Helena Pipehead Walk

1 h to 2 h

5.1 km

↑ 171 m
↓ -171 m

Moderate track
Starting from the end of Helena Valley Road, Gooseberry Hill, this walk takes you on a circuit through Kalamunda National Park via the Helena River Walk. The first part of the hike follows a hardened road before veering off onto a gravel track that takes you over a steel bridge and uphill to beautiful valley views. A short detour at the steel bridge allows you to explore the nearby creek and gauging station, a delightful spot in Winter. After enjoying the views of the river, the trail continues uphill along an old vehicle track through the lush jarrah forest that fills the valley, complete with granite boulders, wildflowers and grass trees. The valley views keep getting better, and as you reach the crest of the hill the Lower Helena Pipehead Dam and its pumping facility come into view. The trail continues alongside the Pipehead Dam then descends close to the river, offering great views across the water, where you may be lucky enough to spot black swans and other bird life. Leaving the river, the trail provides picturesque valley views of Piesse Brook as you climb a moderately steep hill, back up the valley and into wandoo woodlands. The trail eventually levels out to a flat, easy going walk as it returns to the start of the loop. The trail is comfortable and wide, but it can be quite rocky and steep in sections. There are no obvious trail markers or signage so it is important to follow the trail map closely, as it is easy to find yourself on a different trail. With picturesque river and valley views, granite boulders, wildflowers and wandoo woodlands, this is a great Perth trail waiting for you to explore. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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