1 hr 45 mins
Covered in snow part of the year
Dead Horse Gap
(0km) Cascades Trail track head → Int of Thredbo River and Dead Horse Gap tracks
(0.16km) Int Thredbo River and Dead Horse Gap tracks → Cascades lookout
Continue straight: From the small clearing, this walk crosses Thredbo River using the long metal bridge. This walk then turns left and heads through the grassy flat (initially over a metal grate) enjoying the scattering of snow gums. Before too long the track comes closer to the river again the leads down a log lined set of stairs to cross the Thredbo River again on another metal bridge.
Continue straight: From the bridge, this walk crosses to the north side of the river and follows the bush track downstream, winding down the hill and through the snowgum forest. The walk continues along a metal walkway followed by a wooden boardwalk, then heads down a long hill to the intersection at the Thredbo River Cascades lookout platform.
Maps for the Dead Horse Gap to Cascades Lookout return walkYou can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
|Chimneys Ridge||1:25 000 Map Series||85241N CHIMNEYS RIDGE||NSW-85241N|
|Jacobs River||1:100 000 Map Series||8524 JACOBS RIVER||8524|
Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001
Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
|Time||1 hr 45 mins|
|AS 2156.1||Gradient||Short steep hills (3/6)|
|Quality of track||Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)|
|Signs||Directional signs along the way (3/6)|
|Experience Required||Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)|
|Weather||Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)|
|Infrastructure||Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)|
Some more details of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
Around 1.6km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps, whilst the remaining 470m has short steep hills.
Quality of track
Around 1.9km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 160m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.
Around 1.6km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 470m has directional signs at most intersection.
Around 1.7km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 340m requires no previous bushwalking experience.
Around 1.6km of this walk is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety, whilst the remaining 470m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
This whole walk, 2km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).
Starting from Thredbo Village you wander along a few roads to the Thredbo Golf Course then follow the track as it winds along beside the Thredbo River to the Alpine way just near Dead Horse Gap. You will stroll through some lovely snow gum forests and enjoys views down to the river from the cascades lookout and various bridges. An enjoyable way to explore the Thredbo River and the valley environments.
Total climbing: 224m
4.8 km One way
1 hr 45 mins
Starting from near Dead Horse Gap on the Alpine Way, this walk follows the signposted track across Bogong Creek and up the ridge to top of Kosciuszko Express chairlift. This walk provides wide views that expand as you climb, exploring a snow gum forest lower down and the open grass herb fields as you pass above the tree line. The chairlift offers an easy ride down the hill, or there are a variety of options to walk down to the village.
Total climbing: 486m
5.3 km One way
This walk starts with a ride up the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift. There is an opportunity to eat at Australia’s highest restaurant, before heading over the Rams Head Range. After enjoying the spectacular views from the Rams Head Range, the walk drops to Dead Horse Gap, then follows a bush track along the Thredbo river. After passing the golf course, the walk returns to the base of the chairlift. Alternatively, you may organise a lift from Dead Horse Gap.
Total climbing: 144m
9.8 km Circuit
4 hrs 30 mins
This loop walk starts from Dead Horse Gap and does a large circuit up to the Eagles Nest Restaurant and down the Chairlift before returning along the Thredbo River. Along the walk there are stunning views from the top of the Rams Head Range, before the opportunity for lunch at Australia’s Highest Restaurant, followed by an enjoyable chairlift ride down to Thredbo. There is then the tranquil snow gum forest surrounding the Thredbo River on the way back to Dead Horse Gap.
Total climbing: 710m
10.1 km Circuit
Other Nearby walks
Starting near Dead Horse Gap on the Alpine Way, you will follow the wide Cascade Trail upstream along the Thredbo River. After crossing the river, you will follow the trail through snow gum forests to the signposted Bobs Ridge. From the rocky outcrops at Bobs Ridge, there are great views west over the Murray River valley into Victoria. This is an enjoyable walk exploring a great river, granite boulders and snow gum forests.
Total climbing: 379m
9.7 km Return
Starting near Dead Horse Gap on the Alpine Way, you will follow the wide Cascade Trail past Bobs Ridge to Cascade Hut in the Pilot Wilderness Area. You follow the Thredbo River for a while before heading over Bobs Ridge, enjoying the distant views into Victoria. The walk then explores a few wooded forests before crossing Cascade Creek and then finding Cascade Hut. The hut is a great place to rest or camp.
Total climbing: 797m
19.6 km Return
7 hrs 30 mins
4.7 km Return
This walk explores the Thredbo River from the village then loops around the golf course before returning along the roads to the Valley Terminal. You will see some snow gum forests and enjoy the Thredbo River from many angles. Allow some extra time to sit on a rock beside the river and enjoy the trout swimming past.
Total climbing: 105m
3.3 km Circuit
1 hr 15 mins
This walk explores the native bushland around the winter skiing area. After riding the Kosciuszko Express chairlift up the hill, arriving near the Eagles Nest restaurant, the walk winds through the snow gum forest, following ski runs and bush tracks back down the hill. The walk passes the popular Thredbo Bobsled and continues around the back of the tennis courts, back to the village.
Total climbing: 65m
3.7 km Circuit
2 hrs 30 mins
This walk starts with a scenic journey to the top of the hill on the chairlift. Starting along Merritts Nature walk, this walk soon detours down the hill by following a series of signposted management trails and ski runs. The walk visits a few scenic creeks, but the main highlights are the wide views of Thredbo Valley.
Total climbing: 167m
5.8 km Circuit
This scenic walk explores the start of the track heading towards Mt Kosciuszko from the top of the Kosciuszko Express chairlift. The walk takes you to the Kosciuszko Lookout, following along side the Rams Head Range, along the metal walkway. This walk takes in the views of Thredbo, North Rams Head and Mt Kosciuszko. From the lookout you can even see the headwaters of the Snowy River, a few hundred meters to the north.
Total climbing: 149m
3.8 km Return
2 hrs 30 mins
This walk starts at the Thredbo Village and takes a ride up the Kosciuszko Express chairlift to the Eagles Nest restaurant. Then on foot, you head along the footpath, winding up towards Mt Kosciuszko, passing North Rams Head and the Kosciuszko lookout. The walk soon arrives at the metal platform overlooking Lake Cootapatamba. There are great views through this alpine area along this popular walking track.
Total climbing: 287m
7.5 km Return
3 hrs 45 mins
This popular walk starts with a ride up to the top of the Kosciuszko Express chairlift, and goes to the top of Mt Kosciuszko. From the top of the chairlift, the walk follows a footpath, passing the Kosciuszko and Cootapatamba lookouts, as it winds up to Rawson Pass. At Rawson Pass, the walk meets the old Kosciuszko road and Australia’s highest public toilet. From here, the walk continues up the footpath to the top of Mt Kosciuszko. Enjoy the view, and return the same way. If you would prefer the extra walk, you can avoid the chairlift by following Merrits Nature trail or the Dead Horse Gap track.
Total climbing: 459m
12.4 km Return
This circuit walk offers an enjoyable way of exploring the diverse environments near Thredbo Village. Starting near the centre of town, you will follow the Merritts Nature Track partway up the hill. Then, following the Meadows Nature Track signs, you cross a series of open ski runs before heading back into the bush. Through this section of forest, you visit a delightful mossy creek with a small weir, then head down another ski run to return the valley terminal.
Total climbing: 210m
3.1 km Circuit
1 hr 30 mins
Starting from the Village Terminal, this walk leads you past the bobsled then down to Friday Drive and across the Thredbo River. From here, you follow the signposted Pipeline Path, a dirt track, along the hillside. The track leads to the picture-perfect Snowmakers Ponds for a picnic or a dip. Either retrace your steps or follow the rest of the notes back to the start following Friday Drive. An enjoyable stroll out from the village.
Total climbing: 101m
3.3 km Circuit
1 hr 15 mins
2.2 km Return
Fire DangerEach 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 ForestThis walk starts in the Snowy Mountains weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.
Park Information & Alerts
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