Guthega Trig
Ngarigo Country

2 h 45 min to 3 h

5.9 km
return

↑ 351 m
↓ -351 m

Very Hard off track
On this walk, you will visit the old Guthega Trig station and its wide views over the Guthega Dam, the township and surrounding country side. The walk initially leads along management trails and across the dam wall before following a narrow foot pad up the ridge between Guthega River and Falls Creek. The ridge leads fairly steeply through a variety of vegetation before revealing its wide vistas at about 1860m above sea level. Let us begin by acknowledging the Ngarigo people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Guthega Centre. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Guthega Centre car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Intersection near Guthega Centre. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Locked Gate below the Guthega Centre. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Management trail leading to Guthega Dam. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Guthega Dam. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Information signs near Dam wall. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Back of the dam wall. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Road over the dam wall. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Guthega Dam. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Guthega Dam. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Start of the Guthega Pressure Tunnel. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Trail on northern side of Dam Wall. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Ridge leading up the Guthega Trig. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Faint track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Track leading ridge to Guthega Trig. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Looking down ridge to Guthega Dam. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Track leading up ridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
View of Guthega Township from ridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Frozen mushrooms. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Snow gums in cloud. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Icy lichen growing on dead snow gum. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Cloud is a likely visitor in alpine regions. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Looking down from Guthega View. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Looking down from Guthega View. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Ice covered snow gum near Guthega View. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Trees near Guthega View. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
An odd looking mushroom near Guthega View. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Faint track to Guthega Trig. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Rocky outcrop at Guthega Trig. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
The old trig station. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Great view of the cloud from Guthega Trig. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Guthega Trig. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
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Warning
This journey requires significant bushwalking experience, specialised equipment and navigation skills.
Please ensure you and your group well prepared and equiped for this journey.

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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-36.3775161,148.3764103)
Mode Car (A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.)
DirectionsFrom Barry Way
  • Turn on to Kosciuszko Road then drive for 12.4 km
  • Keep left and drive for another 255 m
  • Turn slight left onto Kosciuszko Road and drive for another 16.5 km
  • Turn right onto Link Road and drive for another 4.9 km
  • Keep left onto Link Road and drive for another 45 m
  • Continue onto Guthega Road and drive for another 4 km
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the car park in front of the Guthega Centre (before the main resort), this walk follows the road for a short distance east (out of town) then turns left and heads down along the management trail towards the dam. The walk soon passes a 'No Entry Authorised Vehicles Only' sign and then heads around the locked gate and down along the gravel road. The management trail gently winds down the hill, enjoying the views of the dam wall, and soon comes to a large clearing, some information signs and a building just before the dam wall).....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 25 m pass the "Guthega Day Parking" (on your left).
After another 40 m head through/around the gate.
After another 115 m pass the cafe (60 m on your left).
After another 6 m pass the toilet (65 m on your left).
After another 760 m find the "Guthega Pondage" (50 m on your right).
Guthega Pondage
Guthega Pondage

Guthega Dam collects the water from Blue Cow Creek, Guthega River and the Snowy River. The dam has been built to provide the water and pressure to drive the Guthega Power Station. The water is carried to the power station via the Guthega pressure tunnel (and pipeline). This dam is 33m high and 137m across at the top, and stores up to 1550 megalitres of water.
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Guthega Dam collects the water from Blue Cow Creek, Guthega River and the Snowy River. The dam has been built to provide the water and pressure to drive the Guthega Power Station. The water is carried to the power station via the Guthega pressure tunnel (and pipeline). This dam is 33m high and 137m across at the top, and stores up to 1550 megalitres of water.

Continue straight.
After another 345 m veer left, to head along Guthega Trig Walk.
After another 1.6 km find the "Guthega View" (on your right).
Guthega View
Guthega View

Guthega view is an informal lookout point, east of Guthega Trig. The flat area marked with a couple of boulders provides a great view (in clear weather) to the south, down the ridge to Guthega Village and dam. The area can be a great place to rest at the top of the ridge, giving a chance to enjoy the scattering of snow gums and if you look carefully in the grasses, you may spot some unusual fungus.
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Guthega view is an informal lookout point, east of Guthega Trig. The flat area marked with a couple of boulders provides a great view (in clear weather) to the south, down the ridge to Guthega Village and dam. The area can be a great place to rest at the top of the ridge, giving a chance to enjoy the scattering of snow gums and if you look carefully in the grasses, you may spot some unusual fungus.

After another 15 m turn left, to head along Guthega Trig Walk.
(Guthega Trig) Continue another 100 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 2.9 km to get back to the start.
About 25 m past the end is "Guthega Trig".
Guthega Trig
Guthega Trig

Guthega Trig is found on a granite outcrop at about 1865m (AMSL) between Guthega River and Falls Creek. In clear weather (which I did not have), there are great views down along Guthega River to Guthega Dam and the surrounding hills (Mount Twynam and Tate). The actual trig station has fallen off the top of the knoll and lies between some boulders on the eastern side of the outcrop.
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Guthega Trig is found on a granite outcrop at about 1865m (AMSL) between Guthega River and Falls Creek. In clear weather (which I did not have), there are great views down along Guthega River to Guthega Dam and the surrounding hills (Mount Twynam and Tate). The actual trig station has fallen off the top of the knoll and lies between some boulders on the eastern side of the outcrop.

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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Guthega Trig


Grading
Class 6/6
Very Hard off track
Length 5.9 km
Time 2 h 45 min to 3 h
Quality of track Rough unclear track (5/6)
Gradient Very steep and difficult rock scrambles (5/6)
Signage No directional signs (5/6)
Infrastructure No facilities provided (5/6)
Experience Required Very high level of bushwalking experience recommended (6/6)
Weather Forecasted & unexpected severe weather likely to have an impact on your navigation and safety (5/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one 185 m from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
185 m[toilet]
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Covered in snow part of the year
This walk leads through an extreme alpine environment and all walkers must be well prepared. During summer, be prepared for both very hot and cold weather, high winds, rain, snow, extreme UV levels and some sections of snow or ice on the ground. Before starting this walk, check advice with
Snowy Region Visitor Information Centre (02) 6450 5600, the weather forecast and the snow conditions then change your plans as needed. These notes, grades and walking times have been written for use in the summer months only. Between May and the end of October, this walk is likely to be covered in snow/ice, visitors should be carrying and be prepared to use snowshoes or cross country skis. When there is a chance of significant snow on the ground, visitors will need particularly strong navigation and snowcraft skills - tracks and signage may not be visible. For most visitors, it is best to consider this walk closed during the colder months.
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