Guthega to Mt Twynam

6 hrs 45 mins

14.8 km Return

913 m

Experienced only
This walk starts from Guthega and makes its way along the Snowy River to the Illawong Lodge, via the Blue Cow Creek flying fox. From the lodge, the walk crosses the suspension bridge and begins the climb up the ridge past Pounds Creek Flats to the top of Mt Twynam. From here, there is an optional side trip along the ridge line to a point with better views of the lake, 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 Mt 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 Mt Twynam bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Guthega to Mt 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 14.8 km
Time 6 hrs 45 mins

Grade 5/6

Experienced only
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
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


7km of this walk has short steep hills and another 410m has gentle hills with occasional steps. 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 1.1km follows a rough unclear track. Whilst another 580m follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely and the remaining 480m follows a smooth and hardened path.


3.2km of this walk has minimal directional signs and another 2.7km has directional signs at most intersection. Whilst another 1.1km Has no directional signs and the remaining 480m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required

4.2km of this walk requires a leader with a high level of bushwalking experience and another 2.7km requires some bushwalking experience. The remaining (480m) requires no previous bushwalking experience.


3.2km 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 400m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


2.9km 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). Whilst another 1.1km has no facilities provided and the remaining 580m has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Guthega to Mt Twynam walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Guthega to Mt Twynam walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Guthega to Mt 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 :)