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The Hugh Gorge Trailhead is the official start point for Section 6 and is located at the southern end of the scenic Hugh Gorge just off the banks of Hugh River. It is the most remote trailhead on the Larapinta Trail. A new trailhead shelter was built in 2015 (image on left). This trailhead is difficult to access by vehicle. Requires high clearance 4WD.
Key Points
Point Approx 78.3 km west of Alice Springs
Point Located at Hugh Gorge, 22.3km from Namatjira Drive
Point Access to Hugh Gorge is via high clearance 4WD track.
Point Vehicle access all year. Weather permitting
Point Rough 4WD track. Campground and parking 350m from trailhead
Related Links
Section 6 Campsites | Section 6 | Hugh Gorge Access
Above Image: The trailhead and watertank at Hugh Gorge
TrailheadPark & Trail InformationCampsite/CampgroundWaterToiletrsShelterParkingTables, Chairs and/or Tent PadsNo Campfires
Trailhead Type INew trailhead shelter built in 2016
Size Med 6-7 open campsite tent pads / 2 undercover
Crowd Factor Low Quiet area
Remoteness 8 Hard to access. Very remote location
Campsites Yes See S6 Campsites page
Fees No .
Shelter Yes .Trailhead shelter
Water Yes 2x tanks
Food Storage Yes Non lockable options only, More info
Parking Yes At 4WD camping area (350m from trailhead)
Vehicle Access Yes High clearance 4WD only. Open all year.
Notable Info Yes Dingoes are very common in this area.
Comments No .
Northern eastern veiws from within the trailhead ( looking toward Hugh Gorge)
Open air tent pad campsite
Toilet at trailhead
4WD Access Only Getting to Hugh Gorge Trailhead
Alice Springs to Hugh Gorge Access Track Turn Off is approx 56 km west of Alice Springs via Larapinta and Namatjira Dve. Hugh Gorge is located 22.3km from the T/O along a high clearance 4WD only track.
See video of this drive.
Hugh Gorge Access Track Webpage
Alternate campsites along river banks
Alternate campsites along river banks

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