Location: Falls Rd, Lesmurdie
Distance: 1.5km return
Trail Marker: Orange Triangle with boot markers
Duration: 1 - 2 hours
Cost: $0, free entry
Date Hiked: 17th October 2018
Kml Map File: Please click here.
The 1.5km Shoulder Trail provides walkers with a trail-side view of the lower face of Lesmurdie Falls as well as panoramic views across the coastal plain. This short but moderately easy trail ascends out to the shoulder of the Darling Scarp on pavers before entering native bushland.
The trail winds past a prominent dolerite dyke of dark rocks and a grove of distinctive quondongs.
As we have explored the shoulder many times via the Valley Loop Trail, we did it again this time purely to take pics for the blog. The trails starts part way down the path to the top of the Falls. An orange trailhead directs walkers across a paved bridge over Lesmurdie Brook, out to the shoulder.
Unfortunately as it was late afternoon the sun was in the worse position as we were heading out to the shoulder so my photo's are not the best but gives you an idea of the terrain your walking in.
The trail takes walkers past some pretty beautiful granite outcrops which all make a perfect location to sit and watch the sun setting over the city.
The terrain does become quite uneven at times but nothing too strenuous. We actually had the moon rise super early this particular day. You can see it above Sophie's head in the bottom right pic.
The man-made rock seat marks Shoulder lookout and provides a trail-side view of the lower face of Lesmurdie Falls.
From here walkers retrace their steps back to the bridge.
Back along the paved winding path to the bridge that crosses Lesmurdie Brook.
Hopefully this post inspires you to visit and if so, we would love to hear your thoughts on the trail. Please feel free to tag us in your adventures.
We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we walk, the traditional lands of the Whadjuk people & wish to acknowledge them as traditional owners paying respects to their Elders, past & present, and Elders from other communities who may be here today.