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Pierces Pass to Blue Gum Forest walking track is a 16km, grade 4 return hike, located in the Blue Mountains National Park, New South Wales. The hike should take approximately 7hrs to complete.
The Pierces Pass to Blue Gum Forest walking track is a real heart starter with expansive views across the northern end of the iconic Grose Valley. Take a moment to breathe in that famous Blue Mountains air before you descend the valley towards the magnificent Grose River.
The track follows a spur down into the valley, passing the lush vegetation of the Fairy Grotto. From here you’ll enter the dense rainforest and see towering coachwood and sassafras, while epiphytes and orchids cling to the trunks. Skirting the cliffs, the track takes you through open forest where you might see vibrant crimson rosellas or perhaps a wedge-tailed eagle circling above.
Crossing the Grose River, notice how the canopy thickens as you approach Blue Gum Forest. Picnic under the towering blue gums before heading back or, if you’re keen on overnight camping, take the short walk to the Acacia Flat campground for a night in the rugged wilderness.
Take a virtual tour of Pierces Pass to Blue Gum Forest walking track captured with Google Street View Trekker.
About the region
Blue Mountains National Park in the Sydney and surrounds and Country NSW regions
Blue Mountains National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger. Some parts of the park close overnight; details are provided for specific attractions.
9am to 4.30pm daily. Closed Christmas Day.
Pierces Pass to Blue Gum Forest walking track is in the northern section of Blue Mountains National Park. To get there:From Bells Line Road, turn west into Pierces Pass Road between Mount Wilson Road and Mount Banks RoadContinue along Pierces Pass Road to the end. Parking Parking is available at Pierces Pass. When parking in remote areas, don’t forget to lock your car and ensure you take all your valuables with you.
Make sure to boil any water from the Grose River for at least 3 minutes.
It’s a good idea to fill in the free trip intention form and hire a PLB before you set out. Bring a topographic map and compass or GPS.
Visit NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service for more information on this trail.
The longitude and latitude of the start and end points are approximately only and should not be used for navigation purposes. Please contact me if you know the correct coordinates.