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Section 5 is definitely one of the most visually spectacular and best sections of the entire Larapinta Trail. The entire section offers great views, particularly between Linear Valley and Hugh Gorge. It is also one of the most difficult sections involving ridgetop walking, steep climbs, clambering over dry river beds and boulders, negotiating waterholes and snaking through thick vegetation and thick river debris in narrow gorge areas.
 
Snapshot
Point One of the best sections of the entire Larapinta Trail
Point Wide variety of walking experiences & challenges
Point A number of steep parts along this section
Point Access to both Trailheads is by high clearance 4WD only
Highlights
Point Excellent views on the high ground around Razorback Ridge
Point Linear Valley is breathtaking
Point Hugh Gorge Junction is a nice campsite
Point Spencer Gorge is rough but beautiful and shady
Related Links
Section 5 Campsites | S5 Trailhead - Birthday Waterhole
Hugh Gorge Access Track | S6 Trailhead - Hugh Gorge
 
Trail Grade Grade 5 V Hard:Fit and experienced walkers
Distance (km) 16  
Duration (hrs) 10 Allow 2 days.
Terrain Rough Rocky, Loose
Gradient Hilly Steep in a number of places
Trail Poor Trail is not well defined in many parts
Water Yes Limited. In tanks only.
Shade Good On lower levels of the trail
Camping Fees No  
Campsites Yes S5 Campsites page
Walk Options Yes Multiday - Extended
Birthday Waterhole TrailheadPark & Trail InformationCampsite/CampgroundWaterParking
Hugh Gorge TrailheadPark & Trail InformationCampsite/CampgroundWaterParking
Campground/Camping Birthday Waterhole   Open Area No Campfires
Campground/Camping Fringe Lily Creek   Open Area No Campfires
Campground/Camping Hugh Gorge Junction   2-3 tents* No Campfires
Campground/Camping Hugh Gorge   9-10 tents* No Campfires
    * Average 2 person size tent
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NT Parks Section Fact Sheet and Trail Map External Link
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4WD Access Only Getting to Birthday Waterhole Trailhead
Alice Springs to Hugh Gorge Access Track Turn Off is approx 56 km west of Alice Springs via Larapinta and Namatjira Dve. Birthday Waterhole is located 14.4km from the T/O along a high clearance 4WD only track
Hugh Gorge Access Webpage
4WD Access Only Getting to Hugh Gorge Trailhead
Alice Springs to Hugh Gorge Access Track Turn Off is approx 56 km west of Alice Springs via Larapinta and Namatjira Dve. Hugh Gorge is located 22.3km from the T/O along a high clearance 4WD only track.
Hugh Gorge Access Webpage
Connected Walks & Trails
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Off Track
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Section 5 Larapinta Trail
Rugged river bed boulders in Hugh Gorge area at the western end of the trail.
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Views from Windy Saddle. Looking East.
Razorback Ridge. Looking West.
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Razorback Ridge.
Linear Valley.
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High country of S5 in the far background
Hugh Gorge
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Rock and boulders of Hugh River
S5 may involve wet crossings
 
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Video: A location sweep of Linear Valley
 
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