Saturday, June 10, 2017

The Green Gully Track - 4 day hike.

Oxley Wild Rivers National Park NSW. Australia.

The Oxley Wild Rivers Park is located north of Sydney near the town of Walcha, the section we hiked through was previously used for cattle but was re gazetted as a national park in 1987. After spending four days hiking in the park it escapes me as to why anyone would want to use it for cattle, it must have been a nightmare finding them on the steep mountains and in the gorges.

The hike is controlled by the park authority and is limited to groups of 6. The total distance is 65 kms. and accommodation is in old corrugated iron drovers huts, apart from the first and last nights which are spent at Cedar Creek in Cedar Creek Cottage and Cedar Creek Lodge. The tracks are mainly on park service fire trails apart from day three which is spent wading in Green Gully Creek or finding your way along the banks when the water is too deep. It's a demanding hike, not difficult to find your way but there is no day when you can take it easy. Plenty of steep short climbs and a few really brutal ones on day two and four. The information supplied by the N.P. authority is quite poor, the scale of the map is too large to be useful and the profiles were drawn by someone who has not done the hike. GPS GPX files and profiles can be found on Wikiloc under the name Green Gully Track. Here.

Day 1 profile according to the National Parks map and then according to my Locus app.

Day 2. A 900 metre descent to Green Gully Creek and some spectacular views looking west. The descent is very steep and made more difficult because of lots of small loose stones, I wouldn't like to do it without hiking poles. They saved us numerous times but even so we still had a few tumbles. 

Green Gully Hut was a welcome sight, beautiful location, hot showers and the thought that our toughest day [as per N.P. advice] was behind us. Wrong!!

Every day was tough, day 3 in the creek was the shortest day but it was slow going. Deep pools, slippery rocks and stinging nettles if you chose the bank as an easier option. This post may give the impression that we did not enjoy the hike, nothing could be further from the truth. It was hard, there were times during those four days  when I [we] wished we had not done it but at the end all of us had big smiles on our faces and a feeling of great satisfaction. This was our first multi day hike and we are not what you would call "pro bushwalkers" but we made it and we enjoyed it.

Day four starts with a 600 metre climb over the first three kilometres, we tackled it by dividing it into a lot of very short sections. By this time we were pretty tired but we eventually got to the top of the climb and then started the next section which was still uphill but not vertical. The last 10 kilometres seemed to be never ending but the thought of a cold beer, a glass or two of red and some of Rosa's spaghetti sustained us.

Around 5.00pm. we finally crested the last hill and jogged the last 1.5 kms. to the lodge. Just kidding. We were exhausted but we made it. It was a fantastic experience. Nature provided the final spectacular touches.

I used a Huawei P9 phone for all photos, Blogger unfortunately compresses the images and takes away a lot of the finer detail.

I used the Locus app. to map the hike and create the profiles.

Friday, October 14, 2016

USA hiking 2016

Hiking in Arizona, Utah, Nevada and California.

Three weeks spent hiking through some of the best national parks in south western USA is a nice way to spend your time and discover things that can't be seen from the road. With hiking the more you put in the more you get out. Slow touring at it's very best.

A suggestion from our friends to buy an annual pass for the parks worked very well, good shoes and hiking poles made it a lot more comfortable and made the climbs and descents easier. Coming from sea level it took a few days for us to adjust but the last few hikes at over 10,000ft. weren't a problem.

I want to mention the software we used for all of the hikes, it is an Android app. called Locus, I am not connected with them in any way but want to spread the word. I have upgraded to their pro version, the $9 cost is money well spent. Buying the vector maps from them for the areas we hiked for about 25c. per state and downloading the GPX files for each trail made it easy to see where we were. Many of the trails are well marked but on some of them signs had been vandalised or turned in the wrong direction by that sub species that exists in every country. is a good source of GPX files.

Photos were taken using an iPhone 5 and a Sony a6000 with the kit lenses. My shoes are Oboz Firebrand 2 well worth the money.

Wallace Lake loop, Prescott AZ.

Brins Mesa Soldiers Pass trail Sedona AZ.

 Brins Mesa trail Sedona AZ.

 Devils Bridge trail Sedona AZ.

Devils Bridge Sedona AZ.


Boynton Canyon trail Sedona AZ.

 Boynton Canyon trail.

Petrified Forest N.P. AZ.

Blue Mesa AZ.

Canyon de Chelley AZ.

Cohab Canyon trail Capitol Reef N.P. UT.

 Cohab Canyon trail.

 Bryce Canyon Navajo trail switchbacks UT.

Bryce Canyon Navajo Loop trail.

 Steep and very muddy.

 Sticky stuff.

 Great Basin N.P. NV. Bristlecone trail.

 Great Basin N.P. Terese Lake.

 Sabrina Basin trail. CA.

 Sabrina Basin trail, I still can't believe that view.

 Convict Lake walk, very easy. CA.

 Convict Lake.

Convict Lake.