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Thredbo Hikes Track Report | 14 April

Posted on 14 Apr, 2021 in Hikes Track Report

Track Report by Rachael Schultz | Guest Services Outdoor Operations Manager

Sunshine, snow and wind warnings have been handed to hikers this April.

THREDBO TO MT KOSCIUSZKO 

Venturing from Thredbo to Mt Kosciuszko this week meant hikers journeyed across the first snowfall of 2021! The strong winds from the cold snap resulted in sizeable snow drifts having developed across the walking track in some areas.
Caution is advised when crossing snow patches particularly when passing two-way traffic in steeper areas.

The toilet block at Rawsons Pass was barricaded by wind blown snow, thank you to NPWS staff in digging out the entrance way. Cootapatamba Lookout upgrades have been complete, taking hikers closer to the cirque now with a hand rail across the picturesque stops putting the summit of Mt Kosciuszko as the perfect backdrop for group photos.

The most abundant bloom is mainly in the Snowpatch Feldmark in the form of White Purslane. All other remaining blooms such as Snow Daisy, Spoon Daisy and Bidgee-widgees are now spotted in singular populations. Autumn colours across the alpine create an unspoiled scene to make the most of the last few weeks of hiking season.

First snowfall of 2021
Snow across the hiking track to Mt Kosciuszko
NPWS staff digging out the entrance to Rawsons Toilet Block
Rime ice on granite near the summit.

BEYOND MT KOSCIUSZKO

With the recent rain and snow fall across the alpine, hikes to Mt Townsend and Ramshead Range are mostly inaccessible and the routes are sodden with the fragile terrain now impassible.  Thredbo Guided Hikes have ceased these private hike options until further notice. We advise for those choosing to head out on their own to be cautious of rising water levels of creeks, avoid stepping on moss and grasses are extremely slippery when wet.

Autumn colours and a swollen Merritts Crekk
Merritts Creek in valley floor.
From Mt Kosciuszko summit looking toward Muellers and Northcote.

To make the most of lift operating hours and hiking opportunities check out the lift and trail status here.

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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