Porcupine Walk

2 hrs 30 mins

5.6 km Return

214 m

Hard track
Starting at the Perisher Valley Reservoir, this walk heads up through Rock Creek valley to the the panoramic views from Porcupine Rocks. On this walk, you will wander through button grass plains and among groves of snow gums whilst passing some granite tors. From the top of this walk, there are great views down both Perisher Valley and Thredbo River Valley as well as to Mt Duncan.

Maps for the Porcupine Walk 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 Porcupine Walk bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Porcupine Walk

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 5.6 km
Time 2 hrs 30 mins

Grade 4/6

Hard track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Signs Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Experience Required Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)

Some more details of this walks Grading

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


Around 2.5km of this walk has short steep hills, whilst the remaining 350m is very steep.

Quality of track

Around 2.5km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 350m follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.


2.5km of this walk is clearly signposted and another 320m has directional signs at most intersection. The remaining (30m) has minimal directional signs.

Experience Required

Around 2.5km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 350m requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience.


This whole walk, 2.8km is affected by forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather events that may impact on navigation and safety.


2.5km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) and another 320m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced). The remaining (30m) 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 Porcupine Walk walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Porcupine Walk walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Porcupine Walk walk starts and ends at the End of Water Supply Storage Rd (gps: -36.410871, 148.41016)
Your main transport option to End of Water Supply Storage Rd 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



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

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 :)