Grand Canyon Loop

One of the great joys of this Blue Mountains walk is that when you take the first descent from the Evans Lookout end of the loop, the temperature immediately drops and you find yourself in a cool valley of ferns.

On a hot afternoon of hiking, the respite offered by that temperature drop is insanely satisfying. Not that it lasts… as anyone who has ever walked in the mountains knows, a descent at one point generally mean a decent climb at another… and the Grand Canyon track is no different in this regard. You’ll find yourself climbing back up out of the valley at the end of the loop. But who’d mind a bit of a heart-thumping, leg-shaking climb when you score an afternoon of scenes like those offered up by this cracker of a track?

Hiking the Blue Mountains Grand Canyon Loop track

Take it slow, and enjoy a break at Evans Lookout before and after you’re done. If you’re up for a longer hike, carry on through to Govetts Leap on the Cliff Top track that runs between Evans Lookout and Govetts Leap.

 Evans Lookout is located at Blackheath in the Blue Mountains.

Evans Lookout is located at Blackheath in the Blue Mountains.

 Flowers at Evans Lookout in the Blue Mountains.

Flowers at Evans Lookout in the Blue Mountains.

 The Grand Canyon track: Blackheath’s own fern foray —   "I start to think among the plants”

The Grand Canyon track: Blackheath’s own fern foray — "I start to think among the plants”

 The  Grand Canyon  is a 6.3km loop track in the Blue Mountains.

The Grand Canyon is a 6.3km loop track in the Blue Mountains.

 The Grand Canyon track starts and ends at Evans Lookout in Blackheath.

The Grand Canyon track starts and ends at Evans Lookout in Blackheath.

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 The Grand Canyon loop track at Blackheath in the Blue Mountains.

The Grand Canyon loop track at Blackheath in the Blue Mountains.

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 NSW Parks 🙌🏻 making national parks accessible and safe for so many.

NSW Parks 🙌🏻 making national parks accessible and safe for so many.

 Afternoon light on the Grand Canyon track at Blackheath in the Blue Mountains.

Afternoon light on the Grand Canyon track at Blackheath in the Blue Mountains.