Maps / Navigational Aids
The Kattamorda Heritage Trail is on forested land managed by DBCA and the trail passes through three local government areas. The southwestern edge of the trail is within the City of Gosnells and the northeastern section is within the Shire of Mundaring, with the majority in the City of Kalamunda boundaries. The Kattamorda trail connects with no less than 11 designated trails.
The trail is assessed as Class 3. There are numerous road crossings that allow you to leave the trail without being committed to the entire thing at once. Given the trail is in the process of being posted for remarking, it remains true that directional signage is limited at this time.
As of May 2020, the entire Kattamorda Heritage Trail has been cleared of significant overgrowth, but has not been remarked. Although original markers remain, they are often difficult to follow, as the trees have grown much in 30 years - markers are quite high now and faded. A few have fallen from the trees. Other trees have deformed the markers over the years. Since the early 1990s, many new fire trails have been put in to our forests. And many new unsanctioned tracks have been formed by various trail users. These all make navigation challenging for the time being.
To successfully navigate the trail at this time, we strongly recommend you use a gpx or kml file on a navigational device. We suggest you use the links on this website to obtain a file. If you get your navigation file from another website (or app), we cannot tell you whether it will be correct or not. Anyone can post a route online - maybe they went wrong!
Travelling with someone else can be a distraction from your focus, but it can also be a second set of eyes to spot the markers along the way.
Keep in mind that the original Kattamorda markers are 'equilateral triangles' - all three sides are the same. The trail does intersect with several more recent trails put in by the City/Shire of Kalamunda. Their trails tend to use an 'isosceles triangle.' Knowing that, and knowing that the KattaMorda markers tend to be really high (because they were put in over 30 years ago) should help.
Here are some examples below of City of Kalamunda markers that are NOT part of KattaMorda, but you might see them where trails intersect:
The area around Mt Gungin requires some significant work, as the mountain biking collective took over several parts of the Kattamorda Heritage Trail between Mt Gungin and The Dell. At this time, this area poses a danger for mountain bike and hiker collisions. Hikers are advised to keep their eyes and ears alert.
The Kattamorda does not need to be traversed in its entirely all at once. There are many ways to enjoy a short part of the trail as an "out-and-back" or in a loop, by connecting it with other trails such as the Bibbulmun Track. In the coming months, we aim to add several gpx/kml files to this site that can be freely downloaded, which will offer some of these shorter hiking options.
Download the Kattamorda gpx via links below. Note that a few very small realignments were made in July 2020 to take pedestrians off gravel roads and carparks where there is appropriate single track adjacent. Look for newly installed grey posts to help guide you (no markers on the posts as of July 2020):
South to North: right click here and choose "save link as."
North to South right click here and choose "save link as."
The closest carpark to the southwest trailhead is Hardinge Park. The aim is for this park to become the official trailhead. A simple 600m walk down Hardinge Road connects you to the original start per gpx.
Google Maps gpx created May 2018 (with photos and text explanation) link here
Download the 1998 Kattamordo Heritage Trail brochure by clicking here.