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Rodriguez Pass walking track

Blackheath area in Blue Mountains National Park

Overview

Rodriguez Pass walking track is a challenging hike from Govetts Leap or Evans lookout, in Blackheath. It winds past spectacular waterfalls, lookouts and lush rainforest in Blue Mountains National Park.

Where
Blackheath area in Blue Mountains National Park
Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Distance
12km loop
Time suggested
4 - 7hrs
Grade
Grade 5
Trip Intention Form

It's a good idea to let someone know where you're going. Fill in a trip intention form to send important details about your trip to your emergency contact.

If you're planning to loan a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) from one of these locations, wait and fill out your trip intention form in person.

Price
Free
What to
bring
Drinking water, snacks, sturdy shoes, clothes for all weather conditions, personal locator beacon, topographic map, gps, compass, sunscreen, hat
Please note
  • Rodriguez Pass walking track can be started from either Govetts Leap lookout or Evans lookout.
  • This long walking track is very steep and difficult, and has minimal signage. It’s recommended for experienced hikers with good fitness and navigation skills.
  • Take care as there are exposed cliff edges, steep stairs and slippery creek crossings. Check the weather before you go as creeks can flood after heavy rain.
  • Pick up maps and route advice from Blue Mountains Heritage Centre.
  • From Junction Rock you can extend your walk 3km to remote Acacia Flat campground and onto Blue Gum Forest.

Rodriguez Pass walking track is a must for experienced bushwalkers looking for a heart-pumping day hike in the Blue Mountains.

Start at the famous Govetts Leap lookout and descend into the Grose Valley, past hanging swamps, to the base of Bridal Veil Falls. At 180m, it’s the tallest single-drop waterfall in the Blue Mountains.

The walking track winds along Govetts Leap Brook for around 2km, until it meets Govetts Creek at Junction Rock. This is a great place to catch your breath, enjoy a scenic lunch, or take a dip in the creek. You might even spot crayfish. Take a moment to sit back and enjoy the abundant birdlife, including yellow robins, scrub wrens and thornbills, and the beauty of this remote part of the Blue Mountains.

From here, the track turns towards Evans lookout. This section involves some steep climbing, sandstone stairs, creek crossings and scrambling over boulders, before reaching Beauchamp Falls and the Grand Canyon. After climbing the historic stone stairs out of the canyon you’ll be back up on the escarpment to enjoy unforgettable views from Evans lookout.

Loop back to Govetts Leap by taking the 3km Cliff Top walking track. You can also arrange a car shuffle between the 2 lookouts.

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

 

Google Street View Trekker

Using Google Street View Trekker, we've captured imagery across a range of NSW national parks and attractions. Get a bird's eye view of these incredible landscapes before setting off on your own adventure.

Google Trekker at Cape Byron State Conservation Area. Photo: J Spencer/OEH.
Hikers rock hopping on Rodriguez Pass walking track, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Simone Cottrell/OEH.