Mount Taylor from Kambah, starts from Sulwood Drive, Kambah exploring the woodlands of Mt. Taylor Nature Reserve up to the summit and loops back. The hill, which is believed to get its name from James Taylor (a squatter), has great panoramic views of Canberra and the Brindabella Range. It’s a great way to escape the pace of modern life and slow it down a notch. Feel free to pause and rest as you make your way up, search for raptors and magpies in the sky, and enjoy the relaxing environment with some kangaroos. Don’t forget to bring your own water as there are no facilities provided besides seats. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Getting started From Sulwood Drive(60 metres southeast of the intersection with Mannheim Street), head towards the trail that’s going uphill, the entrance of which is marked by the two “No Parking Emergency Vehicles Only” signs. Leave the car park and join the dirt trail veering right, as it leads you to the signposted metal gate up the hill. Pass through the gap between the grey and brown metal poles, then cross the creek to continue along Mount Taylor Circuit (counterclockwise).....
Directions & comments
Find the car park at the start.
After 100 m head through/around the gate.
Then cross the bridge (about 4 m long)
After another 125 m (at the intersection of Mrs Lows Fire Trail & Sulwood Fire Trail) continue straight, to head along Mrs Lows Fire Trail.
After another 125 m veer left, to head along Mrs Lows Fire Trail.
After another 100 m continue straight.
After another 15 m pass the sign (6 m on your right).
After another 7 m veer left, to head along Mt Taylor Hill Climb.
After another 540 m pass a seat (on your right)., has a backrest.
After another 85 m head up the surface|paved steps (about 40 m long)
After another 15 m head up the surface|paved steps (about 25 m long)
After another 480 m continue straight.
After another 70 m pass a seat (about 20 m ahead).
Turn sharp left.
After another 15 m pass the "Mount Taylor" (6 m on your right).
After another 35 m turn right, to head along Summit Fire Trail.
Then head down the very steep (20% ~ 11.3°) asphalt incline (about 590 m long)
After another 70 m continue straight, to head along Summit Fire Trail.
After another 40 m head down the very steep (20% ~ 11.3°) asphalt incline (about 105 m long)
Then head down the very steep (20% ~ 11.3°) surface|gravel incline (about 8 m long)
At the intersection of North Taylor FT & Summit Fire Trail continue straight, to head along North Taylor FT.
After another 215 m veer left.
After another 190 m (at the intersection of Western Powerlines FT & Old Kambah Fire Trail) turn left, to head along Western Powerlines FT.
After another 640 m (at the intersection of Sulwood Actew Track & Western Powerlines FT) continue straight.
The starting point of an alternate access track. An exit to Colquhoun Street, Kambah if you'd like to finish the walk here. Details below.
After another 90 m turn left, to head along Sulwood Fire Trail.
After another 215 m continue straight, to head along Sulwood Fire Trail.
After another 30 m (at the intersection of Sulwood Actew Track & Sulwood Fire Trail) continue straight.
After another 185 m continue straight.
After another 930 m turn right.
After another 60 m come to the end.
An exit to Colquhoun Street, Kambah if you'd like to finish the walk here.
Directions & comments
After another 65 m continue straight.
After another 105 m come to the end.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Mount Taylor Circuit
1 h 45 min to 2 h 45 min
Quality of track
Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Very steep (4/6)
Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)
Some facilities on route
Seat: There are 2 on route, on average they are 1.7 km apart with the largest gap of 3.4 km.