Bushwalking the National Pass
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April 12th, 2009 – by: Connie
So did the rest of Sydney. What the crap! Traffic was crawling once we left the main motorway. We thought we were safe from all the long weekend traffic since the long weekend started Friday and most people tend to vacate the city Friday morning or evening Thursday evening.
Unfortunately, we got to the park later in the day than we had planned so we decided to do the shorter National Pass trail instead of the longer Wentworth Pass that would have taken us down to the valley bottom and then back up again. Hmm, well, maybe it was fortunate we did the easier trail after all! We only climbed about halfway down to the valley below then followed the trail around the ridge, walked right past the spectacular Wentworth Falls, and then we only had to climb back up half the valley wall, as opposed to the entire thing. The whole circuit took us about three and a half hours, including a lunch break and a snack break by the falls.
Lise has been on several bushwalks in the Blue Mountains and she told us that the National Pass was one of the more beautiful walks. Lucky us! I hope this doesn't mean that the other trails will be future let downs! The views were stunning and the trail itself was in excellent condition. I liked how it was well maintained but it didn't have too much of a manufactured look to it. Plus, it was hilarious to find a trail simply designed for short people! Lise and I had no problem walking beneath some of the overhanging ledges, but poor Rod stoop down trying to clamour through openings only five and a half feet high... or lower! Being six foot four finally has its disadvantages!
In any case, it was as great day trip and I'd recommend this trail. Unless you're very tall. In which case I'd just laugh at you :)
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