Evans Lookout/Pulpit Rock/Popes Glen/Braeside Walk, Blue Mountains NP, NSW

Cliffs galore on this longish walk on the edge of the Grose Valley near Blackheath. The spectacular views are at least a match for those over the Jamison Valley near Katoomba.

Evans Lookout/Pulpit Rock/Popes Glenn/Braeside Walk, Blue Mountains

The eastern side of Blackheath is pretty spectacular, and the walk described here takes in the best of the cliff top views in the area. It includes the viewpoints of Evans Lookout and Govetts Leap that you can drive to, and also Pulpit Rock which is a short walk from Pulpit Rock Road. However there are ever changing views for as long as you are on the cliffs’ edge, and turning it into a partial circuit via Popes Glenn and the Braeside Walk adds some atmospheric variety.  Track notes at the end.

The Scenery

Very misty on the day I took these pictures. I’ll include fair weather pictures of the area at a later date.

Evans Lookout/Pulpit Rock/Popes Glenn/Braeside Walk, Blue Mountains
The Grose Valley

Evans Lookout/Pulpit Rock/Popes Glenn/Braeside Walk, Blue Mountains

Evans Lookout/Pulpit Rock/Popes Glenn/Braeside Walk, Blue Mountains
A hanging swamp with waterfall just to the left.
Evans Lookout/Pulpit Rock/Popes Glenn/Braeside Walk, Blue Mountains
Atmospheric clouds fall down (or up) the cliffs.
Evans Lookout/Pulpit Rock/Popes Glenn/Braeside Walk, Blue Mountains
Taken at Pulpit Rock.
Evans Lookout/Pulpit Rock/Popes Glenn/Braeside Walk, Blue Mountains
Taken at Pulpit Rock.

Evans Lookout/Pulpit Rock/Popes Glenn/Braeside Walk, Blue Mountains

Evans Lookout/Pulpit Rock/Popes Glenn/Braeside Walk, Blue Mountains
The view at lunch, with Pulpit Rock to the right, partially obscured.
Evans Lookout/Pulpit Rock/Popes Glenn/Braeside Walk, Blue Mountains
Misty forest on the way back from Pulpit Rock.
Evans Lookout/Pulpit Rock/Popes Glenn/Braeside Walk, Blue Mountains
Bridal Veil Falls / Govetts Leap (right) and Horseshoe Falls (left). (There’s another very different Bridal Veil Falls at Leura.)
Evans Lookout/Pulpit Rock/Popes Glenn/Braeside Walk, Blue Mountains
The trees were stripping in Popes Glenn.
Evans Lookout/Pulpit Rock/Popes Glenn/Braeside Walk, Blue Mountains
The Braeside Walk.
Evans Lookout/Pulpit Rock/Popes Glenn/Braeside Walk, Blue Mountains
Mud, mud, luminous mud.
Evans Lookout/Pulpit Rock/Popes Glenn/Braeside Walk, Blue Mountains
Approaching twilight.
Evans Lookout/Pulpit Rock/Popes Glenn/Braeside Walk, Blue Mountains
A final shot of the hanging swamp taken on the way back.

Track Notes

Sections of this can be done as shorter days walks. We started at Evan’s Lookout, walked along the cliff top track past Govett’s Leap to Pulpit Rock on the other side of the Grose Valley, and then back towards Govetts Leap but veering off to the right through Popes Glen, passing through suburbia to the start of the Baeside Walk, and then on to meet up with the track back to Evans Lookout. The cliff top sections are pretty straightforward as there’s nowhere to go but along the cliffs’ edge. But taking a right just after Popes Glen Creek on your way back towards Govetts Leap takes you through Popes Glen and into suburbia at Dells St. From there you can walk  along Dells St, Wills St, left into Prince Edward Drive, left onto Govett’s Leap Road, right onto Boreas St, then left into Braeside St. Soon there is a signposted fire trail on your right; follow this to a parking area and the signposted start of the Braeside Walk to Govetts Leap Falls. This leads back to the cliff’s edge, and a right turn takes you back to Evans lookout.

Author: Edward Hathway

I'm a clinical psychologist and keen hiker.

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