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Porcupine Walk
Time: 2 hrs 30 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
0.5 km ESE of Perisher Valley
Length: 5.6 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 5.6 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Kosciuszko National Park
Climb: 214 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 214 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

Starting at the Perisher Valley Reservoir, this walk heads up through Rock Creek valley to the the panoramic views from Porcupine Rocks. On this walk, you will wander through button grass plains and among groves of snow gums whilst passing some granite tors. From the top of this walk, there are great views down both Perisher Valley and Thredbo River Valley as well as to Mt Duncan. (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 Porcupine Walk

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Porcupine Walk
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End of Water Supply Storage Rd
Int of Porcupine and Link Track
Int of Porcupine Trail and Wheatley Link Track
Porcupine Saddle
Starting point for this hiking track: End of Water Supply Storage Rd

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

 
End of Water Supply Storage Rd
 
End of Water Supply Storage Rd +
 
Porcupine track head
 
Porcupine track head +
 
Crossing Rock Creek
 
Crossing Rock Creek +

 
Looking across Rock Creek
 
Looking across Rock Creek +
 
Next to the water supply looking down Porcupine Track
 
Next to the water supply looking down Porcupine Track +
 
Perisher Valley Reservoir
 
Perisher Valley Reservoir +

 
Walking up the Porcupine track near Perisher Valley Reservoir
 
Walking up the Porcupine track near Perisher Valley Reservoir +
 
Looking down over Perisher Valley Reservoir and valley
 
Looking down over Perisher Valley Reservoir and valley +
 
Walking up through the dead snow gums
 
Walking up through the dead snow gums +

 
Metal grate in sections of the Porcupine Track
 
Metal grate in sections of the Porcupine Track +
 
Walking along the Porcupine Track
 
Walking along the Porcupine Track +
 
Some sections of the Porcupine Track are close the the snow pole line
 
Some sections of the Porcupine Track are close the the snow pole line +

 
Scattering of boulders and snow gums
 
Scattering of boulders and snow gums +
 
Crossing the upper reaches of Rock Creek
 
Crossing the upper reaches of Rock Creek +
 
Signposted intersection partway up Porcupine Track
 
Signposted intersection partway up Porcupine Track +

 
Walking through the open valley
 
Walking through the open valley +
 
Granite Tor among the snow gums
 
Granite Tor among the snow gums +
 
A forest of dead snow gums
 
A forest of dead snow gums +

 
Ghostly snow gum
 
Ghostly snow gum +
 
Just north of Int of Porcupine Trail and Wheatley Link Track
 
Just north of Int of Porcupine Trail and Wheatley Link Track +
 
New signposte near the Int of Porcupine Trail and Wheatley Link Track
 
New signposte near the Int of Porcupine Trail and Wheatley Link Track +

 
The older signpost at Int of Porcupine Trail and Wheatley Link Track
 
The older signpost at Int of Porcupine Trail and Wheatley Link Track +
 
Walking up to Porcupine Rocks
 
Walking up to Porcupine Rocks +
 
Snow gum nestled below Porcupine Rocks
 
Snow gum nestled below Porcupine Rocks +

 
Track leading up to the gap at Porcupine Rocks
 
Track leading up to the gap at Porcupine Rocks +
 
The gap at Porcupine Rocks
 
The gap at Porcupine Rocks +
 
Track leading up to the eastern summit of Porcupine Rocks
 
Track leading up to the eastern summit of Porcupine Rocks +

 
View from Porcupine Rocks
 
View from Porcupine Rocks +
 
Porcupine Rocks
 
Porcupine Rocks +
 
View from Porcupine Rocks
 
View from Porcupine Rocks +

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 Porcupine Walk bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Porcupine Walk bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Porcupine Walk bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Porcupine Walk 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 6km
Time 2 hrs 30 mins
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Signs Minimal directional signs (4/6)
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
Around 2.5km of this walk has short steep hills, whilst the remaining 350m is very steep.

Quality of track
Around 2.5km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 350m follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.

Signs
2.5km of this walk is clearly signposted and another 320m has directional signs at most intersection. The remaining (30m) has minimal directional signs.

Experience Required
Around 2.5km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 350m requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 2.8km is affected by forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather events that may impact on navigation and safety.

Infrastructure
2.5km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) and another 320m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced). The remaining (30m) 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 Water Supply Storage Rd
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.

(0 km) End of Water Supply Storage Rd to Int of Porcupine and Link Track
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.13 km Time = 23 mins
Climb = 58 m Descent = -1 m
From the car park at the end of Water Supply Storage Road in Perisher Valley, this walk passes the 'Porcupine Track' sign[1] and crosses Rock Creek using the metal bridge. The walk then turns right and follows the next 'Porcupine Track' sign[2] towards the pump house[3]. At the pump house, this walk follows the narrow track on the other side of the building[4] and heads left, up past the reservoir[5]. Soon the track bends right and heads up the hill through the open grassland[6] following the line of snow poles. About 300m from the pump house, the track follows the first in a series of metal (erosion control) grates[7]. About 650m after this, the walk crosses Rock Creek again on a flat timber bridge then, 60m later, comes to a signposted three-way intersection with Porcupine Link Track (on your left)[8].

(1.13 km) Int of Porcupine and Link Track to Int of Porcupine Trail and Wheatley Link Track
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.34 km Time = 31 mins
Climb = 109 m Descent = -7 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Porcupine Trail' sign[9] along the track and over the gentle rise heading south-west up the main wide valley. This track heads over a series of metal grates, leading through a few groves of dead snow gums to find a large and fairly flat saddle with a signposted intersection (with the 'Wheatley Link Track' on your right). The intersection is just past the new sign and before the older timber sign.

(2.46 km) Int of Porcupine Trail and Wheatley Link Track to Porcupine Saddle
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 319 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 25 m Descent = -7 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Porcupine' trail signs[10][11] north-west over the top of the saddle and towards the large rocky pinnacle[12]. The track soon begins to steepen through a rocky area and, just after passing a large rocky outcrop[13] (on your left), the track leads up to a three-way intersection beside the gap[14] (on your left) between the two main peaks[15].

(2.78 km) Porcupine Saddle to Porcupine Rocks
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 28 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -7 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the track uphill[16] (away from the gap). The track soon bends left, then the walk scrambles over the rocks to find the pinnacle of Porcupine Rocks[17]. Be aware that these rocks can shift and may be slippery - do not climb beyond your capabilities.

Porcupine Rocks Alt = 1910 m
The Porcupine Rocks are a large granite outcrop on the ridge, south of Perisher Valley. There are two main peaks[18][19], and a rock scramble[20] leads to the top of the southern peak, providing fantastic views of Perisher Valley[21], Mt Duncan[22], Thredbo River Valley[23] and Bullocks Flat. The gap between the two summits provides some shade and protection from the wind. An amazing place to visit - allow time to just relax and enjoy this place. The summit can be slippery and icy, and there is a shear drop and other hazards. Much care is required.

Drive from End of Water Supply Storage Rd
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

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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 16.6 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 3 Nuggets Crsng, Jindabyne (02) 6457 2233 18.8 km
Wilderness Sports Nuggets Crossing, Jindabyne 1800 654 168 18.8 km
Snowy Camping World 106 Sharp St , Cooma (02) 6452 2729 67.1 km
Tumuts Fishing Camping & Outdoor 56 Wynyard St , Tumut (02) 6947 1100 124.6 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Porcupine Walk.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Porcupine Walk
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1 1227830 Country Energy/Monaro County Council Site JINDERBOINE HILL 23 km (to the E)
2 KHN02 Fire Tower MT YOUNGAL 26 km (to the W)
2 1227833 Commsite INGEBIRAH TRIG 26 km (to the S)
3 EUC03 Bald Hill via EUCUMBENE 36 km (to the NNE)
4 VL2OR_4 CB Repeater Site 20 km S of Cooma SOUTH BROTHER 63 km (to the E)

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 )
Tue      16°Mostly sunny.
Wed|18°Sunny.
Thu|20°Mostly sunny.
Fri|25°Late rain at times.
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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