Last updated: January 14, 2021
The Rigby Hill walking track is a scenic 1.2km return trail in the Mount Wilson area of the Blue Mountains.
The trail leads to a hill on top of a sandstone escarpment from where you can soak in panoramic views of the Grose Valley and the surrounding cliff walls.
|Rigby Hill Walking Track|
|Distance:||1.2 km (return)|
|Time:||1 hour (including stops)|
|Grade:||Easy / moderate (rough surface)|
How to Get There
From the Bells Line of Road, turn into Pierces Road at the large “Pierces Pass Picnic Area” signpost. Pierces Road is located approximately 1.5 km west of Mount Banks Rd and 2.5 km south-east of Mount Wilson Rd.
Have a look at this Google map for the exact location.
Stay on Pierces Rd until the very end where you will find a small parking area. Note that this is a dirt road, but it’s okay to drive with a 2WD vehicle.
You will find the starting point of the walking track to Rigby Hill at the parking area. This is also the starting point of the challenging Pierces Pass, which descends into the Grose Valley.
Rigby Hill Walking Track
The short hike up to Rigby Hill is a fun walk through fantastic scenery. The track itself is a bit rough at times, and there are a few steep sections, but overall it’s a fairly easy walk.
Wearing good walking shoes is recommended though, as the surface at times is a bit challenging. The return walk can easily be completed within one hour, including time spent enjoying the views.
You will find the starting point of the Rigby Hill walking track at the parking area at the end of Pierces Rd.
It’s a small parking area, which does fill up quickly during weekends because the popular Pierces Pass also starts there. If the parking area is full, you can try parking a bit further up the road.
The walking track is very easy to follow, from start to finish.
The first part of the walk is mostly uphill through bushland, followed by a section through open scenery with beautiful district views.
Once you reach the end of the walk, on top of Rigby Hill, the views of the Grose Valley are absolutely breathtaking.
This is still a bit of an undiscovered part of the Blue Mountains, where you won’t find too many tourists around.
Please do note though that this is a not a paved walking track, nor is there any fencing around the cliff edges.
This means visitors will need to be careful at all times when exploring the escarpment, especially when walking closer to the edges of the escarpment.
For a bit of perspective, the Blackheath area is located on the opposite side of the Grose Valley, with Perrys Lookdown towards the left (east), and the Baltzer Lookout and Hanging Rock towards the right (west).
Further away, looking towards the east, you might be able to identify Mount Banks and Du Faur Head.
Nearby Walks and Lookouts
If you’d like to do more exploring in this beautiful part of the Blue Mountains, there are some more great walking tracks close by.
1. Pierces Pass
The Pierces Pass is a challenging walking track into the Grose Valley to Blue Gum Forest along the Grose River. The start of this track is at the same spot as the start to the Rigby Hill walking track, so you can’t miss it.
Read more about the Pierces Pass here.
2. Walls Lookout Walking Track
The walking track to the Walls Lookout is located next door to the Rigby Hill walking track, a similar walk with fantastic views, but slightly longer.
You can find the starting point of this enjoyable walking track at the parking area located at the beginning of Pierces Pass Rd.
Read more about the Walls Lookout walking track here.
3. Mount Banks Summit Walk
The hike up to Mount Banks is a moderately challenging walking track to the summit of one of the most iconic mountain peaks in the Blue Mountains.
The summit walk starts at the Mount Banks picnic area, which can be accessed via Mount Banks Rd, approximately 1.5 km east of Pierces Pass Rd.
Read more about the Mount Banks summit walk here.
>> Our list of the best hikes in the Blue Mountains.