Long Trail (Ku-ring-gai Chase NP)

One of the longer firetrails in the area, but also one of the nicer ones that has views along the way and a stunning lookout over Cowan Creek at the end.

Branching off the Perimeter Trail near its western end in Duffys Forest, the Long Trail is popular with mountain bikers – but is also a very pleasant bushwalking track.

It’s generally fairly sandy and flat, with the occasional rocky section, as it heads north along the ridge.

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Unmarked and a little off the track, a broad rock platform features some Aboriginal engravings, including two shields and what seems to be a wallaby or kangaroo.

Around the middle of the track is another huge open section of sandstone, which slopes steeply downhill and has the appearance of a series of rock waves. From here there are sweeping views to the west, toward Mt Ku-ring-gai and down to Cowan Creek.

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The next section has some nice sandstone rock formations and overhangs, which are especially nice in the late afternoon sun.

A last, short uphill section leads to “Peach Trees” (I can’t find any reference as to how it got this name), from where there are spectacular views across to Cowan Creek from the rocky outcrop.

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Looking north-east down Cowan Creek, you can see almost as far as the point where the “creek” reaches the Hawkesbury River.

On the way back, the top of one of the rock outcrops provides the perfect vantage point to catch the sun setting over the distant ridge.

 0.0km Perimeter Trail starts at end of Booligal Road (Terrey Hills)
 0.8km Turn onto with Long Trail
 1.8km Junction with Cowan Track
 5.2km Peach Trees (lookout) and end of trail
10.4km End of Perimeter Trail
Location End of Booligal Road, Terrey Hills. Limited parking available.
Distance 10.4km return
Grade Easy.  210m total elevation gain.
Season/s All year.
Map/s Interactive topographical map [AllTrails]
9130-4S Hornsby (1:25K)  Buy / Download
GPS Route Gaia GPS map with option to download GPX / KML file

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