Cascade Hut
Ngarigo Country

6 h, 9 h to 2 days

19.4 km
return

↑ 728 m
↓ -728 m

Hard track
Starting near Dead Horse Gap on the Alpine Way, you will follow the wide Cascade Trail past Bobs Ridge to Cascade Hut in the Pilot Wilderness Area. You follow the Thredbo River for a while before heading over Bobs Ridge, enjoying the distant views into Victoria. The walk then explores a few wooded forests before crossing Cascade Creek and then finding Cascade Hut. The hut is a great place to rest or camp. 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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Cascade Trail track head car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Cascade Trail track head. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Thredbo River near Cascade Trail head. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Threbo River Valley from Cascade Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Cascade Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Threbo River from Cascade Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Cascade Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Looking to the Ramsheads from Cascade Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Threbo River near Cascade Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Threbo River winding through the valley. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Bridge over the Thredbo River on the Cascade Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Crossing the Threbo River. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Looking upstream along the Threbo River from the Cascade trail crossing. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Cascade Trail south of the Thredbo River. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Granite Tors. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Cascade Trail at the tree line south of the Threbo River. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Snow gums beside the Cascade Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Cascade Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Snow gums forest along the Cascade Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Ice crystal growing from the the Cascade Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Twisted gum. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Grove of dead gums. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Views to Victoria from the Cascade Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Signpost at Bobs Ridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Trees at Bobs Ridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
View from Bobs Ridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Rocks and tress from Bobs Ridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Valley view from Bobs Ridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Boulders at Bobs Ridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Tor at Bobs Ridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Looking up at Bobs Ridge from the south. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Looking along the southern side of Bobs Ridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Crossing the valley south of Bobs Ridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Sweeping views to Victoria. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Grove of dead gums. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Cascade Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
An avenue on the Cascade Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Lush grass and wooded forest. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Moss growing on the Granite. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Re-growth. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Sweeping views over the Cascade Creek Valley. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Mushrooms on the Cascade Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Grove of Alpine Ash on the Cascade trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Mushrooms on the Cascade Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Line of dead snow gums on the Cascade Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Cascade Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Bridge over Cascade Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Cascade Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Cascade trail on the western side of Cascade Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Mushroom on the Cascade Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Colourful striping on tree trunk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Cascade Hut intersection. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Behind Cascade Hut. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Cascade Hut. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Inside Cascade Hut. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Brumbies at Cascade Hut. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Cascade Hut. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
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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 At the intersection of Cascade Trail & Dead Horse Gap Walking Track (-36.5229419,148.2645534)
Mode Car (A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.)
DirectionsFrom Barry Way
  • Turn on to Kosciuszko Road then drive for 1.8 km
  • Keep left onto Alpine Way and drive for another 17.5 km
  • Keep left onto Alpine Way and drive for another 18.7 km
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the car park (on the Alpine Way 5.4km west of Friday Drive), this walk follows the 'Cascade Trail' sign along the management trail and around the locked gate. The trail soon leads past a 'Wilderness Entry' information sign as it winds along the side of the hill, keeping the Thredbo River below and to your right. The trail leads up the side of the hill moderately steeply, crossing a few small creeks before leading back down to cross another creek, very close to the Thredbo River. Here the trail continues through the valley for about 400m to find an intersection with a track (on the right, leading to a bridge), just before the trail crosses the Thredbo River.....
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Cascade Trail & Dead Horse Gap Walking Track Start heading along Cascade Trail (a vehicle track).
After 25 m to find the car park.
After another 50 m pass the sign (9 m on your left).
Then head through/around the gate.
After another 2 km continue straight, to head along Cascade Trail.
Keep right.
After another 55 m cross the bridge (about 6 m long)
After another 35 m continue straight, to head along Cascade Trail.
After another 335 m continue straight, to head along Cascade Trail.
After another 2.3 km find the "Bob's Ridge" (30 m on your right).
Bob's Ridge
Bob's Ridge

Bob's Ridge is a highlight along the Cascades Trail. The ridge is signposted, and a large granite outcrop is just to the west of the signpost. The rounded boulders vary in shape and size. It is possible to climb up some of the rocks for an even better view. On a clear day, there are expansive views south-west across the Murray River valley into Victoria, only 6.5km away. There are many interesting rock formations to enjoy and, if you are quiet, you may see Brumbies that enjoy the grove of trees to the south.
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Bob's Ridge is a highlight along the Cascades Trail. The ridge is signposted, and a large granite outcrop is just to the west of the signpost. The rounded boulders vary in shape and size. It is possible to climb up some of the rocks for an even better view. On a clear day, there are expansive views south-west across the Murray River valley into Victoria, only 6.5km away. There are many interesting rock formations to enjoy and, if you are quiet, you may see Brumbies that enjoy the grove of trees to the south.

After another 2.8 km cross the ford.
After another 970 m cross the ford.
After another 940 m (at the intersection of Cascade Trail & Cascade Hut Trail) veer left, to head along Cascade Hut Trail.
After another 110 m come to "Cascade Hut".
Cascade Hut
Cascade Hut

Cascade Hut was built by Bill Nankervis and other stock-men in 1935 to assist with their grazing. This hut is made from horizontal slabs of wood, with the roof and floor having been upgraded over the years. There is a wooden sleeping platform and fireplace inside. There is good camping around the hut, with flat fields, a large fire scar with bench seating, a toilet and plenty of brumbies to add interest. Cascade Hut is maintained by Ilawarra Alpine Club.
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Cascade Hut was built by Bill Nankervis and other stock-men in 1935 to assist with their grazing. This hut is made from horizontal slabs of wood, with the roof and floor having been upgraded over the years. There is a wooden sleeping platform and fireplace inside. There is good camping around the hut, with flat fields, a large fire scar with bench seating, a toilet and plenty of brumbies to add interest. Cascade Hut is maintained by Ilawarra Alpine Club.

Turn around here and retrace the main route for 9.7 km to get back to the start.
"Cascade Hut".
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Cascade Hut


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 19.4 km
Time 6 h, 9 h to 2 days
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Foretasted & unexpected storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)

Some facilities on route
Campsite: There is one 9.8 km from the start.

Shelter: There is one 9.7 km from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Shelter
9.7 kmCascade Hut
Campsite
9.8 kmCascade Hut
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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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