This walk starts by heading through Friday Flats and following a signposted track along the grassy open hillside of Thredbo River valley. You follow the loop through an enchanting snow gum forest, enjoying more valley views in places. A peaceful walk, with only a few short hill climbs, and particularly nice when the wildflower are in bloom.
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Cross sectional view of the Bridle Trail Loop bushwalking track
Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Bridle Trail Loop bushwalking track
Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
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Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
1 hr 15 mins
Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track
Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing
Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk. Gradient
2.1km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 670m has short steep hills. The remaining (200m) is flat with no steps.
Quality of track
2.3km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 550m follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. The remaining (120m) follows a smooth and hardened path.
Around 1.8km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 1.1km is clearly signposted.
Around 2.6km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 330m requires no previous bushwalking experience.
Around 2.6km of this walk is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety, whilst the remaining 330m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
Around 1.8km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 1.1km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).
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This walk leads through an extreme alpine environment and all walkers must be well prepared. During summer, be prepared for both very hot and cold weather, high winds, rain, snow, extreme UV levels and some sections of snow or ice on the ground. Before starting this walk, check advice with Snowy Region Visitor Information Centre (02) 6450 5600, the weather forecast and the snow conditions then change your plans as needed. These notes, grades and walking times have been written for use in the summer months only. Between May and the end of October, this walk is likely to be covered in snow/ice, visitors should be carrying and be prepared to use snowshoes or cross country skis. When there is a chance of significant snow on the ground, visitors will need particularly strong navigation and snowcraft skills - tracks and signage may not be visible. For most visitors, it is best to consider this walk closed during the colder months.
Friday Flats Walk: Easy - road
Length = 61 m
Time = 1 mins
Climb = 2 m
Descent = 0 m
From the intersection (on Friday Drive about 80m south of the roundabout), this walk follows the driveway up the hill, past 'Thredboland' to come to a large open area, Friday Flat. At the end of the sealed section of driveway is an intersection signposted with a 'Bridle Trail Loop' and a 'Merritts Traverse' sign.
Alt = 1360 m
Friday Flat is an open flat area at the Bottom of the Easy-Does-it and Gunbarrel chairlifts. Friday Flat is a hub for beginner and hungry skiers in winter. In summer, all the facilities are closed, but the web cam seems to run most of the time.
Bottom of Easy Does it Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 102 m
Time = 2 mins
Climb = 9 m
Descent = 0 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Bridle Trail Loop' sign across the large clearing of Friday Flats. The walk heads to the bottom of the 'Easy Does It' chairlift on the other side of the clearing.
Bottom of Easy Does it
Bridge intersection Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 274 m
Time = 6 mins
Climb = 13 m
Descent = -9 m
Turn left: From the bottom of the 'Easy Does It' chairlift, this walk heads up the grassy hill then follows the 'Bridle Trail Loop' sign along the track and past the small building. The walk continues on the grassy track along the side of the hill, following a couple of arrow posts over a metal grate then down to an intersection just before a flat bridge.
Bridle Loop intersection Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 401 m
Time = 9 mins
Climb = 18 m
Descent = -31 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk crosses the flat bridge and follows the track that leads over the small rise, whilst keeping the main valley to your left. The track leads along the edge of the snow gums and over a few small rises, coming to a large area open area just below the tree line and a 'Y' intersection marked with a 'Bridle Trail Loop' sign, just before two metal grates.
Bridle Loop intersection
Bridle Loop Flat Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 586 m
Time = 12 mins
Climb = 17 m
Descent = -29 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Bridle Loop Trail' sign east along the lower of the two tracks (keeping the valley to your right, and the other track to your left). The track soon crosses over a metal grate and then comes close to the the upper track again - here the walk stays on the lower track and soon passes another 'Bridle Loop Trail' sign at a solitary snow gum. The track continues along the hillside, enjoying the clear views into the Thredbo River valley (to your right). The track soon enters a snow gum forest and continues to gently wind along the side of the hill, passing a few views to a pondage on Thredbo River (to your right). Passing a few arrow posts, the track soon bends left and heads over a hill to a small clearing with some broad-based snow gums. After rain, you may hear the sound of a small cascade nearby - there are also some views back across the valley to the Alpine Way.
Bridle Loop Flat
Alt = 1349 m
About halfway around the Bridle Trail Loop, at the eastern extreme of the walk, is a small flat clearing. Surrounded by snow gums there is a view across the valley over the Thredbo River to the Alpine Way. In this sheltered spot, you will find a few tree endowed with Old Mans Beard (Usnea australis), a lichen. Like other lichens, this is actually a fungus and an alga living symbiotically. After rain, you can hear a small waterfall not too far away.
Bridle Loop Flat
Thredboland intersection Track: Moderate - bushtrack,servicetrail,road
Length = 1.51 km
Time = 35 mins
Climb = 90 m
Descent = -80 m
Continue straight: From the small clearing, this walk follows the clear track gently uphill into the forest of taller trees. The trail sweeps left, passing an arrow post, and then climbs up through two switchback turns (first right then left). Here, the track continues to climb for a little longer over a rocky section. The track soon flattens out (ignoring the regenerating track to your right) then leads past another arrow post through the snow gum forest. Before long, the trail leaves the forest and the view of the Thredbo Valley opens up (to your left). The track leads across the open hillside (keeping the lower track not far to your left) and crosses a metal grate before coming to a four-way intersection marked by a 'Bridle Trail Loop' sign pointing back along the track. Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Bridle Trail Loop' track gently uphill (away from the other two tracks) keeping the main valley to your left. The track leads up into the snow gums and along the side of the hill, following a few arrow posts that soon lead down and across the flat bridge and to a 'Y' intersection. Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the upper track heading east, away from the bridge, keeping the lower track and valley to your left. The track soon leads over a metal grate and follows a couple of arrow post along the side of the hill. Soon after passing a small building, the track leads downhill past the 'Bridle Trail Loop' sign and down to the bottom of the 'Easy Does It' chairlift. Turn right: From the bottom of the 'Easy Does It' chairlift, this walk heads in front of the buildings across the large clearing of Friday Flats. Just near the bottom on the 'Gunbarrel Express' chairlift, this walk comes to an intersection with a trail marked with a couple of signs including a 'Bridle Trail Loop' sign pointing back across Friday Flats. Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the driveway down the hill, past 'Thredboland' to come to a 'T' intersection with Friday Drive (about 80m south of the roundabout).
Fire Danger This walk passes Monaro Alpine fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place. (Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is LOW MODERATE, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 3 years ago) Please Note: Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.
Weather and Climate Weather and Climate summary wx71041
Region: South Coast & Highlands Park feesCampingFacilities Current Park Closure information for Kosciuszko National Park Closure information last downloaded Sunday 27th of September 2015 07:00 AM Closed areas: Thredbo Diggings campground closed to caravans Thredbo Diggings campground is currently closed to all caravans and camping trailers due to continuing wet conditions. There will be limited sites available for tents. Caravans and camping trailer sites are available at Ngarigo, Island Bend and Tom Groggin campgrounds. For more information please phone (02) 6450 5620.
Closed areas: Island Bend campground partially closed due to maintenance Partial closure of Island Bend campground due to maintenance. Camp sites are now available at the lower camp at Island Bend in Kosciuszko National Park. Other sites have been fenced and will remain closed for 6 to 12 months following capping works to ameliorate the asbestos risk and to allow for revegetation. Please observe all signs and closures. For more information, please contact Andrew Miller at the NPWS Jindabyne Office or on 0427 437391 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page. Download a map of the closed area.
Closed areas: Winter road closures The following roads will be closed until the October long weekend, unless weather allows them to be opened in late September:
Behrs Flat trail
Blue Waterholes trail
Broken Cart trail
Bullocks Hill trail
Cabramurra - Khancoban Road (KNP5)
Four Mile Hill trail
Geehi Dam Road (Olsen's Road)
Goobragandra Powerline Road
Kings Cross Road
Long Plain Road
Major Clews Road
Perisher to Charlotte Pass
Pocket Saddle Road
Port Phillip trail
Tantangra Dam Road
Three Mile Dam access trails
Davies Plain track
and all associated subsidiary roads and access trails. The Murray River crossing into Victoria at Tom Groggin campground is closed until 29 October 2015 due to winter road closures by Parks Victoria. There will be no access into Davies Plain, Mt Pinnibar and Tom Groggin fire trails in the Victorian Alpine National Park. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Tumut Visitor Centre on (02) 6497 7025 or the NPWS Snowy Region Visitor Centre on (02) 6450 5600, or visit the NSW National Parks safety page.
Closed areas: Thredbo Valley track reopening Sunday 27 September 2015 Sections 1 and 2 (Thredbo to Ngarigo) of the Thredbo Valley track will be reopening on Sunday 27 September 2015. The track from The Diggings to Skitube- Bullocks Flat, Bullocks Hut and Lake Crackenback Resort will remain open. The Bullocks and Muzzlewood tracks will also remain open. For more information, please contact the Snowy Region Visitor Centre, Jindabyne on (02) 6450 5600 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.