd in the west. Park at waypoint 'ALTPKG'. From there it is a steepish climb along the dirt track to enter the National Park and walk area from the west.
|Escape route/s :||
Via various old forestry vehicle tracks through the area (see map). These generally provide linkages over distances of less than 1 km to the sealed and dirt roads in the area, including Walnut, Patterson, Forrest, Repatriation, Francais, Weston and Gunjin Rds.
The Pickering Brook-Bickley area offers walkers variety of a different sort than in most other walk areas in the Darling Range; Here the sections of walking through jarrah-marri forest on the higher ground (which lies mostly within the newly named Korung National Park), are pleasantly broken by short sections that skirt picturesque orchards and farmland in the small and narrow, fertile valleys, including Piesse Gully. The route also passes close by an historic soldier settler's cottage. Parts of the forest in 2009 were still recovering from recent burns, but the emergence of spring wildflowers and the adjacent blossoming orchards will make any walk in the area very worthwhile.
The new walk routes described here are a combination of short sections of the Kattamordo Heritage Trail, old forestry trails, and newer mountain bike trails which pass through some nice sections of forest. The terrain is varied with a few short hill climbs and a view or two - though (sadly!) not from the summit of Mt Gungin in the north, which (at 398m) is the highest point on the walk. In 1921 Mt Gungin was the site of one of the first two fire lookout towers in the Darling Range, but the tower no longer exists and potential views from ground level are screened by the forest around the summit clearing.
Walk options: Most of the walk route options are on good open tracks, with only one short (400m) off-track section.
Option 1: 16-17.5 field kms (via Forrest Rd and Repatriation Rd on the return across Piesse Gully from waypoint 'FOR-RD' to 'REPAT-1'); The ‘figure-of-eight’ form of this route (crossing at waypoint 'JCN-X') avoids overlap between the outward and return sections. Despite a few short hill climbs, the 16-17.5 km distance will not be hard for any reasonably fit walker. See Access notes for details of a car shuffle to eliminate the optional final 1.5 kms of on-road walking from waypoint 'REPAT3' back to the Start point.
Option 2: 17.5 field kms (via Volento Rd from waypoint 'FOR-RD' back to 'BDGE' for the return crossing of Piesse Gully and then overlapping mostly with the outbound route for the remainder of the return section);
Other walk options: There are many other potential options for short and longer on-track walks in the area (see additional tracks and waypoints on the walk map), including from the alternative access points. 9-14 kms - The walk can be easily shortened to a circuit of 9-14 km (or less) on the day and still be rewarding. e.g. For a 9 km walk, bypass the northern half of the 'figure-of-8' route by veering right onto the return leg at the crossover point at 'JCN-X'.
CAUTION: Sections of this walk follow part of the Munda Biddi Mountain Bike Trail and other trails that have become very popular with riders in recent years. A walker will be accepted on the Munda Biddi Trail by most cyclists if the walker shows commonsense courtesy and recognises that cyclists may rightfully claim priority and must always be given full right of way on the Trail. Similarly, on the other less formal trails take great care to look out for, and give way to the riders.
Controlled burns: A control burn is being carried out in the Hacketts Gully-Mt Gunjin area in September 2011 and will affect the area of the walk north of Walnut Rd. See DEC's indicative burn programme.
|Additional maps :||
WalkGPS walk map for OziExplorer users: A downloadable OziExplorer format MAP file (*.map) for this walk area is included on the Maps, Waypoints & Track Files page. The zipped folder also includes the associated 'base' topo map image file, plus other attached waypoints, tracks/routes, etc in OxiExplorer file formats.
WalkGPS reconnaissance history: Click here for a map of past WalkGPS test walks in the walk area, plus the final route. The final route was selected only after several visits to the area which aimed to achieve a walk that would be the most rewarding.
Other: Mundaring 1:25,000 2134-III SW & 2134-III SE sheets, plus Kelmscott 1:25,000 2133-IV NW & 2133-IV NE sheets
(Dept. of Lands & Survey, 1981-83; Series R811)
|Other background references :||
"Kattamordo Heritage Trail", City of Mundaring site, provides a brief Trail summary and mud map extracted from Heritage Trail - Kattamordo". 1998; an excellent, out-of-print pamphlet by the Heritage Council of W.A. available at State Library W.A. (Call #994.11/MUN). The pamphlet provided an excellent 22 page overview of the interesting history along this 27 km Trail (and the Mason & Bird Heritage Trail).
Note: The trail name Kattamordo replaced the Council's earlier, incorrect spelling of the trail name as 'Kattamorda' which is still often used (including on most of the old trail markers and signage which have not been well maintained in recent years).
Also see WalkGPS Waypoints & Tracks page for downloadable Google Earth (kmz), PCX5 and GPX files for the Kattamordo Heritage Trail.
Pickering Brook Heritage Group site - This includes many historical photos and notes on the early timber industry in the area, and also the following:
"Heritage Trail - Cala Munnda". 1998; a Heritage Council pamphlet on a 42km driving circuit in the Kalamunda area. Provides a 20 page overview of the early settlement of the Kalamunda district.
Route notes :
From the Start point in the carpark at Pickering Brook General Store, head westward to cross the branch of Canning Rd (at waypoint ‘RD-1’) and follow the dirt track (which is along route of the old railway to the Kalamunda Zigzag line) to cross the main Canning Rd (at ‘RD-2’). After about 50m (at ‘01’) the Kattamordo Heritage Trail foot-track crosses the track. Turn right onto the Trail and up the roadside embankment to cross Canning Rd again (at ‘02’) and enter the forest which is initially mainly sheoaks. You are now in the Korung National Park. Relocate the foot-track which may be initially a little difficult to follow as it often becomes hidden under the layer of dry sheoak ‘needles’. Head northward, gently uphill. Ignore a track that veers off to the left after about 300m (at ‘T-JN2’) near the crest of the hill and soon cross Valencia Rd (at ‘VAL-RD’). Continue along the Trail and pass another track junction (at ‘JCN’) before descending to meet Francais Rd (at ‘05’). Turn right to head SE along the road for about 100m, passing a fruit packing shed and orchard on your left. Re-enter forest (at ‘06’) just past the orchard boundary and head generally NE (via ‘07’) along the foot-track through a very pleasant section of jarrah forest. When the track divides at ‘07A’, take either the higher or lower track down the hillside. The two tracks merge again at ‘07B’. At ‘08’ the track veers NW and then descends near ‘09’ to cross the dirt road extension of Weston Rd. Follow the track northward, descending into Piesse Gully, with the boundary fence of an orchard on your right. About 100m to the right in the orchard you will also see the old Fernie cottage which was the home of one of the soldier settler families in the 1920’s. The track soon joins a dirt road near the crossing of Piesse Brook (at ‘BDGE’). Continue northward up the road for about 100m. Soon after passing the Valento Rd turnoff on your right, locate (also on the right) and follow a mountain bike trail which enters the forest at ‘BKTRL’. (You now leave the original Kattamordo Trail which continues northward uphill on the dirt road, with farmland and orchards on the left and forest on the right.) The bike trail initially climbs gently ESE-ward for about 400m, then climbs more steeply and more northward as it zig-zags up the hillside (via ‘10’ and ‘11’) through another nice forest section of mixed jarrah-marri-banksia. After ‘11’ the trail soon flattens onto a rocky lateritic surface and heads mainly NE-ward, crossing an old forestry track at ‘SDTRK’. (The original Kattamordo Trail (and sign) lies about 50m NW at ‘11-ALT’ where it follows a track bounding adjacent farmland.) Continue along the bike trail (via ‘12’), crossing another old forestry road at ‘X-TRK’, and veering sharply northward after ‘13’ to soon meet (at ‘MN-TRK’) another old forestry road (which is also the route of the Kattamordo Trail). Turn right to follow the forestry track (via ‘14’) and pass through a junction with two other old forestry roads (at ‘JCN-X’) and continue on the original Kattamordo Trail which re-enters the forest from the junction as a foot-track. [Alternatively for the short 9km walk option: Turn right (SE) at ‘JCN-X’ to follow the return route via ‘CNR1’ etc.]
Follow the foot-track ENE (via ‘15’) and cross Patterson Rd (‘PAT-RD’). Soon after, the Munda Biddi Mountain Bike Trail joins from the right (at ‘MBID-1’). Continue NE on the Trail and soon cross Walnut Rd (‘WAL-RD’; The Perth Observatory is located 350m to the SE at the end of Walnut Rd). You have now left the Korung National Park. The Munda Biddi Trail re-enters the forest (State Forest) from a small cleared area close to the corner of Walnut and Lockwood Rds, then heads NNE through the forest for almost 500m, running mainly close and parallel to Lockwood Rd (to’18’), then reaching Gungin Rd (‘GJN-RD’). Cross Gunjin Rd (old dirt road) to follow another mountain bike trail (not the Munda Biddi Trail) which continues initially NNE and then curves back generally northward.
The bike trail soon descends a little then crosses a minor forestry track (at ‘XSG’). About 1 km after the Gunjin Rd crossing, the trail climbs quite steeply over a distance of 400m to emerge from the forest at the SE corner (at ‘TRL’) of the Mt Gunjin summit clearing. Cross the summit area (‘GUNJIN’) - which was the site of the former fire lookout tower - then follow Gunjin Rd NW downhill and turn left onto the Kalamunda Circuit track (at ‘K-CRT’). Continue quite steeply downhill on the track, passing the Little Ovens Trail turnoff on the right (at ‘LILOVN’; where you may also need to skirt around a mountain bike jump set up across the track), and meet the Munda Biddi Trail again at ‘MBID-2’ (The Trail follows a forestry track here). Turn left to follow the Trail southward for about 700m, to a track junction (at ‘MBID-3) soon after crossing a gentle gully. Stay on the MB Trail by taking the left turn at the junction and head WSW-ward up the hill to reach Gunjin Rd at 'MBID-4' after less than 1km. Veer right to continue uphill on Gunjin Rd and still on the MB Trail (via 'MBID-5'). After less than 500m veer right off Gunjin Rd at 'MBID-5' to stay on the MB Trail. The next 750m (via waypts '18' and 'wAL-RD') is a re-walking of about 750m of the Trail already walked en route to Mt Gunjin. At the fork in the tracks at 'MBID-5' veer left (southward) to stay on the MB Trail (the other fork follows the Kattamordo Trail). Cross Lockwood Rd and continue S-ward on the Trail close to Patterson Rd for about 200m to 'MBID-1A'. Then turn right (west) to cross the road to follow Alban Rd (vehicle track) which heads westward close to the northern boundary of nearby farmland and orchards. After less than 500m reach a track junction (at ‘CNR-1’) near the NW corner of the farmland in the small valley. Turn left to follow the Park boundary track downhill and southward (via ‘CNR-2’). There is soon a good view across the orchards and to a rustic old shed which probably dates back to the soldiers settlement period of the 1920’s. Continue mainly downhill (via ‘CNR2’, ‘CNR-3’, and ‘Y-JCN’). Soon after ‘Y-JCN’ there is another good view across the orchard in this small side valley before the track descends steeply to reach Forrest Rd (sealed) at ‘FOR-RD’ at the junction with Valento Rd (dirt road). Turn right (WSW) onto Forrest (-Repatriation) Rd and soon cross the bridge over Piesse Brook and pass the entry to the Santora Arabian Horse Stud on the left. [The old 1920’s home of the immigrant Pollese family is bypassed on this route but is located only about 200m east of ‘FOR-RD’]. Leave the road at ‘REPAT1’ to re-enter the forest (and the National Park) on an old forestry track which climbs initially steeply uphill from the south side of the road. It then veers SE-ward along the hillside. At ‘REPAT2’ turn right (SW) to take the side-track uphill and across the crest of the ridge at ‘JCN-Y’. Then follow the old forestry track SW-ward downhill to meet a W-E dirt road at ‘REPAT-3’. Now follow Repatriation Rd (sealed) and Pickering Brook Rd (via 'REPAT5') back to the Start point. The section along Repatriation Rd passes across another small valley flanked by orchards and fruit packing sheds.
[Car shuffle option: If you are in a group and have done the suggested car shuffle at the start of the walk, you will have left a car at 'REPAT3' and can now avoid the final 1.5 kms of road-walking to return to the start point. This reduces the Option 1 walk length to 16 kms. Alternatively if you are unable to do the car shuffle but still prefer to avoid the road-walking, then follow the Option 2 route i.e. Follow the Option 1 route to 'FOR-RD', then head NW along Valento Rd (dirt road) back to 'BDGE' for the return crossing of Piesse Gully and then overlapping mostly with the outbound route for the remainder of the return section.]
Right click here and then "Save Target/Link As..." if you wish to download the waypoints and GPS 'track' as a GPX file in the standard format recognised by most devices and programs including Garmin and Magellan units and GPS Mapping Software. If you have a problem uploading the data, please feel free to contact me directly at WalkGPS rather than your users' forum!
The waypoints in the alternative listing below are given as UTM coordinates with datum to match the Walk Map. NOTE: If you wish to manually enter these into your GPS unit you must first set your unit to the correct Datum. Caution: An incorrect datum can result in an approximate 200m location error! (This is a very slow, error-prone method compared to using the above downloadable file and is not recommended.)
Route list :
Projection : UTM Datum : Australian Geodetic 1966 Zone : 50
Waypt name Easting Northing Comments
415463 6455141 Start point; Pickering Brook General Store parking
GJN-RD 418004 6459071 Mtn bike trail crosses Gunjin Rd (old dirt road).
18 417992 6458958 On Munda Biddi Bike Trail near cnr Lockwood and Gunjin Rds.
WAL-RD 417830 6458546 Munda Biddi Trail re-enters forest near cnr Walnut and Lockwood Rd.
MBID-1 417631 6458413 Y-juncn of Munda Biddi Mtn Bike Trail and Katt. Trail foot-trk.
MBID-1A 417589 6457979 On Munda Biddi Bike Trail.
417555 6457966 W-E dirt rd (Alban Rd) close to farm bdy, meets
Additional waypoints on map:
ALTTRK 415388 6455708 Alternative foot-trk meets S-side Francais Rd.
W-1 416281 6458044 Y-junction of old forestry tracks.
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