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

Grade: Medium

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

Supplied with hire: Bike / Helmet / Puncture repair kit / Pump / Map

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.


Further info:

National Parks Guide

Cycle Life HQ Narrow Neck Guide

Narrow Neck Information

Blue Mountains Alerts