Top Trail: Kitty’s Gorge, Serpentine NP, Jarrahdale
Ratings & Reviews
Rated: (4/5), based on 17 reviews.
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1 August 2020, 8:39pm
Magical WA tracks, probably only one I know of on par with European alpine hikes. I recommend starting at the crack of the dawn to experience the forest and the falls at their best as well as to beat the traffic that suddenly picks up around 9-10am. 16km return trip is fairly strenuous but doable. BBQ facilities and toilets at the Serpentine fall end. Hiking poles advisable although I managed without them.
14 October 2019, 9:08am
This was a solid 4-5 hour return hike for us. We did the return trip from Jarradale Cemetery to the Serpentine Falls carpark and back in mid October. The steepest (and heart-rate elevating!) section is the pipeline climb from the Falls carpark back up to to the trail, but its only a couple hundred metres. The rest of the hike is a good walk mostly through jarrah/marri forest following the brook/creek,which can be heard almost the entire way. Lots of bush , flowers and birds - and in some parts the foliage closes in on the track. Well signposted. Many rocky-path sections to get stuck into and work out your calves! And in other areas you can break into a jog! Several waterfalls to look at, and the flowing water was clear and refreshing. Well maintained path. We saw a black snake about 1.5 metres long (probably a dugite) crossing the wide track not far from the Falls, as well as a decent sized lizard in the rocks in the same area. There are NO TOILETS at the Cemetery end of the trail. Also keep an eye out for ticks. Excellent hike.
2 October 2018, 1:24pm
25 June 2018, 10:29am
Great walk that takes you down to Serpentine Falls - The top pool above the falls is a great lunch spot on a hot day (WARNING - Stay away from the edge as the rocks ARE slippery and even more so when damp). Track down from Gooralong can be a bit rough in places. To turn it into a loop cross the Serpentine River, turn left, and follow the maintenance track Eastwards - Big pipe on your right and river on your left. You will eventually come to Scarp Road, turn left, cross the bridge and you will see a pumping station and a track following a small bore pipe that goes straight up the hill. This hill is not for the faint hearted and watch out for mountain bikers. When you get to the top just follow the trail and out onto the road. Turn left on the road and make your way to the pub for a well earned beer.
22 January 2018, 7:46am
A nice hike we did on a 35 degree day. Lots of shade from the trees but you still need a good hat, decent walking shoes and suncream. When you get close to Serpentine falls make sure you take the steps that go down the ridge rather than the long way around. Beautiful views. There are toilets to change into your bathers past the main car park as well. I needed about 3 litres of water in that heat. There were also little pockets of water to take a dip along the track which was a nice relief from the heat.. When walking back, you really need to keep an eye out for the path that follows the river (just after crossing the bridge). The sign is really faded and you cant see it. The first time I did this hike I missed it and walked all the way up the hill thinking we were lost. We had wandered off the main track but tried our luck and kept going. Eventually after a series of endless hills and lots of turns left we made it out towards the front of the trail. This time I saw the faded sign and went the right way. Both ways are fine, the hill trail a little more strenuous. We walked from the cemetery to the falls an back. With a pint at the Jarrahdale pub afters - a great little pub.
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