This was one of the most spectacular hikes I’ve ever done. The hiking path spans between two waterfalls: Wentworth and Empress. The hike is a little strenuous at the two ends because of the steep stairs at both ends. The Grand staircase is probably more strenuous to climb than the stairs near the Empress waterfall. But most of the trail is at one level along the cliff.
My husband and I started the hike from Wentworth Falls. We had to abandon the hike on our first attempt because of rainy weather with strong gusty winds. If the weather is rainy, windy or if there is a lot of fog, try doing the hike on another day. The hiking experience is definitely dominated by the weather conditions. Our second attempt was on a sunny day and we loved every moment of it.
The grand stair case near Wentworth falls is very steep and was carved out of the rock face over 100 years ago! The path winds over, under and through several waterfalls along the way. The views of the cliff face and the valley are breathtaking. The whole trail is around 6 km long and it took us about 2.5h (with lots of photo stops) to complete it. This is a heritage walk not to be missed. If you can do one hiking trail in the Blue Mountains, make it the National Pass trail.
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