Heysen Trail

The Heysen 63: Detours

Tuesday, November 08, 2016 – 21 km

In accordance with the highly questionable ‘maybe the Friends have an agreement with the Crawford Forest Reserve since the Scotts closure isn’t noted on the Heysen website’ reasoning, I decided to complete the 2-3 km forest walk this morning. I must not have been very convinced of my reasoning, because I kept expecting that someone would pop out of nowhere and issue me a fine. The only sign of fire damage was one distant ruined area.

The route met a fence that it followed to a road. Due to fire damage in the forest reserve, a big road detour consumed most of the rest of the day.


A white horse with a strangely cut yellow mane reminded me of Donald Trump. I checked the date – November 8th in Australia, so tomorrow is American election day.

At the end of the detour was a cemetery, the only remnants of a town called Chain of Ponds. In the 1970s it was forcibly purchased by the government to protect the water quality of the Millbrook Reservoir, which supplies drinking water to Adelaide.


Passing Cudlee Creek, the HT continued south between beautiful properties. At one point the trail reached a gate beside a stile that led over the fence beside the road. Don’t use the stile – it must be for the landowners, since if you leave the road, a dodgy crossing of a barbed wire fence on a crumbling slope is required. And if you continue along the crumbling slope after that fence, you reach an electric fence, so yeah. Don’t do it.


Grandpas Campsite is pretty and has a sweet backstory described in a comment on the Friends’ website. Fabulous fire area, flat tentsites in the back and a curious shelter that looks like a treehouse fallen from its tree. The shelter is big enough to sleep in, but there’s bird poop on the floor so I’m tenting.


By Krista/Bane

Thru-hiker, LASHer and packrafter from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Enjoys walking slowly, seeking out ice cream whenever possible, and just generally being uninspirational.

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