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Lockley Pylon
Time: 3 hrs 15 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
8.1 km NNE of Leura
Length: 6.8 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 6.8 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Blue Mountains National Park
Climb: 338 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 338 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: Return
Track: Hard

Lockley Pylon Track is an outstanding walk, offering some amazing views and interesting side trips. From Mt Hay Rd, the walk passes the prominent features of the Pinnacles (with an optional side trip exploring these) and climbs to Lockley Pylon, which gives 360-degree views of the Mt Hay area and Grose Valley. Another optional side trip to Fortress Canyon Waterfall is well worth the walk, with its contrasting plateau, cliff and valley features creating some breath-taking scenery. (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 Lockley Pylon

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Lockley Pylon
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Lockley car park
Middle Pinnacle
Top of Middle Pinnacle
Middle Pinnacle
Northern Pinnacle Trk
Mt Stead Trk
Mt Stead
Mt Stead Trk
Int. Du Faur Head Trk and Lockley Pylon N Tk
Lockley Pylon
Starting point for this hiking track: Lockley 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 
 Katoomba 1:100 000 Map Series 8930 

Photo Gallery

 
Start of Lockleys Pylon Track
 
Start of Lockleys Pylon Track +
 
Lockleys Pylon Track
 
Lockleys Pylon Track +
 
Lockleys Pylon Track below The Pinnacles
 
Lockleys Pylon Track below The Pinnacles +

 
Most northern Pinnacle
 
Most northern Pinnacle +
 
View from Mt Stead's summit
 
View from Mt Stead's summit +
 
Lockleys Pylon Track
 
Lockleys Pylon Track +

 
Lockley's Pylon
 
Lockley's Pylon +
 
Fortress Canyon Waterfall
 
Fortress Canyon Waterfall +
 
Summit of Lockley's Pylon
 
Summit of Lockley's Pylon +

Terrain


Please note: This is a 'return' style walk and therefore these graphs only show the terrain for the first half of the walk (until the turn around point.)

Cross sectional view of the Lockley Pylon bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Lockley Pylon bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Lockley Pylon bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Lockley Pylon 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 7km
Time 3 hrs 15 mins
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
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, 3.4km has short steep hills.

Quality of track
Around 2.1km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 1.3km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.

Signs
This whole walk, 3.4km has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 3.4km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 3.4km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
This whole walk, 3.4km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Since this is a 'return' style walk once you have had enough of the walk, turn around and retrace your steps back to the start.
Drive to Lockley 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.
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(0 km) Lockley car park to Middle Pinnacle
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 356 m Time = 10 mins
Climb = 46 m Descent = -3 m
From the car park, this walk heads past the sign for 'Lockley Pylon Track' and another sign with a map on it. The track leads up a slight hill to tend right, along the edge of a spur. The track slowly climbs to the southern pinnacle (rocky outcrop) and then continues approximately 100m to the intersection below the middle pinnacle.

(0.36 km) Middle Pinnacle to Mt Stead Trk
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.55 km Time = 34 mins
Climb = 72 m Descent = -68 m
Veer right: From the intersection, the walk heads up the hill towards the large rock features. The track continues for approximately 100m to an intersection on the left of a large rock.
Veer right: From the intersection, the walk heads around the large white rock (close to the intersection), soon coming to a small cave.
Turn around: From the intersection, this walk keeps the Pinnacles above to the right of the track, passing the most northern Pinnacle before coming to an intersection.
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads up the hill away from the Pinnacles. The track then descends a further 100m into a sandy and flat saddle, until the track rises out up the next hill. The track ascends the hill to gently undulate across the plateau, through the trees. The track then opens out onto a clearing where it continues up the hill for approximately 200m to the intersection on the next rise. The intersection is marked by a rocky outcrop to the left of the track.

(1.9 km) Mt Stead Trk to Lockley Pylon
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.57 km Time = 37 mins
Climb = 82 m Descent = -76 m
Turn sharp left: From the intersection, this walk heads off the main track to the rock feature, the summit of Mt Stead.
Turn around: From Mt Stead, this walk heads away from the rock feature on the knoll, to the intersection with the main track.
Turn left: From Mt Stead, this walk heads towards the surrounding valleys, leaving the rock feature behind on the left of the track. The track enters the tree line on the other side of the knoll and meanders through the trees for approximately 400m to open out onto a clearing. The track heads down through the clearing to pass to the right of two knolls. The track crosses the saddle and heads up the stairs on Lockley Pylon to a sign marked intersection.
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the sign to 'Lockley Pylon' up the wooden stairs to the summit of Lockley Pylon. This is marked by a stone cairn.

Lockley Pylon Alt = 922 m
Lockley Pylon, Blue Mountains National Park, gives 360 degree views of the Mt Hay area with excellent scope over Fortress Creek Waterfall and into the Grose Valley.

(3.47 km) Lockley Pylon to Fortress Lookout
Optional sidetrip: Route: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 164 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -46 m
Veer left: From Lockley Pylon, this walk heads south-west down the hill, keeping the valley to the right. The track heads down two short cliffs then wanders out to a point overlooking Fortress Creek waterfall.

Drive from Lockley 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

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Driving Directions
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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 8.8 km
Paddy Pallin 166 Katoomba St , Katoomba (02) 4782 4466 9.2 km
Summit Gear 11 Ross St , Glenbrook (02) 4739 4373 26.5 km
Simdra Pet & Hobby Mart 45 Main St , Lithgow (02) 6352 4422 27.3 km
Lithgow 4WD Centre 281 Main St , Lithgow (02) 6353 1899 28 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Lockley Pylon.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Lockley Pylon
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2 KUR02 Miles Comms Site 1 1 246 Burralow Road KURRAJONG HEIGHTS 25 km (to the ENE)
4 RIV04 Fire Service Rusden Road MT RIVERVIEW 26 km (to the ESE)
6 LGW06 Lithgow Council Site HASSANS WALLS 27 km (to the NW)
5 BIN05 Fire Tower MT BINDO
Emergency use only
34 km (to the W)
7 VMC7 Fire Tower MT BINDO 34 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
% humidity     (as at )
Wed      27°Showers. Likely storm developing.
Thu16°|26°Shower or two.
Fri15°|28°Mostly sunny.
Sat12°|22°Possible late shower.
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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Sydnat - Pleasant walk IP:121.91.223.xxx | 2010-08-10 22:46:44
A nice enough walk if you don't want anything too challenging. Its worth exploring the Pinnacles as you go past them. The walk takes you through a couple of different habitats, one of them being a kind of enchanted wood. There is also a nice little lookout / spot to have a rest about half-way along.

It can be done in much less than the allotted time. I think we did it in 1 hr and 15 each way. I'd be interested to keep going beyond the pylon to ?Blue Gum Forest. Maybe next time....
Jamison - The Hills Are Alive IP:58.165.211.xxx | 2011-04-10 11:45:54
The views are awesome and with its windswept grasslands, reminds me of the 'Sounds of Music'. Great, easy walk with options for the more adventurous. A favorite locale !
admin - re: The Hills Are Alive Super Administrator | 2011-04-10 22:15:02
Jamison wrote:
The views are awesome and with its windswept grasslands, reminds me of the 'Sounds of Music'. Great, easy walk with options for the more adventurous. A favorite locale !

I am with you there. This is the most alpine like space with have anywhere near here I reckon. Just can't beat it.
Matt :)
Tom - Lockley Pylon IP:202.159.151.xxx | 2014-06-08 01:03:22
Just a quick note to say that it's Lockley Pylon, not Lockley's Pylon.
Violet Femme - best to drive IP:101.170.170.xxx | 2015-02-22 20:34:05
Its about 20km from Leura train station
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