Starting from Parkhill Street, Pearce, this walk takes you to the summit of Mount Taylor via the Mount Taylor Zig Zag Track and back. The hill, which is believed to get its name from James Taylor(a squatter), has great panoramic views of Canberra and the Brindabella Range. You can also see the towering Telstra Tower from the top. It’s a great way to quickly escape the hustle and bustle of modern life. Additionally, birdwatching can be worthwhile, as the reserve is home to various bird species, such as magpies and raptors. 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.
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.
Continue onto Melrose Drive and drive for another 2.2 km
Keep right onto Hodgson Crescent and drive for another 970 m
Turn right onto MacFarland Crescent and drive for another 115 m
Turn left onto Parkhill Street and drive for another 480 m
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From Parkhill Street(75 metres north of intersection with Sheehan Street), head along the wide dirt path perpendicular to the road, between houses 34 and 36. Follow the trail until you come to the wooden gate with a “dogs on leash” sign on it, moving parallel to the metal fence line to your right. Pass over/under the gate and veer left, moving past the signpost to your left. Follow the dirt track towards the summit to continue along Mount Taylor Zig Zag Track.....
Directions & comments
From the Parkhill Street Start (a vehicle track).
After another 195 m (from the Mt Taylor Zig Zag) continue straight, to head along Mt Taylor Zig Zag (a walking track).
After another 30 m (at the intersection of Mt Taylor Zig Zag & Mount Taylor Zig Zag) continue straight.
Then cross the bridge (about 5 m long)
After another 920 m (from the Mt Taylor Zig Zag) turn right.
Continue another 25 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 1.2 km to get back to the start.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Mount Taylor Zig Zag Track
1 h to 1 h 15 min
Quality of track
Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Very steep (4/6)
Clearly signposted (1/6)
Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
No experience required (2/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)