Golden Staircase to Mt Solitary via Ruined Castle

8 hrs 45 mins

11.7 km Return

1048 m

Experienced only
With quite significant hills, this is a great walk is for the day-walker looking for something more challenging than the average Katoomba cliff top walk. With fantastic views at Botting’s Lookout, from the top of the Ruined Castle, and especially good views from Mt Solitary, this walk is well worth the time invested.* This walk passes through very remote areas and sections have no visible track. At least one person in your group should have training and experience in off track walking and navigation. Even with these notes and a GPS these extra skills and equipment are required.

Maps for the Golden Staircase to Mt Solitary via Ruined Castle 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 Golden Staircase to Mt Solitary via Ruined Castle bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Golden Staircase to Mt Solitary via Ruined Castle

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 11.7 km
Time 8 hrs 45 mins

Grade 5/6

Experienced only
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep and difficult scrambles (5/6)
Quality of track Rough unclear track (5/6)
Signs No directional signs (5/6)
Experience Required High level of bushwalking experience recommended (5/6)
Weather Forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)
Infrastructure No facilities provided (5/6)

Some more details of this walks Grading

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


2.6km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 2.5km is very steep. Whilst another 590m is very steep with difficult rock scrambles and the remaining 210m has short steep hills.

Quality of track

3.2km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 2.1km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely. The remaining (590m) follows a rough unclear track.


3km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection and another 2.4km has minimal directional signs. Whilst another 210m is clearly signposted and the remaining 200m Has no directional signs.

Experience Required

3km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience and another 2.4km requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience. Whilst another 210m requires no previous bushwalking experience and the remaining 200m requires a leader with a high level of bushwalking experience.


3.2km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation) and another 1.7km is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety. The remaining (930m) is affected by forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather events that may impact on navigation and safety.


3.7km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced) and another 1.7km has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged). Whilst another 210m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) and the remaining 200m has no facilities provided.

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Golden Staircase to Mt Solitary via Ruined Castle walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Golden Staircase to Mt Solitary via Ruined Castle walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Golden Staircase to Mt Solitary via Ruined Castle walk starts and ends at the Golden Stairs Track carpark (gps: -33.734348, 150.28237)
Your main transport option to Golden Stairs Track carpark 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 :)