Sunday 16 January 2022: Shepherds Track from Ginninderry to Shepherds Lookout – S/E
A morning stroll. Walk the newish Shepherds Track, which goes from The Link, Ginninderry to join the Shepherds Lookout Track. This is a well-made Grade 3 track of 3.4km each way through a variety of vegetation. Lookouts with huge views. Visit Shepherds Lookout with grand views north down the Murrumbidgee River. Visit a number of lookouts on the return trip. Around 7.5km and 180m climb, 2 hours. Drive yourself to meet at The Link, 1 McClymont Way Ginninderry (get there via Drake-Brockman Dr, Pro Hart Ave), at 7.30am. No need to book.
Distance: 7.69km | Climb: 194m | Time: Starting 7.30am 2hrs moving time, plus 30mins of breaks | Grading: S/E; E(5).
Download the gpx file recorded via AllTrails here (activate …, Download Route, Select a file format, OK).
I was last in this area on 1 Jan 22, doing a little recce plus a bit more. Hopefully my confidence will rebuild and I can do eXploratory walks soon!
It was busy in The Link car park at 7.30am this morning. Maybe 16 COG bird watchers and we 8 Canberra Bushwalking Club walkers. Fewer than the 35 on the same BBC trip last Wednesday!
A lovely early morning stroll for CBC members and new guests with fog clearing from the Murrumbidgee River as we walked along through the various vegetation zones. On our outward leg we stopped at the steel lookout.
At the track’s end we took the clockwise short path of the Shepherds Lookout Loop to the Lookout. As always, spectacular views down the Murrumbidgee River, quite swollen today.
On the return leg, we stopped first at the lookout down a short spur, then at the grand old tree lookout.
The fourth lookout on this Track is on the lower loop. There are two nearby blocks of stone for seats and views over the Murrumbidgee River valley to the northern Brindabellas (ignore the power lines).
An easy little trip. Everyone should walk this great Track.
Back at The Link we popped round the back of the building and up the steps to the pond.
The best track map is available via AllTrails. But here it is.
8 wakers – Lisa B, Julie D, Thushara De Z, Gavin F, Toni L-H, Adrian and Evelyn W, me.