Waterfall Gully to Mt Lofty Summit
  • Length: 8km

  • Duration: 3hrs

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: One way

  • Start: 170 Waterfall Gully Rd, Waterfall Gully

  • End: Heysen Trail, Cleland

  • Location: Cleland Conservation Park

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  • Distance from CBD: 11.0 km

  • State: SA

  • Latitude: -34.96924597

  • Longitude: 138.680055

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Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty Summit is an 8km, grade 4 one way hike located in Cleland Conservation Park South Australia. The hike should take approximately 2-3hrs to complete.

Hike Summary

This hike provides an alternative route to Mount Lofty Summit from Waterfall Gully. The trail leaves the main Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty trail between First and Second Falls and rejoins just below the Youth Hostel. Much of the trail is on wide fire track, so can be suitable for large groups. Some sections are steep. Higher up enjoy the forests as the fire track follows the ridges up Chinamans Hut Track.

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.

Getting there

On a busy weekend, car parking at Waterfall Gully can be limited.


Starting hiking from Mount Lofty instead of Waterfall Gully can be a good way to use the downhill as a warm up, to super charge your up-hill efforts.

GPX file courtesy of Walking SA. File may not contain elevation data and may only represent half the length on return hikes.

GPX File

Total distance: 6969 m
Max elevation: 713 m
Min elevation: 237 m
Total climbing: 405 m
Total descent: -56 m
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For more information on this hiking trail, please visit Walking SA

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