Black Hill Summit Hike, Black Hill Conservation Park

Black Hill Summit Hike, Black Hill Conservation Park

South Australia
October 2018
Distance: 4.2km (2.6 miles)

I loved, LOVED my hike this morning.

Last week I attempted this walk and was so disappointed when I had to turn around and head back. I’d left it until late on a Sunday but was determined to get out and have one last bit of fun before my weekend was up. It was quite a warm, sunny day and I’d nearly stepped on about 4 lizards sunning themselves on the rocky path. I realised it was probably only a matter of time until it was a snake I would be coming across – the trail was very narrow, steep and overgrown. I didn’t want to risk it – I was by myself. There’s always another day.

So today, at the end of 4 days of being sick with a cold, I woke up bright and sprightly and hit the trail again.

I think the stars aligned for me 🙂 The weather was fantastic and I felt great.

Black Hill Summit Hike 2
Can you tell how happy I am to be up here?

I did it anti-clockwise again, because at least I would be familiar with half of the track (and if you’ve read my other posts you’ll know how easily I manage to get on the wrong track).

The trail up was steep and rocky.  I really had to concentrate and remind myself to do one thing at a time. Stop first, then get your phone Sarina. Stop first, then have a drink. Stop first, then you can gawk at the view 🙂 It wouldn’t take much to step back off a rock and be tumbling straight down…

Black Hill Summit Hike
Heading up – harnessing my inner mountain-goat

There’s a cairn about halfway around, so I took the obligatory photo of myself but chose not to add to the stack. National Parks SA have asked visitors of parks to refrain from moving rocks of any sort within the parks in order to protect the flora and fauna.

Black Hill Summit Hike 3
One of the many beautiful views from the trail. This was nearly at the highest point.

Everything was exciting about this trail. The views, the valleys, the hills, the trees, the rocks, the nature of the trail itself. I hardly came across anyone and really felt like I could just enjoy myself and take it all in. It was such a joy.

Black Hill Summit Hike 4
Starting to head back down again.

And I’m pleased to say I didn’t take any wrong turns.

I think for the first time ever I’m going to be disappointed when summer hits. Either my hiking will have to go on the back-burner for a while, or I’ll have to be up at the crack of down to beat the heat, sunburn and snakes.

You can read about the Ambers Gully Hike, which is also in this park here.

If you’re a local Adelaidian and love a good bushwalk, I’d be putting this one on my list for sure.

Sarina

 

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