Section 3 is a great trek through the magnificent Chewings Ranges. There are two options for walking Section 3: the hard way and the 'easier' way. The hard way involves taking the ‘alternate high route’ which rewards walkers with great views and scenery, but requires some difficult ascents and descents. The standard and easier 'low route' traverses over and through rocky and narrow gorges and creek beds which is not as hard as the high route, but still tough on the feet and ankles ( and not as scenic).
High route offers great views
Some clambering over boulders and narrow gorges involved
Some hard steep ascents and descents
Easy vehicle access to Standley Chasm (2WD)
High route 360 degree views
Trailhead shelter at Jay Creek
Pleasant walking between Fish Hole and Tangentyere Junction
The Jay Creek Trailhead is approx 76km from Alice Springs, half of which is 4WD only. It takes about a couple of hours to get there from Alice Springs via the Tanami Road and the Old Hamilton’s Downs track.
Standley Chasm is about 50km west of Alice Springs and can be accessed by 2WD via the sealed Larapinta Drive. Gates are open between 8am – 5pm. You can leave your vehicle here but you may need to pay a fee to do so. This is a private property. There is a small fee for access to the chasm itself.
Connected Walks & Trails
Alt. High Route
Standley Chasm Walk
Scenic Loop Walk
Rugged terrain close to Standley Chasm
Fish Hole, Jay Creek
Views of Chewings Range
Low route terrain of boulders and creeks
Easy going at eastern end of S3
Junction for High or Low Route
Views from High Route
Superb views of Chewings Range
Close to Standley Chasm
Video Description: Trail Cam video of Section 3 shows snippets of the trail condition and scenery along this section. Has sound. No fancy video work. Filmed and edited as is. Uploaded on Jul, 2010.
Video Description: A Google Earth Flyover along Section 3.This video provides an idea of what the topography and landscape looks like from the air. (Faint orange line is the trail).. Uploaded on Aug, 2010.