Jarrahdale Railway Heritage Trail
Directions - Located just outside of the small town of Jarrahdale, from South West Highway, take Jarrahdale Road all the way up the hill to the corner of Nettleton Road. There is a small car park located on the north side of the two roads with a large wooden information board at the trail head. There are new metal signs for the full out plus loop trail that have been installed and these are the best reference.
The Hike - The Jarrahdale Railway Heritage Trail or 1872 Railway Heritage Trail as it's also known as was the second ever trail I did for this website way back in 2014 and has been one that I've been meaning to return to and correct. Originally there was no record of this on TrailsWA (one of the reasons I started the website) and the wooden sign at the trail head suggested it was just a return walk along the railway. Apparently there was a loop section but wasn't well marked so I've always just had this as an out and back.
Work has been done by the Jarrahdale Heritage Society Walks volunteer group to remedy this (big thanks to them), so with 2022 shaping up to be the year of enjoying old favourites and re-shooting some trails to provide much needed updates, let me tell you about a near perfect day where I headed back to Jarrahdale to hike an OG Life of Py trail. With the cold of winter finally setting in and Perth receiving a moderate amount of rainfall so far, I was extremely happy that the hiking season was well and truly underway. With a visit to the Hill Street Walk the week before, spotting a good variety of wildflowers gave me confidence that this would translate to other trails up and down the Darling Scarp. Having a few wildflowers really helps with providing variety in the photo galleries and I was hoping that there would also be some early season fungi finds. Normally I am an early riser so I can get out on the trails and walk a section in the late golden hour settings of early morning but today I had different plans thanks to this being the time of year where the NBA Finals are on. I've previously made a memorable day out of watching the NBA Finals and then taking in a hike with the best one being my visits to Bald Head Walk Trail (although at different times of year thanks to the pandemic).
With the Golden State Warriors facing off against the Boston Celtics in a crucial Game Four for the Warriors, I cooked up mushrooms on avo toast, brewed a few cups of coffee and enjoyed some puppa cuddles as I watched Steph Curry drop 43 points to level up what had been a weird series for both sides. Feeling elated that the Warriors had tied it up and the series would extend to at least six games, Caris came home with sushi for lunch as a little cherry on top. Having packed my hiking gear during ad breaks, I was ready to go after lunch so loaded up the car and drove out to Jarrahdale, ready to give this page a much needed refresh and also experience the loop trail for the first time. Arriving at the corner of Jarrahdale and Nettleton Roads, I was surprised to see only two cars in the car park given the popularity of this trail thanks to its dog friendly status. Waiting for my Garmin to find GPS signal, I was pleased to see the new green boot trail markers, meaning that finding the path off the main railway onto the loop should be much easier. The first little section was familiar territory as I've visited this trail a few times, the most recent one being a clean-up day organised by Tracy from Off the Beaten Track.