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Thredbo Hikes Track Report | 12 November

Posted on 12 Nov, 2020 in Hikes Track Report

Track Report by Rachael Schultz | Guest Services Outdoor Operations Manager

Remember where you put those boots? Thredbo hiking season officially opens on 21 November and with these beautiful spring conditions, it’s a great time to get out there. Experience the daily changing alpine for yourself…

THREDBO TO MT KOSCIUSZKO LOOKOUT & RAWSON PASS

The 2km walk to the Kosciuszko Lookout is well clear of any snow. The new track grate and a route alteration installed last year now means no steps to the lookout, making it more accessible and friendlier for all.

As you approach the lookout you will see what remains of the construction to continue upgrading the elevated walking track. Don’t be tempted by the portable loo, it’s only for the workers. The toilets are open at Rawson Pass if you are headed to the summit, please follow the social distancing signs installed by NPWS.

View of Mt Kosciuszko from the Kosciuszko Lookout

RAWSON PASS TO MT KOSCIUSZKO SUMMIT

After Rawson Pass two snow drifts remain that will need to be crossed before reaching the top of Australia! The first one is larger and caution is advised as it’s off camber and quite steep. The second is smaller where the Main Range turns off to meet the Summit Track. Be mindful that these crossings are single track and it can be challenging to pass others – please remember to keep up that social distancing! Once you reach the summit there are spectacular views across the remaining snow on the Main Range and into Victoria.

Large snowdrift after Rawson Pass

FLORA & FAUNA ALONG THE WAY

Keep a keen eye out for the tucked away Marsh Marigolds that are popping up close to the moving water or by the edges of the remaining snow. Felted Buttercups also stand out with their bright yellow petals and the Billy Buttons are starting to put their first leaves out. The Common Eastern Froglets are singing out in the drainage areas. Please stick to the track so our native frog friends aren’t disturbed.

Felted Buttercup
Marsh Marigold

DEAD HORSE GAP HIKE & THREDBO RIVER TRACK

Dead Horse Gap Hike is now open with two small snow crossings along the upper trail. Wet, boggy areas require caution along the Thredbo River. Dusty Daisy-bushes, Mountain Hovea and Leafy Bossiaea are in bloom once you reach the tree line, making the return walk to Thredbo a colourful one! Other Thredbo valley tracks are yet to open as trail maintenance continues, check out the latest lift and trail status here.

Mountain Hovea

We acknowledge the traditional owners and custodians of country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to them their cultures, and elders past, present and future.

Want to Learn More?

To learn more about how you can hike the amazing alpine with Thredbo’s local knowledgeable guides click here

For more information please contact Thredbo Guided Hikes at guides_thredbo@evt.com 

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