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Section 8 is great scenic walk with nice viewpoints along the high ground of the trail. Some parts of the section will require steep ascents and descents, but most of these are supported with well constructed rock steps and trail clearing. The views from Counts Point are magnificent. Easy vehicle access to Serpentine Gorge trailhead.
 
Snapshot
Point Steep ascents and descents
Point Easy access to Serpentine Gorge trailhead and car park
Point High ground is rocky going, but has excellent views
Point Rocky ground on high ground. Trail not obvious at times
Highlights
Point Counts Point and surrounding views - Excellent
Point Excellent step construction with slab rock ( on descents)
Point Serpentine Gorge
Point Great expansive views along the high ground
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Section 8 Campsites | S8 Trailhead - Serpentine Gorge
Our Section Star Rating Good
Trail Grade Grade 4 Hard:Suitable for experienced walker
Distance (km) 13.4  
Duration (hrs) 5.5 Comfortable. Allow sightseeing
Terrain Rough Rocky, loose
Gradient Hilly Steep going. Rough track
Trail Average Poor on high ground. Good below.
Water Yes Limited. In tanks only.
Shade Poor Very Limited.
Camping Fees No None
Campsites Yes S8 Campsites page
Walk Options Yes Day - Overnight - Extended
Serpentine Gorge TrailheadTrailhead ShelterWaterPark & Trail InformationCampsite/CampgroundToiletrsShelterParkingTables, Chairs and/or Tent PadsFood StorageNo Campfires
Serpentine Chalet Dam TrailheadPark & Trail InformationCampsite/CampgroundWaterToiletrsNo Campfires
Campground/Camping Serpentine Gorge   7-8 tents* No Campfires
Unofficial Campsite Oxide Flat   3 tents* No Campfires
Unofficial Campsite Counts Point   2 tents* No Campfires
Campground/Camping Serpentine Chalet Dam   5-6 tents* No Campfires
    * Average 2 person size tent
key point Section 8 - Larapinta Trail Map
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NT Parks Section Fact Sheet and Trail Map External Link
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Vehicle Access (2WD, AWD) Getting to Serpentine Gorge Trailhead
The Serpentine Gorge Trailhead is approx 100km west of Alice Springs and can be accessed via the sealed Larapinta & Namatjira Drives. Access from the Namatjira Road to the car park is via a 5km rocky dirt track. The trailhead information board is located at the car park. The trail shelter and campsite is located approx 600m north east of the car park.
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..
Connected Walks & Trails
Serpentine Gorge Lookout Walk  
Arrernte Walk  
Ochre Pits  
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Section 8 Larapinta Trail
Counts Point Junction
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Serpentine Gorge
Eastern end of the high ground
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High ground part of the trail. Looking west. Steep cliff faces on northern face,
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Looking toward Counts Point in the distance
Solid rock steps on western end descent
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Easy part of the descent
Western end of Section 8
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