Starting from Parkhill Street, Pearce, this circuit walk takes you to the summit of Mount Taylor via the Zig Zag Track, then descends and loops back to the start via various trails. Supposedly named after James Taylor(a squatter), Mount Taylor will reward you with lovely panoramic views of the Brindabella Range and southern Canberra as you make it to the top. Let the Telstra Tower above Black Mountain be your guide on this walk, as it can be seen from almost everywhere in the reserve. There are also plenty of scenic benches for you to sit on and take in the different views of Tuggeranong Valley. By the way, the Aboriginal expression Tuggeranong actually means ‘cold plains’, if you didn’t know. The area tends to be busy on weekends, so try to schedule the walk on a weekday if you want to avoid the crowd. Let us begin by acknowledging the 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.
Turn on to Hindmarsh Drive Offramp then drive for 510 m
Keep left and drive for another 740 m
Turn sharp right onto Eggleston Crescent and drive for another 840 m
Turn right onto MacFarland Crescent and drive for another 1.3 km
Turn right onto Parkhill Street and drive for another 490 m
Turn right and drive for another 6 m
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From Parkhill Street(75 metres north of intersection with Sheehan Street), head along the wide dirt path perpendicular to the road, between houses 34 and 36. Follow the trail until you come to the wooden gate with a “dogs on leash” sign on it, moving parallel to the metal fence line to your right. Pass over/under the gate and veer left, moving past the signpost to your left. Follow the dirt track as it leads you to the summit to continue along Mount Taylor Zig Zag Loop.....
Directions & comments
After another 195 m continue straight, to head along Mt Taylor Zig Zag.
After another 30 m (at the intersection of Mt Taylor Zig Zag & Mount Taylor Zig Zag) continue straight.
Then cross the bridge (about 5 m long)
After another 920 m turn right.
After another 25 m continue straight.
After another 55 m pass the "Mount Taylor" (6 m on your right).
After another 3 m continue straight, to head along Summit Fire Trail.
After another 480 m head up the surface|paved steps (about 25 m long)
After another 10 m head up the surface|paved steps (about 45 m long)
After another 125 m pass a seat (on your left)., has a backrest.
After another 510 m (at the intersection of Mrs Lows Fire Trail & Mt Taylor Hill Climb) turn left, to head along Mrs Lows Fire Trail (a vehicle track).
After another 10 m pass the sign (on your right).
After another 25 m cross the bridge (about 10 m long)
After another 450 m continue straight.
After another 690 m (at the intersection of Mt Taylor Zig Zag & Mount Taylor Zig Zag) turn right, to head along Mt Taylor Zig Zag.
After another 30 m continue straight.
After another 195 m come to the end.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Mount Taylor Zig Zag Loop
1 h 15 min to 2 h
Quality of track
Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Very steep (4/6)
Clearly signposted (2/6)
Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
No experience required (2/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)