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Mount Hay summit walking track

Blackheath area in Blue Mountains National Park

Overview

Short but steep Mount Hay summit walking track rewards experienced bushwalkers with dramatic Grose Valley views, and spring wildflowers in Blue Mountains National Park, near Leura.

Where
Blackheath area in Blue Mountains National Park
Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Distance
4.5km return
Time suggested
2 - 3hrs
Grade
Grade 5
Price
Free
What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water, snacks, suitable clothing, sturdy shoes, personal locator beacon, topographic map, compass
Please note
  • This track has some false leads to view points. Bushwalking experience is recommended. Bring a topographic map and compass or GPS.
  • It's a good idea to fill in the free trip intention form before you set out.
  • Please take extreme care, stay well back from cliff edges, and be aware of your surroundings and footing at all times.

This short but challenging hike to the top of Mount Hay treats you to non-stop views across windswept heathland, rocky outcrops, swampy meadows, and sheer cliffs plunging into the Grose Wilderness.

The track starts from the carpark at the end of Mount Hay Road, in north Leura. Stay right at the junction and look for the dome of Mount Hay’s summit to the northeast. The track meanders through heathland, passing rock formations and pristine swamplands.

The swamps provide important habitat for the giant dragonfly and endangered Blue Mountains water skink. In spring, the heath comes alive with wildflowers including pink boronia, blue iris, and flowering banksias, attracting plenty of birdlife.

As you climb the exposed ridgeline, enjoy majestic views of the sandstone cliff bands and verdant forests of the Grose Wilderness, with the imposing double hump of Mount Banks in the distance.

Closer to the summit, the landscape changes to grassy slopes dotted with soccer ball-sized rocks, then tall forest, thanks to the fertile basalt cap soil. Sheltered from sun and wind, it’s a good spot for a shady picnic lunch. A large rock cairn marks the summit, where the walk ends. Return the same way.

If you’re keen for a longer walk, explore this area further on Lockleys Pylon walking track.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

 

Think Before You TREK

Are you planning a bushwalk, going somewhere remote or where the weather is extreme? Stay safe by planning your trip for all conditions and telling someone about it.

Bushwalkers in Wollemi National Park. Photo: Daniel Tran/DPIE

 

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Wildflowers and heathland along Mount Hay summit walking track, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Elinor Sheargold/OEH.