Other skiable areas
ACCESS TO JAGUNGAL
This information is provided only as a guide for access
to the area. This is a remote area. Provision is needed for overnight
trips and much of the area is exposed and can be subject to poor
visibility and bad weather. There are no marked tracks and many areas
have heavy tree cover and navigation experience is essential for
There are several huts in
the area but they can be difficult or impossible to find in bad weather.
CMA 1:50000 maps may be used for access to the Jagungal area. Once
above the line of dense timber the easiest map to use is Tim Lambles “
Mt. Jagungal and the Brassy Mountains [1:31680].
POWER STATION AND GUTHEGA DAM:
There is all weather access
to both these access points and vehicles may be parked overnight. From
Munyang there are three routes up Whites river valley to Schlink pass.
Whites river valley provides easy access, protected from the weather,
to great touring country.
The routes are: A: Up the Disappointment spur access road to Disappointment
spur hut, then along the aqueduct to meet the road below the pass. B:
Up the main service road turning off to Horse Camp hut, passing the hut
and going up onto the aqueduct on the southern side of the valley. The
aqueduct leads to a small dam across Whites River which is close to the
main service road. C: follow
the main service road to Schlink Pass.
From Guthega it is possible to cross the dam, climb
the ridge past Guthega trig and ski across the Rolling Grounds to Schlink
pass. The drop off the Rolling Grounds is steep at the top.
From the pass it is possible
to go over the Kerries by many routes. The most used route is to keep
following the road until the Schlink Hilton hut is reached. Turn north
and follow the creek to its source on the Kerries. continue north and
descend into the Valentine river valley. Mawsons hut is located on the
big bend. The hut is easily missed so study your map carefully.
From Mawsons there are many
easy routes to the foot of Jagungal. However consideration must be given
to river and snow conditions.
From Island Bend follow the Snowy river
down to the stone dump. There take the fire trail to the left. Park at
the locked gates and follow the left hand trail to reach the river, cross
the bridge and again turn off to the left until the track ends at Burrungabugge
hut. It is unusual to ski to the hut. From the hut it is possible to proceed
to the Brassy mountains up the valley or either of the ridges. However
it is only good going when there is good snow low down. The valley has
thick shrubbery while the hills have fallen timber and undergrowth to
the Eucumbene dam road 3 km past Rocky Plains school and turn left, on
a gravel road, to cross the Eucumbene river on the Nimmo Bridge. Continue
on and after 7 km take a left hand turn just before Gungarlin East trig.
This leads down to a ford and bridge across the Gungarlin river.
The road is an all weather road until
Bulls Peak river. It may be possible to drive as far as the Park boundary.
However the possibility of heavy snowfalls must be considered when deciding
where to leave vehicles. Vehicles should be parked so as not to obstruct
the roadway and all gates should be closed after opening them. Cesjacks
ridge and Cesjacks hut may be reached by following the road or by going
up Bulls peak valley and finding a route up onto the ridge. From the hut
the best way to climb Jangungal is to follow the Doubtful river south
to its head before turning west and climbing the mountain from the southeast.
This access usually involves
a lot of walking. Drive across the dam and keep going on the fire trail
[Tolbar Road]. Park at the locked gate 7 km from the dam. Walk or ski
if you are lucky the 4 km to the turn into Adams hut which is a private
hut on private property. From this point you can head west, cross the
Gungarlin river and climb up onto Cesjacks ridge and Cesjacks hut. From
here the best way up Jagungal is to go towards the head of the Doubtful
river before turning west and climbing the mountain from the southeast.
Alternately it is possible
to keep going on the fire trail towards Bald Hill before turning west
and going towards Mackeys hut and on past O’Keefes hut before climbing
Jagungal from the north.
KIANDRA and MOUNT SELWYN:
There is overnight parking
at both places. The usual route is to, follow the marked, Mt Selwyn cross
country trail to its southern extremity then generally follow the fire
trail to and around Tabletop mountain. [Do not descend to 9 mile diggings].
The usual route from Tabletop is to generally head south and follow Arsenic
ridge down to Brooks hut from where there are a number of ways to access
Private vehicle access to
Round mountain is not possible during winter as there is a locked gate.
However it is possible to arrange to be dropped off at the snowline [
usually in the vicinity of Ogilvies creek] by R S Wilkinsons taxi service
from Corryong, phone 02 60761488. At Round mountain follow the creek down
the eastern side to reach the Round Mountain fire trail which is roughly
followed to reach the foot of Jagungal.
PINNACLE MOUNTAIN and
the GREY MARE RANGE:
Turn off the Alpine way 5
km northeast of Swampy Plains Bridge onto the Olsens Lookout or Geehi
Dam road. After about 7 km the Pinnacle fire trail is on the left. Park
your vehicle at the locked gate and proceed up the fire trail. After a
steep climb the top of the ridge is reached. Generally follow the fire
trail past the Grey Hill Cafe and along the Grey Mare range to Grey Mare
hut. The hut provides good access to Jagungal.
SCAMMELS SPUR FIRE TRAIL
AND EVERARDS FLAT FIRE TRAIL:
trails provide access to the Dargals and Pretty Plain. Quite a bit of
walking is involved. Additional information would be appreciated.