Mount Hayfield walk description
The walk takes you to sections of Second Valley Forest and Mount Hayfield.
The walk starts at Ingalalla Waterfall car park. It is a strenous walk, ondulating, following the track downhill and steeply uphill. The navigation is difficult without the map or GPS track as it is not marked and it has numerous tracks.
From the car park walk down the creek and head north along the the forest boundary. Soon after the start of the walk, you climb two steep hills. At the top of the second hill you reach a small flat area.
Cross the fence first on right of the track, onto the road the turn left. After passing the “Douglas “gate, cross the fence to the left of the gate. After 2 km descend towards the culvert over Blackfellow Creek. Crossing the culvert uphill onto the ridge, continue to west towards the pine forest. At a T junction, take the fire track on the left and after 50 m drop into the creek following the creek on the right bank. Where the forest edge turns south follow the track uphill along the ridge. The logging of the forest changes the topography of the area. Following the track between pines and native forest on until creek is crossed with a small waterfall on the left. At gate 20 re-enter the forest, near Mount Hayfield Trig. At Mount Hayfield trig we notice a colony of ladybugs.
From Mount Hayfield trig turn right and follow fence along road. At gate 19 look for left fork, go left and folow the track downhill. Take the right track , after 200 m turn right across the creek then turn left with the creek on left side. At the creek junction cross the creek and take the forest track right uphill.
At top of the hill pass the track coming in from left side and continue 125 m to track on left heading south. Continue to forest boundary and follow the creek until reaching the car park.
The walk is described in the book PUSH THE BUSH from Friends of Heysen Trail and is walk number 10. Also in the book a detailed map is provided. Alternatively, you can download the track from https://www.mapmywalk.com/
Distance was 19.25 km
Time of the walk was 6 hours and 30 minutes including breaks.
Total ascent was 642 meters.
Track is ondulating . Has a climb of grade 4 difficulty at 0.5 km in route for a distace of 2.22 km with and average grade of 6. 2 % and 2 climbs of grade 5 difficulty. First at at 4.33 km for a distance of 2 km and average grade 5%. The second at 7.96 km for a distance of 5.34 km with and avergae grade of 1.7%.
How to get to Ingalalla Waterfall car park
From Adelaide take Main South road to Yankalilla and then follow the main road to Normanville. Turn sharp left, into Hay Flat road and proceed 10 km to Ingalalla Waterfall gate in forest on the right in car park. Hay Flat road is unpaved.
Attractions on the way
Lilla’s Cafe at Yankallila
Smiling Samoyed Brewery at Myponga
Nan Hai Pu Tuo Temple, Buddhist Temple in Sellicks Hill wih the giant Buddha Statue