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Rock Creek Snowshoe Trail
Time: 1 hr 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
0.8 km ENE of Perisher Valley
Length: 3 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 3 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Kosciuszko National Park
Climb: 84 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 84 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: Circuit
Track: Moderate

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. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Rock Creek Snowshoe Trail

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Rock Creek Snowshoe Trail
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Int Kosciuszko and Porcupine Rds
Rock Creek Ski Club intersection
Perisher Reservoir intersection
Top of gully
Int of Rock Creek snowshoe trail and Wheatley Rd
Wheatley and Kosciuszko Roads
Rock Creek Ski Club intersection
Starting point for this hiking track: Rock Creek Ski Club intersection

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

 
Kosciuszko in Winter
 
Kosciuszko in Winter +
 
Snowshoe sign beside Kosciuszko Rd
 
Snowshoe sign beside Kosciuszko Rd +
 
Oversnow transport on Kosciuszko Rd
 
Oversnow transport on Kosciuszko Rd +

 
Rock Creek Ski Club
 
Rock Creek Ski Club +
 
Rock Creek Snowshoe track information sign
 
Rock Creek Snowshoe track information sign +
 
Rock Creek Ski Lodge
 
Rock Creek Ski Lodge +

 
Following the posts with yellow signs
 
Following the posts with yellow signs +
 
Rock Creek and some lodges in winter
 
Rock Creek and some lodges in winter +
 
Walking below a lodge
 
Walking below a lodge +

 
Scattering of boulders and lodges
 
Scattering of boulders and lodges +
 
Rock Creek snow shoe trail
 
Rock Creek snow shoe trail +
 
Rock Creek snowshoe walk
 
Rock Creek snowshoe walk +

 
Intersection looking over pump house
 
Intersection looking over pump house +
 
Rock Creek snowshoe pole line
 
Rock Creek snowshoe pole line +
 
Information signs on the Rock Creek pole line
 
Information signs on the Rock Creek pole line +

 
Snowshoeing up the wide valley
 
Snowshoeing up the wide valley +
 
Walking up the open valley on the Rock Creek Snowshoe walk
 
Walking up the open valley on the Rock Creek Snowshoe walk +
 
A carpet of wildflowers information sign
 
A carpet of wildflowers information sign +

 
A chance for first tracks
 
A chance for first tracks +
 
Ancient Herb Garden information sign
 
Ancient Herb Garden information sign +
 
Scattering of granite boulders
 
Scattering of granite boulders +

 
Blanket of snow on a boulder
 
Blanket of snow on a boulder +
 
Following the Snowshoe trail sign
 
Following the Snowshoe trail sign +
 
Leading among the Snowgums
 
Leading among the Snowgums +

 
Boulder beside Rock Creek Snowshoe trail
 
Boulder beside Rock Creek Snowshoe trail +
 
Snow on the hillside
 
Snow on the hillside +
 
Snow loving gums sign
 
Snow loving gums sign +

 
In the shade of the snow gum
 
In the shade of the snow gum +
 
Snow gum sanctuary sign
 
Snow gum sanctuary sign +
 
Tracks in the snow information sign
 
Tracks in the snow information sign +

 
Snowshoe trail leading through forest of snow gums
 
Snowshoe trail leading through forest of snow gums +
 
Walking along Wheatley Rd
 
Walking along Wheatley Rd +
 
Lodge beside Wheatley Rd
 
Lodge beside Wheatley Rd +

 
Signs on Wheatley Rd
 
Signs on Wheatley Rd +
 
Corroboree Restaurant & Bar
 
Corroboree Restaurant & Bar +
 
Kosciuszko Rd
 
Kosciuszko Rd +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Rock Creek Snowshoe Trail bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Rock Creek Snowshoe Trail  bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Rock Creek Snowshoe Trail bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Rock Creek Snowshoe Trail  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 3km
Time 1 hr 30 mins
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
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 Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
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
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.

Signs
This whole walk, 3km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 1.8km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 1.2km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
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).

Infrastructure
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).

Track Notes


Drive to Int Kosciuszko and Porcupine Rds
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|

Winter only route Alt = 1724 m
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.

(0 km) Int Kosciuszko and Porcupine Rds to 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'[1] 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[2] just after the 'Rock Creek Ski Club' hut[3](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[4]. Still owned by the builders' families, the lodge is available to the public for hire[5]. The lodge has two bedrooms and sleeps 6 people[6]. The lodge can be hired[7] in winter or in summer and makes for a great base with its central location in Perisher Valley. rockcreek.org.au info@rockcreek.org.au More info

(0.18 km) Rock Creek Ski Club intersection to 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[8][9]. Just before the building, the walk veers right to find the 'Rock Creek Snowshoe Track' information sign[10]. Here the walk follows the snow-pole line with the yellow signs[11]. The walk leads over a small rise then down into the valley, keeping the snow-poles and creek to your left[12]. Just past the second pole, the walk passes an intersection with a bridge (on your left[13]) - Here, the walk continues straight ahead, following the 'Via Porcupine' sign[14] and the series of snow-poles past a few lodges[15]. The walk rounds a small point[16] then leads left, gently up the side of the hill to pass a large green timber lodge[17]. The poles then lead up and over another rise, then gently down to an intersection of snow pole lines[18] - Here, the yellow-signed poles continue ahead (past the stone building in the valley) and the white snowshoe poles head right.

(0.68 km) Perisher Reservoir intersection to 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[19]. After about 70m, the walk passes a pole with a 'Where are all the Animals?' information sign[20]. The walk continues following the poles up the valley (with a view of some lodges up to your right[21]) for just over 200m to find a pole with an 'A carpet of Wildflowers' information sign[22]. A further 260m up the valley, following the poles, is another similar information sign titled 'Ancient Herb Garden'[23]. After another 150m, the walk comes to the top of the gully[24] (where the snow-poles lead sharply right). (There maybe a track leading left, from skiers & snowshoes taking an offtrack link to the porcupine track[25])

(1.38 km) Top of gully to 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[26] north up the gentle hill. The poles lead up through a grove of dead snow gums[27] and past a scattering of granite boulders[28] for about 300m to find 'Snow-loving gums' information sign[29]. The walk continues to follow the pole line that leads into the lush snow gum forest[30] for about 100m, where it finds a 'Snow gum sanctuary' information sign[31]. About 50m further into the forest, the walk then turns left[32] at the 'Tracks in the snow' information sign[33] and continues following the 'snowshoe trail' poles downhill[34]. The poles soon lead to the right and come to an intersection with Wheatley Rd[35], just below the UAC Lodge[36][37]

(1.95 km) Int of Rock Creek snowshoe trail and Wheatley Rd to 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[38], keeping the bulk of the orange snow-poles to your left. This road is also used by over-snow transport in winter[39]. The road soon leads under some power lines[40] then runs parallel to Kosciuszko Rd (which is down to your left) and past a series of lodges[41][42][43] for about 600m, to find a large signpost[44] at the intersection with Pipit Pl. The walk turns left here and heads downhill along the road[45] for about 130m to an intersection with Kosciuszko Road[46], just in front of 'Corroboree Restaurant & Bar'[47].
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows Kosciuszko Rd gently downhill[48][49]. After about 60m, the walk continues along the road, passing a track (which leads to a bridge[50] over Perisher Creek, on your left) and continuing for about another 50m to another intersection in front of Rock Creek Ski Club[51][52], the stone building in the clearing on your right.
Continue straight: From this intersection near the 'Rock Creek Ski Club' hut[53], this walk follows the main road gently downhill[54] towards the resort centre, where the road soon crosses Rock Creek[55]. The walk crosses the creek[56] and passes a few buildings to come to an intersection with Porcupine Road[57] (on your right), just before 'The Man from Snowy River Hotel'[58] (and the ski tube station on your left[59]).

Drive from Int Kosciuszko and Porcupine Rds
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.
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Getting there

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Driving Directions
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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 16.4 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 3 Nuggets Crsng, Jindabyne (02) 6457 2233 18.7 km
Wilderness Sports Nuggets Crossing, Jindabyne 1800 654 168 18.7 km
Snowy Camping World 106 Sharp St , Cooma (02) 6452 2729 66.8 km
Tumuts Fishing Camping & Outdoor 56 Wynyard St , Tumut (02) 6947 1100 124.1 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Rock Creek Snowshoe Trail .
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Rock Creek Snowshoe Trail
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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 27 km (to the S)
3 EUC03 Bald Hill via EUCUMBENE 35 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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