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Ridge Trail loop
Time: 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
3.5 km NW of Kincumber
Length: 1 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 1 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Climb: 48 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 48 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

The Ridge Trail loop is a short walk starting from Honeman's Picnic Area and follows the signposted Ridge Trail until finding Split Rock management trail. Here, you turn sharply right to head back to the picnic area along this wider trail. There are limited views along this walk, but it still makes for a nice stroll through the bush. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Ridge Trail loop

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Ridge Trail loop
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Mudbrick building car park
Start of Ridge trail
Int of Ridge trail and split rock management trail
Honeman's Rock
Starting point for this hiking track: Mudbrick building car park

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
 Gosford 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91312S 
 Gosford 1:100 000 Map Series 9131 

Photo Gallery

 
Honeman Rock Picnic Area
 
Honeman Rock Picnic Area +
 
Mud brick building 'kiosk'
 
Mud brick building 'kiosk' +
 
Walking down the road from the mud brick building
 
Walking down the road from the mud brick building +

 
Walking up to the Ridge Trail track head
 
Walking up to the Ridge Trail track head +
 
Ridge Trail track head
 
Ridge Trail track head +
 
Sign at the top of the Ridge Trail
 
Sign at the top of the Ridge Trail +

 
Near the top of the Ridge trail
 
Near the top of the Ridge trail +
 
Crossing a rock platform
 
Crossing a rock platform +
 
Walking among the trees at the top of the ridge
 
Walking among the trees at the top of the ridge +

 
Flat section along the top of the ridge
 
Flat section along the top of the ridge +
 
Generally a clear track
 
Generally a clear track +
 
Lovely forest of Ferns and gums
 
Lovely forest of Ferns and gums +

 
Rocky section of track on the Ridge Trail
 
Rocky section of track on the Ridge Trail +
 
Int of Ridge trail and split rock management trail
 
Int of Ridge trail and split rock management trail +
 
Walking along split rock management trail
 
Walking along split rock management trail +

 
Uphill on the split rock management trail
 
Uphill on the split rock management trail +
 
Walking along the trail
 
Walking along the trail +
 
Boulders near the start of split rock trail
 
Boulders near the start of split rock trail +

 
Gate and rock at the start of split rock trail
 
Gate and rock at the start of split rock trail +
 
Rock platform at the start of split rock trail
 
Rock platform at the start of split rock trail +
 
Crossing the Rd new Honeman's Rock
 
Crossing the Rd new Honeman's Rock +

 
Honeman's Rock
 
Honeman's Rock +
 
Honeman's Rock
 
Honeman's Rock +
 
Looking across Honeman's Rock to the Mud Brick Building
 
Looking across Honeman's Rock to the Mud Brick Building +

 
looking up to the mud brick building
 
looking up to the mud brick building +
 
View from the Mud Brick Building
 
View from the Mud Brick Building +
 
looking along Honeman's Rock
 
looking along Honeman's Rock +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Ridge Trail loop bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Ridge Trail loop bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Ridge Trail loop bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Ridge Trail loop 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 960m
Time 30 mins
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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 Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
*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
500m of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 410m has short steep hills. The remaining (55m) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
500m of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 410m follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. The remaining (55m) follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
Around 850m of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 120m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 960m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 960m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
This whole walk, 960m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Drive to Mudbrick building car park
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|

Honeman's Rock picnic area Alt = 171 m
Honeman's Rock picnic area is a large picnic area at the top end of Island View Drive. This picnic area has a couple of large grassy areas[1], composting toilets[2], free electric BBQs[3], picnic tables[4], shelters, garbage bins[5], drinking water[6] and information signs[7]. The picnic area is home to a mud brick building[8] (available for hire) and Honeman's Rock[9], from which the area derives its name. There is a fair amount of parking available next the picnic area, and some extra spaces a few hundred meters down the road.

Mud Brick Building Alt = 170 m
The mud brick building is a landmark in the main picnic area at Kincumber Mountain, and is a popular spot to gather. Also known as 'Kincumber Mountain Information Centre', 'The Kiosk', 'Kincumber Kiosk' and 'Kincumber Mountain Kiosk', the building was constructed in 1986 with funding from Community Employment Programme[10]. The building is generally locked but can be booked through the local Lions Club[11] for special events. The building has a rain water tank, small kitchen and one main large room. The verandah also provides good shelter.

(0 km) Mudbrick building car park to Start of Ridge trail
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - road
Length = 56 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -3 m
From the car park next to the mud brick building, this walk heads downhill beside the road against the flow of traffic. The road bends left and comes to a 'T' intersection, where this walk turns left and heads up the road (past the 'No Entry' road sign[12]) for about 20m, coming to the intersection with the signposted 'Ridge Trail'[13] (on the right).

(0.06 km) Start of Ridge trail to Int of Ridge trail and split rock management trail
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 407 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -41 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Ridge Trail 1500m' sign[14] away from the road and picnic area. The track soon leads over a rock platform and down the steps. The track then follows the ridge, passing close to a management trail (on the right) a couple of times and down a series of timber steps. The track leads down through some rocks and, just after this, comes to an intersection at the end of the management trail in a sandy clearing.

(0.46 km) Int of Ridge trail and split rock management trail to Honeman's Rock
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 438 m Time = 10 mins
Climb = 37 m Descent = -4 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail north, gently downhill (keeping the Ridge Track on the right). The walk enjoys some filtered views to the left before starting to climb gently up the hill and passing very close to the Ridge Track a couple of times (on the right). The trail soon comes to and passes some large split rock boulders then rounds a locked gate. From here, the walk heads up the hill then crosses the road and rounds another locked gate, coming to the southern end of Honeman's Rock (with the mud brick building up the hill to the right).

Honeman's Rock Alt = 163 m
Honeman's Rock (aka Honeyman's Rock) is a large rock outcrop in front of the mud brick building, in the Honeman's Rock Picnic area. The exposed section of rock is 60m long and about 30m wide, with the western side having a significant unfenced drop. The rock is named after Cecil Lyle Honeman who became a lease holder on the mountain in 1962[15]. The rock has a large depression that once filled with water, and a drain has been dug to keep the pool empty and clear of rubbish.

(0.9 km) Honeman's Rock to Mudbrick building car park
Walk: Easy - openland
Length = 61 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = 0 m
Turn right: From Honeman's rock, this walk heads up the hill over the grassy clearing to the front of the mud brick building and the car park on the right.

Drive from Mudbrick building car park
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

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From the end of the walk

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Near by



Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Boots Great Outdoors 201 The Entrance Rd , Erina (02) 4367 0396 2.5 km
Mannings Sports 172 Mann St , Gosford (02) 4325 1617 6 km
Camping World Shop 18, 482 Pacific Hwy, Wyoming (02) 4324 6515 6.9 km
BCF Australia Pty Ltd 354 Manns Rd , Gosford West (02) 4322 5833 7.4 km
Kangaroo Tent City & BBQs Homemakers Supa Centre Cnr Wyong Rd & Bryant Drv , Tuggerah (02) 4353 4335 16.6 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Ridge Trail loop.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Ridge Trail loop
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8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 9 km (to the WNW)
3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 11 km (to the NE)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 29 km (to the SW)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
41 km (to the SW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 58 km (to the SW)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Greater Sydney Region fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place.
(Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is LOW MODERATE, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 2 years ago)
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 )
Wed      30°Showers. Likely storm developing.
Thu19°|26°Possible shower.
Fri18°|31°Partly cloudy.
Sat17°|25°Possible late shower.
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

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