Pierces Pass to Blue Gum Forest

Download & Print Map and Notes

6 hrs 30 mins

14 km Return

812 m

Experienced only
This walk explores a beautiful section of the Grose Valley from Bells Line of Road. The walk heads down Pierces Pass and follows the magnificent Grose River to the Blue Gum Forest. The Blue Gum Forest is an icon of Blue Mountains bushwalking and this track gives you a great way to reach it. You then return the same way, or alternatively, finish by climbing to Perrys Lookdown, to make this a one-way walk.* This walk passes through very remote areas and sections have no visible track. At least one person in your group should have training and experience in off track walking and navigation. Even with these notes and a GPS these extra skills and equipment are required.

Maps for the Pierces Pass to Blue Gum Forest walk

You can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
Mount Wilson 1:25 000 Map Series 89301N MOUNT WILSON NSW-89301N
Katoomba 1:100 000 Map Series 8930 KATOOMBA 8930

Cross sectional view of the Pierces Pass to Blue Gum Forest bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Pierces Pass to Blue Gum Forest

Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.

Length 14 km
Time 6 hrs 30 mins

Grade 5/6

Experienced only
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Rough unclear track (5/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)

Some more details of this walks Grading

Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk


Around 7km of this walk is very steep, whilst the remaining 450m has short steep hills.

Quality of track

4.9km of this walk follows a rough unclear track and another 1.7km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely. The remaining (450m) follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.


Around 4.9km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 2.1km has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required

Around 5km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 1.7km requires some bushwalking experience.


This whole walk, 7km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


Around 7km of this walk has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged), whilst the remaining 450m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Pierces Pass to Blue Gum Forest walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Pierces Pass to Blue Gum Forest walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Pierces Pass to Blue Gum Forest walk starts and ends at the Pierces Pass car park (gps: -33.570115, 150.33863)
Your main transport option to Pierces Pass car park is by;
Car. A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
(get details)

Fire Danger

Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather Forest

This walk starts in the Central Tablelands weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.

Forecast snapshot

Park Information & Alerts



Short URL = http://wild.tl/pptbgf

Gallery images
There are other downloads I am still working on.
You will probably need to login to access these — still all free.
* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)

Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.
Happy walking
Matt 🙂