On this walk, you will visit the old Guthega Trig station and its wide views over the Guthega Dam, the township and surrounding country side. The walk initially leads along management trails and across the dam wall before following a narrow foot pad up the ridge between Guthega River and Falls Creek. The ridge leads fairly steeply through a variety of vegetation before revealing its wide vistas at about 1860m above sea level.
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This walk passes through a remote area and sections have no visible track. At least one person in your group should have training and experience in off track walking and navigation. Even with these notes and a GPS these extra skills and equipment are required.
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 Guthega Trig bushwalking track
Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Guthega Trig 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.
Very steep and difficult scrambles (5/6)
Quality of track
Rough unclear track (5/6)
No directional signs (5/6)
Very high level of bushwalking experience recommended (6/6)
Forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather likely to have an impact on your navigation and safety (5/6)
No facilities provided (5/6)
*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
1.6km of this walk is very steep and another 1.3km has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (110m) is very steep with difficult rock scrambles.
Quality of track
Around 1.7km of this walk follows a rough unclear track, whilst the remaining 1.3km follows a clear and well formed track or trail.
Around 1.7km of this walk Has no directional signs, whilst the remaining 1.3km is clearly signposted.
Around 1.7km of this walk requires at least one leader with a very high level of bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 1.3km requires some bushwalking experience.
1.6km of this walk is affected by forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather events that may impact on navigation and safety and another 1.3km is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety. The remaining (110m) forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather likely to have an impact on your navigation and safety.
Around 1.7km of this walk has no facilities provided, whilst the remaining 1.3km 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 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.
Alt = 1660 m
Guthega is a relatively small township, north of Perisher, and comprises mostly of hotel and lodge-style buildings. The most popular service in town is the Guthega Alpine Inn, open year round. The town is remote and access is by an all-weather dirt road. There are great views over the main range and the Guthega Pondage (part of the Snowy River Scheme). Guthega offers a great place to ski in winter, and to holiday in summer. In summer, there is plenty of walking, mountain biking, fishing and relaxing to be done. Walkers please note - there is no public water supply in the township, please fill water bottle before coming (or be willing treat and use the creek water).
Guthega Alpine Inn
Alt = 1665 m
Guthega Alpine Inn is on Guthega Road, about 500 metres past the base of the chairlift and 'Guthega Centre'. The hotel provides a year-round service including accommodation and meals. The hosts are friendly and the hotel provides a great base for walkers and other holiday makers. Please phone and book ahead for meals and accommodation. Phone 02 6457 5383 More info
Southern end of Guthega Dam Wall Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 688 m
Time = 14 mins
Climb = 10 m
Descent = -60 m
From the car park in front of the Guthega Centre (before the main resort), this walk follows the road for a short distance east (out of town) then turns left and heads down along the management trail towards the dam. The walk soon passes a 'No Entry Authorised Vehicles Only' sign and then heads around the locked gate  and down along the gravel road. The management trail gently winds down the hill, enjoying the views of the dam wall, and soon comes to a large clearing, some information signs and a building just before the dam wall).
Alt = 1567 m
Guthega Dam collects the water from Blue Cow Creek, Guthega River and the Snowy River. The dam has been built to provide the water and pressure to drive the Guthega Power Station. The water is carried to the power station via the Guthega pressure tunnel (and pipeline). This dam is 33m high and 137m across at the top, and stores up to 1550 megalitres of water.
Southern end of Guthega Dam Wall
Guthega Shaft intersection Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 406 m
Time = 8 mins
Climb = 10 m
Descent = -11 m
Continue straight: From the southern end of Guthega Dam wall, this walk follows the concrete road across the top of the dam wall, keeping the main pondage to your left. On the other side, the walk follows the management trail  which, after about 100m, passes the 'Guthega Shaft' (a building on the left). About 150m later, the management trail leads to a three-way intersection (where the main trail bends right to head up the hill).
Guthega Shaft intersection
Bottom of Guthega Ridge Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 187 m
Time = 5 mins
Climb = 19 m
Descent = 0 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads uphill, directly away from the pondage along the wide management trail. The trail immediately bends right then winds up to an intersection with a track (on the left) on a flat clearing, just as the trail passes over the ridge line.
Bottom of Guthega Ridge
Guthega View Route: Unmanaged - bushtrack
Length = 1.61 km
Time = 50 mins
Climb = 259 m
Descent = -3 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads north along the foot pad that generally follows the ridge line uphill. The foot pad leads through low alpine heath and heads uphill moderately steeply. The foot pad leads through a few groves of dead snow gum trees then bends right, off the main ridge line, to cross a small creek-let. About 250m after passing a few live snow gums (through the open heath), the foot pad flattens out and comes to a small rocky outcrop (at 1860m AMSL) with great views (weather permitting) back over Guthega pondage and resort.
Alt = 1857 m
Guthega view is an informal lookout point, east of Guthega Trig. The flat area marked with a couple of boulders provides a great view (in clear weather) to the south, down the ridge to Guthega Village and dam. The area can be a great place to rest at the top of the ridge, giving a chance to enjoy the scattering of snow gums and if you look carefully in the grasses, you may spot some unusual fungus.
Guthega Trig Route: Unmanaged - undefined
Length = 105 m
Time = 2 mins
Climb = 3 m
Descent = -2 m
Turn left : From the intersection, this walk heads west, following a faint foot pad up through the saddle and grove of trees. The walk tends left to the rocky outcrop and summit, where it finds the peak of Guthega Trig hill. The actual trig tower has fallen to the south-eastern side of the peak and is not visible until you are close.
Alt = 1865 m
Guthega Trig is found on a granite outcrop at about 1865m (AMSL) between Guthega River and Falls Creek. In clear weather (which I did not have), there are great views down along Guthega River to Guthega Dam and the surrounding hills (Mount Twynam and Tate). The actual trig station has fallen off the top of the knoll and lies between some boulders on the eastern side of the outcrop.
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.