Hike upto Kings Canyon

Trip Start Sep 21, 2012
Trip End Oct 27, 2012

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Kings Canyon Day 21

It was another early start today we left at 7am heading out to Kings Canyon for the 6km cliff top walk. I was a bit apprehensive about the 1st part of the walk wondering if I would make it up being as unfit as I am.

Nervous I approached the bottom of the cliff ready to walk up it. It was quite steep & a lot of high rocky steps to climb up. Hard for short legs. After 5min walking we took a breather & looked back wow we made it a long way up already. Quick sip of water & we were on our way again. More rocks to climb up over & before we knew it we were on the 1st rest part with a nice chair to look back to the fabulous view of where we had walked up & to our cars now a tiny dot in the distance. Onwards & upwards we bounded a little more worn out but not too bad a condition. 15min we had reached the top puffing & panting but the legs didn’t turn to jelly & I only took my jumper off half way. Yahoo made it this far. We were rewarded with the most spectacular view.

Next part was the hardest for me not because I needed to exert more energy but because it was a thin track with a rock ledge one side of you & a steep drop off the other side. The track was very rocky. It took all my nerves being so scared of heights to move forward. My legs didn’t want to leave stable ground. Once past this point you are once again rewarded with gorgeous rock dome formations of bright red & white coolabah trees.

The next part of the walk was up & down more rocky tracks with one spectacular rock formation after another. Spinifex grass growing out of the red rock blackened tree stumps scattered everywhere making great looking sculptures & contrasting beautifully against the red of the rocks.

We came to the cliff face where you can look straight down to the gorge below. Just watching everyone get close to the edge had me a nervous wreck. I saw the view from a safe distance. It was very picturesque.

In some of the rock surfaces around you can see the ripples of where the water had covered millions of years ago. So interesting to think how much the land has changed over all these years.

We went to another lookout having to cross over a bridge over the canyon floor hundreds of metres below. My legs turned to jelly & didn’t want to walk up the next part of the rocks with such a large drop off below. They definitely didn’t want to leave solid ground. But the view was awesome as far as the eye could see. The spectacular different shaded red cliff faces below.

We walked down more steep steps to the Garden of Eden. A small water catchment with coolabah trees surrounding, ferns & cycads. A very peaceful area & well worth the extra 20mins of walking up & down more steps.

We came across a couple of Spinifex Pigeons when we were heading back just wondering around. They sat still long enough to take some pictures.
The next area we walked, all the large rocks formations look like doomed bee hives. Caused by wind erosions in vertical cracks in the sandstone.

It was one spectacular sight after the next so many wonderful things to take photos of I didn’t know which one to take 1st.

We came to another cliff face with more fantastic views of the gorge below.

Then it was downhill 1km to the car park.

This walk took us 3hrs 45min to complete. We took our time taking in all the sights. Stopped off at one spot for morning tea of fruit & water. Lots of drink stops.

This is so worth the effort of walking up the 1st part with its 500 high steps. After that there were lots of rocks up & down but it wasn’t hard.

We came back & bought some ice creams whilst Jay cooked bacon & eggs for a late breaky or early lunch. Now it's time to relax ready for our next part of our adventure.
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