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Dead Horse Gap walking track is a 5km, grade 4 one way hike, located in the Kosciuszko National Park, New South Wales. The hike should take approximately 1.5hrs to complete.
Dead Horse Gap walking track rewards you with sweeping views across Thredbo’s high alpine country. At almost 600m above the valley floor, this track is a favourite with hikers visiting Kosciuszko National Park and the Australian Alps.
The signposted track, which forms part of the Australian Alps walking track, can be walked in either direction. Start from Dead Horse Gap on Alpine Way or just beyond the top of Thredbo’s Kosciuszko Express chairlift (costs apply).
It winds beneath the craggy peaks of the Ramshead Range through remarkable scenery, including a forest of beautiful snow gums, open herb fields and alpine heath. You may even spot a wombat or kangaroo.
The track is quite steep in sections, especially on the climb from Alpine Way up the Ramshead Range. You may prefer to catch the chairlift and arrange to be picked up at Dead Horse Gap. Feeling fit? Return to the village along the Thredbo River track.
About the region
Thredbo-Perisher area of Kosciuszko National Park in the Snowy Mountains region
The Thredbo-Perisher area is open all year, but some roads and trails may close due to weather conditions or park management issues. Kosciuszko Road is closed between Perisher and Charlotte Pass in winter (June to October long weekends).
8.30am to 5pm daily. Closed Christmas Day.
To Cascade Trail carpark. Dead Horse Gap walking track is in the central/Thredbo section of Kosciuszko National Park. To get there from Jindabyne:Take Kosciuszko Road, which turns onto Alpine Way.Follow Alpine Way for 32km until you reach Thredbo VillageAfter parking, proceed to the Crackenback chairlift, where the track begins. Park entry points Cascade Trail carpark See on map Road quality All 2WD vehicles need to carry snow chains in winter, between June and October long weekends, on: Kosciuszko Road (to Perisher) Guthega Road Alpine Way between Thredbo and Tom Groggin Snow chains are recommended for all vehicles driving in the park, including 4WD and AWD, in the event of extreme weather. Read our snow driving in Kosciuszko tips. Parking Bus and car parking is available at Thredbo, including several designated disabled spots.
Costs apply if you plan to catch the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift, which takes 15mins. For chairlift prices visit the Thredbo website
Fill in the free trip intention form and hire a PLB from the Snowy Region Visitor Centre.
It’s a good idea to bring a topographic map and compass, or a GPS, and read our safety tips before you set out.
Visit NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service for more information on this trail.
The longitude and latitude of the start and end points are approximately only and should not be used for navigation purposes. Please contact me if you know the correct coordinates.