Golden Staircase to Mt Solitary via Ruined Castle
  • Length: 11.7km

  • Duration: 8 hrs 45 mins

  • Grade: 5

  • Style: Return

  • Start: Narrow Neck Plateau Trail, Blue Mountains National Park

  • End: W7f Sublime Point Trail, Blue Mountains National Park

  • Location: Blue Mountains National Park

  • Closest Town: Katoomba

  • Distance from CBD: 108 km

  • State: NSW

  • Latitude: -33.73434823

  • Longitude: 150.282365

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Golden Staircase to Mount Solitary via Ruined Castle is a 11.7km, grade 5 return hike, located in Blue Mountains National Park, New South Wales. The hike should take approximately 8 hrs 45 mins to complete.

Hike Summary

With quite significant hills this is a great walk is for the day-walker looking for something more challenging than the average Katoomba cliff top walk. With fantastic views at Botting's Lookout from the top of the Ruined Castle and especially good views from Mount Solitary this walk is well worth the time invested.

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