Mini-waterfall in the Grand Canyon

Mini-waterfall in the Grand Canyon

No, we didn’t go on holiday to America – there is a Grand Canyon in the Blue Mountains.

This is one of the classic and popular Blue Mountains walks. When we first wanted to do it it was closed due to path work, so we headed back in January. It was a boiling 33/34 degrees, which is officially currently too hot for me to cope with very well! Luckily the majority of the walk is down in the canyon where its shady, cooler, damp and probably around 10 degrees cooler.

The walk is a loop and only 5.5 km, but because of the amount of ascent and descent at the end of each canyon and the path being quite steep and a bit slippery in place they recommend 3.5-4 hours for it. We smashed it in 2 hours 10 mins, even with the heat! You start and end at Evans Lookout with cool views down the valley.

The walk itself starts with a fairly dull road section, and then descends through a glen into the canyon. There are lots of cool undercut rock formations from when the river used to be a lot hire, and even a totally enclosed tunnel which you go through – although its under 20m long its pretty dark! A lot of the walk is probably about half way down the canyon – looking down into it was quite cool – in some places there are just really narrow slots with vegetation so you cant actually see the bottom. There is a relatively short section along the actual canyon floor near the end of the walk where you go along the river and past pools.

Big Water Dragon

Big Water Dragon

The area is popular with canyoners and we saw some abseiling into the start. We also saw a giant water dragon. I was deep in discussion and walked right past it. Matt called my name so I turned around and jumped when I saw it sat on the rock right by me as I hadn’t expected it. He was pretty cool and let us take a few pictures before Matt encouraged me to leave him alone!

I enjoyed the walk, especially ducking along all the rocks and the shady coolness relative to the temperature at the top! The National Pass walk is probably slightly more scenic and varied, but then it does also have a lot more steps to contend with!

Me and the lizard

Me and the lizard

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