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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.
About the region
Blue Mountains National Park
To Govetts Leap carpark. Rodriguez Pass walking track is in the Blackheath area of Blue Mountains National Park. To get there:From Sydney:Drive west on Great Western Highway to Blackheath.Turn right on to Govetts Leap Road and drive 3km, until you reach the end of the road.The walk starts to the left of Govetts Leap lookout.You can also drive to Evans lookout, at the end of Evans Lookout Road, if you plan to walk in the opposite direction. Park entry points Govetts Leap carpark See on map Road quality Sealed roads Vehicle access 2WD vehicles Weather restrictions All weather Parking Parking is available at Govetts Leap lookout or Evans lookout. Bus parking is available.
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.
Visit Blue Mountains Heritage Centre at Govetts Leap before you set out. Pick up maps, route advice, fill in the free trip intention form and hire a PLB.
It's a good idea to take a topographic map, GPS and compass.
From Junction Rock you can extend your walk 3km to remote Acacia Flat campground and onto Blue Gum Forest.
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.