Hike to Mitchell Falls with knee problems?

Hiking to the Mitchell Falls.

Hiking to the Mitchell Falls.

Hiking to the Mitchell Falls. You need to get over rocks like these. Crossing the top of Mertens Gorge - Not too difficult.


I have moderate osteoarthritis in both knees and have some pain when getting up out of chairs or with stairs (but all fine if I don't rush).
Walking distance is not a problem. I don't require any mobility aides.

Would the track to Mitchell Falls be okay for me?


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Apr 03, 2019
Walking to the Mitchell Falls
by: Birgit

That is a hard question for someone else to answer with a clear yes or no.

The thing is, the hiking trail to the Mitchell Falls is not a level walking path. It's a wilderness trail and a long one. It requires lots of stepping up and down over rocks, tree roots etc.
So it's not so much about the distance itself but about the rough surface and constant up and down.

It is impossible for me to predict how that will affect your knees, and unless you have done something like that recently, it may be impossible for you, too.

But here is the good news:

There are several very nice places along that walk. I suggest you start walking and see how you cope, all the time keeping in mind that you have to cover the same ground again if turning around and walking back.

You should be ok getting at least to Little Mertens Falls, even if it takes a while. It's a lovely place, not that far from the campsite, and definitely worth a visit. You can sit in the natural spa pools above and if you take your time I imagine you will also be able to get down to the rock art underneath the falls.

If you do make it all the way to the Mitchell Falls then you can take the helicopter back.

If the whole walk proves too much then you can take the helicopter both ways.
You may need a second day for that if your exploratory walk takes up too much of the first day.

I hope that helps some!

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