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Mt Hay and Hay Monolith
Time: 2 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
11.6 km NNE of Leura
Length: 4.6 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 4.6 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Blue Mountains National Park
Climb: 273 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 273 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: Hard

This walk combines the Mt Hay and Hay Monolith trails. The track takes in the best of the exposed ridges, with views into the swamps and the Grose Valley. Walkers will pass by many rock formations and wild flowers in the low heath. The summit of Mt Hay does not give views of the region, but the track up showcases the surrounding 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 Mt Hay and Hay Monolith

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Mt Hay and Hay Monolith
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Mt Hay car park
Int. Mt Hay Trk and Valley Trk
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
Rock Flat
Int. Mt Hay Trk and Ridge Top Trk
Int. Swamp View Trk and Mt Hay Trk
Rock Feature Lookout
Mt Hay summit
Rock Feature Lookout
Int. Swamp View Trk and Mt Hay Trk
Int. Mt Hay Trk and Ridge Top 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 +
 
Valley View track
 
Valley View track +
 
Beetle
 
Beetle +

 
The Hay Monolith
 
The Hay Monolith +
 
View into the Grose Valley
 
View into the Grose Valley +
 
The rare Pink Flannel Flower (Actinotus forsythii) AKA Ridge Flannel Flower
 
The rare Pink Flannel Flower (Actinotus forsythii) AKA Ridge Flannel Flower +

 
Overgrown service trail to Mt Hay in the background
 
Overgrown service trail to Mt Hay in the background +
 
Ribbed rock formation
 
Ribbed rock formation +
 
Cairn on Mt Hay summit
 
Cairn on Mt Hay summit +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Mt Hay and Hay Monolith bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Mt Hay and Hay Monolith bushwalking track



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

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Mt Hay and 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 4.6km
Time 2 hrs
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Signs Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
*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
Around 3.8km of this walk has short steep hills, whilst the remaining 860m is very steep.

Quality of track
Around 2.4km of this walk follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely, whilst the remaining 2.2km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

Signs
Around 2.4km of this walk has minimal directional signs, whilst the remaining 2.2km has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
Around 2.4km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 2.2km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 4.6km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 2.4km of this walk has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged), whilst the remaining 2.2km 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.
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(0 km) Mt Hay car park to Int. Valley Trk and Hay Wall Trk
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 593 m Time = 13 mins
Climb = 26 m Descent = -21 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 left: From the intersection, this walk heads towards the rocky outcrop, keeping the ridgeline above and right of the track. After approximately 300m, the track leads away from the hill on the left, heading onto a low heath area (with the hill behind). The walk continues for approximately 50m towards the Grose Valley, coming to an intersection.

(0.59 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 left: 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).

(0.83 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.)

(0.83 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.

(0.98 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.)

(0.98 km) Hay Monolith West to Rock Flat
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 412 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 34 m Descent = -13 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.
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads across the hillside, keeping the main valley below to the left, and the hill to the right of the track. The walk reaches a rock surface and tends right towards the intersection.

(1.39 km) Rock Flat to Int. Swamp View Trk and Mt Hay Trk
Track: Moderate - bushtrack,servicetrail
Length = 468 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 9 m Descent = -21 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads up onto the ridgeline, with Mt Hay to the left of the track. The track then follows the ridgeline, undulating slightly for approximately 200m before dropping down the intersection.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the overgrown management trail up the hill, keeping the rocky outcrops on the hill to the left and the large hill, Mt Hay, directly ahead of the track. The track heads down to an unsigned intersection.

(1.86 km) Int. Swamp View Trk and Mt Hay Trk to Mt Hay summit
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.22 km Time = 33 mins
Climb = 133 m Descent = -30 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads down the management trail towards Mt Hay, with the Grose valley some distance off to the left. The trail tends right for approximately 50m to a rocky surface, where the track rounds a rock outcrop on the right-hand side. The trail slowly winds down the hill and across a saddle protected by trees. The walk then turns into a single track up the hill leading to Mt Hay. The track heads up to a small knoll and continues to an informal lookout marked by a prominent rock feature on the left.
Continue straight: From the ribbed rock feature lookout, this walk heads around a rocky outcrop to lead up the hill, keeping the Grose valley some distance off to the left. The walk leads up the hill through the trees to climb two small rock surfaces - These are marked by small cairns. The track continues up the hill, passing a rock landing on the left covered by moss. The walk heads up through a grassy area where the track becomes undefined. The walk continues for approximately 100m up the hill to an area of soccer ball-sized rocks and grass. The track leads up past a knoll made by these rocks (the knoll is to the right of the track), coming to the large cairn on the summit.

Mt Hay Alt = 942 m
Mt Hay, Blue Mountains National Park, is a large basalt-capped mountain, which creates a more fertile environment for different plant species. The mountain is accessed by Mt Hay Rd, with a defined bush track which leads to the top.
At the top of Mt Hay, there is a large cairn, made from basalt bricks from the surrounding prominent knoll, which is the highest point. Excellent views are gained into the Grose Valley, from the track up Mt Hay, however the summit itself does not have views, blocked by the tree canopy.

(3.07 km) Mt Hay summit to Mt Hay car park
Track: Hard - bushtrack,servicetrail,bushtrack,bushtrack
Length = 1.55 km Time = 40 mins
Climb = 48 m Descent = -146 m
Turn around: From the cairn on the summit of Mt Hay, this walk heads south down the hill. The track continues approximately 100m down the hill through an area of soccer ball-sized rocks and grass. The walk heads down the hill to lead out of the grass, passing a rock landing (on the right) which is covered in moss. The track leads down the hill to descend two small rock surfaces which are marked by cairns. The track then tends right to a ribbed rock feature on the right.
Continue straight: From the rock feature (on the right), this walk heads down the hill with the Grose valley some distance off to the right of the track. The walk continues down a single track away from Mt Hay, leading across a saddle protected by trees, then follows an overgrown management trail which tends left around a rocky outcrop (on the right). The walk then tends right for approximately 50m to continue on to the intersection.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the overgrown management trail up the hill, keeping the rocky outcrops of the hill to the right of the track. The track climbs over a small rise to descend to the unsigned intersection with a defined track on the right.
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads down the hill, keeping the rocky features on the right for approximately 20m to the intersection.
Veer left: 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

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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 Mt Hay and Hay Monolith.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Mt Hay and Hay Monolith
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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
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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 - Fantastic views IP:121.44.56.xxx | 2010-06-14 12:25:08
First up, be prepared to drive about 15km along an unsealed road to get there. Bit slippy. Good to do other walks along the road if you've made the effort to come this far. Mt Hay car park is right at the end of the road. Just keep going until you can't go any further.

The walk is quite exposed, so pick a good day for it. Today was great. Winter, but this walk is all north facing, so beautiful in the sun, and very little wind. It is so strangely quiet in such a vast open space. Only a few bird songs.

The views out over Grose Valley are amazing, and this is what really makes the walk.

Had some trouble reconciling the map with the notes around the monolith area. Taking the path to the right of the monolith takes you around the back of it and you walk right along the edge of the cliff top. I wouldn't do it in bad weather, or with children, or if you don't have a head for heights!

The path to the monolith summit, if I identified it correctly, also scales up the cliff top. Again, you need to have a strong nerve and be comfortable with heights to achieve this one.

Walking west from the monolith just brings more of the view. Another path heads further down a deep descent. I followed it for quite a while before turning back, and I guess this is one way down to the canyon.

The paths east to Mt Hay are surprisingly easy to miss, but once on it, easy to follow. Along the way are a couple of great spots to sit for lunch. You are sheltered by the rock and facing north looking out over the valley. To the left of the rock with the red streaks is a great spot, with the perfect little ledge to sit on. It doesn't get much better than this!

Once heading up into the trees, the path becomes a bit like a dry stream with large stones to negotiate. The summit itself is nothing remarkable, but you could probably head north from there to get to a good vantage point.

Summit to car park, 25 mins with a full stomach :)
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