Location: Spring Road, Kalamunda
Distance: About 6km-7km
Fitness levels: Most of the trail is easy to moderate. The incline – moderate to hard.
Difficulty: Flat trail with a few hilly sections and challenging incline.
The weather was insanely perfect on this day. And well, it was my birthday! The blues, greens and whites had a real quietness and simplicity to it. I felt the colours were symbolic in this season of my life and what I feel is to come. The past is gone and I have a new fresh canvas to paint on. I’m not rushing ahead, I want to enjoy this season and the rejuvenating calm vibes that are right now.
If there’s one piece of wisdom I could pass on to anyone in their twenties, it’s this:
Don’t rush your life.
This is one of my favourite trails in Perth and I probably say that about most trails. I’d ventured out here a year before but this time I found a different spot to explore. In spring, it’s incredibly beautiful. I had to go back as much as possible before summer arrived. The creeks were flowing, the layers of green bursting from every direction and dashes of colour from spring bloom gives this place a heavenly feel. There are little creeks and tiny water features all along. Keep your eyes peeled as you will discover many hidden jewels here.
I park at the end of Spring Road, Kalamunda. Starting at the end of the street, you want to head right in land (not back the way you came). I’ve attached the map which shows blue indicating the creek. The trail follows along side the creek until you hit Schnipp Road (dirt road). You can turn left or right – and we’ll do both in this piece.
Turn left for Rocky Pool
Turning left, about a five minute walk, you’ll arrive at Rocky Pool. In spring it’s full of water but when we returned for a group hike it was dry as a piece of toast without butter! Dam! When the waters flowing you can swim in the natural pool. If you wonder down the bottom and walk along, there’s some cool places to sit and put your legs in. It’s shallow, cool and relaxing.
Let’s go back
Heading back the way you came, the wide path passes by multiple little creeks. I love looking out into the valleys. You’re not quite up high yet but you can see the first part of trail below. Now, I’m not too sure of the official end of this loop. I found this incline that leads back to the start. I went this way once and it became a ritual. I love how challenging it is – sometimes while I’m doing I feel like I’m dying but it’s always the best feeling afterwards. There’s no official sign so you have to keep an eye out for it. It’s a left turn – a wide opening, quite steep and rocky.
Along the trail
The peak of the incline
My favourite spot at the top of the incline makes the challenge that much more worth it. A barren tree over hangs a rocky path. It’s bare branches, casting a beautiful shape against the blue sky. Surrounding us, vegetation of all sorts bursting with life. We now know the rocky path as a bike trail due to a bike rider flying over the hills and coming to fast a hault. He warned us that we are standing on a bike trail! He also let us know there were high up views if we followed the trail upwards. And he was right – open views of the hillside where we got this funny group shot a few weeks later.
There are many trails in this area and I’ve wondered off, always finding my way back. If you keep a sense of direction, the trails should lead back to known territory.
I admit, I didn’t really want to share this trail with anyone when I first came across it. I wanted to hog it all to myself. Funny enough, it’s the spot I’ve taken the most people too. It’s also quite popular for riders and locals. This place teaches you to look deeper and to see the smaller details as part of the bigger picture. It’s a reminder not to overlook the processes and different seasons of life as they add to the entire journey. I hope you feel the solitude and richness I feel from this place.