There’s a little known slot that is negotiable without a rope that leads off the end of Burra Korain Head and into the Grose Valley. It’s a bit of a trek to get out there - a couple of kms on a bike, and then about 6km a undulating ridge with a small amount of navigational challenge. A foot pad follows the whole route, but it does vary from faint to almost invisible at a couple of spots.
We took a small side trip to get a shot of Hanging Rock from the West. It is dwarfed by Baltzar Lookout.
From the head some prominent rocky outcrops are visible. The route passes from West to East between the cliff and these rocks. The final descent down the talus is to the right of them. Burra Korain campground is at the fork below.
To find the slot, from the highest point at the end of the ridge, descend steeply to the left towards the obvious chocolate shelf. To the left of this shelf there’s a nice rock (see below) that gives a good vantage point over the slopes below. The next ledge can be seen to be less than 10m below the rock.
And to the right of this rock is a steep and narrow slot that looks like it ends precipitously. But we did it anyway…
…because around the corner we found a 1m flat ledge that marks a couple of trickyish 2m climb-downs to a relatively less exposed ledge with a couple of grass trees to cling to.
From the bottom the slot appears equally precipitous, and a little tricky to get to. A rope isn’t strictly necessary for either ascent or descent, but it’s certainly a ‘nice to have’ the first time.
And from the bottom of the slot the ledge goes only one way - to the East. There’s a little exposure - the ground is steep with loose gravel & rocks, but plenty of handholds. On the horizon is Victoria Lookout at the top right of the distant cliffs.
The ledge soon gives way to equally steep but less exposed talus as we passed between the prominent rock outcrops and the cliff. From here it’s a walk in the park to skirt the outcrops to the East and descend to the Burra Korain campground.
Before the descent there are good photo opportunities. The Grose always looks better in the cooler months. This was taken from the top of the talus slope close to the prominent rocks.
We returned back up the pass to return the car park to make it a four hour round trip.
The GPS route shows the High Point of Burra Korain Head and then the descent towards the Chocolate Shelf. Only a few meters to the East of it is the innocuous looking slot, immediately followed by the loose ledge and the passage between the outcrops before hitting the talus.