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Despite being accessible by a track, the Colo River at Tootie Creek feels quite remote and untouched. It is not frequently visited, and involves a steep descent to the river. There are great views over the wilderness from the upper parts of the ridge, and over the Colo River from lookouts near the bottom.
The walk starts and finishes at the end of the Tootie Creek Track, off Sams Way in the small town of Mountain Lagoon.
From Richmond, follow signs to Lithgow along Bells Line of Road. Take the signposted turnoff on the right to Mountain Lagoon at Bilpin after about 28km. Follow Mountain Lagoon Rd for 12.0km to a turnoff to the left to Bean Lane - the last few kilometres are unsealed. Continue along Mountain Lagoon Rd for another 500m and turn left on to Sams Way. Follow Sams Way for 1.2km to where a fire trail branches off north, and there is a sign saying "Walking Tracks - Colo Meroo and Tootie Creek".
Drive down the trail, keeping left at a junction after 400m. It is about 5km to the turning circle at the end, mostly fairly good quality fire trail (2wd accessible in normal weather). Park your car here.
From 11 Sep 1999, last checked 22 Aug 2011
Head along the foot track that leaves from the end of the fire trail. The track itself needs little direction, as it mostly stays close to the ridge with no side tracks. However, care needs to be taken as it is marked only intermittently - with star pickets with a small green square with a white walker painted inside - and is vague in places. It is also fairly steep and rough, particularly near the bottom.
From the top section of the track there are great views stretching out over the Wollemi Wilderness to the north west.
About two-thirds of the way down, you reach a cliffline, and a spectacular lookout over the Colo River itself. From here the track cuts back west along a narrow ledge, and then back underneath the cliffline, before descending to a saddle and another lookout. Just below here, the track cuts right off the ridge, and down a steep, loose gully to emerge on a sandbank just downstream from the Tootie Creek junction.
This is an excellent spot for a swim and a leisurely break. If you have time, you can go for a wander upstream or downstream (no tracks), or explore the bottom end of Tootie Creek. The sandbank could also be used as a campsite for an easier overnight walk.
Return to your car via the same route.