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Section 9 is a long walk if you plan to do the whole section in one hit, with a number of rocky and loose ascents and descents, particularly from Waterfall Gorge to the Mt Giles Lookout. It is however, one of the most impressive and scenic sections along the trail. From Mt Giles Lookout onwards there are excellent 360 degree views, particularly impressive views of Mount Giles to the north and Mount Sonder to the west.
Point One of the longest sections on the trail
Point Waterfall Gorge makes a good half way campspot
Point Steep ascent to Lookout from Waterfall Gorge
Point High ground is rocky going, but has excellent views
Point Spectacular 360 views from Mt Giles Lookout
Point Nice campsite at Waterfall Gorge
Point Inarlanga Pass and the cycads
Point Great expansive views of Heavitree Range
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Section 9 Campsites | S9 Trailhead - Serpentine Chalet Dam
Trail Grade Grade 5 Hard:Suitable for experienced walker
Distance (km) 28.6  
Duration (hrs) 12 Comfortable. Allow sightseeing
Terrain Rough Rocky, loose
Gradient Hilly Steep going
Trail Average Trail is reasonably well defined
Water Yes Limited. In tanks only.
Shade Limited Very open country. Little shade
Camping Fees Yes Ormiston Gorge ($10.00 per person)
Campsites Yes S9 Campsites page
Walk Options Yes Overnight - Multiday - Extended
Serpentine Chalet Dam TrailheadPark & Trail InformationCampsite/CampgroundWaterToiletrsNo Campfires
Ormiston Gorge TrailheadPark & Trail InformationCampsite/CampgroundWaterToiletrsGas BBQShelterParkingTables, Chairs and/or Tent PadsShowerRanger StationKioskRubbish BinsFood Storage
Campground Designated (official) campsites set by NT Parks and Wildlife
Unofficial campsites frequently used by walkers
  Name Images Capacity  
Campsite/Campground Serpentine Chalet Dam   5-6 tents* No Campfires
Campsite/Campground Waterfall Gorge   3-4 tents* No Campfires
Unofficial Campsite Mt Giles Lookout   3 tents* No Campfires
Unofficial Campsite Hermits Hideaway   7-8 tents* No Campfires
Campsite/Campground Ormiston Gorge   Open Area No Campfires
    * Average 2 person size tent





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NT Parks Section Fact Sheet and Trail Map External Link
NT Parks Section Fact Sheet and Trail Map External Link
4WD Access Only Getting to Serpentine Chalet Dam Trailhead
The Serpentine Chalet Dam Trailhead is approx 105km west of Alice Springs and can be accessed via the sealed Larapinta & Namatjira Drives. From Namatjira Road to the car park is a 3km 4WD only dirt track. Vehicles cannot access the trailhead directly. There is a locked gate. It is 750m from the car park to the trailhead..
Vehicle Access (2WD, AWD) Getting to Ormiston Gorge Trailhead
The Ormiston Gorge Trailhead is located 135 km west of Alice Springs. Access is via the sealed Larapinta and Namatjira Drives. Easy sealed access by 2WD all the way to the main Ormiston Gorge car park.
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Connected Walks & Trails
Serp. Chalet Dam  
Ormiston Pound Walk  
Ghost Gum Walk  
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Bowman Gap  
Mount Giles  
Section 9 Larapinta Trail
Just before the descent off the high ground at W end. Mt Sonder in the far background.
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Inarlanga Pass
Views near Waterfall Gorge campsite
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Views at Waterfall Gorge Eastern valley end of trail
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Waterfall Gorge below left.
Eastern views from Mt Giles Lookout
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High ground near Tenacity Tree
Western end of Section 9




























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