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Charlotte Pass Village and Mt Stilwell loop
Time: 2 hrs 15 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
0 km N of Charlotte Pass
Length: 4.2 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 4.2 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Kosciuszko National Park
Climb: 295 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 295 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: Hard

This loop walk starts at Charlotte Pass, and winds up to Mt Stilwell's peak, with stunning views in every direction. The walk then goes along the ridge line to the village lookdown, near the demolished Tbar station, before returning to the village through the snow gum forest. There is an optional side trip to the village dam, in Spencers Creek, that is a nice area for a picnic before returning to the village. (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 Charlotte Pass Village and Mt Stilwell loop

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Charlotte Pass Village and Mt Stilwell loop
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Bottom of Basin Poma lift
Top of Pulpit Tbar
Kangaroo Ridge chairlift lookout platform
Mt Stilwell
Village Lookdown saddle
Village Lookdown saddle
Int of Dam and Village Lookdown tracks
Int of Dam and Village Lookdown tracks
Starting point for this hiking track: Top of Pulpit Tbar

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 
 Kosciuszko 1:100 000 Map Series 8525 

Photo Gallery

 
looking down towards the village
 
looking down towards the village +
 
top of the tbar
 
top of the tbar +
 
Historic ski lift
 
Historic ski lift +

 
view from top of ridge
 
view from top of ridge +
 
top of kangaroo ridge chairlift
 
top of kangaroo ridge chairlift +
 
Trig station ontop of Mt Stilwell
 
Trig station ontop of Mt Stilwell +

 
view from the top of mt stilwell
 
view from the top of mt stilwell +
 
views from the lookdown
 
views from the lookdown +
 
winding up through the snowgums
 
winding up through the snowgums +

 
charlottes pass dam
 
charlottes pass dam +
 
bottom of kangaroo ridge chairlift
 
bottom of kangaroo ridge chairlift +
 
charlottes pass village
 
charlottes pass village +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Charlotte Pass Village and Mt Stilwell loop bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Charlotte Pass Village and Mt Stilwell loop bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Charlotte Pass Village and Mt Stilwell loop bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Charlotte Pass Village and Mt Stilwell 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 4.2km
Time 2 hrs 15 mins
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
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
2.5km of this walk has short steep hills and another 900m is very steep. The remaining (890m) has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
2km of this walk follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely and another 1.4km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. The remaining (890m) follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
2.1km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection and another 2km has minimal directional signs. The remaining (240m) is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
2km of this walk requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience and another 1.4km requires some bushwalking experience. The remaining (890m) requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
1.8km of this walk is affected by forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather events that may impact on navigation and safety and another 1.7km is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety. The remaining (750m) is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 2.3km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 2km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Drive to Bottom of Basin Poma lift
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 = 1838 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 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.

Charlotte Pass Village Alt = 1762 m
Charlotte Pass is a small village consisting mostly of resorts and hotels, and a number of neighbouring ski runs. This small township is located a stone's throw from the end of Kosciuszko Road, where the turning circle and public toilets were put in place after the last stretch of the road (that winds down across the Snowy River and up to Rawsons Pass via Seamans Hut) was closed to public vehicles. More info

(0 km) Bottom of Basin Poma lift to Top of Pulpit Tbar
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 512 m Time = 13 mins
Climb = 103 m Descent = 0 m
From the bottom of the Basin Poma lift, this walk follows the grassy management trail which winds along the side of the hill. The walk turns up the ridge towards the top of the Pulpit T-bar and leaves the management trail as it fades out. The walk continues up the ridge to the top of the Pulpit T-bar.

(0.51 km) Top of Pulpit Tbar to Kangaroo Ridge chairlift lookout platform
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 651 m Time = 13 mins
Climb = 61 m Descent = 0 m
Turn left: From the top of the Tbar[1], the walk follows the clear track up the ridge line towards the rusty ruins of an old ski lift[2]. The track soon passes in front of the old lift[3] and then continues to climb up a series of stone steps winding between the granite boulders and snow gums[4]. The track enjoys wide views down over Charlotte Pass village to your left[5]. The track continues up to come a metal platform and lookout[6] (on your right) just near the top of the Kangaroo Ridge Chairlift[7].

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[8].

(1.16 km) Kangaroo Ridge chairlift lookout platform to 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[9], this walk heads south, behind the chairlift station[10][11] and along the grassy track[12], 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[13] before heading down across a valley and over two small metal grate bridges[14]. About 100m after the second metal grate the track leads to a rocky and boggy hollow[15]. From here the track narrows[16] 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[17] heading for the rocky summit marked with a metal trig[18]. Near the top the walk climbs over the granite boulders[19] to find the summit[20] and the impressive 360 degree view.

Mt Stilwell Alt = 2034 m
At approximately 2040m above sea level[21], 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.

(2.22 km) Mt Stilwell to Village Lookdown saddle
Track: Hard - undefined
Length = 899 m Time = 21 mins
Climb = 11 m Descent = -69 m
Turn around: From the top of Mt Stilwell[22], this walk heads south-east down towards the saddle[23]. About two thirds of the way down to the saddle, this walk ignores the clear track that veers left (around the side of Mt Stillwell) and continues straight down the side of the hill, following a very faint track down into the saddle to pass a snowpole line[24]. The route continues east up the other side for just shy of 200m, winding through the rock outcrops to near the top of a small hill. Here the walk continues east along the grassy ridgeline for another 450m to come to an intersection with a track (on your left) on the far side of the next saddle.

(3.12 km) Village Lookdown saddle to Village Lookdown
Optional sidetrip: Track: Hard - undefined
Length = 83 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -3 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads east gently uphill, passing what appears to be the remains of a demolished ski lift[25] for about 80m to come to a rocky outcrop on the side of the ridge with views north into the valley (and to the Main Range)[26], known as Charlotte Pass village lookdown[27].
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then veer right to continue along this walk.)

Charlotte Pass Village Lookdown Alt = 1981 m
The Charlotte Pass village lookdown is located on the ridge line east of Mt Stilwell, where the remains of what appears to be an old Tbar lift leading down into the valley to the south are located. From the lookdown you can also see all the way across to the tall cliffs behind Blue Lake and to Mt Twynam in the distance.

(3.12 km) Village Lookdown saddle to Int of Dam and Village Lookdown tracks
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 896 m Time = 32 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -184 m
Turn left : From the saddle, this walk follows the narrow grassy track north-west down the side of the ridge[28]. The track winds down through the open for about 300m, then passes through a snowgum forest for about 500m[29], (passing a snowpole line about halfway down the hill). At the bottom of the hill, this walk crosses the small creek then heads up a short climb (over a metal pipe[30]) to come to a T-intersection with the Charlotte Pass dam management trail.

(4.01 km) Int of Dam and Village Lookdown tracks to Charlotte Pass Dam
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 153 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 17 m Descent = -1 m
Turn sharp left: From the intersection, this walk follows the faint grassy management trail, winding south-west up the hill and alongside the creek. The walk follows the snow poles as it winds up the hill to the small dam above Charlotte Pass village.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then continue straight to continue along this walk.)

Charlotte Pass Dam Alt = 1817 m
Charlotte Pass Dam is a relatively small store of water in the upper reaches of Spencers Creek, and a short stroll south from the Charlotte Pass village.

(4.01 km) Int of Dam and Village Lookdown tracks to Bottom of Kangaroo Ridge chairlift
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 236 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -27 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the grassy management trail, heading down the hill towards the chairlift. The trail follows this down to the bottom of Kangaroo Ridge chairlift.

Drive from Bottom of Kangaroo Ridge chairlift
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 23.7 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 3 Nuggets Crsng, Jindabyne (02) 6457 2233 25.8 km
Wilderness Sports Nuggets Crossing, Jindabyne 1800 654 168 25.8 km
Snowy Camping World 106 Sharp St , Cooma (02) 6452 2729 74.6 km
Tumuts Fishing Camping & Outdoor 56 Wynyard St , Tumut (02) 6947 1100 126.5 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Charlotte Pass Village and Mt Stilwell loop.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Charlotte Pass Village and Mt Stilwell loop
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2 KHN02 Fire Tower MT YOUNGAL 20 km (to the WNW)
2 1227833 Commsite INGEBIRAH TRIG 26 km (to the SSE)
1 1227830 Country Energy/Monaro County Council Site JINDERBOINE HILL 30 km (to the E)
3 EUC03 Bald Hill via EUCUMBENE 41 km (to the NNE)
3 MTI03 Broadcast/Comms Site Mt Ikes via TUMBARUMBA 69 km (to the NNW)

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 detailed weather and climate information here
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% humidity     (as at )
Wed      19°Wind easing. Partly cloudy.
Thu|19°Partly cloudy.
Fri|16°Mostly sunny.
Sat|13°Mostly sunny.
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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