This walk could also be known as the long way round to Beauchamp Falls. The Horse Track is poorly defined towards the bottom the walk and may challenge your navigation. This walk explores Govetts and Greaves Creeks and the Beauchamp Falls. The western section of track is part of the Grand Canyon walk.
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This walk passes through a remote area and sections have no visible track. At least one person in your group should have training and experience in off track walking and navigation. Even with these notes and a GPS these extra skills and equipment are required.
Cross sectional view of the Evans Lookout, Horse Track to Beauchamp Falls bushwalking track
Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Evans Lookout, Horse Track to Beauchamp Falls bushwalking track
Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
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Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Very steep and difficult scrambles (5/6)
Quality of track
Rough unclear track (5/6)
No directional signs (5/6)
Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
No facilities provided (5/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing
Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk. Gradient
4.4km of this walk is very steep and another 1.8km is very steep with difficult rock scrambles. The remaining (160m) has short steep hills.
Quality of track
4.4km of this walk follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely and another 1.8km follows a rough unclear track. The remaining (160m) follows a clear and well formed track or trail.
4.4km of this walk has minimal directional signs and another 1.8km Has no directional signs. The remaining (160m) is clearly signposted.
3.6km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience and another 1.8km requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience. The remaining (1km) requires no previous bushwalking experience.
Around 4.6km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 1.8km is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.
3.6km of this walk has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) and another 1.8km has no facilities provided. Whilst another 880m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced) and the remaining 160m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).
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Evans Lookout car park
Evans Lookout Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 82 m
Time = 3 mins
Climb = 0 m
Descent = -20 m
From the information sign at Evans Lookout car park, this walk follows the 'Evans Lookout' sign down the steps. The track passes a stone shelter on the right as it reaches the railed lookout.
Alt = 951 m
Evans Lookout, Blue Mountains National Park, looks over the spectacular Grose Valley, with its deep gorges, green forest and prominent cliff lines. The fenced lookout is at the end of Evans Lookout Road. There is a rock shelter hut and toilets.
Horse Saddle Int. Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 593 m
Time = 21 mins
Climb = 22 m
Descent = -103 m
Turn sharp right: From Evans Lookout, the walk heads down the steps, passing the 'Grand Canyon' sign. From the bottom of the cliff stairs, the walk tends left onto the spur where it continues downhill and weaves past some boulders to a signposted intersection. Veer left: From the intersection, the walk heads past the 'No Through Track' sign, following the track as it works its way down the hill. The track winds down the left of the spur to come to the bottom of a small saddle.
Horse Saddle Int.
Horse Saddle Lookout Optional sidetrip: Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 17 m
Climb = 0 m
Descent = -3 m
Veer right: From the intersection, the walk leads east over a rocky surface and up the short rise for a short distance. This faint track then comes to the unfenced cliff edge with amazing views over the Grose Valley. (Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn right to continue along this walk.)
Horse Saddle Int.
Int. Horse and Grose River Tracks Route: Unmanaged - bushtrack
Length = 1.81 km
Time = 55 mins
Climb = 20 m
Descent = -513 m
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk goes down and across the hillside to a gate. The track quickly and steeply winds down the hill through many switchbacks, becoming less overgrown while following orange tape on tree branches. As the track descends, it winds onto less-steep hillside, passing a flat clearing with a fireplace. The track contours for a short while before winding down a terraced spur, then continues into grassy areas, broken by small creeks. The orange tape guiding the track disappears in a section of many small creeks and spurs. The track follows any of these spurs down for approximately 300m onto the the creek intersection with the Grose River track, just before Govetts Creek.
Int. Horse and Grose River Tracks
Govetts and Greaves Flats Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 594 m
Time = 12 mins
Climb = 26 m
Descent = -11 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk leads upstream, keeping the creek below on the left. The track winds and undulates above the creek, on the left, for approximately 600m to pass a few camp areas on the right. The walk continues along the creek flat for approximately 100m to a camp area on the left, before the stairs on the right.
Govetts and Greaves Flats
Waterfalls Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.28 km
Time = 36 mins
Climb = 160 m
Descent = -10 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads up the hill, to the right of the camping area. The track contours with the hill, before dropping into a few creek beds and passing a small clearing next to the creek. The creek is crossed on the far side of the clearing to where it turns right, up the hill. From the creek, the track continues up the hill, passing a large mossy boulder with an arrow pointing up the stairs. The walk continues winding up the gully of the creek for approximately 300m to a set of waterfalls. The track winds around the left of the falls to work its way up to another large mossy boulder. From here the track continues on to a boulder with a large plank underneath it, set up as a seat. The track heads up the valley from here, following the white arrows and blue track markers to a larger set of falls, with metal pins bent over in the rock bed. The track crosses to the other side to be underneath a set of stairs.
Beauchamp Falls Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 499 m
Time = 22 mins
Climb = 149 m
Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the creek crossing, this walk turns left to steeply climb the stairs up the hillside, keeping the creek below on the left. The track meets a railing and winds up the gully wall, to a small overhang of exposed sandstone roofs which litters the ground with small sandstone blocks. Winding up the hillside, the track continues steeply in parts to an area where the track winds through some boulders. The track then winds around and through the boulders to Beauchamp Falls.
Alt = 683 m
Beauchamp Falls, Blue Mountains NP, is a beautiful set of falls, split by the rock in the centre of the creek. The falls are created by Greaves Creek, which comes out of the Grand Canyon, above. The falls are approximately 10m tall, with rocks at the base.
Evans Lookout car park Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.56 km
Time = 57 mins
Climb = 318 m
Descent = -32 m
Continue straight: From Beauchamp Falls, the walk heads up the hillside with the falls below on the left, then passes around some boulders. The track winds back on itself a number of times to come closer to the cliff line. The walk continues into a pass, with white arrows painted on boulders indicating the tracks direction between, under and around larger boulders. This continues for approximately 200m, then the walk crosses a creek. From the other side of the creek, the track winds up the canyon with the creek on the right-hand side of the track, to a signposted rock in the middle of a creek. Veer right: From the intersection, the walk crosses the creek to another sign, pointing up the stairs to Evans Lookout. The walk climbs these stairs, up through the gap in the cliffs. The walk heads up the gully on stone cut steps which are soon met by a railing for a short while, and then up a set of wooden steps to the intersection with several signs. Veer left: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Evans Lookout' arrow up the hill, weaving around boulders. The track then tends left before climbing up the stairs, through a pass in the rock, to Evans Lookout. Turn sharp left: From the lookout, this walk heads up the hill towards a stone shelter. The track continues past the stone shelter and away from the cliff line, to soon arrive at the car park.
Fire Danger This walk passes Greater Sydney Region fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place. (Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is LOW MODERATE, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 3 years ago) Please Note: Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.
Blue Mountains National ParkLink to official closures and fire bans page Attracting over 3 million visitors annually, Blue Mountains National Park holds some of Australia's most spectacular and diverse wilderness areas. Explore the Grose Valley, with its sheer sandstone cliffs, waterfalls and scenic walking, or enjoy the famous views of the Three Sisters. Easy access makes a day trips very worthwhile, but with such diversity it would be great to stay in one of the many B&B's and spend a few days soaking up the region. Region: Sydney & Surrounds Park feesCampingFacilities Current Park Closure information for Blue Mountains National Park Closure information last downloaded Sunday 27th of September 2015 07:00 AM Closed areas: Grand Canyon walking track The Grand Canyon walking track will be closed from Wednesday 14 October 2015 to mid-June 2016. The closure is necessary to allow work to continue on improving the walking track. Access for canyoners will be on weekends only. Access from Evans Lookout via Beauchamp Falls to the Grose Valley will remain open. Evans Lookout carpark, Loop carpark, and Neates Glen carpark will remain open. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 47878877 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.
Closed areas: Waratah Native Gardens Waratah Native Gardens picnic area is closed for maintenance. This includes the Gorge Walking track. No access to the area is permitted.Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Hawkesbury area office on (02) 4588 2400 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.
Closed areas: Prince Henry cliff walk, Leura Blue Mountains City Council wishes to advise that Prince Henry cliff walk between Majestic lookout and the junction with the Leura Cascades walk is currently closed due to a landslip. Detours will be in place and clearly signposted around the affected area. Access from the Leura picnic area to the cascades is unaffected. For more information, please contact Blue Mountains City Tourism on 1300 653 408 or Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877, or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.
Closed areas: Butterbox Swamp track The traditional access to Butterbox Canyon via the endangered swamp is now closed and rehabilitated. No access permitted. Canyoners should use the new track provided. Temporary signage is in place. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.
Closed areas: Claustral canyon access change Access to Claustral canyon via the previous route across private land at Mount Tomah is no longer possible due to landholders denying access. Canyoners should respect the rights of Mount Tomah residents and avoid using private land. Alternative access from the west side of Mount Bell has been identified. For more information, please contact the Blue Moauntains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877, open seven days 9am to 4.30pm, or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.
Closed areas: Cahills lookout - Katoomba As a result of a recent bushfire, Cahills lookout remains closed until further notice. For more information, please contact Blue Mountains City Council on (02) 4780 5000.
Closed areas: Waratah Native Gardens Waratah Native Gardens Some areas of this park are closed due to a major landslip event occurring across The Gorge Walking Track. Closed areas include The Gorge Walking Track in the Blue Mountains National Park. A full assessment is underway to determine the extent of damage and to ensure the area is made safe. The Gorge Walking Track is closed at the entry trackhead however the Waratah Native Gardens Day Use and Picnic Area located off Valley Ridges Road Berambing (west of Bilpin) has now been reopened. This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. For more information, please contact NPWS Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877, open seven days 9am to 4.30pm, or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines