Blue Mountains mtb rides

Hanging Rock - Blackheath

the view from hanging rock - tony fathers photo

Although this area was burnt late 2006, i had recovered enough that the spring 2007 flower display was fantastic. It must have been a cicada spring - we saw them over all the trees.

It's a not a long ride, nor a technical ride, but Blackheath's Hanging Rock has lots of fun waterbars for jumping, and some absolutely amazing views. I ended up with over 100 photos for the day, all views.


another view from hanging rock - tony fathers Hanging Rock is reached from Ridgewell Rd, Blackheath. Ridgewell Rd is dirt from its start, which is around 1 km west of Blackheath station. Blackheath is itself around 10 km west of Katoomba, and like Katoomba, is a town with many spectacular lookouts.


This ride is suitable for all, as long as beginners take it easy over the waterbars (you don't have to jump just because I do...), as it is just a basic firetrail in good condition. Ridgewell Road starts as normal dirt road, but once you are past the old dump, it becomes narrow winding firetrail with waterbars. Lots of waterbars! After a few kms there's a gate to keep out the cars, then it's all ours! Well, ours and bushwalkers'.
no, I don't know what keeps it attached either - tony fathers


hanging rock itself - tony fathers

There are a few hills that beginners may struggle with, but nothing too long or big. One visible reminder of the fires is the number of trees down - a few across the track. Apart from the very short singletrack from the old car park to the lookout, the riding isn't technically difficult at all. This track may well be my new king of waterbars - I suspect there's even more than on Linden Ridge, although they aren't as big.

There are quite a few other tracks running off to both sides - these may make good riding/exploring, but stick to the main trail so you don't get lost.


The trail takes you to the lookout, then there's a walk to the left down a very steep bit of track to Hanging Rock. This isn't a ride at all - I had to shoulder my bike down to take some piccies, and cursed and swore all the way back up. Stout chains and locks may be a better option! You can get onto the rock, but one day it's going to fall. Don't get on it that day!

The jump across is only a metre, but it feels much further, thanks to the huge drop and the overwhelming cliff face, which slopes inwards from about 50 m above you into the valley far below.

I love getting out there, sunning myself on the rock, the sounds of birds and water flowing far below, fabulous views... ommmmmmmmm......

do I have to carry my bike back up there? sob... - tony fathers

who needs a grand canyon? tony fathers photo - tony fathers

I ummed and ahhed about the rating for this track. Despite its relative shortness, the views and waterbar fun factor have earned it the maximum five fat hippies!

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All rides are now rated in Fat Hippies - one means grab a slice of pizza and stay on the beanbag, two means not bad, three means well worth a ride, four is a great ride and five means stop looking at your computer, go ride it!

Distance under 15 km there and back (sorry, my speedo wasn't working properly!)
Difficulty easy/medium firetrail. May need to walk some uphills. Lots of waterbars!
Time Variable - depends on how much exploring or gazing into the distance you do!
Trains Blackheath
Facilities Plenty of shops and a pub in Blackheath

Katoomba 8930-I-S

Interest Blackheath has heaps of bushwalks and great lookouts, lots of flowers spring and summer
Ridden October 2007
Reviewed October 2007

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