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Mount Piper Trail
Time: 2 hrs 45 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
2.8 km NE of Perisher Valley
Length: 5.2 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 5.2 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Kosciuszko National Park
Climb: 167 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 167 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Hard

This winter-only snowshoe walk starts from the Smiggins Centre and follows a snow pole line and cross-country ski trail to Perisher Valley. Starting along the road, you soon follow a snow pole line up and behind Mt Piper. There are some wide vistas over Perisher Creek Valley along sections of this walk. There are some great places to stop and just wander around and enjoy the snow. A free shuttle bus service operates during the ski season between Perisher and Smiggins. (open in app)


There are closed areas in Kosciuszko National Park
Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Mount Piper Trail

Map of Walk

Location

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Smiggins Centre
Smiggins Gate on Link Rd
Powerline terminus
Perisher Creek Valley View
Interceptor bridge intersection
Bridge on Blue Cow Link Rd
Starting point for this hiking track: Smiggins Centre

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

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 Perisher Valley 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-85252S 
 Kosciuszko 1:100 000 Map Series 8525 

Photo Gallery

 
Smiggins Centre
 
Smiggins Centre +
 
Smiggins Centre
 
Smiggins Centre +
 
Shuttle bus shelter at Smiggins Centre
 
Shuttle bus shelter at Smiggins Centre +

 
Looking over Smiggins car park to ski area
 
Looking over Smiggins car park to ski area +
 
Walking up Link Rd
 
Walking up Link Rd +
 
Intersection near Gate on Link Rd Smiggins
 
Intersection near Gate on Link Rd Smiggins +

 
Cross-country ski trail sign
 
Cross-country ski trail sign +
 
Following snow-pole line
 
Following snow-pole line +
 
Nearing intersection with signpost
 
Nearing intersection with signpost +

 
Mount Piper Trail sign
 
Mount Piper Trail sign +
 
Looking down from Link Road
 
Looking down from Link Road +
 
Crossing Link Road in winter
 
Crossing Link Road in winter +

 
Walking above Link Rd
 
Walking above Link Rd +
 
Nearing the power line terminus
 
Nearing the power line terminus +
 
Power line Terminus
 
Power line Terminus +

 
Matt looking all class on the snow
 
Matt looking all class on the snow +
 
Mt Piper
 
Mt Piper +
 
Walking toward Mt Piper
 
Walking toward Mt Piper +

 
Following the out of bounds fence
 
Following the out of bounds fence +
 
Climbing the side of Mt Piper
 
Climbing the side of Mt Piper +
 
Following the Mt Piper pole line
 
Following the Mt Piper pole line +

 
Snow pole in the sun
 
Snow pole in the sun +
 
View from the side of Mt Piper
 
View from the side of Mt Piper +
 
Walking through the snowgums
 
Walking through the snowgums +

 
Crossing an open valley
 
Crossing an open valley +
 
Snowshoe tracks
 
Snowshoe tracks +
 
Looking across the side of Mt Piper
 
Looking across the side of Mt Piper +

 
One of the views down Perisher Creek Valley
 
One of the views down Perisher Creek Valley +
 
Walking among the scattered snow gums
 
Walking among the scattered snow gums +
 
Expansive views on the Mount Piper Trail
 
Expansive views on the Mount Piper Trail +

 
Perisher Creek Valley View
 
Perisher Creek Valley View +
 
Perisher Creek Valley View
 
Perisher Creek Valley View +
 
Climbing over pass behind Perisher Valley
 
Climbing over pass behind Perisher Valley +

 
Looking down Perisher Valley
 
Looking down Perisher Valley +
 
The village STP
 
The village STP +
 
Lodges in Perisher Valley
 
Lodges in Perisher Valley +

 
Passing a creek in Perisher Valley
 
Passing a creek in Perisher Valley +
 
Snowhoeing through Perisher Valley
 
Snowhoeing through Perisher Valley +
 
Bridge over Perisher Creek near the Interceptor chairlift
 
Bridge over Perisher Creek near the Interceptor chairlift +

 
Perisher Creek
 
Perisher Creek +
 
Snow Pole
 
Snow Pole +
 
Following the snowpoles
 
Following the snowpoles +

 
Oversnow vehicle trail
 
Oversnow vehicle trail +
 
Bottom of Telemark Tbar
 
Bottom of Telemark Tbar +
 
Murphy's Crossing
 
Murphy's Crossing +

 
Bridge on Blue Cow Link Rd
 
Bridge on Blue Cow Link Rd +
 
Snowshoeing on Perisher Blue Cow Link Rd
 
Snowshoeing on Perisher Blue Cow Link Rd +
 
Perisher Blue Cow Link Rd in winter
 
Perisher Blue Cow Link Rd in winter +

 
Perisher Centre
 
Perisher Centre +
 
Shuttle Bus shelter
 
Shuttle Bus shelter +
 
Skitube Building
 
Skitube Building +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Mount Piper Trail bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Mount Piper Trail bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Mount Piper Trail bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Mount Piper Trail bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 5km
Time 2 hrs 45 mins
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
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, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
Around 3.7km of this walk has short steep hills, whilst the remaining 1.5km has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
Around 4.3km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 900m follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
Around 4.3km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 900m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
2.5km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience and another 1.8km requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience. The remaining (900m) requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
3.1km of this walk is affected by forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather events that may impact on navigation and safety and another 1.2km is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety. The remaining (900m) is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 4.3km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 900m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Drive to Smiggins Centre
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
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Winter only route Alt = 1724 m
This walk follows an over-snow only route. During the warmer months, this walk crosses important and sensitive bogs that can be significantly damaged, even by light footed walkers. Please only walk this track when it is well covered with snow.

Share the Snow Alt = 1724 m
Here are some tips to help you share the snow with skiers. Please avoid snowshoeing on ski trails, whether groomed or ungroomed - it is fine to walk right next to the ski trail. When crossing a ski trail, please do so in a single file and on a flat, more visible, section. These tips aim to minimise trail ruts and collisions. Visit Wilderness Sports for snowshoe hire.

Smiggins Centre Alt = 1686 m
Smiggins Centre is the central eating and rest area for this resort during the ski season. Inside are toilets, food shops, and other various shops (ski, clothing, gift and photographic) . At the front of the building is the shuttle bus shelter, where a free bus operates to and from Perisher Valley and the car parks. Outside the ski season, these facilities are closed.

(0 km) Smiggins Centre to Smiggins Gate on Link Rd
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 347 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 15 m Descent = 0 m
From the shuttle bus stop[1] out the front of the Smiggins Centre[2], this walk heads up Link Road, further into the resort[3]. The walk continues up the road, past the long car park[4] (on your left) with some views over the ski fields[5]. Just past the top end of the car park[6], the road rises a little more steeply to come to an intersection near a stone electricity building[7] and a yellow gate[8] on Link Road (on your left, locked in winter).

(0.35 km) Smiggins Gate on Link Rd to Powerline terminus
Track: Moderate - undefined
Length = 595 m Time = 11 mins
Climb = 21 m Descent = 0 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the blue and white arrows on the 'Perisher Range cross-country ski trail' sign[9], past the stone electricity building[10] and under the high tension power lines[11]. The walk then continues straight ahead, following the white, blue and orange arrows along the snow-pole line[12] (and snow fence). After about 260m, the walk comes to another large metal 'Perisher Range cross-country ski trail' sign[13]. Here the walk turns left and follows the 'Mount Piper Trail' arrow[14]. The walk now follows the snow-pole line with the orange arrows[15], crossing Link Rd[16] after about 40m. About 60m after this, the walk bends sharply left[17] and winds up the ridge to where the track bends right, coming to the terminus of some high-tension power lines[18].

(0.94 km) Powerline terminus to Perisher Creek Valley View
Track: Hard - undefined
Length = 1.8 km Time = 40 mins
Climb = 99 m Descent = -57 m
Continue straight: From the power line terminus[19], this walk heads uphill to follow the snow-poles that run roughly parallel to the power lines[20] (the power lines are now down to your right). The snow-pole line bends left, leading gently up a wide ridge[21] and away from the power lines, through the scattering of snow gums. The walk heads towards Mt Piper[22] (with the large, flat, green passive repeater at the top) and about 300m after leaving the power lines, the track turns right and follows parallel to the out-of-bounds fence[23] (on your left) for a short time. About 100m further past this fence, the snow-pole line leads to a rocky highpoint[24], with a clear view over the valley to your right. The track then leads down a dip[25] and over a rise, winding through the dead snow gums and across a wide valley[26] for about 300m, before climbing up to a ridge line on the other side. Here the snow poles lead left[27] up the ridge for about 130m before bending sharply right[28] and leading down the other side of this ridge. Over the next 800m, the snow-pole line leads generally down to cross two wide and open gulleys[29] and come to a point where the track bends sharply left[30] again. There is a view from here, looking over the rocks straight ahead and extending down along Perisher Creek valley and the scar of Link Rd[31].

Perisher Creek Valley View Alt = 1764 m
North-west of Mt Piper on the Mt Piper trail are several wide views looking down Perisher Creek valley. Whilst enjoying the snow-covered vista, you will be able to look down along the valley to the junction of Link Road and Guthega Road, and to the left, you can spot the road linking Blue Cow and Perisher Valley.

(2.74 km) Perisher Creek Valley View to Interceptor bridge intersection
Track: Hard - undefined
Length = 1.28 km Time = 24 mins
Climb = 15 m Descent = -69 m
Veer left: From the valley view[32], this walk heads south, following the snow-pole line over the rise[33]. As the walk leads down the other side, there is a view over Perisher Valley[34]. The walk continues downhill for about 700m, where the track mostly flattens out in the valley. There are some buildings to your right, over on the other side of Perisher Creek - the first is the sewage treatment plant[35], and the rest are lodges[36]. After about 400m walking along the mostly flat section beside the creek[37], the snow poles lead past a timber fence[38] to find a ski-run (linking Perisher and Smiggins). Here the walk turns right to cross the bridge[39], then heads about 50m beside this trail to find an intersection with another snow-pole line[40] (on your left, with white arrow markers).

(4.02 km) Interceptor bridge intersection to Bridge on Blue Cow Link Rd
Track: Moderate - undefined
Length = 627 m Time = 11 mins
Climb = 10 m Descent = -4 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads south following the snow-pole line[41], keeping the main ski runs up to your right. The track crosses a few small creeks[42] (covered in snow during winter) and after about 300m, this walk tends right to find an over-snow-vehicle route[43], marked by orange poles with blue tips[44]. Here the walk turns left and follows this route downhill and finds an intersection at the bottom of the 'Telemark Tbar'[45]. The walk continues straight, passing 'Murphy's Crossing'[46] (bridge on your left) to come to an intersection with Perisher Blue Cow Link Road & ski run just before another bridge[47].

(4.65 km) Bridge on Blue Cow Link Rd to Perisher Valley Skitube
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 553 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = -2 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads across the bridge[48] over Perisher Creek. The road bends right[49] then after about 150m, it passes the tobogganing area[50] (on your left) and a cross-country skiing sign[51] before leading down to the edge of a car park[52]. Here the walk stays right and heads around the edge of the car park, just past the bridge to 'Perisher Centre'[53], and arrives at the Shuttle Bus shelter[54] outside the Skitube Terminal building[55][56].

Perisher Valley Village Alt = 1720 m
Perisher Valley village is centred about the Skitube[57] building, Perisher Centre[58] and the National Park Visitor Centre[59]. Just outside the Skitube is the shelter for the shuttle bus service to Smiggins. Perisher Centre is accessed by the long metal bridge - inside, you will find food shops, toilets and skiing-related shops. Inside the Skitube building is the train station, kiosk, medical centre and some other services. The National Park Visitor Centre provides a warm shelter, toilets, seats and information about the park. Most of these services only operate during the ski season, but the NPWS visitor centre is open most of the year and a food outlet is generally open for lunch Monday-Friday.

Drive from Perisher Valley Skitube
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
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Getting there

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Near by


Campsites in the park
Black Perry Rest area
Blue Waterholes Picnic and camping Grounds
Bradneys Gap Camping area
Buddong Falls
Clover Flat camping area
Cooinbil Camping area
Cooleman Mountain Camping Area
Coonara Point Camping Area
Denison Camping area
Geehi Picnic Camping Ground
Ghost Gully Camping Ground
Half-way Flat camping area
Humes Crossing Camping area
Island Bend Camping area
Jacobs River Picnic And Camping Area
Jounama Creek Camping Area
Leather Barrel Picnic And Camping Area
Log Bridge Creek Camping area
Long Plain Hut Camping Area
Ngarigo Picnic And Camping Area
OHares Rest Area
Pinch River Camping area
Ravine Camping area
Rock Flat Camping Area
Rocky Plain Camping Ground
Running waters Camping area
Scotchies Yard Camping area
The Pines Camping Area
Thredbo Diggings Camping area
Three Mile Dam Camping area
Tom Groggin Picnic And Camping Area
Wares Yards Camping Ground
Willis Camping Area
Yarrangobilly Village Camping Area
Yachting Point Camping area
Yolde Camping Area
No Name camping area


Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Paddy Pallin Adventure Centre Thredbo Turnoff, Jindabyne (02) 6456 2922 15.2 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 3 Nuggets Crsng, Jindabyne (02) 6457 2233 17.4 km
Wilderness Sports Nuggets Crossing, Jindabyne 1800 654 168 17.4 km
Snowy Camping World 106 Sharp St , Cooma (02) 6452 2729 65.1 km
Tumuts Fishing Camping & Outdoor 56 Wynyard St , Tumut (02) 6947 1100 122.8 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Mount Piper Trail.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Mount Piper Trail
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1 1227830 Country Energy/Monaro County Council Site JINDERBOINE HILL 21 km (to the E)
2 KHN02 Fire Tower MT YOUNGAL 28 km (to the W)
2 1227833 Commsite INGEBIRAH TRIG 28 km (to the S)
3 EUC03 Bald Hill via EUCUMBENE 34 km (to the NNE)
4 VL2OR_4 CB Repeater Site 20 km S of Cooma SOUTH BROTHER 61 km (to the E)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Monaro Alpine fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place.
(Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is LOW MODERATE, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 45 minutes ago)
Please Note: 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 and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
Mostly sunny.
Mostly sunny.
11.3°C (feels like 10.1°)
6 km/h from the NW (gusting 13)
88% humidity     (as at 23/12:00am)
Tue      16°Mostly sunny.
Wed|18°Sunny.
Thu|20°Mostly sunny.
Fri|25°Late rain at times.
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Kosciuszko National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page

Region: South Coast & Highlands
Park fees Camping Facilities
Current Park Closure information for Kosciuszko National Park
Closure information last downloaded Monday 22nd of December 2014 10:00 PM
CLOSED AREAS
Barry Way open to 4WD only
Council have inspected the Barry Way through to the Victorian Border and advised that the Barry Way is open to 4WD vehicles only from the start of the gravel section at Grosses Plain. There is considerable damage and blockage to most of the drainage system and any major rain event will effect the state of the road. For more local information, please contact the Snowy River Shire Council, Jindabyne Office on 02 6451 1550 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.
Island Bend campground partially closed due to maintenance - Island Bend campground (Ends Sunday 1 November 2015)

Partial closure of Island Bend campground due to maintenance. Camp sites are now available at the lower camp at Island Bend in Kosciuszko National Park. Some sites have been fenced and will remain closed for 6 to 12 months following capping works to ameliorate the asbestos risk and to allow for revegetation. Other sites have been gated or fenced and will remain closed due to ongoing asbestos risks. Please observe all signs and closures. For more information, please contact Andrew Miller at the NPWS Jindabyne Office on 0427 437391 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page. Download a map of the closed areas.
Munyang Bridge closed (behind Guthega Powerstation)
Snowy Hydro have advised that the Munyang Bridge behind the Guthega Powerstation at Munyang will be closed to all traffic including pedestrians until further notice. As this bridge gives access to Disappointment Spur, this means that there is no access to Disappointment Spur from the Munyang end. Access is possible from the Whites River end but this requires then turning around and exiting the same way (via Whites River). Penalties apply for non-compliance For more information, please contact Martin Grant from Snowy Hydro on 0429 382 794.

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