It’s a public holiday here in the ACT and with the whole day stretching before us Andrew made the suggestion at breakfast that we explore one of the walking tracks we normally drive past.
We timed it to coincide with Izzy’s nap and head down Long Gully Road to the first entrance for Issacs Ridge.
We quickly moved from the fire trail onto The Spine which is a bi-directional multi-user trail. The trails are marked so specifically as scatter throughout the pine plantation there are a mix of walking, horseback riding and some intense bike trails, including some you can only go one direction on (although anyone wanting to ride up those trails would have to be insane).
Walking The Spine we were treated to lovely views, a small stream and an crashed, abandoned car which appeared to be from the 1950s. It was incredibly surreal to find out there as there are no nearby roads.
We probably should have headed back to the car when The Spine reconnected with the fire trail but it was the same spot where it started going up towards the top as well. We figured either way we’d be heading back towards the car so up it was.
We were treated to some amazing views of the local hills and Brindabellas and there was a flock of black cockatoos along one of the ridge lines. I’d never seen any and to be treated to so many at once was quite an experience.
Izzy woke up at that point so we stop to turn her around before continuing on our way.
All-in-all it was a long and tiring hike but done on such a beautiful day it was perfect. Plus now Andrew has a new spot for mountain biking closer to home.