Along Narrow Neck to Taro’s Ladder

7 hrs

20 km Return

671 m

Moderate track
This walk follows the Glenraphael Drive management trail along Narrow Neck, enjoying plenty of great views of the Jamison Valley and across to Mount Solitary. The climb down Taro’s ladder requires skill, and much care and caution should be used. There are plenty of pleasant spots to rest along the way. As this walk follows the management trail, there are likely to be people on mountain bikes sharing the area.

Maps for the Along Narrow Neck to Taro’s Ladder walk

You can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
Six Foot Track 1:50 000 Map Series Six Foot Track NSW-six-foot-track
Jamison 1:25 000 Map Series 89302N JAMISON NSW-89302N
Katoomba 1:25 000 Map Series 89301S KATOOMBA NSW-89301S
Katoomba 1:100 000 Map Series 8930 KATOOMBA 8930

Cross sectional view of the Along Narrow Neck to Taro’s Ladder bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Along Narrow Neck to Taro’s Ladder

Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.

Length 20 km
Time 7 hrs

Grade 3/6

Moderate track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)

Some more details of this walks Grading

Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk


Around 9km of this walk has short steep hills, whilst the remaining 850m has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track

This whole walk, 10km follows a clear and well formed track or trail.


Around 6km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 4km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required

This whole walk, 10km requires no previous bushwalking experience.


This whole walk, 10km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


Around 7km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 3.1km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Along Narrow Neck to Taro’s Ladder walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Along Narrow Neck to Taro’s Ladder walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Along Narrow Neck to Taro’s Ladder walk starts and ends at the Locked gate (gps: -33.740883, 150.28013)
Your main transport option to Locked gate is by;
Car. There is free parking available.
(get details)

Fire Danger

Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather Forest

This walk starts in the Central Tablelands weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.

Forecast snapshot

Park Information & Alerts



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Gallery images
There are other downloads I am still working on.
You will probably need to login to access these — still all free.
* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)

Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.
Happy walking
Matt :)