知道我非常 不 作为一名远足者，尼尔向我保证，我们到蓝山的旅程将涉及一些相对轻松的一日游。
I must have done so amazingly well on our first hike, that he decided to test me a bit. Thatâ€™s what I’m telling myself, anyway.
The Grand Canyon Walk is a giant loop track that begins and ends on Evans Lookout Road in Blackheath, about fifteen minutesâ€™ drive up the mountain past Katoomba. The beginning of the track is easy to find- you enter scrubby bushland directly from the appointed car parking area and follow trail down into the canyon itself.
The relatively well marked and maintained track zigzags down the slope, and the scenery becomes greener as you descend. The sandstone rock-formations and overhangs are amazing. We’ve gone no more than five hundred metres when 尼尔 and I agree that, even if got no better than this, it was worth it.
It takes maybe thirty minutes to reach the river that flows through the Grand Canyon. On our way down, we pass through two lockable gates designed to shut the walk off at various points. We’re extremely luckyâ€“ this track reopened only three days before we arrived, after being shut for a week 要么 so due to heavy rainfall in the Blue Mountains. It’s recommended 不 to canyon 要么 hike here if rain is predicted at any time during the day, as flash flooding is common and can be extremely dangerous.
Having said that, the few days after a heavy rainfall is an amazing time to be in the Canyon. I lost count of how many waterfalls we saw, from high misting sheets of water to tiny trickles of rushing rivers that splash and spill over rocks.
The entire floor of the canyon is rainforest, and it all seems to be green. There are a million shades of green down here, of moss and ferns and slippery rocks.
We follow the Greaves Creek along where itâ€™s cut its path through the middle of the massive rocks. The foliage is massive and looks almost prehistoric. We cross the riverbed several times, using the sturdy carved sandstone blocks as stepping stones. Getting wet feet is inevitable.
There are quite a few other hikers out today and about halfway through, it dawns on us that every other group we see is walking the opposite direction to us. It seems weâ€™ve actually done this hike backwards. Thatâ€™s confirmed when we come across the â€˜entranceâ€™ and warning sign for the canyon, after weâ€™ve already come through it. Thatâ€™s 不 really a problem, of course, except it means weâ€™ve done the short ascent as a short descent. I get the feeling Iâ€™m going to suffer on the climb out of the canyon.
A lot of the track from here is across sandstone ledges, with overhangs that sit a few feet above our heads. At one bend in the river, we see a large rock that some hikers had secured as a perfect picnic spot, spreading out their lunch in the sunshine. Just fifty feet behind them, the track actually goes under a waterfall. Itâ€™s only a small one, but bathed in the winter sunshine it looks pretty glorious.
Just after the waterfall we come across a sandstone tunnel that forms part of the Grand Canyon walk. Itâ€™s a small, dark, fifteen foot stretch of blackness where huge pieces of falling rocks have left a gap big enough to walk through- itâ€™s about three metres from floor to ceiling.
After two hours of walking, we seem to be on the final stretch. To my slightly unfit dismay, the track just goes up and up and up. The steep incline is offset by more zigzagging stairs, and our surrounds are unbelievably pretty. The bright rainforest foliage gives way to dryer, scrubby bushes and the stairs still seem to be going up. Iâ€™m breathing heavily and really just want to go home.
Reaching the end of the track- our start point back at the car- felt almost excessively triumphant. Iâ€™m exhausted. I will remain exhausted for the next two days.
年级： 中等 （尽管新南威尔士州国家公园网站称其为Hard)
到达那里： Turn east off the Great Western Highway (in Blackheath) into Evans Lookout Road, then follow the signs to Evans Lookout. Parking is available at the lookout.
吃& Sleeping: 如果你’在像往常一样享受一些生物舒适的蓝山之旅之后，我建议您住在 三探险者汽车旅馆。价格非常好。若要享用美味，价格合理的餐点，请尝试石榴咖啡厅，或位于 Vee’s Cafe.