Guthega to Blue Lake via Little Twynam

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8 hrs

17.4 km Return

1120 m

Experienced only
This great walk starts at Guthega and explores the area east of Blue Lake. The walk heads to the Illawong Lodge, via the Blue Cow Creek flying fox, and then crosses the famous Snowy River at the suspension bridge. The walk then winds up the long ridge to the top of Little Twynam and down to Blue Lake. From Blue lake there are optional side trips to Headley Tarn and up to the Blue Lake lookout, before returning to Guthega.* This walk passes through very remote areas and sections have no visible track. At least one person in your group should have training and experience in off track walking and navigation. Even with these notes and a GPS these extra skills and equipment are required.

Maps for the Guthega to Blue Lake via Little Twynam walk

You 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.
Perisher Valley 1:25 000 Map Series 85252S PERISHER VALLEY NSW-85252S
Chimneys Ridge 1:25 000 Map Series 85241N CHIMNEYS RIDGE NSW-85241N
Kosciuszko 1:100 000 Map Series 8525 KOSCIUSZKO 8525
Jacobs River 1:100 000 Map Series 8524 JACOBS RIVER 8524

Cross sectional view of the Guthega to Blue Lake via Little Twynam bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Guthega to Blue Lake via Little Twynam

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.

Length 17.4 km
Time 8 hrs

Grade 5/6

Experienced only
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Rough unclear track (5/6)
Signs No directional signs (5/6)
Experience Required High level of bushwalking experience recommended (5/6)
Weather Forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather likely to have an impact on your navigation and safety (5/6)
Infrastructure No facilities provided (5/6)

Some more details of this walks Grading

Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk


6km of this walk has short steep hills and another 1.5km is very steep. Whilst another 560m has gentle hills with occasional steps and the remaining 240m is flat with no steps.

Quality of track

5km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 2.6km follows a rough unclear track. Whilst another 480m follows a smooth and hardened path and the remaining 220m follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.


2.8km of this walk Has no directional signs and another 2.7km has directional signs at most intersection. Whilst another 2.6km has minimal directional signs and the remaining 640m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required

3.7km of this walk requires a leader with a high level of bushwalking experience and another 3.1km requires some bushwalking experience. Whilst another 1.5km requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience and the remaining 480m requires no previous bushwalking experience.


4.3km of this walk is affected by forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather events that may impact on navigation and safety and another 2.8km is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety. Whilst another 1.1km forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather likely to have an impact on your navigation and safety and the remaining 550m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


3.1km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced) and another 2.9km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats). The remaining (2.8km) has no facilities provided.

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Guthega to Blue Lake via Little Twynam walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Guthega to Blue Lake via Little Twynam walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Guthega to Blue Lake via Little Twynam walk starts and ends at the Car park below Guthega Alpine Inn (gps: -36.382035, 148.37259)
Your main transport option to Car park below Guthega Alpine Inn is by;
Car. A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
(get details)

Fire Danger

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 Forest

This walk starts in the Snowy Mountains weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.

Forecast snapshot

Park Information & Alerts



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Gallery images
There are other downloads I am still working on.
You will probably need to login to access these — still all free.
* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)

Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.
Happy walking
Matt 🙂