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This meandering walking trail from Crafers to Mount Lofty summit was reopened by Adelaide Hills Council in February 2015.
In February 2016 the trail network was expanded, with a new walking and cycling trail constructed through Cleland Conservation Park linking existing fire tracks. This link trail means that walkers can now walk from Crafers to Mt Lofty with no road walking - as they follow the meandering trail through Cleland Conservation Park. The trail is a shared use trail with cyclists (rated as an Easy Ride). The State Government worked with Adelaide Hills Council to formalise the link trail, which included 700 metres of new trail and the resurfacing of 800 metres of existing trail.
This trail is an alternative to the popular and steep Waterfall Gully-Mt Lofty trail. The 4.5km trail starts on Main St, Crafers, before heading to Mt Lofty House and the Mt Lofty summit. It only rises 140m compared with 400m for the popular Waterfall Gully track.
The Crafers to Mount Lofty Trail starts in Crafers, the village once made infamous by bushrangers and tiersmen who frequented the Sawyer's Arms, one of the state's first pubs. It meanders through the eucalypt forest of Cleland Conservation Park, ending at the popular Mount Lofty Summit lookout.
A series of three walking trails starting in Crafers, meandering along quiet country lanes and reserves.
Each trail is well marked with colour-coded trail markers. All three trails begin at the trailhead in Main Street, Crafers, by the roundabout near the freeway exit. It is possible to begin in Stirling and hike all the way to Mt Lofty summit.
GPX file courtesy of Walking SA. File may not contain elevation data and may only represent half the length on return hikes.
About the region
Cleland Conservation Park is a protected area located in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia about 22 kilometres south-east of the Adelaide city centre.
Max elevation: 647 m
Min elevation: 542 m
Total climbing: 177 m
Total descent: -88 m
For more information on this hiking trail, please visit Walking SA