This enjoyable walk starts from the end of Kosciuszko Rd, Charlotte Pass, and follows the ridgeline, on the western side of the village, up to the top of Mt Stilwell. The walk passes the Tbar and Chairlift stations along the way. This walk follows a clear track to the top, and is great for those looking for a short walk with some great views.
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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 Charlotte Pass to Mt Stilwell return bushwalking track
Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Charlotte Pass to Mt Stilwell return 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 45 mins
Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track
Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
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
Around 1.2km of this walk has short steep hills, whilst the remaining 650m has gentle hills with occasional steps.
Quality of track
1.1km of this walk follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely and another 650m follows a clear and well formed track or trail. The remaining (180m) follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.
Around 1.1km of this walk has minimal directional signs, whilst the remaining 830m has directional signs at most intersection.
Around 1.1km of this walk requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 830m requires no previous bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 1.9km is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.
Around 1.1km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 830m 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 carry 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.
Between the long weekend in June and October, the road between Perisher Village and Charlotte Pass is closed by the RTA. It is possible to organise oversnow transport.
End of Kosciuszko Road
Top of Pulpit Tbar Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 177 m
Time = 4 mins
Climb = 22 m
Descent = 0 m
From just uphill of toilet block (at the end of Kosciuszko Rd), this walk follows the wide dirt management trail, initially keeping the toilet block to your right. The trail soon leads to a small clearing where the walk turns left following the 'Mt Stilwell' sign along the narrower track. The track soon bends left and follows the side of the hill, heading up the series of stone steps, keeping the valley to your left. Approximately 130m from the sign, the track comes to an intersection under the cables at the top of the Pulpit Tbar.
Top of Pulpit Tbar
Kangaroo Ridge chairlift lookout platform Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 651 m
Time = 13 mins
Climb = 61 m
Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the top of the Tbar, the walk follows the clear track up the ridge line towards the rusty ruins of an old ski lift. The track soon passes in front of the old lift and then continues to climb up a series of stone steps winding between the granite boulders and snow gums. The track enjoys wide views down over Charlotte Pass village to your left. The track continues up to come a metal platform and lookout (on your right) just near the top of the Kangaroo Ridge Chairlift.
Kangaroo Ridge chairlift lookout platform
Alt = 1923 m
At the top of the Kangaroo Ridge chairlift lies a steel platform. This partially fenced lookout offers broad views to the north-west over the Snowy River valley and across the Main Range. From the chairlift, there are also views down to Charlotte Pass Village.
Kangaroo Ridge chairlift lookout platform
Mt Stilwell Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.06 km
Time = 22 mins
Climb = 119 m
Descent = -1 m
Continue straight: From the Kangaroo Ridge chairlift lookout platform, this walk heads south, behind the chairlift station and along the grassy track, keeping Charlotte Pass village to your left. The track leads up between some granite boulders and becomes much clearer again. Here the track winds gently uphill and up a series of stone steps before heading down across a valley and over two small metal grate bridges. About 100m after the second metal grate the track leads to a rocky and boggy hollow. From here the track narrows and starts to round Mt Stilwell (to your right). The track continues to bend right to the side of Stilwell saddle (where you can see down to the snow poles on your left). Here the fainter track leads almost straight up the side of Mt Stilwell heading for the rocky summit marked with a metal trig. Near the top the walk climbs over the granite boulders to find the summit and the impressive 360 degree view.
Alt = 2034 m
At approximately 2040m above sea level, Mt Stilwell is the highest peak in the ridge line winding around the southern side of Charlotte Pass village. With arguably one of the best views in the Kosciusko National Park, Mt Stilwell's peak looks down at the village, and out across the main range to Headley Tarn, Blue Lake and Mt Twynam, and the Snowy River. There is also the lower half of an old trig point located at the peak which, when whole, was used for navigation.
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.
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.