Mount Hyjal was the first Cataclysm zone that most players encountered while leveling from 80 to 85. For those players who skipped the zone, though, it may not be immediately clear how to get to Hyjal in Cata. With the addition of the Molten Front daily quests in patch 4.2, Hyjal is once again a vital waypoint in most players’ day-to-day lives, so here’s a simple guide to getting there.
By far the easiest way to reach Mount Hyjal is to use the convenient portal located in Orgrimmar or Stormwind. The portal is free to use, and offers instant teleportation to Nordrassil Inn in Hyjal. There’s a slight gotcha, though: if you haven’t yet completed the initial few quests which start the Hyjal questlines, the portal won’t be available to you. So, work your way through the opening of the Mount Hyjal zone if you haven’t already – the lead-in quest is ‘Warchief’s Command: Mount Hyjal!’ from Warchief’s Command Board in Orgrimmar or ‘Hero’s Call: Mount Hyjal!’ from the Hero’s Call Board in Stormwind. It’s worth doing – for one thing, you’ll need to have completed virtually the entire Hyjal questline in order to get access to the Molten Front dailies, so it won’t be time wasted even at level 85.
Once you’ve completed enough of the Hyjal questline to activate the portal, you’ll find it with the rest of the Cataclysm zone portals: on the hill just north of the Valley Of Wisdom in Orgrimmar, or on Eastern Earthshrine island (northwest of Stormwind Keep) in Stormwind.
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Other ways of getting there
While the Orgrimmar/Stormwind portal will usually be the quickest way of getting to Hyjal, you can make your own way there instead if you want . For Horde players, Orgrimmar is still the closest major Horde town from which to fly. Alliance characters will probably find it easiest to get a boat to Rachet and fly from there.
If you are crazy or stubborn enough to fly to Mount Hyjal, be aware that – as the name suggests – it’s a really big mountain. Once you hit the edge of the zone, all you’ll see is a bleak gray cliff-face. You’ll have to fly vertically upwards for quite some time before you find a point at which you can enter the zone.
Prior to patch 4.2, the return journey from Mount Hyjal was bit of a pain, especially for Alliance players. If your hearthstone was on cooldown it was quite a trek. Luckily, return portals to Orgrimmar and Stormwind have now been placed just outside the Nordrassil Inn, so the return trip to your capital city is a piece of cake.