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Main Range Track - Charlotte Pass to Blue Lake
Time: 4 hrs Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
0.5 km NW of Charlotte Pass
Length: 9.3 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 9.3 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Kosciuszko National Park
Climb: 542 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 542 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

This walk starts from the end of Kosciuszko Road, at Charlotte Pass, and follows the signposted Main Range Track to the Blue Lake lookout. The walk crosses the famous Snowy River along the way. The Blue Lake lookout is located a short walk down sidetrack and provides stunning views of the lake. There are a series of information signs that provide information on how this lake and other features in the area where formed. (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 Main Range Track - Charlotte Pass to Blue Lake

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Main Range Track - Charlotte Pass to Blue Lake
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End of Kosciuszko Road
Snowy River crossing
Int of Main Range and Blue Lake Lookout tracks
Starting point for this hiking track: End of Kosciuszko Road

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 across the Main Range Track from Charlotte Pass
 
Looking across the Main Range Track from Charlotte Pass +
 
Main Range Track head at Charlotte Pass
 
Main Range Track head at Charlotte Pass +
 
Looking down from Charlotte Pass to Snowy River
 
Looking down from Charlotte Pass to Snowy River +

 
Snow gum on Main Range Track
 
Snow gum on Main Range Track +
 
Confluence of Club Lake Creek and Snowy River
 
Confluence of Club Lake Creek and Snowy River +
 
Snowy River Crossing
 
Snowy River Crossing +

 
Snowy River
 
Snowy River +
 
Crossing Club Lake Creek
 
Crossing Club Lake Creek +
 
Lookout south east across the Snowy River to Charlotte Pass
 
Lookout south east across the Snowy River to Charlotte Pass +

 
Looking across the Main Range
 
Looking across the Main Range +
 
Main Range track
 
Main Range track +
 
Granite Boulders
 
Granite Boulders +

 
Walking along the Main Range Track
 
Walking along the Main Range Track +
 
Headley Tarn from the Main Range Track
 
Headley Tarn from the Main Range Track +
 
Aline Views above the tree line
 
Aline Views above the tree line +

 
Main Range track looking down to Carruthers Creek from the south
 
Main Range track looking down to Carruthers Creek from the south +
 
Carruthers Creek Crossing
 
Carruthers Creek Crossing +
 
Main Range Track north of Carruthers Creek
 
Main Range Track north of Carruthers Creek +

 
Path looking south to Carruthers Creek Valley
 
Path looking south to Carruthers Creek Valley +
 
Track leading to Blue Lake Lookout
 
Track leading to Blue Lake Lookout +
 
Blue Lake from the Main Range and Blue Lake track intersection
 
Blue Lake from the Main Range and Blue Lake track intersection +

 
Blue Lake
 
Blue Lake +
 
Blue Lake lookout
 
Blue Lake lookout +
 
Blue Lake
 
Blue Lake +

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 Main Range Track - Charlotte Pass to Blue Lake bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Main Range Track - Charlotte Pass to Blue Lake bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Main Range Track - Charlotte Pass to Blue Lake bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Main Range Track - Charlotte Pass to Blue Lake 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 9km
Time 4 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 Clearly signposted (1/6)
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 (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
*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
This whole walk, 4.7km has short steep hills.

Quality of track
Around 4km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail, whilst the remaining 640m follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

Signs
This whole walk, 4.7km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 4km of this walk requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 640m requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 4.7km is affected by forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather events that may impact on navigation and safety.

Infrastructure
Around 3.9km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 790m has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged).

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 End of Kosciuszko Road
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 = 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.

(0 km) End of Kosciuszko Road to Snowy River crossing
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 785 m Time = 18 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -122 m
From Charlotte Pass[1] (at the turning circle at the end of Kosciuszko Rd), this walk follows the 'Main Range Track' - 'Blue Lake Lookout' sign[2] downhill along the wide paved path[3]. The walk winds down past the stone path[4] (on your right) and continues beside the 'Glaciers shaped this ancient landscape' information sign[5]. The path continues down through lightly scattered snow gums to the bottom of the valley, approximately 650m further. Just past the 'From the mountains to the sea' information sign[6], this walk crosses the Snowy River using the stepping stones[7] and comes to a strip of land between the two creeks[8]. (Crossing the river is dangerous and is not advisable when the water is flowing over the stepping stones[9]).

Snowy River crossing Alt = 1717 m
At the lowest point of the the Main Range circuit track is the confluence (meeting) of the Snowy River and Club Lake Creek. The walking track uses stones in the river to try to get across with dry feet. Since the track crosses just above the confluence there is an 'island'[10] halfway across. These creeks may become impassable after rain and snow melt. This is lovely place to rest and enjoy the water and valley.

(0.79 km) Snowy River crossing to Int of Main Range and Blue Lake Lookout tracks
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 3.23 km Time = 1 hr 7 mins
Climb = 306 m Descent = -33 m
Veer right: From between the two creeks, this walk heads north along the wide track to cross Club Lake Creek using the stepping stones. (The creek may not be safe to cross when water covers the stepping stones[11]). The walk then follows the wide, paved track fairly steeply up the hill. After a short time, the track becomes gravel and continues up the hill for about 400m further before passing a 'Mountains of Soil' information sign[12], where the track soon becomes less steep. After about 1.5km, the track passes a 'Created by glaciers' information sign[13] and reveals some views down to Hedley Tarn[14] (on your right). The track continues up the hill and between the granite boulders[15] to then head down the other side of the ridge[16]. The walk leads down to rock-hop across Carruthers Creek[17], then follows the wide, paved path up the hill, passing the 'Remnants of an ancient sea' information sign[18] and coming to a paved area[19], with a view to Blue Lake[20] and some information signs marking a three-way intersection.

(4.02 km) Int of Main Range and Blue Lake Lookout tracks to Blue Lake lookout
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 643 m Time = 14 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = -72 m
Turn right: From the paved area[21], this walk follows the dirt track next to the stone seat, heading east towards Blue Lake[22]. The rocky track winds down and around the northern side of the ridge[23] to a platform[24] with an information sign[25] and a fantastic view of Blue Lake[26].

Blue Lake Alt = 1914 m
Blue Lake is the best example of a glacial lake in the alpine area. At 28m deep, this lake was formed when glaciers, flowing from the Great Dividing Range, converged and carved out a basin in the rock. This is visible in the cliffs behind the lake, where the glaciers have plucked out blocks of stone and carried them away. There is also a stream that flows from Blue lake, feeding Hedley Tarn just to the south.

Drive from End of Kosciuszko Road
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.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Getting there

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

Public Transport links currently not working, sorry

Driving Directions
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
From the end of the walk

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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 24 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 3 Nuggets Crsng, Jindabyne (02) 6457 2233 26.1 km
Wilderness Sports Nuggets Crossing, Jindabyne 1800 654 168 26.1 km
Snowy Camping World 106 Sharp St , Cooma (02) 6452 2729 74.8 km
Tumuts Fishing Camping & Outdoor 56 Wynyard St , Tumut (02) 6947 1100 126.1 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Main Range Track - Charlotte Pass to Blue Lake.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Main Range Track - Charlotte Pass to Blue Lake
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2 KHN02 Fire Tower MT YOUNGAL 19 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 68 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
°C (feels like °)
km/h from the
% 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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Kim Gibbs - Blue Lake IP:49.176.69.xxx | 2013-04-14 12:39:38
I did this walk today and the scenery was absolutely stunning. I'd recommend walking a further kilometer past the Blue Lake on the Main Range track as the view of the mountain ranges are truly spectacular.
DJ - Camp Sites Near By IP:203.35.82.xxx | 2014-01-27 13:22:46
Which campsite is the closest to Blue Lake?
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