Charlotte Pass to Mt Stilwell
Ngarigo Country

1 h 15 min to 2 h

3.9 km
return

↑ 201 m
↓ -201 m

Hard track
This enjoyable walk starts from the end of Kosciuszko Rd, Charlotte Pass, and follows the ridgeline, on the western side of the village, up to the top of Mt Stilwell. The walk passes the Tbar and Chairlift stations along the way. This walk follows a clear track to the top, and is great for those looking for a short walk with some great views. 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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Mt Stilwell Track head at Charlotte Pass. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Mt Stilwell Track head at Charlotte Pass. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Mt Stilwell Walk sign. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Mt Stilwell Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Looking to Charelotte Pass from the Mt Stilwell Tracl. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Looking to Pulpit Tbar. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Pulpit Tbar. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Pulpit Tbar Top station. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Historic ski lift. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track leading in front of historic ski lift. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Granite steps. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Views down over the Charlotte Pass Village. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track looking towards Kangaroo Ridge chairlift . | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Kangaroo Ridge lookout platform. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Main Range from Kangaroo Ridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Walking up Kangaroo Ridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Kangaroo Ridge looking up to Mt Stilwell. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Small creek crossing near Mt Stilwell. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Mt Stilwell summit Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Stilwell Saddle. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Trig station ontop of Mt Stilwell. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
From Mt Stilwell. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Mt Stilwell Summit. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Mt Stilwell. | 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 Kosciuszko Road & Mount Stilwell Walking Track (-36.4320798,148.3285235)
Mode Car (A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.)
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From just uphill of toilet block (at the end of Kosciuszko Rd), this walk follows the wide dirt management trail, initially keeping the toilet block to your right. The trail soon leads to a small clearing where the walk turns left following the 'Mt Stilwell' sign along the narrower track. The track soon bends left and follows the side of the hill, heading up the series of stone steps, keeping the valley to your left. Approximately 130m from the sign, the track comes to an intersection under the cables at the top of the Pulpit Tbar.....
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Kosciuszko Road & Mount Stilwell Walking Track Start heading along Mount Stilwell Walking Track (a vehicle track).
There is a car park (about 55 m back from the start).
Covered in snow part of the year (about 25 m back from the start).
Covered in snow part of the year
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 carry 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. Between the long weekend in June and October, the road between Perisher Village and Charlotte Pass is closed by the RTA. It is possible to organise oversnow transport.
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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 carry 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. Between the long weekend in June and October, the road between Perisher Village and Charlotte Pass is closed by the RTA. It is possible to organise oversnow transport.

After 45 m pass the toilet (10 m on your right).
Turn left, to head along Mount Stilwell Walking Track.
After another 125 m continue straight, to head along Mount Stilwell Walking Track.
After another 20 m continue straight, to head along Mount Stilwell Walking Track.
After another 710 m find the "Kangaroo Ridge chairlift lookout platform" (10 m on your right).
Kangaroo Ridge chairlift lookout platform
Kangaroo Ridge chairlift lookout platform

At the top of the Kangaroo Ridge chairlift lies a steel platform. This partially fenced lookout offers broad views to the north-west over the Snowy River valley and across the Main Range. From the chairlift, there are also views down to Charlotte Pass Village.
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At the top of the Kangaroo Ridge chairlift lies a steel platform. This partially fenced lookout offers broad views to the north-west over the Snowy River valley and across the Main Range. From the chairlift, there are also views down to Charlotte Pass Village.

After another 860 m continue straight, to head along Mount Stilwell Walking Track.
After another 110 m continue straight, to head along Mount Stilwell Walking Track.
(Mount Stilwell) Continue another 75 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 1.9 km to get back to the start.
About 90 m past the end is "Mt Stilwell".
Mt Stilwell
Mt Stilwell

At approximately 2040m above sea level, Mt Stilwell is the highest peak in the ridge line winding around the southern side of Charlotte Pass village. With arguably one of the best views in the Kosciusko National Park, Mt Stilwell's peak looks down at the village, and out across the main range to Headley Tarn, Blue Lake and Mt Twynam, and the Snowy River. There is also the lower half of an old trig point located at the peak which, when whole, was used for navigation.
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At approximately 2040m above sea level, Mt Stilwell is the highest peak in the ridge line winding around the southern side of Charlotte Pass village. With arguably one of the best views in the Kosciusko National Park, Mt Stilwell's peak looks down at the village, and out across the main range to Headley Tarn, Blue Lake and Mt Twynam, and the Snowy River. There is also the lower half of an old trig point located at the peak which, when whole, was used for navigation.

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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Charlotte Pass to Mt Stilwell


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 3.9 km
Time 1 h 15 min to 2 h
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
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 Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one 40 m from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
40 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 carry 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. Between the long weekend in June and October, the road between Perisher Village and Charlotte Pass is closed by the RTA. It is possible to organise oversnow transport.
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