Going through one of the prettiest campsites near Lithgow, the Deep Pass Trail goes steeply into a valley surrounded by amazing cliffs, and up the other side. Nayook Canyon is a good sidetrip, with beautiful cascading waterfalls that the track climbs around. Let us begin by acknowledging the Wiradjuri people, 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 the car park, this walk heads past the gate and the information signs, and down the management trail. This goes steadily downhill, with occasional steep sections, until reaching the bottom of this valley and a small creek, just before a large clearing. (The management trail in this section is in disrepair. In several sections, the trail has large trees going across the track and it is therefore necessary to climb over these or walk around them.)....
Directions & comments
After 45 m head through the bollard.
After another 860 m turn sharp left.
After another 125 m turn right.
After another 40 m pass the toilet (25 m on your right).
After another 1.2 km head through the bollard.
After another 10 m come to the end.
Directions & comments
After another 40 m turn around.
There is a camp site.
After another 80 m turn around.
After another 75 m turn left, to head along Canyon Walk.
After another 510 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 700 m to the main route.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
The Deep Pass Trail
1 h to 2 h
Quality of track
Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Short steep hills (3/6)
Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Some facilities on route
Camp site: There is one 0 m (plus an extra 35 m along side route) from the start.