Arguably our most stunning short course race. Runners negotiate numerous trails in and around the Wentworth Falls area. The majority of this course is on single trail and includes lots of stairs. Runners are rewarded with some of the most magnificent views of the Blue Mountains NP. Some of the views of the various waterfalls and the iconic Mt. Solitary and truly wonderful.
Runners start at Wilson Park, Wentworth Falls, by running through the Charles Darwin Walk arch and following a mixed dirt and boardwalk trail which hugs Jamison Creek, with a few dry-foot crossings. Several old swimming holes from Edwardian times are passed before the runners cross the creek near Weeping Rock (might get wet feet here) and following an old 4WD track uphill to the bottom of Chester Road, roughly 3.5K in. From there another old 4WD track hugs a fenceline along the back of some houses, then turns right downhill following a powerline. This trail emerges on an old firetrail at the foot of Little Switzerland Drive. Through a gate and downhill to the Round Walk, a rugged footpad which emerges very close to the top of the Wentworth Falls itself.
Down a long flight of steps to National Pass, which crosses the lower reaches of the Wentworth Falls and hugs the cliff as it heads towards the Valley of the Waters. Expect splendid views, rocks and wet feet in equal measure.
The course continues up bush steps past several stunning waterfalls to a junction above Empress Falls, here LONG COURSE goes straight ahead onto Nature track, passing Lilians Bridge (NOT OVER IT), climbing to Edinburgh Castle Rock sign, and along more single trail and stairs to next junction, turning right onto single trail, leading to an old 4WD track which loops back to the Conservation Hut. The SHORT COURSE, at that junction above Empress Falls, turns RIGHT, following the stairs up to the Conservation Hut. From the Conservation Hut, BOTH LONG and SHORT COURSE runners will descend some more stairs, taking first left onto Shortcut Track which runners will follow till they reach a sign pointing right onto, the somewhat rugged Breakfast Point Lookout Track. Follow this track to the lookout then turn left onto Undercliff track. Again expect great views and possibly muddy feet! The track then winds its way back along the cliff face to the Wentworth Falls were runners will return along Darwins Walk to Wilson’s Park, where a BBQ and cool drinks await.