Blacks Ladders - Esgate Pass on Elphinstone Plateau - 26 November 2014

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Party - Bob, Dave

Bob and myself had set off to do this walk on a few other occasions - but had been thwarted by bad weather. So it was good to finaly complete it! This walk lies just below the cliffs of the Radiata Plateau at Katoomba. The plateau is subject to development proposals which will threaten the bushland. Part of the plateau has some radiata pines, but a lot it good native bushland. There are some rare plants also - such as the Pherosphaera fitzgeraldii — the Dwarf Mountain Pine found in some of the gullies. The conservation proposal also suggests changing the name of the plateau to Elphinstone Plateau in honour of Charles Elphinstone - an early conservationist.

Above - Prostrate Persoonia (Persoonia chamaepitys) also known as Mountain Geebung

Above - On the cliffs above Blacks Ladders

Above - Bob at the pass

Above - Bob reading the logbook at Blacks Ladders

Above - after the ladders, it is a fairly long walk around the base of the cliffs to Esgate Pass

Above - we saw lots of rock climbs along the way

Above - Bob on the chains at Esgate Pass

We had lunch at the top of the pass and then walked back along the plateau back to the car. Along the way - was a short detour to a nice lookout.

Above - Boars Head, Narrow Neck and Mt Solitary

Above - Looking towards Nellies Glen

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