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Like most people heading to the Blue Mountains National Park near Sydney, I came in search of the best hiking trails and lookout spots. And while you're spoilt for choice, deciding which bushwalk to take is often the most challenging part of any Blue Mountains trip. I weighed up everything before I decided which one to do - from the hiking distance to the views, difficulty levels to the terrains. And of course, crowds - I wanted to avoid them like the plague!
Enter Porters Pass hiking trail in Blackheath. This has to be one of the best hiking trails in the Blue Mountains! Situated just a stone's throw away from Katoomba, the Porters Pass trail is a hidden gem in the Blue Mountains, perfectly suited for those adventure travelers.
PORTERS PASS BLACKHEATH
The Porters Pass hiking trail is everything you could want from a hike! It starts with incredible lookout points of lush green fields and then moves on to a more rugged track hugging the cliff face. It's hot and exposed in some areas, and lush and green in others. You'll pass cascading waterfalls, hidden canyons, beautiful rainforests, and overhanging boulders which make for some pretty epic rock climbing walls.The highlights of hiking the Porters Pass and Colliers Causeway trail include Fort Rock, Lamberts Lookout, and Centennial Grove Grotto "Canyon".
PORTERS PASS HIKING TRAIL ROUTE
If this is your first time hiking in the Blue Mountains, you'll soon realize that each trail has many diversions offering different hiking routes, all with spectacular lookout points. Although the trails are well-marked, it's easy to get lost or to take the wrong path. Porters Pass, also known as the Porters Pass and Colliers Causeway trail, is a loop hike that's best done in reverse.
PORTERS PASS HIKING TRAIL ROUTE: STARTING POINT
There are several starting points to the Porters Pass hike in Blackheath, but it's best to take took the entry on the corner of Dundarra Street and Everligh Avenue. There's free street parking here and it's only 650m from the Blackheath Train Station if you're coming via public transport. The hike starts on a rocky downhill path before reaching a section where you cross a flowing stream and continue on the exposed trail.
FORT ROCK LOOKOUT POINT
From there, you'll reach a fork in the road. Remember when I said "don't take Centennial" - keep that in mind for this part of the trail. You need to take the Fort Rock route. (Although you could take the Centennial Glen Route via Porters Pass, this is the route you'll return on.) This part of the hike offers some spectacular vistas, the best of which is from the Fort Rock viewpoint. From there it's downhill for quite a while before you make your way to Lamberts Lookout.
LAMBERTS LOOKOUT AND PORTERS PASS
To get to Lamberts Lookout, you'll go slightly off track - but it's so worth the detour as the views are stunning. Keep an eye out for the rock climbers on the cliff to the right of the lookout point. After a short break, make your way back to the trail where you'll continue to Porters Pass. This is the exciting part of the trek where you'll be walking through the forest, passing several waterfalls. The track can be muddy and slippery as well so take it slowly.