Baltzer Lookout (Hanging Rock)

New South Wales

This walk to Baltzer Lookout along Burramoko Ridge rewards you with excellent scenery and a view over the stunning Hanging Rock (aka the Finger). The track is mainly management trail, and would be great on a mountain bike (to the end of the management trail). The large cliff edges are unfenced and quite exposed, so do take care. Although short and relatively unchanging in scenery, the walk to Baltzer Lookout is well worth it.

1070m
Maximum Elevation
244m
Total Climb

Getting there

Heading west along the Great Western Highway, turn right on to Ridgewell Rd, 800m after the main traffic lights in Blackheath. Follow the dirt road for 2.4km until you reach a locked gate. Park here.

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Route/Trail notes

Reaching the lookout is quite straightforward as it just involves following the fire trail. There are a few small uphills and downhills, but it's mostly relatively flat. At the end of the road, there is a small fence, and the lookout is through the gate at the top of the hill.

From the lookout there are superb views up and down the Grose Valley. If you look down to your left, you can see Hanging Rock

Follow a steep track down to the left which leads to even better views of Hanging Rock. For those who are fearless, you can even jump across the gap on to the Rock itself. However, you do so at your own risk - a slip could prove fatal.

Permits/Costs

NIL

Other References

http://www.wildwalks.com/bushwalking-and-hiking-in-nsw/blue-mountains-blackheath-/baltzer-lookout-hanging-rock.html

http://bushwalkingnsw.com/walk.php?nid=722

http://www.bluemts.com.au/news/how-to-get-to-hanging-rock/

http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/Cycling-trails/Burramoko-Ridge-Hanging-Rock-cycle-trail

Comments

Very misty on the day we went, so we couldn’t see a lot. I wouldn’t rate this as medium difficulty- Very easy walk in and out.

Mon86 on 27 Aug, 2018

A short easy walk. I cycled this one as it's quite flat, except at the end. Amazing scenery.

rob.bushman on 20 Dec, 2015

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