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.
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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
Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Paton's Hut 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.
Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Quality of track
Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)
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.
Around 2.6km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 80m is clearly signposted.
Around 2.6km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 80m requires no previous bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 2.7km is affected by forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather events that may impact on navigation and safety.
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).
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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.
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.
Dargals Trail Car Park
Tooma Intersection Track: Hard - servicetrail
Length = 78 m
Time = 2 mins
Climb = 6 m
Descent = 0 m
From the 'Trail Head Car Park' (on Tooma Rd, about 850m east of the Tooma Reservoir spillway), this walk heads uphill around the locked gate. The walk immediately heads past a toilet (on your left) then comes to a large five-way intersection, with a glimpse of Tooma Reservoir (straight ahead).
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 to immediately pass the 'Dargals Trail' sign and head under the power lines. The trail soon begins to climb more steeply as it gently winds through the tall alpine ash forest, with the occasional glimpse down to the road (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 (on the left) and then another clearing (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 and a saddle at the top of the steep gully, marked with a 'Dargals Fire Trail' sign.
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, keeping the gully to your right. The trail winds gently down the side of the gully for a while and, as the trail sweeps left, there are views (on your right) across the Tooma Plain and over part of the reservoir. The trail soon leaves the tall forest and enters a forest of dead snow gums as the trail leads closer to the edge of the Tooma Plain. Just as the trail ducks below the treeline, it crosses a small (culverted) creek (were you can see Patons Hut to your left), and comes to a three-way intersection, just below the hut.
Patons Hut intersection
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 (north-east) along the grassy management trail, 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 and 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. The hut has a fireplace and some interesting relics. Around the hut is a grassy flat with some bench seating and a few creeks flow nearby (treat water before drinking). More 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.
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.