The 8km Twin Peaks Loop Track in Sydney’s Garigal National Park had Steph wondering if there’d be a plot twist at the end. You’ll have to read on and see.
We acknowledge that this adventure is located on Ku-ring-gai Nation, the traditional Country of the Ku-ring-gai people who have occupied and cared for this land and water for thousands of years. We pay our respects to them as the Traditional Custodians and recognise that sovereignty was never ceded.
- A never-dull hike close to the city
- Accessible opportunities for a bit of bouldering
- Ornate Scribbly gums
Taking on the Twin Peaks Loop Track
What makes David Lynch’s Twin Peaks a cult classic? Contenders include its iconic soundtrack, a modern gothic aesthetic (with psychedelic streaks), and a whodunnit plot with plenty of twists and turns. So, setting out on the Twin Peaks Loop Track last weekend, I was curious to find out the reason for its name. I expected, I guess, a pair of mountaintops.
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Starting at a scraggly siding off Forest Way, a busy main road with no footpath, I took the loop in an anticlockwise direction. This is a part of Garigal National Park I hadn’t yet explored, comprising many trails shared by hikers and mountain bikers. The Twin Peaks loop is definitely mountain bike territory so keep your wits about you!
The sounds and sights of the bush were much as they usually are in Sydney’s northeast, and though there were some inclines as well as sizeable sandstone boulders, I wasn’t sure this hike was going to give me the #mountains photo I wanted for week one of the Unlock Outside challenge.
The path turns and curls tightly to maximise the thrills bikers seek, taking sharp corners at speed. It makes a map of the walk look like the lines on the Scribbly gums along the way.
I was beginning to wonder if the loop track was in fact named for its semblance to the 90s TV series, in which there’s no shortage of plot twists…
…until I hit the final 2km.
In the last 30 minutes of this two-hour walk, the trail emerges from scrub onto two successive summits — Twin Peaks, you might say!
From both these vantage points, there’s a lot to see: several glimpses of the ocean, the domed roof of the Baha’i Temple to the north, and clusters of homes separated by bushland and paddocks. I finally got my mountaintop moment!
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How To Get There
Buses stop frequently along Forest Way, including only 150m from the entrance to the track. This is probably the best option given there’s neither footpath nor parking nearby.
The trailhead is across the highway from the northern exit of the road to Kamoroi Rudolf Steiner School. Follow this AllTrails map for precise location.
Some of the features of the track that cater to mountain bikers make for challenging walking and require some climbing.
Distance / Duration / Elevation Gain
8km circuit / approximately 2 hours / 308m