(0km) Mt Hay car park → Int. Valley Trk and Hay Wall Trk
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads towards the rocky outcrop, keeping the ridgeline above and right of the track. After approximately 300m, the track leads away from the hill on the left, heading onto a low heath area (with the hill behind). The walk continues for approximately 50m towards the Grose Valley, coming to an intersection.
(0.59km) Int. Valley Trk and Hay Wall Trk → Int. Hay Wall Trk and Hay Monolith summit Trk
Veer right: From the spherical cave, this walk keeps the rock to the left of the track, heading towards the valley. The track leads around the base of the cliffs for approximately 80m before coming to a grassy pass into the cliff (on the left).
(0.83km) Int. Hay Wall Trk and Hay Monolith summit Trk → Hay Monolith summit
(0.83km) Int. Hay Wall Trk and Hay Monolith summit Trk → Hay Monolith West
(0.98km) Hay Monolith West → Hay Wall Lookout
(0.98km) Hay Monolith West → Rock Flat
Turn right: From the spherical cave, this walk traverses a grassy saddle, keeping the valley to the left of the track. The track climbs up some rocky surfaces, then heads east up the spur line, coming to the intersection in the low heath.
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads across the hillside, keeping the main valley below to the left, and the hill to the right of the track. The walk reaches a rock surface and tends right towards the intersection.
(1.39km) Rock Flat → Int. Swamp View Trk and Mt Hay Trk
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the overgrown management trail up the hill, keeping the rocky outcrops on the hill to the left and the large hill, Mt Hay, directly ahead of the track. The track heads down to an unsigned intersection.
(1.86km) Int. Swamp View Trk and Mt Hay Trk → Mt Hay summit
Continue straight: From the ribbed rock feature lookout, this walk heads around a rocky outcrop to lead up the hill, keeping the Grose valley some distance off to the left. The walk leads up the hill through the trees to climb two small rock surfaces – These are marked by small cairns. The track continues up the hill, passing a rock landing on the left covered by moss. The walk heads up through a grassy area where the track becomes undefined. The walk continues for approximately 100m up the hill to an area of soccer ball-sized rocks and grass. The track leads up past a knoll made by these rocks (the knoll is to the right of the track), coming to the large cairn on the summit.
(3.07km) Mt Hay summit → Mt Hay car park
Continue straight: From the rock feature (on the right), this walk heads down the hill with the Grose valley some distance off to the right of the track. The walk continues down a single track away from Mt Hay, leading across a saddle protected by trees, then follows an overgrown management trail which tends left around a rocky outcrop (on the right). The walk then tends right for approximately 50m to continue on to the intersection.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the overgrown management trail up the hill, keeping the rocky outcrops of the hill to the right of the track. The track climbs over a small rise to descend to the unsigned intersection with a defined track on the right.
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads down the hill, keeping the rocky features on the right for approximately 20m to the intersection.
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads away from the rocky outcrops on the hill to traverse the saddle and rise up to the car park.
Maps for the Mt Hay and Hay Monolith walkYou can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
|Katoomba||1:25 000 Map Series||89301S KATOOMBA||NSW-89301S|
|Mount Wilson||1:25 000 Map Series||89301N MOUNT WILSON||NSW-89301N|
|Katoomba||1:100 000 Map Series||8930 KATOOMBA||8930|
Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001
Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
|AS 2156.1||Gradient||Very steep (4/6)|
|Quality of track||Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)|
|Signs||Minimal directional signs (4/6)|
|Experience Required||Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)|
|Weather||Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)|
|Infrastructure||Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)|
Some more details of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
Around 3.8km of this walk has short steep hills, whilst the remaining 860m is very steep.
Quality of track
Around 2.4km of this walk follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely, whilst the remaining 2.2km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.
Around 2.4km of this walk has minimal directional signs, whilst the remaining 2.2km has directional signs at most intersection.
Around 2.4km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 2.2km requires no previous bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 4.6km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
Around 2.4km of this walk has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged), whilst the remaining 2.2km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).
This walk follows the exposed ridges of the Mt Hay area, taking in an interesting array of low heath, wildflowers and insects which add to the surrounding scenery. The track rounds the Hay Monolith, a large mass of rock that stands alone. An optional side trip offers views over the cliffs and to the prominent Lockley Pylon.
Total climbing: 102m
2 km Circuit
This is an excellent walk across the exposed ridges of the Mt Hay area. There are great views of the swamps below Mt Hay and further into the Grose Valley. The basalt-capped Mt Hay provides a change in vegetation towards the top of the hill, which also blocks the view from the top.
Total climbing: 194m
3.1 km Return
1 hr 45 mins
Other Nearby walks
Lockley Pylon Track is an outstanding walk, offering some amazing views and interesting side trips. From Mt Hay Rd, the walk passes the prominent features of the Pinnacles (with an optional side trip exploring these) and climbs to Lockley Pylon, which gives 360-degree views of the Mt Hay area and Grose Valley. Another optional side trip to Fortress Canyon Waterfall is well worth the walk, with its contrasting plateau, cliff and valley features creating some breath-taking scenery.
Total climbing: 338m
6.8 km Return
3 hrs 15 mins
This walk starts in the low heath and cliff views of Lockley Pylon. The pylon, and other notable features, can be seen along the track, while the descent down to the Blue Gum Forest provides plenty of photographic opportunities. After camping overnight at Acacia Flats, the walk heads out via Govetts Leap and Pope’s Glen, visiting many little cascades and the awesome Bridal Falls. A great overnight walk.
Total climbing: 1295m
16.5 km One way
The walk to the summit of Flat Top is a very short climb. A treat awaits at the summit, with a near-360 degree view of the surrounding valleys, including the Grose Valley. There are also great views to other features including Mt Hay and Lockley Pylon. The walk and mountain itself may be short, but the views are spectacular and well worth exploring.
Total climbing: 46m
1 km Return
A fantastic return walk with stunning views, this track leads along the Fortress Ridge, out to the cliffs above the Grose Valley. The views from the lookout and along the trail are superb, with the sheer cliffs and a deep valley to put it all in perspective. The track is popular with canyoners, who use it to access Fortress Canyon.
Total climbing: 244m
7.4 km Return
This side trail from Fortress Ridge provides access to a fantastic lookout with breathtaking views along the valley and of the amazing sandstone cliffs. The walk to the lookout is mostly along management trails through the lovely heath. The views from the lookout extend across the large valley (Govetts Creek) to the cliffs on the other side, including to Pulpit Rock.
Total climbing: 115m
2.9 km Return
1 hr 30 mins
Starting with spectacular views of Govetts Leap from Govetts Leap Lookout, this walk sweeps down to the base of the falls. The walk down is showered by drips from the moist moss hanging off the cliffs above. A spectacular track with equally awesome views across the Grose Valley, the walk is steep and gives a great sense of the height of surrounding cliffs. (‘leap’ is a Scots dialect word for cataract or waterfall)
Total climbing: 366m
1.2 km Return
1 hr 45 mins
This walk takes you from Govetts Leap lookout, around the cliff tops, to Pulpit Rock lookout. The walk passes many lookouts, each giving their own unique perspective of the Grose Valley’s dramatic cliff line and waterfalls. The walk down to the lower platform of Pulpit Rock is via a set of steep stairs, the view varies at each of the three levels.
Total climbing: 506m
3.8 km One way
2 hrs 30 mins
The Cliff Top Track is a breath-taking walk around the edge of the Grose Valley, between Govetts Leap and Evans lookouts. The many lookouts along this track show off the stunning Grose Valley. The track also showcases Govetts Leap from close up, at Barrows Lookout, and further away, from Govetts Leap Lookout.
Total climbing: 224m
3.2 km One way
1 hr 45 mins
This walks starts from the spectacular Govetts Leap Lookout and wanders along the cliff tops, before dropping through a creek, to reach the much smaller Barrow lookout, with equally spectacular views. Barrow lookout provides the bonus of clear views of Bridal Veil falls (Govetts Leap brook). You can also see the face of the cliffs below the Leap from this lookout.
Total climbing: 106m
1.4 km Return
The Fairfax Track is an easy circuit walk that wanders through the forests behind the cliffs of the Grose Valley. The track passes George Phillips lookout, with its magnificent views over the Grose Valley. There are also similar views from the more popular Govetts Leap Lookout. The track has many bench seats for walkers to stop and enjoy the surrounding bush.
Total climbing: 65m
2.4 km Circuit
The Fairfax Heritage Track is an easy stroll, and wheelchair accessible walk, through the a lovely open forest. The walk leads from the NPWS visitor information centre downhill to the stunning views from George Phillips and Govetts Leap lookouts. There are bench seats to rest on and wonderful sheltered picnic areas at the lookouts. Parking and toilets at the start and end.
Total climbing: 17m
1.9 km One way
This section of the Cliff Top Track takes in the beautiful scenery east of Blackheath. The track leaves Pulpit Rock car park and drops into many lookouts with views over waterfalls and the Grose Valley. The track heads out to the secluded creek bank of Boyd Beach, and then continues, back along the track, and climbs to the magnificent views from Govetts Leap Lookout.
Total climbing: 445m
4.2 km One way
2 hrs 30 mins
Fire DangerEach park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.
Weather ForestThis walk starts in the Central Tablelands weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.
Park Information & Alerts
Short URL = http://wild.tl/mhahm
There are other downloads I am still working on.
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* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)
Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.