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Dead Horse Gap Track
Time: 3 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
5.3 km WSW of Thredbo Village
Length: 5.3 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 5.3 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Kosciuszko National Park
Climb: 486 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 486 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: One way
Track: Hard

Starting from near Dead Horse Gap on the Alpine Way, this walk follows the signposted track across Bogong Creek and up the ridge to top of Kosciuszko Express chairlift. This walk provides wide views that expand as you climb, exploring a snow gum forest lower down and the open grass herb fields as you pass above the tree line. The chairlift offers an easy ride down the hill, or there are a variety of options to walk down 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 Dead Horse Gap Track

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Dead Horse Gap Track
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Cascades Trail track head
Int of Thredbo River and Dead Horse Gap tracks
Lower rest area
Upper rest area
Above the Tree Line information sign
Top of Basin Tbar
Int of Dead Horse Gap track and Kosciuszko footpath
Top of Kosciuszko Express chairlift
Starting point for this hiking track: Int of Thredbo River and Dead Horse Gap tracks

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

 
Cascade Trail track head car park
 
Cascade Trail track head car park +
 
Sign on northern side of the Alpine Way
 
Sign on northern side of the Alpine Way +
 
Walking beside Alpine Way
 
Walking beside Alpine Way +

 
Bridge across Bogong Creek
 
Bridge across Bogong Creek +
 
Dead Horse Gap track intersection
 
Dead Horse Gap track intersection +
 
Sign at dead horse gap intersection
 
Sign at dead horse gap intersection +

 
Dead Horse Gap track sign
 
Dead Horse Gap track sign +
 
Walking along the DHG track
 
Walking along the DHG track +
 
Steps leading up the DHG track
 
Steps leading up the DHG track +

 
Walking up along the DHG track
 
Walking up along the DHG track +
 
Granite Boulders and gums beside the track
 
Granite Boulders and gums beside the track +
 
Lightly wooded Forest
 
Lightly wooded Forest +

 
Open flat area on the Dead Horse Gap track at about 1700m AMSL
 
Open flat area on the Dead Horse Gap track at about 1700m AMSL +
 
Lower rest area on the Dead Horse Gap track
 
Lower rest area on the Dead Horse Gap track +
 
A seat with a view
 
A seat with a view +

 
following the boardwalks
 
following the boardwalks +
 
A well maintained Track
 
A well maintained Track +
 
Distant sweeping views
 
Distant sweeping views +

 
Looking along the Rams Head Range from the Upper rest area
 
Looking along the Rams Head Range from the Upper rest area +
 
Looking down along the Dead Horse gap track
 
Looking down along the Dead Horse gap track +
 
Upper Rest area seat
 
Upper Rest area seat +

 
Looking up along the Rams Head Range
 
Looking up along the Rams Head Range +
 
Snow on the side of the Rams Head Range
 
Snow on the side of the Rams Head Range +
 
Tree line information signs with a view
 
Tree line information signs with a view +

 
Looking down the Thredbo Valley
 
Looking down the Thredbo Valley +
 
Boardwalks protecting the soil
 
Boardwalks protecting the soil +
 
Top of Basin Tbar
 
Top of Basin Tbar +

 
Int of Dead Horse Gap track and Kosciuszko footpath
 
Int of Dead Horse Gap track and Kosciuszko footpath +
 
Path down to the Eagles Nest
 
Path down to the Eagles Nest +
 
Near the top of Kosciuszko Express chairlift
 
Near the top of Kosciuszko Express chairlift +

 
Eagles Nest
 
Eagles Nest +
 
Top of Kosciuszko Express chairlift
 
Top of Kosciuszko Express chairlift +
 
Looking down to Thredbo from the chairlift
 
Looking down to Thredbo from the chairlift +

 
Passing the halfway terminal
 
Passing the halfway terminal +
 
Bottom of Kosciuszko Express chairlift
 
Bottom of Kosciuszko Express chairlift +
 
Valley Terminal
 
Valley Terminal +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Dead Horse Gap Track bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Dead Horse Gap Track bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Dead Horse Gap Track bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Dead Horse Gap Track 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 5km
Time 3 hrs
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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 Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
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
3.5km of this walk has short steep hills and another 1.9km is flat with no steps. The remaining (1.9km) has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
4.8km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 2.2km follows a smooth and hardened path. The remaining (160m) follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
Around 4.5km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 2.7km has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
Around 4.9km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 2.3km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
5km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation) and another 1.3km is affected by forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather events that may impact on navigation and safety. The remaining (510m) is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.

Infrastructure
Around 3.7km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 3.5km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


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 Int of Thredbo River and Dead Horse Gap tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 160 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = -3 m
From the Cascades Trail track head car park (on the Alpine Way 5.4km west of Friday Drive), this walk crosses the road and turns left following the 'Thredbo Walking Tracks' sign[3] along the track behind the road barrier. The track leads down the wooden steps[4] to soon cross Bogong Creek[5] on a metal bridge[6]. Here the walk heads up a few steps to a signposted intersection[7] with the 'Dead Horse Gap Track'.

(0.16 km) Int of Thredbo River and Dead Horse Gap tracks to Lower rest area
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.72 km Time = 50 mins
Climb = 234 m Descent = -7 m
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk follows the Dead Horse Gap track up the hill. The track climbs the wooden steps and continues up the hill, through the open snowgum forest. As the track approaches the top of the ridge (where the ground is much rockier), it arrives at a backless wooden bench beside some boulders.

(1.88 km) Lower rest area to Upper rest area
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.31 km Time = 37 mins
Climb = 171 m Descent = -4 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the bush track up the hill. The track climbs through the snowgum forest and up the rocky hill, crossing a few wooden boardwalks and some metal walkways, until it reaches the second wooden bench.

(3.19 km) Upper rest area to Above the Tree Line information sign
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 435 m Time = 11 mins
Climb = 40 m Descent = -1 m
Continue straight: From the second wooden bench, the walk follows the bush track up the hill towards the top of the ridge. The track emerges above the treeline and winds up past a long line of snow poles. The track then winds to the right, along the ridgeline until it reaches the information sign titled "above the tree line".

(3.62 km) Above the Tree Line information sign to Int of Dead Horse Gap track and Kosciuszko footpath
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.35 km Time = 27 mins
Climb = 35 m Descent = -63 m
Continue straight: From the information sign, the walk follows the bush track along the ridgeline to the east. The track passes several rock outcrops and climbs up to the top of the ridge, from where you can see the chair lift. The track then winds down the hill to the top of the Basin Tbar.
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the bush track down the hill for a short distance, to the intersection with the Kosciuszko footpath.

(4.97 km) Int of Dead Horse Gap track and Kosciuszko footpath to Top of Kosciuszko Express chairlift
Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 349 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -23 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows 'Eagles Nest Restaurant' sign[8] down along the paved path towards the chairlift building[9]. The path gently winds down the hill to find the top of the 'Kosciuszko Express' chairlift[10] and the Eagles Nest Restaurant[11].

Eagles Nest Restaurant Alt = 1928 m
This is Australia's highest restaurant, providing great food and outstanding views. It is easily accessible, nestled on the mountain directly opposite the top of the Kosciuszko Express chairlift, and is open year-round. For more information, call (02) 64576019.

(5.32 km) Top of Kosciuszko Express chairlift to Bottom of Kosciuszko Express chairlift
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - transport
Length = 1.86 km Time = 20 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -558 m
Turn left: From the top terminal, walk up to the platform as directed by the chairlift operator and sit down in the seat, letting it scoop you up. Once seated, pull down the safety bar and enjoy the ride down to Thredbo village. :) After alighting at the bottom, this walk turns right to almost immediately turn left down a set of steps and heads through the building to find an open area at the front of the 'Valley Terminal' building where there are some large maps.
Note: The distance and altitude change for this ride is not included in the total for this walk.

Kosciuszko Express Chairlift Alt = 1372 m
This is one of the few lifts operating in the summer months at Thredbo, and is made quite popular by thousands of people walking to the summit of Mt Kosciuszko each year. Lift tickets can be purchased from the store at the bottom of the chairlift. Lift tickets are $31 return ($25 one way) per person[12]. This lift is generally closed during November and May for maintenance each year, but the the Snowgum chair can be used at this time instead, this will add extra walking time to you walk[13]. More info

Drive from Bottom of Kosciuszko Express 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

Plan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk

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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 Dead Horse Gap Track.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Dead Horse Gap Track
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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)
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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