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Bridle Trail Loop
Time: 1 hr 15 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
0.5 km W of Thredbo Village
Length: 2.9 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 2.9 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Kosciuszko National Park
Climb: 149 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 149 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk
Style: Circuit
Track: Moderate

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. (open in app)


There are Closed areas in Kosciuszko National Park
Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Bridle Trail Loop

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Bridle Trail Loop
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Thredboland intersection
Friday Flats
Bottom of Easy Does it
Bridge intersection
Bridle Loop intersection
Bridle Loop Flat
Bridle Loop intersection
Bridge intersection
Bottom of Easy Does it
Friday Flats
Starting point for this hiking track: Friday Flats

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

Print a map and track notes here
 Perisher Valley 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-85252S 
 Chimneys Ridge 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-85241N 
 Kosciuszko 1:100 000 Map Series 8525 
 Jacobs River 1:100 000 Map Series 8524 

Photo Gallery

 
Thredboland intersection at Friday Flats
 
Thredboland intersection at Friday Flats +
 
Friday Flats without snow
 
Friday Flats without snow +
 
Walking across Friday Flats
 
Walking across Friday Flats +

 
Disabled Wintersport building
 
Disabled Wintersport building +
 
Bottom of Easy Does it lift
 
Bottom of Easy Does it lift +
 
Following the Bridle Loop trail sign up the hill
 
Following the Bridle Loop trail sign up the hill +

 
Looking back to Easy Does it lift from track
 
Looking back to Easy Does it lift from track +
 
Walking along Bridle Trail Loop
 
Walking along Bridle Trail Loop +
 
Bridge with new intersection being built
 
Bridge with new intersection being built +

 
Newly formed section of Bridle Trail
 
Newly formed section of Bridle Trail +
 
Xerochrysum bracteatum (paper daisy)
 
Xerochrysum bracteatum (paper daisy) +
 
Fungus growing from the wall of the track
 
Fungus growing from the wall of the track +

 
Variety for flora along the trail
 
Variety for flora along the trail +
 
Bridle Loop intersection
 
Bridle Loop intersection +
 
Bridle Loop intersection
 
Bridle Loop intersection +

 
Walking along the lower Bridle trail
 
Walking along the lower Bridle trail +
 
Looking across Thredbo Valley
 
Looking across Thredbo Valley +
 
Bridle Trail Loop sign
 
Bridle Trail Loop sign +

 
Looking along the Thredbo River
 
Looking along the Thredbo River +
 
Bridle Trail Loop track
 
Bridle Trail Loop track +
 
Mushrooms on the Bridle Loop
 
Mushrooms on the Bridle Loop +

 
Gums lining the track
 
Gums lining the track +
 
Pretty blooming good
 
Pretty blooming good +
 
Bridle Loop Flat
 
Bridle Loop Flat +

 
Usnea australis
 
Usnea australis +
 
Old Mans Beard growing on the tree
 
Old Mans Beard growing on the tree +
 
Hair pin bend on Bridle Trail
 
Hair pin bend on Bridle Trail +

 
Forest on the upper Bridle Trail
 
Forest on the upper Bridle Trail +
 
Valley view from the upper Bridle Trail
 
Valley view from the upper Bridle Trail +
 
Looking down the Threbo Valley from the Bridle Loop trail
 
Looking down the Threbo Valley from the Bridle Loop trail +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Bridle Trail Loop bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Bridle Trail Loop bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Bridle Trail Loop bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Bridle Trail Loop bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 2.9km
Time 1 hr 15 mins
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
Infrastructure 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.

Signs
Around 1.8km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 1.1km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 2.6km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 330m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
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).

Infrastructure
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).

Track Notes


Drive to Thredboland intersection
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
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Covered in snow part of the year Alt = 1597 m
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.

(0 km) Thredboland intersection to 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[1].

Friday Flat 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[2].

(0.06 km) Friday Flats to 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[3] across the large clearing[4] of Friday Flats. The walk heads to the bottom of the 'Easy Does It' chairlift[5] on the other side of the clearing.

(0.16 km) Bottom of Easy Does it to 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[6], this walk heads up the grassy hill then follows the 'Bridle Trail Loop' sign[7] along the track and past the small building[8]. The walk continues on the grassy track along the side of the hill, following a couple of arrow posts[9] over a metal grate[10] then down to an intersection[11] just before a flat bridge[12].

(0.44 km) Bridge intersection to 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[13] and follows the track that leads over the small rise[14], 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[15] marked with a 'Bridle Trail Loop' sign[16], just before two metal grates.

(0.84 km) Bridle Loop intersection to 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[17] east along the lower of the two tracks[18] (keeping the valley to your right, and the other track to your left). The track soon crosses over a metal grate[19] and then comes close to the the upper track again[20] - here the walk stays on the lower track and soon passes another 'Bridle Loop Trail' sign[21] at a solitary snow gum[22]. The track continues along the hillside, enjoying the clear views into the Thredbo River valley[23] (to your right). The track soon enters a snow gum forest[24] and continues to gently wind along the side of the hill, passing a few views to a pondage on Thredbo River[25] (to your right). Passing a few arrow posts[26], the track soon bends left and heads over a hill to a small clearing with some broad-based snow gums[27]. 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[28].

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[29] (Usnea australis), a lichen. Like other lichens, this is actually a fungus and an alga living symbiotically[30]. After rain, you can hear a small waterfall not too far away.

(1.42 km) Bridle Loop Flat to 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[31], this walk follows the clear track gently uphill into the forest of taller trees. The trail sweeps left[32], passing an arrow post, and then climbs up through two switchback[33] turns (first right then left). Here, the track continues to climb for a little longer over a rocky section[34]. The track soon flattens out (ignoring the regenerating track to your right[35]) then leads past another arrow post[36] through the snow gum forest[37]. Before long, the trail leaves the forest and the view of the Thredbo Valley opens up[38] (to your left). The track leads across the open hillside (keeping the lower track not far to your left)[39] and crosses a metal grate[40] before coming to a four-way intersection marked by a 'Bridle Trail Loop' sign[41] 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[42][43]. The track leads up into the snow gums[44] and along the side of the hill, following a few arrow posts that soon lead down and across the flat bridge[45] and to a 'Y' intersection[46].
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the upper track[47] heading east, away from the bridge, keeping the lower track and valley to your left. The track soon leads over a metal grate[48] and follows a couple of arrow post along the side of the hill. Soon after passing a small building[49], the track leads downhill past the 'Bridle Trail Loop' sign[50] and down to the bottom of the 'Easy Does It' chairlift[51].
Turn right: From the bottom of the 'Easy Does It' chairlift[52], this walk heads in front of the buildings across the large clearing of Friday Flats[53]. Just near the bottom on the 'Gunbarrel Express' chairlift[54], this walk comes to an intersection with a trail marked with a couple of signs including a 'Bridle Trail Loop' sign[55] pointing back across Friday Flats.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the driveway down the hill[56], past 'Thredboland'[57] to come to a 'T' intersection[58] with Friday Drive (about 80m south of the roundabout).

Drive from Thredboland intersection
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
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Getting there

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Near by


Campsites in the park
Black Perry Rest area
Blue Waterholes Picnic and camping Grounds
Bradneys Gap Camping area
Buddong Falls
Clover Flat camping area
Cooinbil Camping area
Cooleman Mountain Camping Area
Coonara Point Camping Area
Denison Camping area
Geehi Picnic Camping Ground
Ghost Gully Camping Ground
Half-way Flat camping area
Humes Crossing Camping area
Island Bend Camping area
Jacobs River Picnic And Camping Area
Jounama Creek Camping Area
Leather Barrel Picnic And Camping Area
Log Bridge Creek Camping area
Long Plain Hut Camping Area
Ngarigo Picnic And Camping Area
OHares Rest Area
Pinch River Camping area
Ravine Camping area
Rock Flat Camping Area
Rocky Plain Camping Ground
Running waters Camping area
Scotchies Yard Camping area
The Pines Camping Area
Thredbo Diggings Camping area
Three Mile Dam Camping area
Tom Groggin Picnic And Camping Area
Wares Yards Camping Ground
Willis Camping Area
Yarrangobilly Village Camping Area
Yachting Point Camping area
Yolde Camping Area
No Name camping area


Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Paddy Pallin Adventure Centre Thredbo Turnoff, Jindabyne (02) 6456 2922 27.3 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 3 Nuggets Crsng, Jindabyne (02) 6457 2233 29.1 km
Wilderness Sports Nuggets Crossing, Jindabyne 1800 654 168 29.1 km
Snowy Camping World 106 Sharp St , Cooma (02) 6452 2729 78.7 km
Tumuts Fishing Camping & Outdoor 56 Wynyard St , Tumut (02) 6947 1100 133.6 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Bridle Trail Loop.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Bridle Trail Loop
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2 1227833 Commsite INGEBIRAH TRIG 21 km (to the SE)
2 KHN02 Fire Tower MT YOUNGAL 21 km (to the WNW)
1 1227830 Country Energy/Monaro County Council Site JINDERBOINE HILL 33 km (to the ENE)
3 EUC03 Bald Hill via EUCUMBENE 49 km (to the NNE)
6 MSS06 C & E Tower MT SELDOM SEEN 68 km (to the S)

Weather and Park info

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
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A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Kosciuszko National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page

Region: South Coast & Highlands
Park fees Camping Facilities
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)
  • Cumberland trail
  • Four Mile Hill trail
  • Geehi Dam Road (Olsen's Road)
  • Goobragandra Powerline Road
  • Kings Cross Road
  • Link Road
  • Long Plain Road
  • Major Clews Road
  • Manjar 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.


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