Jack Evans Track to Erskine Creek
Dharug & Gundungurra Country

1 h 30 min to 2 h

2.5 km
return

↑ 220 m
↓ -220 m

Very challenging
This walk explores the Jack Evans Track, from the end of Nepean Lookout fire trail to Erskine Creek. The walk boasts fantastic rock formations, great views, grass trees and mosses, and gets up close to Erskine Creek. Erskine Creek is a great place to rest, and wet the toes, before the climb back up to the car park. Let us begin by acknowledging the Dharug & Gundungurra people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Car park at end of Nepean Lookout fire trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Jack Evans track head. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Jack Evans track head. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Information sign about Jack Evans Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Jack Evans Track information sign. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Top of Jack Evans Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Burnt out NP sign. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Steps on track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Erskine Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Erskine Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Looking down on Erskine Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Jack Evans track passing stone wall. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
View of Erskine Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Jack Evans track near to of climb. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Along the Jack Evans track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Steps. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track in cleft of rock. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Jack Evans track rounding steep gully. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Maiden Hair fern. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Orange fungus growing on old log. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Jack Evans track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Through the grass trees. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Gum tree near Erskine creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Glimpse of Erskine Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Erskine Creek from Natural dam. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Where Jack Evans track crosses Erskine Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Erskine Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
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Warning
This journey requires significant bushwalking experience, specialised equipment and navigation skills.
Please ensure you and your group well prepared and equiped for this journey.

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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start At the intersection of Nepean Lookout Firetrail & Jack Evans Track (-33.8403543,150.5814144)
Mode Car (A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.)
DirectionsFrom Great Western Highway, A32
  • Turn on to Great Western Highway, A32 then drive for 215 m
  • Turn right onto Ross Street and drive for another 285 m
  • Turn right onto Euroka Road and drive for another 2.5 km
  • Turn left onto The Oaks Trail and drive for another 6.9 km
  • Keep left onto Nepean Lookout Firetrail and drive for another 3.8 km
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the car park, at the end of the publicly accessible section of the Nepean Lookout Fire Trail, this walk heads through the gap in the wire fence next to the large 'Blue Mountains National Park' information sign. The walk soon passes a silver information sign about 'Jack Evans Track', where the sandy track starts to head down hill, with the occasional wooden step. Passing a burnt 'take care when walking near cliffs' sign the track passes several informal tracks off to the right. The main track continues down the hill until a larger sandy area gives way to a rock platform and view on the right, this is Erskine Lookout, an unfenced informal lookout.....
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Nepean Lookout Firetrail & Jack Evans Track Start heading along Jack Evans Track (a walking track).
Find the car park at the start.
After another 25 m pass the "Blue Mountains National Park" (5 m on your right).
After another 30 m pass the "Jack Evans Track" (6 m on your left).
After another 160 m continue straight, to head along Jack Evans Track.
After another 115 m find the "Erskine Lookout" (5 m on your left).
Erskine Lookout
Erskine Lookout

This informal and unfenced lookout on Jack Evans Track is in the lower Blue Mountains south west from the end of Nepean Lookout Fire Trail. The lookout is perched high above Erskine Creek and provides wonderful view upstream, and good views downstream. The view down in to the gorge gives a unique perspective of the lower section of Erskine Creek.
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This informal and unfenced lookout on Jack Evans Track is in the lower Blue Mountains south west from the end of Nepean Lookout Fire Trail. The lookout is perched high above Erskine Creek and provides wonderful view upstream, and good views downstream. The view down in to the gorge gives a unique perspective of the lower section of Erskine Creek.

After another 155 m come to the viewpoint (9 m on your right).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Eastern side of natural dam wall. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip continue straight when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 660 m turn right.
Continue another 105 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 1.3 km to get back to the start.
About 110 m past the end is "Lower Erskine Campsite".
Lower Erskine Campsite
Lower Erskine Campsite

A small campsite, just up from the eastern bank of Erskine Creek, a short distance north of where Jack Evans track crosses the creek. The campsite has a small fire circle, and enough space for one maybe two tents. Erskine creek is a handy water supply (treat before drinking).
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A small campsite, just up from the eastern bank of Erskine Creek, a short distance north of where Jack Evans track crosses the creek. The campsite has a small fire circle, and enough space for one maybe two tents. Erskine creek is a handy water supply (treat before drinking).


An optional side trip to Eastern side of natural dam wall.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 170 m come to the end.
About 50 m past the end is "Natural dam pool".
Natural dam pool
Natural dam pool

A series of very large boulders have formed a natural dam on Erskine Creek, about 170m north of Big Crater Creek. The dam forms a large lovely pool upstream. The pool is used by Sydney Water for measurements, and a water depth indicator is bolted to the rock. The pools is not safe to dive or jump into, there are many submerged objects.
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A series of very large boulders have formed a natural dam on Erskine Creek, about 170m north of Big Crater Creek. The dam forms a large lovely pool upstream. The pool is used by Sydney Water for measurements, and a water depth indicator is bolted to the rock. The pools is not safe to dive or jump into, there are many submerged objects.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 170 m to the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Jack Evans Track to Erskine Creek


Grading
Class 5/6
Very challenging
Length 2.5 km
Time 1 h 30 min to 2 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage No directional signs (5/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
Experience Required Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Campsite: There is one 1.4 km from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Campsite
1.4 kmLower Erskine Campsite
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