Grand Canyon – Blackheath, Blue Mtns

Currently reading: Sir Isaac Newton – Opticks | David Foster Wallace – Infinite Jest (in it for the long haul…)

My working weeks are pretty full on at the moment as I ramp up for the final months of thesis life, so I’m trying to get as much hiking in on the weekends as I can. This morning I revisited the Grand Canyon in Blackheath, a walk I haven’t done in its entirety since 2001 or 2002. There is some overlap with the Evans Lookout entrance to the Grose Valley via Rodriguez Pass which I’ve hiked more recently, but it was lovely to make the canyon loop the point of focus and to see the impressive work that has been done on the trail since my last visit.


Grand Canyon loop track car park – The signs say 3-4 hours but I completed my circuit in under 2 – there are lots of stairs but it’s totally manageable


Linking track to Evans Lookout


Stunning view from Evans Lookout straight down the Grose Valley – I was camping in the midst of all those gorgeous trees a couple of weeks ago


The descent to Grand Canyon begins


All manner of eucalypts


Into the lovely shaded realm below




I have the best backyard


I passed a wise gentleman who reminded me to take in what I was seeing and not be in too much of a hurry


But those steps were beckoning me ever onward


Approaching the junction – Grose Valley to the left, Grand Canyon to the right, Evans Lookout behind


Bridge over troubled water


The stairs are my yellow brick road this summer


A sense of the canyon formation


Water dragon – I freaked the little dude out so had to zoom so as not to disturb him any further


Climbing out of the rainforest and back into open eucalypt forest


Love our rugged terrain


After ascending a short distance, the path hugs the canyon wall for about a kilometre or so


With occasional glimpses of where those stairs will eventually take you


Still lovely and shaded for the most part


Especially through these stunning cut-ins


Then back into the rainforest once more


Lush giant ferns and cool ambient temperatures even while the thermometer climbs on the exposed ridges above – I stopped photographing at this point and focused on the climb


I think this dilapidated old building is on a property that is currently for sale (but if it’s the listing I think it is, the asking price is pretty steep…)

The Grand Canyon loop is truly a first class walking track and it’s no wonder it draws thousands of visitors to the Blue Mountains every year.

Loving my mountains life…

Booknboot xo

Books Completed: Jeff Greenwald – Shopping for Buddhas

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