Mount Taylor Zig Zag Descent

1 h 30 min to 2 h 15 min

4.3 km
circuit

↑ 213 m
↓ -213 m

Hard track
Starting from Sulwood Drive, Kambah, this circuit walk takes you to the summit of Mount Taylor via Mt. Taylor Hill Climb Walking Track. Descending via the Zig Zag Track, it then follows a creek back to the start. Elevate yourself from the busy city with a peaceful but challenging hike through the woodland, and enjoy the panoramic views all over Canberra from the top. You can also birdwatch as there are lots of bird species flying above the reserve, magpies and raptors being some of them. Kangaroos and magpies may also make an appearance along the way, so hold on to your dog's leash just in case. The area tends to be busy on the weekends, so try to schedule the walk on a weekday if you want to avoid the crowd. 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 (-35.3799676,149.0768415)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Tuggeranong Parkway
  • Turn on to then drive for 2.2 km
  • Turn left and drive for another 4 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From Sulwood Drive(60 metres southeast of intersection with Mannheim Street), head towards the trail that’s going uphill, the entrance of which is marked by the two “No Parking Emergency Vehicles Only” signs. Leave the car park and join the dirt trail veering right, as it leads you to the signposted metal gate up the hill. Pass through the gap between the gray and brown metal poles, then cross the creek to continue along Mount Taylor Zig Zag Descent Circuit.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 80 m head through/around the gate.
Veer right.
Then cross the bridge (about 3 m long)
After another 110 m (at the intersection of Mrs Lows Fire Trail & Sulwood Fire Trail) continue straight, to head along Mrs Lows Fire Trail.
After another 135 m veer left, to head along Mrs Lows Fire Trail.
After another 135 m continue straight, to head along Mt Taylor Hill Climb.
After another 560 m pass a seat (on your right)., has a backrest.
After another 60 m head down the surface|paved steps (about 45 m long)
After another 10 m head down the surface|paved steps (about 25 m long)
After another 480 m continue straight.
After another 85 m turn left, to head along Mt Taylor Zig Zag.
Then pass the "Mount Taylor" (6 m on your left).
After another 920 m cross the bridge (about 5 m long)
The starting point of an alternate access track. An alternate access point from/to Parkhill Street, Pearce. Details below.
After another 1 m (at the intersection of Mt Taylor Zig Zag & Mount Taylor Zig Zag) turn right.
After another 690 m continue straight.
After another 450 m turn right, to head along Mrs Lows Fire Trail.
Then cross the bridge (about 10 m long)
After another 40 m (at the intersection of Mt Taylor Hill Climb & Mrs Lows Fire Trail) continue straight, to head along Mrs Lows Fire Trail.
After another 20 m pass the sign (5 m on your right).
After another 110 m veer right, to head along Mrs Lows Fire Trail.
After another 135 m (at the intersection of Sulwood Fire Trail & Mrs Lows Fire Trail) continue straight.
After another 110 m cross the bridge (about 3 m long)
After another 3 m veer left.
After another 75 m come to the end.

An alternate access point from/to Parkhill Street, Pearce.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Mt Taylor Zig Zag.
After another 30 m continue straight.
After another 195 m come to the end.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Mount Taylor Zig Zag Descent


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 4.3 km
Time 1 h 30 min to 2 h 15 min
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (2/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Experience Required No experience required (2/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)

Some facilities on route
Seat: There is one 1 km from the start.


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