2 hrs

5.4 km Return

201 m

Hard track
This walk (or mountain bike) follows the Dargals Trail from near the Tooma Reservoir spillway to Paton’s Hut. Most of this walk is through tall eucalypt forest before heading down to the edge of the Tooma Plain to find Paton’s Hut. The iron hut was originally built in 1934 for grazing and was rebuilt in 2005, after the 2003 fires. The hut provides a great place to camp overnight or just rest before walking back.

Maps for the Paton’s Hut 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.
Toolong Range 1:25 000 Map Series 85251N TOOLONG RANGE NSW-85251N
Kosciuszko 1:100 000 Map Series 8525 KOSCIUSZKO 8525

Cross sectional view of the Paton’s Hut bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Paton’s Hut

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 5.4 km
Time 2 hrs

Grade 4/6

Hard track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)

Some more details of this walks Grading

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


Around 2.6km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps, whilst the remaining 80m is flat with no steps.

Quality of track

This whole walk, 2.7km follows a clear and well formed track or trail.


Around 2.6km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 80m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required

Around 2.6km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 80m requires no previous bushwalking experience.


This whole walk, 2.7km is affected by forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather events that may impact on navigation and safety.


Around 2.6km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 80m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Paton’s Hut walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Paton’s Hut walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Paton’s Hut walk starts and ends at the Dargals Trail Car Park (gps: -36.049821, 148.28187)
Your main transport option to Dargals Trail Car Park is by;
Car. There is free parking available.
(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



Short URL = http://wild.tl/ph

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 🙂