Mount Taylor via Western Powerlines and Zig Zag

2 h to 3 h

5.6 km
circuit

↑ 306 m
↓ -306 m

Hard track
Starting from Sulwood Drive, Kambah, this circuit walk takes you to the summit of Mount Taylor mostly via the Western Powerlines Fire Trail and starts descending via the Zig Zag Track. The hill, which is believed to get its name from James Taylor(a squatter), has great panoramic views of Canberra and the Brindabella Range. Serving as a green belt between the districts of Canberra, it can be a convenient way to relieve some stress. Make yourself at home and lie down, as the kangaroos accompany you on your sunbathing session. Search the skies for raptors and magpies as they’re known to fly above the reserve. Don’t forget to bring your own water as there are no facilities provided besides seats. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-35.3745283,149.0681648)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Tuggeranong Parkway
  • Turn on to then drive for 1.1 km
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From Sulwood Drive(220 metres northwest of intersection with Inkster Street), head towards the metal gate next to a signpost along the dirt/gravel path, going over a little mound on the way. Pass through the gap next to the gate and veer left, then follow the trail for about 225 meters until you come to an intersection. Veer right and follow the Western Powerlines Fire Trail to continue along Mount Taylor via Western Powerlines and Zig Zag Track.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 50 m continue straight, to head along Sulwood Fire Trail.
The starting point of an alternate access track. An alternate access point from/to Colquhoun Street. Details below.
After another 215 m turn right, to head along Sulwood Fire Trail.
After another 85 m (at the intersection of Western Powerlines FT & Sulwood Actew Track) continue straight, to head along Western Powerlines FT.
After another 640 m (at the intersection of Western Powerlines FT & Old Kambah Fire Trail) turn right.
After another 185 m veer right, to head along North Taylor FT.
After another 220 m (at the intersection of Summit Fire Trail & North Taylor FT) continue straight, to head along Summit Fire Trail (a vehicle track).
After another 145 m continue straight, to head along Summit Fire Trail.
After another 660 m turn left.
After another 75 m pass the "Mount Taylor" (5 m on your left).
Turn left, to head along Mt Taylor Zig Zag.
After another 920 m cross the bridge (about 5 m long)
After another 1 m (at the intersection of Mt Taylor Zig Zag & Mount Taylor Zig Zag) turn left.
After another 390 m continue straight.
After another 190 m turn left.
After another 320 m turn sharp right, to head along Summit Fire Trail.
After another 145 m (at the intersection of Summit Fire Trail & North Taylor FT) continue straight, to head along North Taylor FT (a walking track).
After another 220 m veer left.
After another 185 m (at the intersection of Old Kambah Fire Trail & Western Powerlines FT) turn left, to head along Western Powerlines FT.
After another 640 m (at the intersection of Western Powerlines FT & Sulwood Actew Track) continue straight.
The starting point of an alternate access track. An alternate access point from/to Colquhoun Street. Details below.
After another 85 m turn left, to head along Sulwood Fire Trail.
After another 215 m continue straight, to head along Sulwood Fire Trail.
After another 50 m come to the end.

An alternate access point from/to Colquhoun Street.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 65 m continue straight.
After another 105 m come to the end.
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Mount Taylor via Western Powerlines and Zig Zag


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 5.6 km
Time 2 h to 3 h
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
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