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Blind Gully

Location: A truncated ravine between Blinkwater and Porcupine ravines on the 12 Apostles.

Overview: A reasonably popular scramble route that branches off from the Diagonal path. Somewhat bushy due to a profusion of prickly Climber's Friend bush.
Key Statistics
Grade:  3 ***
Height gain:  675m: from 290m on the Pipe Track to 965m on Echo Valley
Time:  3-4 hrs up, 3 hours from Rontree Estate parking, including tea stop, longer if walking from Kloof Nek

Route Description:

Start up the Diagonal path, and a short way before reaching the big Cave look for a cairn indicating a faint track back towards Blinkwater direction. This meanders across to a saddle overlooking Blinkwater ravine. An overgrown path now heads up next to the watercourse, but a bit higher it is possible to use the watercourse for quite some way in dry weather to avoid the bush. Eventually you are forced back onto the bushy path that continues steeply up into the left hand part of a split gully. At the top an exposed traverse leads out right, then up, and back left to a tea spot below the big blocky top of Blinkwater Needle. Now traverse right (South) below a cliff and up to an ascending traverse path going East with several short rock steps. The proper 'Blind Gully' is a steep rocky scramble quite high up, and after that the track meanders to eventually come out on top near the path to the Back Table.