Thredbo Hikes Track Report | 5 March
Posted on 5 Mar, 2021 in
Track Report by Rachael Schultz | Guest Services Outdoor Operations Manager
With crisp mountain mornings it’s obvious Autumn is in the air.
THREDBO TO MT KOSCIUSZKO
If you are headed out early be sure to pack that extra layer and mind your step, the metal track can be slippery with droplets of dew first thing.
Bidgee-Widgees are recognizable, littered along the track with globular flower heads carrying spiny red seed cases. These seeds will stick to shoes and socks of those that travel too close, a tribute to their success of dispersal and distribution. The rains have replenished the Mother Shield-Ferns found amongst the rocks and the Alpine Water Skinks are spotted out of the burrows of crayfish.
With a keen eye for detail and enthusiasm for sharing the small and the grand with visitors, our guides continue to head out every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Upgrades continue on the track below Lake Cootapatamba Lookout, please follow signage for your safety and the wellbeing of the environment.
ALPINE LAKES WALK
Thredbo guides will take you from Thredbo to Charlotte Pass along what is known as the Main Range track. Across the 19km journey hikers will pass five of Australia’s glacial lakes, see evidence of ski huts from the 1950s (one of which was taken out by an avalanche), see the famous ‘Western Faces’ and appreciate the ‘Windswept Feldmark’ a globally unique, critically endangered ecological community.
Our guides arrange a pick up service from Charlotte Pass to return to Thredbo Village, making this a full day activity for 15 years and up.
Mueller’s Snow-Gentians, Button Everlastings, Alpine Groundsels and Waxy Bluebells are blooming in abundance. With an eye for detail Gunn’s Willow-Herbs can be spotted in damp, rocky areas. Singular Highland Leek Orchids are scattered along the trails, hugging the walk way to Mt Kosciuszko. Alpine Tigger Plants are few and far between but their bright purple colour makes them easy to spot in Autumn.
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.
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