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Mt Sugarloaf Red Track
Time: 1 Hr Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
4.2 km WNW of West Wallsend
Length: 0.8 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 0.8 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Heaton State Forest
Climb: 43 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 43 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk
Style: Circuit
Track: Moderate

A must do if you’re in the area, this walk travels through particularly attractive forest as it circumnavigates the summit of Mt Sugarloaf. The side trip to the summit of Mt Sugarloaf would best be done first, followed by a leisurely walk along the track. There are many picnic options, either during or at the end of walk. Enjoy the views and attractive forest on this walk. (open in app)


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  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Mt Sugarloaf Red Track

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Mt Sugarloaf Red Track
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Mt Sugarloaf Carpark
Yellow Stone Monument
Int of Summit & Red Track
Int of Summit Track & Fenced Tower
Int of Summit & Red Track
Int of Red & Green Track
Starting point for this hiking track: Mt Sugarloaf Carpark

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

Print a map and track notes here
 Wallsend 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-92323S 
 Newcastle 1:100 000 Map Series 9232 

Photo Gallery

 
Picnic table and pond by the Mt Sugarloaf car park
 
Picnic table and pond by the Mt Sugarloaf car park +
 
Pond at Mt Sugarloaf car park, near Newcastle
 
Pond at Mt Sugarloaf car park, near Newcastle +
 
Information sign and map of Mt Sugarloaf, near Newcastle
 
Information sign and map of Mt Sugarloaf, near Newcastle +

 
Picnic table at Mt Sugarloaf car park, near Newcastle
 
Picnic table at Mt Sugarloaf car park, near Newcastle +
 
Mt Sugarloaf car park, near Newcastle
 
Mt Sugarloaf car park, near Newcastle +
 
Yellow stone monument, near Mt Sugarloaf car park
 
Yellow stone monument, near Mt Sugarloaf car park +

 
Locked gate on the walk to Mt Sugarloaf summit, near Newcastle
 
Locked gate on the walk to Mt Sugarloaf summit, near Newcastle +
 
Track to Mt Sugarloaf summit, near Newscastle
 
Track to Mt Sugarloaf summit, near Newscastle +
 
Red track near the Mt Sugarloaf car park
 
Red track near the Mt Sugarloaf car park +

 
Red track track marker near the Mt Sugarloaf car park
 
Red track track marker near the Mt Sugarloaf car park +
 
Towers on the Mt Sugarloaf summit
 
Towers on the Mt Sugarloaf summit +
 
Red track near the summit of Mt Sugarloaf
 
Red track near the summit of Mt Sugarloaf +

 
Red track through forest near the summit of Mt Sugarloaf
 
Red track through forest near the summit of Mt Sugarloaf +
 
Track marker near the Mt Sugarloaf summit
 
Track marker near the Mt Sugarloaf summit +
 
Red track on Mt Sugarloaf near Newcastle
 
Red track on Mt Sugarloaf near Newcastle +

 
Red track marker near the Mt Sugarloaf summit
 
Red track marker near the Mt Sugarloaf summit +
 
Forest on the red track close to Mt Sugarloaf
 
Forest on the red track close to Mt Sugarloaf +
 
Rocks and forest near the summit of Mt Sugarloaf
 
Rocks and forest near the summit of Mt Sugarloaf +

 
Attractive flowering plants near the summit of Mt Sugarloaf
 
Attractive flowering plants near the summit of Mt Sugarloaf +
 
Forest near the summit of Mt Sugarloaf
 
Forest near the summit of Mt Sugarloaf +
 
Forest near the summit of Mt Sugarloaf
 
Forest near the summit of Mt Sugarloaf +

 
Red track close to the summit of Mt Sugarloaf, near Newcastle
 
Red track close to the summit of Mt Sugarloaf, near Newcastle +
 
Track marker on the red track near the summit of Mt Sugarloaf
 
Track marker on the red track near the summit of Mt Sugarloaf +
 
Track leading to Mt Sugarloaf car park
 
Track leading to Mt Sugarloaf car park +

 
Red track leading to the Mt Sugarloaf car park
 
Red track leading to the Mt Sugarloaf car park +
 
Concrete feature near the Mt Sugarloaf car park
 
Concrete feature near the Mt Sugarloaf car park +
 
Concrete feature near the Mt Sugarloaf car park
 
Concrete feature near the Mt Sugarloaf car park +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Mt Sugarloaf Red Track bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Mt Sugarloaf Red Track bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Mt Sugarloaf Red Track bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Mt Sugarloaf Red Track bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 800m
Time 1 Hr
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
Around 700m of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps, whilst the remaining 100m has short steep hills.

Quality of track
Around 620m of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 180m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
Around 720m of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 80m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 800m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 800m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 720m of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 80m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Drive to Mt Sugarloaf Carpark
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Mount Sugarloaf Car Park Alt = 352 m
Mount Sugarloaf car park is located in West Wallsend (25km west of Newcastle) and offers fabulous views[1] of the surrounding countryside. This car park is the starting point for many walks around Mount Sugarloaf. There is a pond[2], information sign[3] and great views to the east. More info

(0 km) Mt Sugarloaf Carpark to Yellow Stone Monument
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 30 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = 0 m
From the car park[4], this walk follows the road gently downhill out of the car park, while keeping the pond on your left. The road is followed for about 35m, until coming to a four-way intersection[5], with a yellow stone monument[6] (on your right).

(0.03 km) Yellow Stone Monument to Int of Summit & Red Track
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 49 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 14 m Descent = 0 m
Turn left: From the intersection[7] and yellow stone monument[8], this walk follows the road towards a locked gate[9] (with a metal ring fence to its right). The walk follows the road for about 20m then passes around the locked gate. Then the walk follows the road gently uphill[10] (with metal ring fence on the right) for about 35m, until coming to a three-way intersection[11] with a track and timber track marker[12] (on the right).

(0.08 km) Int of Summit & Red Track to Mt Sugarloaf Summit
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - road,footpath
Length = 188 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 30 m Descent = -3 m
Turn left: From the intersection[13], this walk follows the road moderately steeply uphill[14] with the hill on your right. The walk continues for about 90m, until bending right[15] and leveling out at a fenced tower[16] and park bench[17].
Continue straight: From the fenced tower[18], this walk follows the footpath moderately steeply uphill, while keeping the fenced tower on your right. The footpath[19] (with a metal fence[20] either side) is followed up metal[21] and stone[22] steps for about 40m, until coming to Mt Sugarloaf summit[23].
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn left to continue along this walk.)

Mount Sugarloaf Summit Alt = 393 m
Mount Sugarloaf Summit is located in West Wallsend (25km west of Newcastle) and offers fabulous views[24] of the surrounding countryside from a fenced lookout[25]. The summit gives 360-degree views amongst three television transmitters[26] of the coast and mountains. There is a black stone direction table[27] to help you locate landmarks in the surrounding country. Mount Sugarloaf, also known as Great Sugar Loaf, is an extinct volcano. Unusually, on the 18th and 19th of July 1965, the mountain received 10 centimetres (4 in) of snow. It also snowed on the summit in the winter of 1975 [28]. More info

(0.08 km) Int of Summit & Red Track to Int of Red & Green Track
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 622 m Time = 14 mins
Climb = 22 m Descent = -42 m
Continue straight: From the intersection[29], this walk follows the track gently uphill[30], keeping the red timber track marker[31] on your left. The track is followed through forest for about 190m, to find a track[32] and timber red track marker[33] (on the right). The walk continues gently uphill[34] and straight ahead for about 120m, to find large rocks[35]. The track leads gently downhill through these rocks, and after about 300m, comes to a three-way intersection[36] with a track and red timber track marker[37] (on the right).

(0.7 km) Int of Red & Green Track to Mt Sugarloaf Carpark
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 99 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the intersection[38], this walk follows the track gently uphill[39], keeping the valley on your right. This trail continues through forest for about 50m, to find a large open grassed picnic area[40]. The walk continues up this grassed area (crossing over a concrete pad[41]) and after about 60m, comes to the Mt Sugarloaf car park[42].

Drive from Mt Sugarloaf Carpark
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Getting there

Plan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk

Public Transport links currently not working, sorry

Driving Directions
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
From the end of the walk

Drive to:


Near by



Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
East Lake Refrigeration 511 Lake Rd , Argenton (02) 4958 6255 9.8 km
Wallsend Army Disposal Store Cnr Tyrrell & Council Sts, Wallsend (02) 4951 5725 12.1 km
Barbeques Galore 175 High St , Maitland (02) 4933 1323 16.8 km
Big Shanes Mega Camping & Outdoor Store New England Hwy, East Maitland (02) 4934 5416 15.7 km
Big Shanes "Mega" Camping & Outdoor Store Tenant 1, Building B, Chelmsford Centre New England Hwy, East Maitland (02) 4934 5416 15.2 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Mt Sugarloaf Red Track.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Mt Sugarloaf Red Track
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2 VMB4 Auzcom Communications Site 1 Sugarloaf Range Via NEWCASTLE 4 km (to the SW)
6 NEW06 Gencom Site 1 Sugarloaf Range via NEWCASTLE 7 km (to the SSW)
1 CHT01 Our Town Repeater Group 244 Pacific Highway CHARLESTOWN 17 km (to the ESE)
5 CHN05 Our Town Repeater Group 244 Pacific Highway CHARLESTOWN
Emergency use only
17 km (to the ESE)
3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 55 km (to the S)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
Please Note: Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
°C (feels like °)
km/h from the
% humidity     (as at )
Fri      18°A few showers.
Sat11°|17°A few showers.
Sun11°|18°Shower or two.
Mon11°|18°A few showers.
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Heaton State Forest Boardering Watagan national Park, Heaton State forest is home to many great lookouts. There sre many highpoints with cliff edges giving great views across the Hunter valley and Lake Macquarie.
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I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.

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