Hello and welcome to the first blog post of my new series, The Hiker Review! I’m honestly so excited to get this series started as I’m a keen hiker (although I don’t do anything serious – my longest hike was 6 hours long). And the first hike of this series is the West Warren Reservoir Reserve Loop! It’s a bit of a mouthful, but let’s get started!
Essentially, this series is going to be ‘reviewing’ hiking trails that I explore with my friends and family. I’ll give you the run down on difficulty, length, time, terrain, and share my overall thoughts with you.
The West Warren Reservoir Reserve Loop
Difficulty: Grade 3 moderate hike
Length: On Reservoir SA it says 5.5 km, but on signs, it says 5.6 km
Predicted time: 2 hrs – 2hrs & 30 mins
This trail and reserve are located a short distance from Williamstown, South Australia. The terrain surface of the trail was a mix of smooth unsealed roads and rockier unsealed terrain. My friend, Megan, and I commented on how it would be nice to run on – until you hit the rockier sections. We also completed it in 1 hr & 27 mins, 30 mins faster than the predicted time.
Below is a map sharing the loop and the extended trails that are available. This map is from the Warren page found on the Reservoir SA website. The loop we did is the orange one!
I found the hike to be quite peaceful, especially while we could see the reservoir. It was just the two of us and nature. We went earlier in the morning, but I don’t think the trail would get overly busy.
There’s easy parking and a toilet too!
Walking past the reservoir, I loved listening to the rushing water and we spotted a little cave.
I thoroughly enjoyed doing the trail and would do it again. I’d also recommend it for a nice and easy hike. Although, it’s not the easiest hike. I just liked the ‘nice and easy’ ring. When we started we went left from the signs and the incline was small and it was nice and easy. The difficulty increased around where the trail connected to the South Para to Warren Trail was (the black line on the map). This is because the hills were steep and the terrain become rockier. It definitely wasn’t hard, but depending on your fitness level this will vary. We still stopped to catch our breath multiple times.
Going uphill does have its benefits. The view was lovely.
It was the perfect way to start my Wednesday morning.
After our hike, Megan and I had breakfast in Williamstown before heading to the Whispering Wall.
And there you have it! The West Warren Reservoir Reserve Loop! A loop I’ll definitely be doing again and would recommend you check out if you’re looking for something new.