Walking Along Mount Sonders Ridge
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Section 12 is an uphill walk the whole way to Mt Sonder. Expect a good physical workout even during the descent off the mountain. The trail is a rocky, loose and occasionally a disappearing track (from the Saddle onwards). The views from the summit are superb and well worth the effort of the climb. No camping at the Mount Sonder summit.
 
Snapshot
Point Uphill climb the whole way
Point No Camping on Mount Sonder
Point One of the Larapinta Trails best hikes
Point Very little shade the whole way
Highlights
Point Mount Sonder summit
Point Exceptional 360 degree views most of the way up/down
Point Redbank Gorge ( especially when the waterhole is full)
Point Excellent way to start the End2End
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Section 12 Campsites | S12 Trailhead - Redbank Gorge
Our Section Star Rating Excellent
Trail Grade Grade 4 Hard:Fit & experienced walkers only
Distance (km) 15.8  
Duration (hrs) 6 Comfortable. Allow Sightseeing
Terrain Rough Very Rocky, Loose.
Gradient Uphill Uphill. Steep in some places.
Trail Poor Poorly defined.
Water Yes Limited. In tanks only.
Shade V Limited Very open country. High UV
Camping Fees Yes Redbank Gorge ($5.00 per person)
Campsites Yes S12 Campsites page
Walk Options Yes Day
Redbank Car Park TrailheadPark & Trail InformationParkingShelterToiletrsTables, Chairs and/or Tent PadsNo Campfires
Redbank Campsite Campsite/CampgroundWaterNo Campfires
Campsite/Campground Redbank Campsite   Open Area No Campfires
    * Average 2 person size tent
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Vehicle Access (2WD, AWD) Getting to Redbank Gorge Trailhead
The Redbank Gorge Trailhead is approx 156km west of Alice Springs and can be accessed via the sealed Larapinta & Namatjira Drives to the Redbank Gorge track turn off. From the T/O to the Redbank Gorge Day Use Area is a slightly rough 5km gravel track suitable for AWD/4WD vehicles only.
 
Connected Walks & Trails
Redbank Gorge Walk  
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Views from Mount Sonder
Redbank Gorge
Near Redbank Gorge
Rocky terrain along S12
Great cliff edge views along the whole way
Excellent 360 views most of the way up
Half way up looking back toward Redbank Gorge
Narrow rocky passes
Half way views
At the summit
Summit views
Cairn at the summit
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