Anvil Rock Trail

Cycle Sydney, Mountain Bike Ride, Anvil Rock Trail

Anvil Rock follows a well graded unsealed road along a ridge top out to two fantastic lookouts of the rock itself, and Perrys Lookdown. This ride would be a fantastic introduction for the cyclist looking to take his or her trusty steed off road for the first time. No major hills and a well graded dirt road make for easy, fast pleasant cycling. Fantastic views of the Blue Mountains are on offer for most of the ride and on a clear day the city of Sydney is clearly visible in the distance. This ride can be combined with Hanging Rock to create one ride taking in all three lookouts.

Terrain

Smooth, well graded unsealed road. Traffic Moderate vehicle traffic.

Access

From Sydney take the M4 and follow all the way through to Blackheath. Turn right into Hat Hill Road. Park near the treatment plant roughly where the road becomes unsealed approximately 3km along.

Train: Alight at Blackheath station turn left into the Great Western Highway and right into Hat Hill Road.

Food and Drink

Plenty of cafes, shops and a pub at Blackheath. And of course you can’t pass through without picking up a loaf of the Blackheath Bakery sourdough.

Side Trip

The walk down into Blue Gum Forest from Perrys Lookdown is a must!

 

More Details

This ride is essentially an ‘out and back’ which follows Hat Hill Road from Blackheath out to two stunning lookouts Anvil Rock and Perrys Lookdown in the Blue Mountains National Park. I have chosen to start this ride from where Hat Hill Road becomes un sealed roughly adjacent to the treatment plant to avoid a couple of kms of bitumen. However, if you are after a little more distance this ride can easily be commenced from the start of Hat Hill Road.

Although it takes place on an unsealed dirt road, riders can expect a fair amount of vehicle traffic especially on weekends as both lookouts are popular with tourists and are accessible by 2wd vehicles. Both Anvil Rock and Perrys Lookdown offer picturesque views of the beautiful Grose Valley and the touring Mount Banks Massif can also be seen in the distance.

Anvil Rock in particular offers almost a 360 degree vista of the Blue Mountains National Park. Perrys Lookdown provides a car camping area which makes a good spot for lunch. Although in the Blue Mountains National Park, there is not a lot of tree cover for the majority of this ride so it is exposed to the elements. Weather in the upper Blue Mountains can have extreme variations in temperature and conditions can be very different from that experienced in Metro Sydney. I completed this ride one morning in mid January with an outside air temp of around six degrees Celsius! Although a short ride, you should be well prepared for all weather conditions and carry the appropriate clothing.

Navigation on this ride is extremely simple and it would make a great ride for anyone looking to take their shiny new machines off-road for the first time. The trail is smooth and well graded and is one of the few rides suitable for both mountain bikes and hybrids. As the ride follows the top of a ridge line there are no major climbs or descents to contend with. Fitness wise Anvil Rock is easily achievable by riders of an average level with only a few small undulating hills.

For those looking for a longer ride this one can easily be combined with Hanging Rock to make one large ride which takes in three great lookouts. These two rides could also be combined over a weekend using Blackheath as a base, making for a enjoyable introductory weekend of cycling.

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 Start ride from the treatment works and follow Hat Hill Rd.
  • 0.8 Ignore road off to the left.
  • 2.05 Ignore Pulpit Rock Rd off to the right and continue straight ahead.
  • 4.26 Fire trail splits, the right branch heads down to Perrys Lookdown and the left to Anvil Rock, turn left.
  • 5.39 Fire trail ends. A small walking trail leads to Anvil Rock off to you right. After admiring the view retrace your steps back along the fire trail.
  • 5.8 Brings you back to the fire trail junction. This time turn left and head down to Perrys Lookdown.
  • 6.7 End of fire trail. A walking track leads down to two lookouts at Perrys Lookdown. If you are feeling adventurous, a walking trail leads down 600m to Blue Gum Forest. After admiring the view retrace your steps back to the car.
  • 12.1 Ride’s end.
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    11.869 km / 7.375 mi

    Total Distance

    216 m / 709 ft

    Total Ascent

    217 m / 712 ft

    Total Descent

    1,029 m / 3,376 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Sightseeing
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Commuter
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Gravel
    Various
    Difficulty: Easy (Blue)
    Ride Duration: 1-2 hrs
    Fitness Level: Low
    MTB Segment: flow
    Terrain:
    Shared Bike Path - Paved
    Shared Bike Path - Dirt
    On-Road Bike Lane
    On-Road
    Off-Road - Fire Trail
    Off-Road - Rail Trail
    Off-Road - Single Track
    Off-Road - Downhill
    Mobile Coverage: Limited
    Estimated Distance: 12.1
    Elevation Gain: 267
    Services:
    Water
    Food
    First Aid
    Toilets
    Bike hire
    Carparking
    Bike servicing
    Accessible by bike
    Accessible by car
    Accessible by public transport
    Accessible by shuttle / uber
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