Black Mountain Circuit

40 min to 1 h

2.1 km
circuit

↑ 66 m
↓ -66 m

Moderate track
Black Mountain Circuit, Black Mt. Nature Reserve starts near Black Mountain Drive, Acton leading via the scenic Forest Track around the summit of Black Mt. and back. As you pivot around the mountain, expect to see panoramic views of Canberra in every part of the journey. Also look out for parrots whilst walking through the eucalyptus-dominated woodland, and see if you can get them to say hi. Drive up to the summit and squeeze out all the views you can get since you’re so close to the top. Keep in mind that you need to take all your rubbish with you, so pack accordingly. 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 At the intersection of Black Mountain Drive & Forest Track (scenic) (-35.2778488,149.0983437)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Parkes Way
  • Turn on to Clunies Ross Street Offramp then drive for 260 m
  • Turn slight right onto Clunies Ross Street Offramp and drive for another 10 m
  • Turn right onto Clunies Ross Street and drive for another 410 m
  • Keep left and drive for another 2 km
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Black Mountain Drive & Forest Track (scenic) Start heading along Forest Track (scenic) (a footpath).
After 315 m cross the ford.
After another 155 m continue straight, to head along Forest Track (scenic).
After another 670 m veer right, to head along Forest Track (scenic).
After another 85 m (at the intersection of Forest Track (scenic) & Black Mountain Summit Walk) veer right, to head along Forest Track (scenic).
After another 285 m continue straight, to head along Forest Track (scenic).
After another 115 m continue straight, to head along Forest Track (scenic).
After another 460 m continue straight, to head along Forest Track (scenic).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip taking you to a scenic area with multiple lookout points if you're still hungry for views. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip continue straight when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 30 m turn right.
After another 15 m pass the "scenic view area (dated)" (75 m on your left).
Veer left.
After another 20 m come to the end.

An optional side trip taking you to a scenic area with multiple lookout points if you're still hungry for views.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 25 m continue straight.
After another 90 m head into the "scenic view area (dated)".
After another 70 m come to the viewpoint (25 m on your left).
Continue straight.
After another 25 m come to the viewpoint (35 m on your left).
After another 20 m continue straight.
After another 25 m come to the viewpoint (30 m on your left).
After another 70 m continue straight.
After another 9 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 330 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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Black Mountain Circuit


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 2.1 km
Time 40 min to 1 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
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)
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