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Snowy North

Postby bluewombat » Thu 20 Jan, 2022 5:20 am

Hi all
just enquiring if anyone has been up Snowy North recently, if so how overgrown/open is the standard route
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Re: Snowy North

Postby weetbix456 » Thu 20 Jan, 2022 9:20 am

Fairly well defined and taped track. Similar to other rough tracks/routes down SW. Can be a little confusing at points in the forest depending on where you start. There is an abrupt dogleg 90’ turn (approx 850m contour, above park boundary) which is necessary not to continue upwards towards Pluto Bluff if starting from the access along the road further east.
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Re: Snowy North

Postby Blue Jacket Hiker » Thu 27 Jan, 2022 10:17 am

Gday Blue Wombat - a mate and I came down the track at the end of a south - north Snowy Range traverse on Tuesday.

Despite studying the "dogleg" thoroughly following many stories of people getting lost on their way up, we found on the way down that the tape heading effectively straight down (north direction rather then east) was easier to follow and just took us to an old forestry road which met up with Ted Ransleys only a km or so from where our car was anyway.

I'm heading back to go up Snowy North in a couple of weeks and will be taking the straight up option as I've logged it on my GPS now. Up to the "dogleg" elevation the track is well marked and through fairly open forest on a steady incline. Above that there is the thick Pandani (once again very well taped) and then the very thick and very steep scrub working up to the ridge (once again well marked).

All quite hard going on the way up I would imagine!
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Re: Snowy North

Postby north-north-west » Fri 04 Feb, 2022 6:32 pm

It's actually a pretty good track up to the plateau. Narrow and overgrown through the scrub, but clear underfoot. Steep going, but a good little walk.
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Re: Snowy North

Postby bluewombat » Sat 05 Feb, 2022 5:57 am

Thanks very much for the info. Blue Jacket I would be interested to hear more of your Snowy South to North traverse trip, how was the terrain, scrub and did you spread it over 2-3 days.
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Re: Snowy North

Postby Blue Jacket Hiker » Mon 07 Feb, 2022 11:40 am

Gday BW, we actually did the full 22kms or so from Lake Skinner to Ted Ransleys in a day a few weeks ago. We are pretty keen bushwalkers who dabble in a bit of trail running. The going was pretty good up until Wetpants peak and then north from there we just trundled the open stuff and picked our lines through the harder scrub carefully. Took us about 8 hours with a short break for lunch.

That South to North efffort was a reccy for our a 24hr "Adventure Race" (completely made up) we did last weekend, incorporating mountain biking, running down rivers, the traverse and kayaking the weld, from Maydena to Tahune Airwalk about 120kms that took us 25hrs. The North to South (this time) traverse was a highlight with amazing views in the late arvo/evening as we climbed Snowy North. Beyond that we were making incredible headway until about 11pm when the misty clouds rolled in making our GPS delay/play up and rendering our expensive bright head torches designed to light up the next km or so useless due to the fog! My average Navigational skills with map and compass, with low visibility made for a very slow and zigzaggy boulder hop from Snowdrift Tarns to Snowy South between 2 and 4 am! Awesome range and experience though, loved it!

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Re: Snowy North

Postby Blue Jacket Hiker » Mon 07 Feb, 2022 11:43 am

Another couple of snaps sorry so big...
Nevada in the distance as the cloud slowly rolled in...
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Sun setting around Scrivens Cone somewhere...
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Tough going at night!
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Re: Snowy North

Postby phATty » Mon 07 Feb, 2022 8:20 pm

Beautiful country. I've only been to Snowy South (although my partner and I seemed to enjoy Lake Skinner a bit more than the "main" attraction), looking to explore both Nevada and Snowy North as an overnight.

Wondering if anyone could pm me a description or some GPS coordinates to point me towards the start of the track? We'd need to shuffle cars that's all. I suppose if starting from Nevada it wouldn't be a huge deal to leave the car on Ted Ransley's, chuck that in the GPS or mark it on the map and follow the Snowy North track until it spits us out somewhere, could find our way back I suppose, but info on access would be useful to avoid the road walk.

I've heard there's some random logging coupe to follow or something? and a stick in a bunch of rocks? Confusing... haha.
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Re: Snowy North

Postby north-north-west » Tue 08 Feb, 2022 12:15 pm

The route described in the Abels book for Snowy North is good. Either walk up Styx South Rd until it becomes Waterfall Creek Rd, continue past the sign, take the first spur road on the right and keep going up around the corner just after it flattens out until you reach the open area with the old snig track. Taped from there, albeit rather overgrown, and you have to watch very carefully for the spot you step off (again, to the right) the snig track. Or, if your car (and driving) can cope, follow Waterfall Creek Rd (the gate seems to be permanently unlocked) until the abovementioned spur road, and etc. Ignore the tracks shown on ListMap - neither will work as well unless you really want to push through some absolutely godawful scrub for hour after hour.

Nevada road access is via the road to the Skinner track, just continue past the spur road until you reach another just before the closed bridge. Some extra road walking was involved last time I checked it out, as a culvert on the spur road had collapsed, but the track is OK.
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Re: Snowy North

Postby bluewombat » Mon 14 Feb, 2022 5:49 am

I went for a walk up Snowy North yesterday. Waterfall creek road is open from the Styx road end but you cannot quite get to the spur road NNW mentions as there is a washed out culvert and a road closed sign. You can park at the junction with Ted Ransley road about 700m before the spur road (which is too overgrown in sections for a car in any case). I did not try coming up Waterfall creek road from the South Styx road end. The route description in the Abels is good and the track is taped but following it, particularly in the open forest and particularly around tree fall, requires your attention. There are plenty of direction changes in both the open rainforest and the pandani forest to watch for and the section above this to the plateau is steep. There is no track from the plateau edge to the actual summit.
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Re: Snowy North

Postby phATty » Mon 28 Feb, 2022 5:19 pm

Successful in traversing Snowy South - Snowy North last weekend. The pad is very much intact and very well cairned once you pick it up from the edge of the plateau (we had to initiate a little bit of a search for it, low cloud did not help). Had no issues in following it right down to the spur road.
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