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Cascade Hut
Time: 7 hrs 30 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
5.3 km WSW of Thredbo Village
Length: 19.6 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 19.6 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Kosciuszko National Park
Climb: 797 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 797 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: Return
Track: Hard

Starting near Dead Horse Gap on the Alpine Way, you will follow the wide Cascade Trail past Bobs Ridge to Cascade Hut in the Pilot Wilderness Area. You follow the Thredbo River for a while before heading over Bobs Ridge, enjoying the distant views into Victoria. The walk then explores a few wooded forests before crossing Cascade Creek and then finding Cascade Hut. The hut is a great place to rest or camp. (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 Cascade Hut

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Cascade Hut
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Cascades Trail track head
North side of Thredbo River Bridge track
South side of Thredbo River Bridge track
Bobs Ridge
Cascade Creek Crossing
Cascade Hut intersection
Starting point for this hiking track: Cascades Trail track head

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)

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 Chimneys Ridge 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-85241N 
 Jacobs River 1:100 000 Map Series 8524 

Photo Gallery

 
Cascade Trail track head car park
 
Cascade Trail track head car park +
 
Cascade Trail track head
 
Cascade Trail track head +
 
Thredbo River near Cascade Trail head
 
Thredbo River near Cascade Trail head +

 
Threbo River Valley from Cascade Trail
 
Threbo River Valley from Cascade Trail +
 
Cascade Trail
 
Cascade Trail +
 
Threbo River from Cascade Trail
 
Threbo River from Cascade Trail +

 
Cascade Trail
 
Cascade Trail +
 
Looking to the Ramsheads from Cascade Trail
 
Looking to the Ramsheads from Cascade Trail +
 
Threbo River near Cascade Trail
 
Threbo River near Cascade Trail +

 
Threbo River winding through the valley
 
Threbo River winding through the valley +
 
Bridge over the Thredbo River on the Cascade Trail
 
Bridge over the Thredbo River on the Cascade Trail +
 
Crossing the Threbo River
 
Crossing the Threbo River +

 
Looking upstream along the Threbo River from the Cascade trail crossing
 
Looking upstream along the Threbo River from the Cascade trail crossing +
 
Cascade Trail south of the Thredbo River
 
Cascade Trail south of the Thredbo River +
 
Granite Tors
 
Granite Tors +

 
Cascade Trail at the tree line south of the Threbo River
 
Cascade Trail at the tree line south of the Threbo River +
 
Snow gums beside the Cascade Trail
 
Snow gums beside the Cascade Trail +
 
Cascade Trail
 
Cascade Trail +

 
Snow gums forest along the Cascade Trail
 
Snow gums forest along the Cascade Trail +
 
Ice crystal growing from the the Cascade Trail
 
Ice crystal growing from the the Cascade Trail +
 
Twisted gum
 
Twisted gum +

 
Grove of dead gums
 
Grove of dead gums +
 
Views to Victoria from the Cascade Trail
 
Views to Victoria from the Cascade Trail +
 
Signpost at Bobs Ridge
 
Signpost at Bobs Ridge +

 
Trees at Bobs Ridge
 
Trees at Bobs Ridge +
 
View from Bobs Ridge
 
View from Bobs Ridge +
 
Rocks and tress from Bobs Ridge
 
Rocks and tress from Bobs Ridge +

 
Valley view from Bobs Ridge
 
Valley view from Bobs Ridge +
 
Boulders at Bobs Ridge
 
Boulders at Bobs Ridge +
 
Tor at Bobs Ridge
 
Tor at Bobs Ridge +

 
Looking up at Bobs Ridge from the south
 
Looking up at Bobs Ridge from the south +
 
Looking along the southern side of Bobs Ridge
 
Looking along the southern side of Bobs Ridge +
 
Crossing the valley south of Bobs Ridge
 
Crossing the valley south of Bobs Ridge +

 
Sweeping views to Victoria
 
Sweeping views to Victoria +
 
Grove of dead gums
 
Grove of dead gums +
 
Cascade Trail
 
Cascade Trail +

 
An avenue on the Cascade Trail
 
An avenue on the Cascade Trail +
 
Lush grass and wooded forest
 
Lush grass and wooded forest +
 
Moss growing on the Granite
 
Moss growing on the Granite +

 
Re-growth
 
Re-growth +
 
Sweeping views over the Cascade Creek Valley
 
Sweeping views over the Cascade Creek Valley +
 
Mushrooms on the Cascade Trail
 
Mushrooms on the Cascade Trail +

 
Grove of Alpine Ash on the Cascade trail
 
Grove of Alpine Ash on the Cascade trail +
 
Mushrooms on the Cascade Trail
 
Mushrooms on the Cascade Trail +
 
Line of dead snow gums on the Cascade Trail
 
Line of dead snow gums on the Cascade Trail +

 
Cascade Creek
 
Cascade Creek +
 
Bridge over Cascade Creek
 
Bridge over Cascade Creek +
 
Cascade Creek
 
Cascade Creek +

 
Cascade trail on the western side of Cascade Creek
 
Cascade trail on the western side of Cascade Creek +
 
Mushroom on the Cascade Trail
 
Mushroom on the Cascade Trail +
 
Colourful striping on tree trunk
 
Colourful striping on tree trunk +

 
Cascade Hut intersection
 
Cascade Hut intersection +
 
Behind Cascade Hut
 
Behind Cascade Hut +
 
Cascade Hut
 
Cascade Hut +

 
Inside Cascade Hut
 
Inside Cascade Hut +
 
Brumbies at Cascade Hut
 
Brumbies at Cascade Hut +
 
Cascade Hut
 
Cascade Hut +

Terrain


Please note: This is a 'return' style walk and therefore these graphs only show the terrain for the first half of the walk (until the turn around point.)

Cross sectional view of the Cascade Hut bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Cascade Hut bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Cascade Hut bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Cascade Hut 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 20km
Time 7 hrs 30 mins
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Experience Required Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)
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
Around 9km of this walk has short steep hills, whilst the remaining 1.2km has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
Around 9km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail, whilst the remaining 1.1km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

Signs
Around 5km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 4.9km has minimal directional signs.

Experience Required
7km of this walk requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience and another 2.2km requires some bushwalking experience. The remaining (110m) requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 10km of this walk is affected by forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather events that may impact on navigation and safety, whilst the remaining 110m is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.

Infrastructure
Around 10km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 110m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Since this is a 'return' style walk once you have had enough of the walk, turn around and retrace your steps back to the start.
Drive to Cascades Trail track head
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.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

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.

Dead Horse Gap Alt = 1543 m
Dead Horse Gap is a relativley low mountain pass in the Great Dividing Range at 1582m AMSL. It was once a meeting place for Aboriginal groups in the summer, where they would perform ceremonies and trade with each other. In nature the pass acts as a funnel for the migration of insects and birds[1]. In the early 20th century, the pass became increasingly popular with stockmen, who brought sheep and cattle to the mountains each summer.[2]

(0 km) Cascades Trail track head to North side of Thredbo River Bridge track
Track: Hard - servicetrail
Length = 2.13 km Time = 44 mins
Climb = 100 m Descent = -48 m
From the car park (on the Alpine Way 5.4km west of Friday Drive), this walk follows the 'Cascade Trail' sign[3] along the management trail and around the locked gate. The trail soon leads past a 'Wilderness Entry' information sign[4] as it winds along the side of the hill, keeping the Thredbo River below[5] and to your right. The trail leads up the side of the hill moderately steeply[6], crossing a few small creeks[7][8] before leading back down to cross another creek, very close to the Thredbo River[9]. Here the trail continues through the valley for about 400m to find an intersection with a track[10] (on the right, leading to a bridge), just before the trail crosses the Thredbo River[11].

(2.13 km) North side of Thredbo River Bridge track to Bobs Ridge
Track: Hard - bushtrack,servicetrail
Length = 2.72 km Time = 1 hr 4 mins
Climb = 212 m Descent = -19 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads downhill along the narrow track[12] to cross the Thredbo River on the flat, narrow, metal bridge[13]. Then, a short track leads to an intersection, meeting again with the Cascade Trail[14] (now on the other side of the creek crossing).
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads uphill along the management trail[15], away from the Thredbo River. The trail soon bends left and crosses a smaller creek[16], then winds up out of the valley, passing some short granite tors[17] (on your right). Here the trail bends right and leads up into the snow gum forest. The trail climbs up along the ridge (with a view across the valley to Thredbo behind) and about 900m after entering the snow gum forest, the trail flattens out for a few hundred metres (passing a faint track on your right which leads to a clearing). The trail then begins to climb again and after about 200m, leads through a section of dead snow gums and continues uphill to find a 'Bobs Ridge' sign[18] near a few large granite outcrops (on your right) and some great views.

Bob's Ridge Alt = 1785 m
Bob's Ridge is a highlight along the Cascades Trail. The ridge is signposted[19], and a large granite outcrop is just to the west of the signpost. The rounded boulders vary in shape and size[20]. It is possible to climb up some of the rocks for an even better view. On a clear day, there are expansive views south-west across the Murray River valley into Victoria[21], only 6.5km away. There are many interesting rock formations to enjoy and, if you are quiet, you may see Brumbies that enjoy the grove of trees to the south.

(4.85 km) Bobs Ridge to Cascade Creek Crossing
Track: Hard - servicetrail
Length = 3.88 km Time = 1 hr 17 mins
Climb = 17 m Descent = -345 m
Continue straight: From Bobs Ridge[22], this walk heads south along the management trail gently downhill, initially keeping the granite tors to your right[23]. The trail soon heads across the small valley[24] (ignoring the faint trail on the left[25]) and follows the broad ridge downhill. The trail leads through the lovely snow gum forest[26] with a scattering of granite boulders[27] for about 2.3km, where the trail bends sharply left at a hair-pin bend[28]. Soon after this bend, the trail heads moderately steeply[29] down to cross a valley with a grove of tall Alpine Ash trees[30]. After crossing the small creek[31], the trail leads along the side of the hill though a run of dead alpine ash and snow gums[32]. The trail then leads down two short but steep sections[33], leaving the trees to come to an intersection[34] just before Cascade Creek[35].

(8.72 km) Cascade Creek Crossing to Cascade Hut intersection
Track: Hard - servicetrail
Length = 979 m Time = 19 mins
Climb = 38 m Descent = -7 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk crosses the creek using the flat metal bridge[36] (just upstream of the main crossing[37]), marked with a solitary snow gum. The walk then turns left and follows the management trail beside the creek[38] for about 80m before bending right around a rock outcrop[39] and heading up to the tree line. The trail then heads briefly through some snow gums before leading along the side of the hill below the tree line for a while[40]. Then about 300m after entering the next lot of snow gums[41], the trail bends right (leaving the main valley), coming to an intersection with a grassy management trail[42] (on your left).

(9.7 km) Cascade Hut intersection to Cascade Hut
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 112 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -11 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads south, downhill along the grassy management trail[43], away from the main trail. The trail leads through the trees and soon comes to a clearing[44] and Cascade Hut[45].

Cascade Hut Alt = 1480 m
Cascade Hut was built by Bill Nankervis and other stock-men in 1935 to assist with their grazing. This hut is made from horizontal slabs of wood[46], with the roof and floor having been upgraded over the years. There is a wooden sleeping platform[47] and fireplace[48] inside. There is good camping around the hut, with flat fields, a large fire scar with bench seating[49], a toilet [50] and plenty of brumbies[51] to add interest. Cascade Hut is maintained by Ilawarra Alpine Club.[52] More info

Drive from Cascades Trail track head
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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Driving Directions
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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 32.1 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 3 Nuggets Crsng, Jindabyne (02) 6457 2233 34 km
Wilderness Sports Nuggets Crossing, Jindabyne 1800 654 168 34 km
Snowy Camping World 106 Sharp St , Cooma (02) 6452 2729 83.6 km
Tumuts Fishing Camping & Outdoor 56 Wynyard St , Tumut (02) 6947 1100 136 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Cascade Hut.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Cascade Hut
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2 KHN02 Fire Tower MT YOUNGAL 19 km (to the NW)
2 1227833 Commsite INGEBIRAH TRIG 22 km (to the SE)
1 1227830 Country Energy/Monaro County Council Site JINDERBOINE HILL 38 km (to the ENE)
3 EUC03 Bald Hill via EUCUMBENE 53 km (to the NNE)
6 MSS06 C & E Tower MT SELDOM SEEN 64 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)
This walk passes Southern Slopes 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 detailed weather and climate information here
°C (feels like °)
km/h from the
% humidity     (as at )
Wed      17°Wind easing. Partly cloudy.
Thu|16°Partly cloudy.
Fri|13°Mostly sunny.
Sat|10°Partly cloudy.
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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