Location: Falls Rd, Lesmurdie
Distance: 1.5km return
Trail Marker: Orange Triangle with boot markers
Duration: 1 - 2 hours
Cost: $0, free entry
Toilet Facilities: Yes, at start/finish
Dog Friendly: No
Date Hiked: 17th October 2018
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.
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 along the paved winding path to the bridge that crosses Lesmurdie Brook.