This well signposted, winter-only snowshoe walk is a great way to get into snowshoeing for the first time. Starting from Perisher Village, this walk soon leaves the main road to follow a series of snow poles up a gully and around a small hill. There are some interesting information signs to help you learn more about amazing battle for life under the snow. On a sunny day, the contrast between the rocks, sky and snow might mean you fill the memory card in your camera - allow some extra time to explore the area.
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Cross sectional view of the Rock Creek Snowshoe Trail bushwalking track
Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Rock Creek Snowshoe Trail 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.
1 hr 30 mins
Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track
Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Clearly signposted (1/6)
Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
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
1.2km of this walk is flat with no steps and another 1.1km has short steep hills. The remaining (700m) has gentle hills with occasional steps.
Quality of track
1.2km of this walk follows a smooth and hardened path and another 1.2km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. The remaining (580m) follows a clear and well formed track or trail.
This whole walk, 3km is clearly signposted.
Around 1.8km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 1.2km requires no previous bushwalking experience.
Around 2.1km of this walk is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety, whilst the remaining 880m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
Around 2.4km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 580m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).
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This walk follows an over-snow only route. During the warmer months, this walk crosses important and sensitive bogs that can be significantly damaged, even by light footed walkers. Please only walk this track when it is well covered with snow.
Share the Snow
Alt = 1724 m
Here are some tips to help you share the snow with skiers. Please avoid snowshoeing on ski trails, whether groomed or ungroomed - it is fine to walk right next to the ski trail. When crossing a ski trail, please do so in a single file and on a flat, more visible, section. These tips aim to minimise trail ruts and collisions. Visit Wilderness Sports for snowshoe hire.
Int Kosciuszko and Porcupine Rds
Rock Creek Ski Club intersection Track: Moderate - road
Length = 179 m
Time = 3 mins
Climb = 0 m
Descent = -2 m
From the intersection, this walk heads west along the main Kosciuszko Rd, away from the 'The Man from Snowy River Hotel' and keeping the main valley to your right. The walk soon crosses Rock Creek, then continues beside the road to an intersection marked with a 'Rock Creek Snowshoe Track' sign just after the 'Rock Creek Ski Club' hut(both on your left).
Rock Creek Ski Club
Alt = 1722 m
This building was first opened for use in 1948 then destroyed by a lighting strike in January the next year. In 1959, a few men drove down from Sydney most weekends over a few years to build the current lodge. Still owned by the builders' families, the lodge is available to the public for hire. The lodge has two bedrooms and sleeps 6 people. The lodge can be hired in winter or in summer and makes for a great base with its central location in Perisher Valley. firstname.lastname@example.orgMore info
Rock Creek Ski Club intersection
Perisher Reservoir intersection Track: Moderate - undefined
Length = 497 m
Time = 9 mins
Climb = 16 m
Descent = -2 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk leaves the road and heads towards the Rock Creek Ski Club building. Just before the building, the walk veers right to find the 'Rock Creek Snowshoe Track' information sign. Here the walk follows the snow-pole line with the yellow signs. The walk leads over a small rise then down into the valley, keeping the snow-poles and creek to your left. Just past the second pole, the walk passes an intersection with a bridge (on your left) - Here, the walk continues straight ahead, following the 'Via Porcupine' sign and the series of snow-poles past a few lodges. The walk rounds a small point then leads left, gently up the side of the hill to pass a large green timber lodge. The poles then lead up and over another rise, then gently down to an intersection of snow pole lines - Here, the yellow-signed poles continue ahead (past the stone building in the valley) and the white snowshoe poles head right.
Perisher Reservoir intersection
Top of gully Track: Moderate - undefined
Length = 703 m
Time = 15 mins
Climb = 42 m
Descent = -2 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads south-west up the valley away from Rock Creek, following the snow-poles with the black and white snowshoe symbols. After about 70m, the walk passes a pole with a 'Where are all the Animals?' information sign. The walk continues following the poles up the valley (with a view of some lodges up to your right) for just over 200m to find a pole with an 'A carpet of Wildflowers' information sign. A further 260m up the valley, following the poles, is another similar information sign titled 'Ancient Herb Garden'. After another 150m, the walk comes to the top of the gully (where the snow-poles lead sharply right). (There maybe a track leading left, from skiers & snowshoes taking an offtrack link to the porcupine track)
Top of gully
Int of Rock Creek snowshoe trail and Wheatley Rd Track: Moderate - undefined
Length = 575 m
Time = 12 mins
Climb = 14 m
Descent = -33 m
Turn right: From the top of the gully, this walk follows the 'snowshoe trail' poles north up the gentle hill. The poles lead up through a grove of dead snow gums and past a scattering of granite boulders for about 300m to find 'Snow-loving gums' information sign. The walk continues to follow the pole line that leads into the lush snow gum forest for about 100m, where it finds a 'Snow gum sanctuary' information sign. About 50m further into the forest, the walk then turns left at the 'Tracks in the snow' information sign and continues following the 'snowshoe trail' poles downhill. The poles soon lead to the right and come to an intersection with Wheatley Rd, just below the UAC Lodge
Int of Rock Creek snowshoe trail and Wheatley Rd
Int Kosciuszko and Porcupine Rds Track: Moderate - road
Length = 1.06 km
Time = 19 mins
Climb = 12 m
Descent = -46 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads downhill following Wheatley Rd, keeping the bulk of the orange snow-poles to your left. This road is also used by over-snow transport in winter. The road soon leads under some power lines then runs parallel to Kosciuszko Rd (which is down to your left) and past a series of lodges for about 600m, to find a large signpost at the intersection with Pipit Pl. The walk turns left here and heads downhill along the road for about 130m to an intersection with Kosciuszko Road, just in front of 'Corroboree Restaurant & Bar'. Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows Kosciuszko Rd gently downhill. After about 60m, the walk continues along the road, passing a track (which leads to a bridge over Perisher Creek, on your left) and continuing for about another 50m to another intersection in front of Rock Creek Ski Club, the stone building in the clearing on your right. Continue straight: From this intersection near the 'Rock Creek Ski Club' hut, this walk follows the main road gently downhill towards the resort centre, where the road soon crosses Rock Creek. The walk crosses the creek and passes a few buildings to come to an intersection with Porcupine Road (on your right), just before 'The Man from Snowy River Hotel' (and the ski tube station on your left).
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.