NARROW NECK TRAIL
Distance: 22km return (from Gates), 35km return from Katoomba pickup location (Katoomba YHA) and returning via Cliff Drive lookouts and the spectacular Three Sisters rock formation
Time Required: 3-5 hours. depending on skill level, lunch and sightseeing stop
Terrain: Graded fire trail
Trail Surface: Rocky, Gravel, Sandy, Clay, Waterbars
Fitness Level: Average fitness required. Expect to walk some hills – it’s all part of the fun! It’s also a great excuse to stop and check out the views
Experience: Beginner and up. Always ride within your ability
Note: Mobile reception is variable. Weather can change rapidly so pack clothing accordingly. Always have a minimum of 2 litres of water on you.
The spectacular Narrow Neck trail follows a ridgeline deep into the valley, offering exhilarating scenic views across the Megalong Valley in the world heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park. Setting out from Katoomba, a quick ride from town will take you off the tarmac and deep into the undulating trails of this unspoilt wilderness area.
While there are a few short sharp hills that will test out your stamina, the phenomenal views are more than ample reward to keep you going. Plus as this ride is an ‘out and back’ route, the climbs you ride up on the way out transform into exhilarating descents on your return trip.
On the way back into town, hook onto the Cliff Drive Tourist route to soak in some more magical views – Echo Point and the Three Sisters are must-see stops to round out a day you’ll never forget.