Mt Hay Track, Blue Mountains NP, NSW

The short ascent of Mt Hay from the end of Mt Hay Road provides excellent views of the deep Grose Valley and surrounding cliffs in the Upper Blue Mountains. Walk on just a bit from the forested summit to double your views.

Mt Hay Track, Blue Mountains

It took us a while to do this walk for the first time because the nearby Lockley’s Pylon Track is so great that we kept doing that. Ascending Mt Hay is a really excellent walk though, and quite short. It’s a longer drive but visiting nearby Butterbox Point is another excellent short walk that can be done in the same outing. Views of cliffs and deep valleys to look at from all of these walks. 

Track Notes

Starts from a car park at the end of Mt Hay Road in Leura, which is unsealed and a bit rough in places. A straightforward walk (here’s a link to Wildwalks), but definitely continue on past the summit for 10-15 minutes or so (I forget exactly how long) for two viewpoints a very short bush-bash away from where the track peters out (on the left, and straight on). Easy to find.

The Scenery

My photos are pretty mediocre because of glare. I think it was the low lying but nevertheless intense winter sun at just the wrong angle. You still get the idea though.

Mt Hay Track, Blue Mountains
Near the start. Mt Hay’s summit ahead.

Mt Hay Track, Blue Mountains Mt Hay Track, Blue Mountains

Mt Hay Track, Blue Mountains
Me looking yonder. On the track up to the summit of Mt Hay.
Mt Hay Track, Blue Mountains
Perhaps my least glary shot from one of the viewpoints past the summit of Mt Hay. Sophia enjoying the view.
Mt Hay Track, Blue Mountains
Lots of bird calls floating up from down there.
Mt Hay Track, Blue Mountains
A Red Headed Mouse Spider.
Wentworth Falls
A Red Wattlebird scavenging at a cafe in Wentworth Falls. They have a distinctive squawk that I have come to associate with many an excellent bush walk. Hard to see in the wild due to camouflage.

Author: Edward Hathway

I'm a clinical psychologist and keen hiker.

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