Lions Lookout - Bickley Reservoir Walk (Walk #3c)
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View SE across side valley to track
to ridge off Horace Rd, May 2009.
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20 kms ESE of Perth.
7.5 field kms (or 8.5 kms for revised Start point). All on-track..
or 18 km alternative (if walk extended to include Victoria Reservoir-Bickley Brook Walk, Walk #3b).
|Degree of difficulty :||
EASY- MEDIUM (What does this mean?)
The walk is short but includes some steep hills (also MEDIUM, if combined with Victoria Reservoir-Bickley Brook Walk, but then quite long).
|Amount of uphill walking :||390m (cumulative ascent)|
NO. GPS is certainly not required for navigation here but waypoints are provided in case you are new to GPS and would like to test your GPS navigation skills, or if you just want to remove any uncertainty at track junctions.
See Google Map for start point on road map.
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Orrong Rd or Albany Hwy to Welshpool Rd, then right onto Tonkin Hwy, left into Kelvin Rd (about 4 kms down Tonkin Hwy), right into White Street, and left into Hardinge Road. Follow Hardinge Rd to the Start point at the car turning area at the road end (past Hardinge Park and Bickley Reservoir on the left).
2008 update: Parking at the vehicle turn-round area at the end of Hardinge Rd is no longer permitted. Park instead at the carpark at Hardinge Park (picnic area, public toilets and barbecues nearby) and start the walk from there following the alternative waypoints below.
Alternative access is from the north at a carpark at 'Lions Lookout' on the south side of Welshpool Rd, Lesmurdie, less than 100m after the Crystal Brook Rd turnoff and on same side (see waypoint 'WSHPL' on map). Follow the track which branches left off an initial track only about 60m from the carpark entry and then heads initially SW. (Ignore an earlier track on the left which heads about SE.)
Other access options: Via Crystal Brook Rd (at 'CSBRK1'; opposite Fontano Rd.) near the foot of the Scarp; and the west end of Gilchrist Rd (at 'CAMP'), or Horace Rd (at 'HCERD') in the east.
|Escape route/s :||
North to Welshpool Road, or east to Gilchrist Rd, or south back to Hardinge Rd (and its extension along Bickley Brook).
This short walk lies within part of the Korung National Park (named in 2008; formerly 'Pickering Brook National Park') and 'Darling Range Regional Park' system. It is entirely on existing tracks (most of which are old vehicle tracks for fire access or forestry purposes). It is mainly a combination of two 'established' walk trails, the Lions Lookout Walk and the Bickley Reservoir Walk, plus part of the Darling Scarp Trail (not to be confused with the Darling Scarp Walk on WalkGPS). These explore an area of the Darling Scarp (the western edge of the Darling Range) between Bickley Brook Reservoir in the south and Welshpool Road in the north. The walk includes some large areas of open heathland on the hillsides along the Scarp, with extensive views across the Swan Coastal Plain. The walk also passes through some pleasant mixed forest and wandoo woodland around the margins of the old, dissected laterite plateau and its jarrah forest.
The main route described here doesn't include the actual Lions Lookout immediately adjacent to Welshpool Road in the north, but that can be easily included, either by starting the walk from the alternative access point in the north or by following either of the options included in the Route Notes, which will add 1.3 kms to the total walk distance.
Alternative walk routes: The map shows (in dark green) several additional tracks, forming a network right down to the foot of the Scarp in the west (to Canter Court and Crystal Brook Rd). Additional waypoints are provided for these to allow flexibility to try different route combinations.
Extended walk option: If you'd prefer a longer and more demanding on-track walk (18 kms), then do the Victoria Reservoir-Bickley Brook walk first and if time and energy allows near the end of that walk, it can simply be extended by turning right down a fire control track at waypt '30' (less than 100m east of the Start point) to cross Bickley Brook and link into the Lions Lookout-Bickley Reservoir Walk.
Controlled burns: A burn was scheduled to be carried out on 8 October 2011 across this walk area. 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: Kelmscott 1:50,000 Sheet 2133-4, (CALM/DOLA, 2002)
or Kelmscott 1:50,000 Sheet (WA Forests Dept., 1984)
or Kelmscott 1:25,000 2134-IV, NW sheet (Dept. of Lands & Survey, 1981; Series R811) -available on DVD.
|Other background references :||
"Swan Valley and Perth Hills Trails Discovery Guide", Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council ('EMRC'). 2005. - This is an excellent booklet summarising 41 mainly short on-track walks in Shires of Kalamunda and Mundaring and City of Swan. It has been withdrawn from public sale but a copy can be viewed at the State Library of WA (book Call Ref. # 919.411 SWA).
The booklet includes maps and notes for both the Lions Lookout Walk (pp.34-35) and the Bickley Reservoir Walk (p.34 & 36) which are combined into the walk here with small changes. Be aware that parts of the 'established' trails in the area are not well marked (despite occasional "Shire of Kalamunda" signs) so it is wise to have a good walk description with you.
Route notes :
Tracks are shown in green on the map.
New Start (2008): Start from the carpark at Hardinge Park picnic area (at 'NEW-ST'). Follow the bitumen foot-track around the south side of the Bickley Reservoir to meet Hardinge Road (at 'NEW-1') and follow it about 300m eastward to its end at the vehicle turn-round area. Locate the large Kattamordo Trail sign (waypt '31') less than 100m east of the road barrier. The sign is on the left (north) side of the gravelled road and at the corner of the Bickley Camp fence. Follow the foot-track downhill along the fence. The track then veers right to cross Bickley Brook via a wooden bridge (at '33'). Follow the narrow track along slope through heathland (via '34'). There are alternative foot-tracks in a couple of places, but if you head more-or-less east you will very soon meet a wide track (at approx. '35'). Turn left to climb a fairly steep hill (via '36' and '37'). Over the next 500m to the top of the hill you'll climb 120m. (By doing the walk in this direction you'll avoid having to walk down a very steep gravelly, slippery section. - It might be steep to climb but you'll hopefully be more stable on your feet going uphill!) From the track junction at the top (at '38') you get views of Perth (18.5km WNW) and to Victoria Dam (3km SE). Take the track directly ahead, ignoring the other two tracks which veer to the left and to the right. The track descends fairly steeply to cross a stream and on the other side it soon veers sharply to the left (initially west) at '39'. After continuing uphill for about 300m the track veers north (at 'TN') just past new facilities constructed by Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre on the site of the former Paxwold Girl Guides Camp. (The Centre moved to the Paxwold site in 2009. In future walkers may be able to include a visit to the Centre to see the not-for-profit work being done here by the volunteers. See access from waypt 'CAMP' later in walk route.) At '40' take the side-track which branches to the left and heads westward through jarrah forest on the flatter plateau surface. At '41' the track veers SW and descend to a fairly flat, heath-covered ridge which gives views SE back across Bickley Valley and the Reservoir. The track swings north (at '42') along the Scarp and provides good views across the Swan Coastal Plain. It then descends steeply to a stream gully and veers NE, starting the climb back up the Scarp. At '44' a side-track heads uphill to the SE. At this point you have an option to ignore this side-track and follow the 'main' track north along the Scarp (via 'ALT') to visit Lions Lookout at the Welshpool Road end of the track (at 'WSHPL'). This will add about 1.3 kms to the return walk distance. After reaching Lions Lookout you have two options:
Option 1: Take the trail ('Darling Scarp Walk Trail') which leaves from the white gate on the SE side of the Lions Lookout parking area (at 'DE-1'). Follow the trail uphill through very pleasant mixed forest. At 'DE-2 either continue straight ahead to 'DE-3' or turn left to take the narrower side loop trail which rejoins the main trail at 'DE-3'. Then continue around the top edge of the Scarp reaching the almost flat, laterite plateau surface (at 'DE-4')
Option 2: Return to '44' from Lions Lookout, then follow the track fairly steeply uphill, passing through some wandoo woodland before again reaching 'DE-4'.
After 'DE-4', turn left to '45', and continue approx. eastward on the track, passing Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre (former Paxwold Girl Guides Camp) on the right just before reaching the west end of Gilchrist Road (at 'CAMP'). Continue east on Gilchrist Road for about 300m and find an unmarked foot-track which leaves the right hand side of the road (at '47'). -This is not on the 'official' Lions Lookout Trail but is a worthwhile diversion. Follow the track approx. SW to get back to the vehicle track already walked (at waypt '39'). Turn left to follow the track back across the stream gully and back up the hill to the track junction at '38'. Take the track branching sharply off to the right and follow it back down the hill to the stream gully at '50' (Alternatively you could take an off-track short-cut from near '39' to follow the stream directly to '50' which avoids the 40m climb to '38', but the short-cut passes through some fairly scratchy heathland.) Follow the track SW down the gully to '51' where there are again views toward the coast. The track then veers approx. eastward, soon giving good views once again to Victoria Dam. It rejoins (at '36') the lower section of the steep track that was climbed early in the walk. Turn right to follow the track downhill to cross Bickley Brook and then climb to meet a gravelled extension of Hardinge Road (at '54'). Turn right to follow the road about 700m back to the new Start point (via 'NEW-1') at Hardinge Park.
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 : Geocentric Datum Australia 1994 Zone : 50
Waypt name Easting Northing Comments
NEW-ST 408847 6455907 Start from Hardinge Park carpark.
NEW-1 409019 6455759 Foot-track from Park meets Hardinge Road.
START 409340 6455849 Car turning area, end of Hardinge Road.
31 409418 6455870 Kattamordo Trail sign near corner of Camp fence.
32 409383 6455958 Near northern corner of Camp fence.
33 409416 6455966 Approx. location of bridge across Bickley Brook.
34 409496 6455898 On foot-track through heathland.
35 409648 6455903 Meet vehicle track.
36 409699 6455983 Track branches.
37 409742 6456250 Approx. top of steepest section of vehicle track.
38 409655 6456394 Track junction on ridge.
39 409526 6456692 Track veers westward.
40 409214 6456907 T-junction.
TN 409215 6456768 Track branches approx. NW after turning north.
41 408834 6456932 Track curves to SW.
42 408440 6456589 On ridge, track curves to NW.
43 408303 6456877 Track junction near stream gully.
44 408696 6457220 Track branches. Sidetrack heads SE.
45 409218 6456974 Track passes sidetrack which heads south.
CAMP 409429 6456992 Pass Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. Gilchrist Road soon.
47 409741 6456974 Unmarked foot-track, south side of Gilchrist Road.
39 409526 6456692 Foot-track meets vehicle track at bend.
38 409655 6456394 Track junction on ridge.
50 409381 6456521 Track veers SW to follow stream gully.
51 409148 6456288 Track curves approx. to SE.
36 409699 6455983 Track meets track previously walked.
35 409648 6455903
54 409485 6455824 Vehicle track meets extension of Hardinge Road.
NEW-1 409019 6455759 Foot-track to Park off north side Hardinge Road.
END 408847 6455907 Back at NEW Start point.
Additional waypoints on map :
WSHPL 408787 6457814 Alternate access point - off Welshpool Road.
ALT 408595 6457612 On alternate access track from Lions Lookout in north.
WSHPL2 409613 6457462 Poss. alt. entry off Welshpool Rd,50mE of Lesmurdie Rd.
HCERD 409922 6456703 Alt. eastern entry off Horace Rd.
CNCRT 407681 6456568 Alt. western entry off Canter Court extension, bottom of Scarp.
CC-1 408243 6456843 Track junction.
CC-2 407949 6456941 Track junction.
CC-4 407859 6456691 T-junction.
CC-3 407775 6456771 Minor track junction.
CB-6 408067 6457089 Sharp turn at minor track T-junction.
CB-7 408031 6457339 Track T-junction. Near strm course.
CSBRK1 407902 6457767 Alternative track entry off lower Crystal Brook Rd.
CB-1 408095 6457610 Y-junction.
CB-2 408151 6457801 Y-junction.
CB-3 408252 6457746 T-junction.
CB-4 408640 6457741 Y-junction.
CB-5 408720 6457763 Lions Lookout Trail branches to track to lower Crystal Brook Rd.
DE-1 408758 6457792 Start of Darling Scarp Walk Trail from Lions Lookout carpark.
DE-2 408862 6457483 T-junction of Darling Scarp Trail with side loop trail.
DE-3 409009 6457360 Junction of Darling Scarp Trail with side loop trail.
DE-4 409084 6457017 Track junction.
TWR 408932 6456957 Small communications tower & shed. (Near ‘41’).
30 409409 6455793 Track meets Mason Heritage Trail.
1 409502 6455718 Turn on Victoria Reservoir-Bickley Brook Walk,#3b.
FTTRK 409357 6455463 Point on Victoria Reservoir-Bickley Brook Walk.
3 409499 6455334 Point on Victoria Reservoir-Bickley Brook Walk.
FTRK2 409542 6455239 Point on Victoria Reservoir-Bickley Brook Walk.
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