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One of the most challenging hikes in the Blue Mountains, the Mount Solitary track loops through cool temperate rainforest and tall Eucalyptus forests on its way through some spectacular landscape.
Either done as an overnight hike, or over three days, it is a challenging and remote track that rewards experienced bushwalkers. Starting out at Katoomba Falls, hikers descend the Furber Steps to Federal Pass and follow the relatively easy track towards Ruined Castle.
A 7km hike, this is the stopping point for those tackling the track over three days.
If you are attempting to complete the route in two days, there are basic campsites along the route. Hiking up the Korowal Knife Edge, there are a series of spectacular viewpoints as you head towards Mount Solitary.
After summiting the mountain (950m), begin the descent to the Kedumba River. Beyond the river the trail forks - take the Sublime Point Trail that heads back towards Katoomba.
Skirting the river, and passing by a series of waterfalls, the trail winds its way back up to Katoomba, with a variety of alternative routes available as you near the town. Hiking conditions in the Blue Mountains are variable and have been affected by recent bush fires and heavy rainfall.
Check the NPWS website to confirm conditions before setting out.