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Paton's Hut
Time: 2 hrs Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
48.1 km SSW of Yarrangobilly
Length: 5.4 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 5.4 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Kosciuszko National Park
Climb: 201 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 201 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 (or mountain bike) follows the Dargals Trail from near the Tooma Reservoir spillway to Paton's Hut. Most of this walk is through tall eucalypt forest before heading down to the edge of the Tooma Plain to find Paton's Hut. The iron hut was originally built in 1934 for grazing and was rebuilt in 2005, after the 2003 fires. The hut provides a great place to camp overnight or just rest before walking back. (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 Paton's Hut

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Paton's Hut
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Dargals Trail Car Park
Tooma Intersection
Dargals Bend
Patons Hut intersection
Starting point for this hiking track: Dargals Trail Car Park

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
 Toolong Range 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-85251N 
 Kosciuszko 1:100 000 Map Series 8525 

Photo Gallery

 
Trail Head sign on Tooma Rd
 
Trail Head sign on Tooma Rd +
 
Locked Gate at car park
 
Locked Gate at car park +
 
Toilet near Car park
 
Toilet near Car park +

 
Dargals Trail leading under the power lines
 
Dargals Trail leading under the power lines +
 
Dargals Trail sign
 
Dargals Trail sign +
 
Walking along Dargals Trail
 
Walking along Dargals Trail +

 
Tall gums line much of Dargals Trail
 
Tall gums line much of Dargals Trail +
 
Walking through the tall wooded forest
 
Walking through the tall wooded forest +
 
Don't forget to look up
 
Don't forget to look up +

 
You can see Tooma road along the western end of Dargals Trail
 
You can see Tooma road along the western end of Dargals Trail +
 
Tall forest on Dargals Trail
 
Tall forest on Dargals Trail +
 
View across Toolong valley from sections of the Dargals Trail
 
View across Toolong valley from sections of the Dargals Trail +

 
Sign at Dargals Bend
 
Sign at Dargals Bend +
 
Tall eucalypt forest
 
Tall eucalypt forest +
 
Glimpse of Tooma Reservior from  Dargals trail
 
Glimpse of Tooma Reservior from Dargals trail +

 
Looking acroos the Tooma Plain
 
Looking acroos the Tooma Plain +
 
Dead gums line the trail beside Tooma Plain
 
Dead gums line the trail beside Tooma Plain +
 
Old fence-line at Paton's Hut
 
Old fence-line at Paton's Hut +

 
Trail leading to Paton's Hut
 
Trail leading to Paton's Hut +
 
Paton's Hut
 
Paton's Hut +
 
Inside Paton's Hut
 
Inside Paton's Hut +

 
Inside Paton's Hut
 
Inside Paton's Hut +
 
Some of the original items left in Inside Paton's Hut
 
Some of the original items left in Inside Paton's Hut +
 
Inside Paton's Hut
 
Inside Paton's Hut +

 
The remaining items for the orignal Hut
 
The remaining items for the orignal Hut +
 
Paton's Hut
 
Paton's Hut +
 
Paton's Hut
 
Paton's Hut +

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 Paton's Hut bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Paton's Hut bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Paton's Hut bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Paton's Hut 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 2 hrs
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
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
Around 2.6km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps, whilst the remaining 80m is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
This whole walk, 2.7km follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
Around 2.6km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 80m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 2.6km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 80m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 2.7km is affected by forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather events that may impact on navigation and safety.

Infrastructure
Around 2.6km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 80m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

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 Dargals Trail Car Park
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
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 = 1368 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.
Between the long weekend in June and October, the Tooma (Khancoban to Cabramurra) Road is closed by the RTA, making access to this walk very difficult. For most visitors, it is best to consider this walk closed during the colder months.

(0 km) Dargals Trail Car Park to Tooma Intersection
Track: Hard - servicetrail
Length = 78 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = 0 m
From the 'Trail Head Car Park'[1] (on Tooma Rd, about 850m east of the Tooma Reservoir spillway), this walk heads uphill around the locked gate[2]. The walk immediately heads past a toilet[3] (on your left) then comes to a large five-way intersection[4], with a glimpse of Tooma Reservoir[5] (straight ahead).

(0.08 km) Tooma Intersection to Dargals Bend
Track: Hard - servicetrail
Length = 1.46 km Time = 32 mins
Climb = 95 m Descent = -15 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads east, gently uphill along the wide management trail[6] to immediately pass the 'Dargals Trail' sign[7] and head under the power lines[8]. The trail soon begins to climb more steeply as it gently winds through the tall alpine ash forest[9], with the occasional glimpse down to the road[10] (to your left). The trail then sweeps around a long right bend and, about 1km after passing under the power lines, the trail leads past a small clearing[11] (on the left) and then another clearing[12] (on your right), with some views over the Tooma Plains. Here the trail bends left, leading gently down to find a sharp (right-hand) bend[13] and a saddle at the top of the steep gully, marked with a 'Dargals Fire Trail' sign[14].

(1.54 km) Dargals Bend to Patons Hut intersection
Track: Hard - servicetrail
Length = 1.08 km Time = 20 mins
Climb = 9 m Descent = -68 m
Turn right: From the bend, this walk follows the clear management trail as it bends right[15], keeping the gully to your right. The trail winds gently down the side of the gully for a while[16] and, as the trail sweeps left, there are views (on your right) across the Tooma Plain and over part of the reservoir[17]. The trail soon leaves the tall forest[18] and enters a forest of dead snow gums[19] as the trail leads closer to the edge of the Tooma Plain[20]. Just as the trail ducks below the treeline, it crosses a small (culverted) creek[21] (were you can see Patons Hut[22] to your left), and comes to a three-way intersection[23], just below the hut.

(2.62 km) Patons Hut intersection to Patons Hut
Track: Hard - servicetrail
Length = 84 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = 0 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads uphill[24] (north-east) along the grassy management trail[25], away from the plain and through the dead snow gums towards the (just visible) hut. The trail soon bends right to find a large, fairly flat clearing[26] and Patons Hut[27].

Patons Hut Alt = 1255 m
Patons Hut is a 7.5m x 5m iron hut, originally built in 1934 for grazing by the Paton family. It burnt down during the 2003 fires, but was rebuilt in 2007-08.[28] The hut has a fireplace[29] and some interesting relics[30][31]. Around the hut is a grassy flat with some bench seating[32] and a few creeks flow nearby (treat water before drinking). More info

Drive from Dargals Trail Car Park
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
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 49.1 km
Wilderness Sports Nuggets Crossing, Jindabyne 1800 654 168 50.8 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 3 Nuggets Crsng, Jindabyne (02) 6457 2233 50.8 km
Tumuts Fishing Camping & Outdoor 56 Wynyard St , Tumut (02) 6947 1100 83.5 km
Snowy Camping World 106 Sharp St , Cooma (02) 6452 2729 78.7 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Paton's Hut.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Paton's Hut
Click to re-center search
3 EUC03 Bald Hill via EUCUMBENE 25 km (to the ESE)
3 MTI03 Broadcast/Comms Site Mt Ikes via TUMBARUMBA 34 km (to the WNW)
2 KHN02 Fire Tower MT YOUNGAL 41 km (to the SSW)
5 TBO05 Commsite BIG TALBINGO MTN
Emergency use only
48 km (to the N)
1 1227830 Country Energy/Monaro County Council Site JINDERBOINE HILL 52 km (to the SE)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Southern Slopes 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      21°Wind easing. Partly cloudy.
Thu12°|21°Mostly sunny.
Fri11°|17°Sunny.
Sat|14°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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