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Hay Monolith
Time: 1 Hr Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
11.6 km NNE of Leura
Length: 2 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 2 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Blue Mountains National Park
Climb: 102 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 102 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk
Style: Circuit
Track: Moderate

This walk follows the exposed ridges of the Mt Hay area, taking in an interesting array of low heath, wildflowers and insects which add to the surrounding scenery. The track rounds the Hay Monolith, a large mass of rock that stands alone. An optional side trip offers views over the cliffs and to the prominent Lockley Pylon. (open in app)


There are Closed areas in Blue Mountains National Park
Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Hay Monolith

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Hay Monolith
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Mt Hay car park
Int. Mt Hay Trk and Valley Trk
Int. Mt Hay Trk and Ridge Top Trk
Rock Flat
Int. Valley Trk and Hay Wall Trk
Sphere Cave
Int. Hay Wall Trk and Hay Monolith summit Trk
Int. Hay Wall Trk and Hay Monolith summit Trk
Hay Monolith West
Hay Monolith West
Sphere Cave
Int. Valley Trk and Hay Wall Trk
Int. Mt Hay Trk and Valley Trk
Starting point for this hiking track: Mt Hay car park

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

Print a map and track notes here
 Katoomba 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-89301S 
 Mount Wilson 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-89301N 
 Katoomba 1:100 000 Map Series 8930 

Photo Gallery

 
Track from Mt Hay car park
 
Track from Mt Hay car park +
 
Beetle
 
Beetle +
 
The rare Pink Flannel Flower (Actinotus forsythii) AKA Ridge Flannel Flower
 
The rare Pink Flannel Flower (Actinotus forsythii) AKA Ridge Flannel Flower +

 
Grose Valley
 
Grose Valley +
 
Rock formation
 
Rock formation +
 
Hay Wall Track
 
Hay Wall Track +

 
The Hay Monolith
 
The Hay Monolith +
 
View from the Hay Wall
 
View from the Hay Wall +
 
Track up Hay Monolith
 
Track up Hay Monolith +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Hay Monolith bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Hay Monolith bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Hay Monolith bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Hay Monolith bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 2km
Time 1 Hr
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
*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
This whole walk, 2km has short steep hills.

Quality of track
This whole walk, 2km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

Signs
This whole walk, 2km has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 2km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 2km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
This whole walk, 2km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Drive to Mt Hay car park
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

(0 km) Mt Hay car park to Rock Flat
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 606 m Time = 12 mins
Climb = 26 m Descent = -19 m
From the car park, this walk heads past the gap in the train track-style fencing, passing a sign for 'Butterbox Canyon'. The track traverses the saddle to rise up onto a flat area, continuing for approximately 20m to an intersection with a track to the left.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads approximately 20m up the hill, keeping the rocky knoll to the left of the track, soon coming to the intersection.
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads up the hill, with Mt Hay to the right of the track. The track follows the ridgeline, undulating slightly for approximately 200m, then drops down to a rocky surface at the intersection.

(0.61 km) Rock Flat to Int. Valley Trk and Hay Wall Trk
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 103 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = -5 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads along the hillside, keeping the hill on the left-hand side of the track and the main valley on the right. The track leaves the hillside, leading out through the low heath for approximately 50m, coming to an unsigned intersection.

(0.71 km) Int. Valley Trk and Hay Wall Trk to Int. Hay Wall Trk and Hay Monolith summit Trk
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 235 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 9 m Descent = -18 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads down hill towards a small castle of rock, Mt Hay Monolith. The walk keeps the main valley to the right of the track. The track soon heads down some rocky surfaces to continue into a saddle. The walk heads across the saddle to a small, spherical cave (to the left of the track).
Veer right: From the spherical cave, this walk keeps the rock to the left of the track, heading towards the valley. The track leads around the base of the cliffs for approximately 80m before coming to a grassy pass into the cliff (on the left).

(0.94 km) Int. Hay Wall Trk and Hay Monolith summit Trk to Hay Monolith summit
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 82 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 16 m Descent = -2 m
Turn left : From the intersection, this walk heads up through the grassy pass in the rock, away from the valley. The track leads across the plateau through the low heath, passing a track (on the right) after approximately 50m. The walk soon comes to a flat rock with two bolts in it, where there are stunning views over the Grose Valley.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn left to continue along this walk.)

(0.94 km) Int. Hay Wall Trk and Hay Monolith summit Trk to Hay Monolith West
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 149 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 14 m Descent = -25 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads around the cliffs (keeping them on the left of the track, and the Grose Valley to the right). After approximately 50m, the walk passes another track (on the left, heading up the monolith). This walk continues around the base of the cliffs and above the valley for approximately 100m, to the intersection in front of a fin-shaped rock.

(1.09 km) Hay Monolith West to Hay Wall Lookout
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 247 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = -64 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads down the hill, leaving the Hay Monolith behind and nearing the rim of the valley (on the right). The track passes a large, grey, rounded rock formation on the right, heading in the direction of the cliff edge, to a rocky point on the right of two banksia bushes, with stunning views of the valley.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn right to continue along this walk.)

(1.09 km) Hay Monolith West to Int. Valley Trk and Hay Wall Trk
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 309 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 29 m Descent = -10 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads down over some rocky surfaces (with the cliffs to the left and valley behind). The track continues below the cliffs, passing a few small caves on the left. After a short time, this walk rounds the hillside to a spherical cave on the left of the intersection, and a saddle to the right.
Turn right: From the spherical cave, this walk traverses a grassy saddle, keeping the valley to the left of the track. The track climbs up some rocky surfaces, then heads east up the spur line, coming to the intersection in the low heath.

(1.4 km) Int. Valley Trk and Hay Wall Trk to Mt Hay car park
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 593 m Time = 13 mins
Climb = 21 m Descent = -26 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads away from the Grose Valley and along the hillside, keeping the ridge above and to the left of the track. The track passes many rocky outcrops (with the valley below to the right) as the walk comes to an intersection just above a saddle (on the right).
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads away from the rocky outcrops on the hill to traverse the saddle and rise up to the car park.

Drive from Mt Hay car park
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
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Getting there

Plan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk

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Driving Directions
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
From the end of the walk

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Near by


Campsites in the park
Acacia Flat
Burralow Creek camping ground
Coxs River Camping Area
Euroka campground - Appletree Flat campervan and camper trailer area
Euroka campground
Ingar campground
Mount Werong campground
Murphys Glen campground
Perrys Lookdown campground
Euroka Campground - Darug
Euroka Campground - Red Gum
Euroka Campground - Nioka
Euroka Campground - Bennetts Ridge


Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Summit Gear 80- Bathurst Rd , Katoomba (02) 4782 3018 12.4 km
Paddy Pallin 166 Katoomba St , Katoomba (02) 4782 4466 12.8 km
Summit Gear 11 Ross St , Glenbrook (02) 4739 4373 25.4 km
Richmond Camping Supplies 340 Windsor St , Richmond (02) 4578 3004 32.3 km
Simdra Pet & Hobby Mart 45 Main St , Lithgow (02) 6352 4422 27.9 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Hay Monolith.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Hay Monolith
Click to re-center search
2 KUR02 Miles Comms Site 1 1 246 Burralow Road KURRAJONG HEIGHTS 22 km (to the ENE)
4 RIV04 Fire Service Rusden Road MT RIVERVIEW 24 km (to the ESE)
6 LGW06 Lithgow Council Site HASSANS WALLS 28 km (to the WNW)
5 BIN05 Fire Tower MT BINDO
Emergency use only
37 km (to the W)
7 VMC7 Fire Tower MT BINDO 37 km (to the W)

Weather and Park info

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.

Weather and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
°C (feels like °)
km/h from the
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A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Blue Mountains National Park Link 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 fees Camping Facilities
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


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