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At 1,065m Blackheath is the highest village along the great western highway (Bell is the only village with in the BMCC area that is higher). There are several options for rides in the area, this description is for the two out and back firetrail rides named Hanging Rock and Anvil Rock - in the one place here as they are so close and similar.

Meeting Point: 

Blackheath train station.

Full Description: 

According to their tourism guff Blackheath is a beautiful blue mountains village with a busy shopping centre providing everything from cafes, restaurants & hotels to antique & collectable shops, pre-loved goods & book shops. It is home to delectable gourmet pies and offers extensive automotive services and the surrounding Megalong Valley and Centennial Glen offer a choice of Horse Riding and other adventure activities.

Many of the accommodation choices in Blackheath are in idyllic mountain settings - B & B's, Guest Houses, Cottages, Motels, Romantic & Executive Retreats, Self contained accommodation, caravan parks and hotels.

Some of the best blue mountains bushwalks are in the Blackheath area and other bushwalks and beautiful vistas are ten minutes in either direction in the Katoomba and Mount Victoria areas.

But what concerns us is the riding.

Hanging Rock

The firetrail to Hanging Rock (also known as Baltzer Lookout) starts around 500m North of the Blackheath train station. If arriving by train, exit the station to the East (Great Western Highway) and turn left (North). Proceed until you meet the firetrail (Ridgewell Road) on the right.

From here it's a fairly easy 6km ride out (one way - don't forget to leave energy for the return) to the end,

Anvil Rock & Perry's Lookout

The firetrail to these two scenic points starts a little further from the station, 2.7km to be precise, at the end of Godson Ave, although there is an alternate entry end of Hat Hill Road.

It's around 5km ride out (again one way) from the end of either of these roads to Anvil Rock. Visiting Perry's Lookout will add an additional 2km or so.

All up then, there is an over 20km ride to be had here if one visits all these lookouts - certainly a worthy trip for the views alone.

It is worth noting that there is a firetrail that connects Hanging Rock trail to Robb Ave which means one does not have to return to Blackheath station to join the two.

Facilities/Points of Interest
Baltzer Lookout

Baltzer lookout offers an amazing view of the Grose Valley, and looking down and left you can see hanging rock.
Baltzer LookoutHanging RockHanging Rock

Blackheath train station

Blackheath station provides easy access to both trail heads. Exit onto the highway side and head North (left) around 500m for the firetrail to Hanging Rock (bear right off the highway). Or cross the highway and head up Hat Hill road, right to the end, for the trail to Perry's Lookout.

Past & Future Ride Meetings Here
Title When
Blackheath - social ride 8 years 43 weeks ago
Hanging Rock Morning Ride 12 years 2 days ago
Upper Mountains Mega-Medley 12 years 38 weeks ago

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