Pilot Wilderness mountain bike ride (Cascade Hut to Barry Way) Trail Hiking Australia
  • Length: 53km

  • Duration: 9hrs

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: One Way

  • Start: 7 Alpine Way, Kosciuszko National Park

  • End: 7 Alpine Way, Kosciuszko National Park

  • Location: Kosciuszko National Park

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  • Distance from CBD: 499 km

  • State: NSW

  • Latitude: -36.52305738

  • Longitude: 148.2644191

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Pilot Wilderness mountain bike ride (Cascade Hut to Barry Way) is a 53km, grade 4 one way hike, located in the Kosciuszko National Park, New South Wales. The hike should take approximately 9hrs to complete.

Hike Summary

Pilot Wilderness mountain bike ride from Cascade Hut to Barry Way in Kosciuszko National Park is a long scenic trail that begins at Alpine Way at the Cascade trailhead and travels all the way through Pilot Wilderness Area.
Along the way, it follows several trails, including Cascade Hut trail, Ingeegoodbee trail and Nine Mile trail. Adrenaline junkies take note - there are sustained steep climbing sections on Bobs Ridge that will test your cardio fitness in a most enjoyable way.
If what you're after is a moderately difficult route with incredible views, turn around once you reach Cascade Hut. If you're fit, experienced, have a well-serviced bike and are looking for a challenging long day ride or overnight ride, continue on past Tin Mine Huts to Nine Mile trail. This steep section, which drops down 1000m over 5km, will take you to Pinch River campground at the junction of the Pinch and Snowy rivers. Most people tackle the ride north to south due to the drop in elevation.
This heart-pumping ride traverses a remote wilderness area with a diverse range of environments, taking you from the alpine areas of Thredbo Valley down through the montane forests of snow gum, mountain gum and alpine ash at the heart of Pilot Wilderness Area, and eventually dropping down to the native cypress pine and white box woodlands in Lower Snowy River Valley.

About the region

Kosciuszko National Park spoils you with snow sports, walks and mountain biking in the Snowy Mountains. Go camping, explore caves, climb Australia's highest mountain, or stay in heritage accommodation. There are 7 areas in this park:

1. Thredbo-Perisher area is your gateway to Mount Kosciuszko. Find NSW's favourite ski resorts, top alpine hikes, mountain bike trails, and endless adventures in the Snowy Mountains.

2. The Lower Snowy River area embraces the wild south of Kosciuszko National Park. Camp by the Snowy River and explore the scenic trails on a walk, bike or horse ride.

3. Khancoban area is the western gateway to Kosciuszko National Park. Discover Geehi and Tom Groggin's camp spots, fishing, and riding. Marvel at the Western Fall views or explore huts and hikes in the Jagungal Wilderness.

4. The Selwyn area is your perfect base to explore the walks, rides, and top fishing spots of central Kosciuszko National Park. Selwyn Snow Resort and historic Kiandra are closed due to severe fire damage.

5. The Yarrangobilly area is a highlight of northern Kosciuszko National Park. Explore jaw-dropping caves on a guided tour and swim in the thermal pool. Stay at historic Caves House and enjoy the walks and wildlife.

6. The Tumut area is your launch pad into northern Kosciuszko National Park. Discover water sports and wildlife at Blowering Reservoir. Camp and explore hidden walks and waterfalls in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains.

7. The High Plains area spoils you with summer walks, horse rides and bike trails to mountain huts, caves, and gorges. Camp, stay in Currango's heritage cottages, and discover Kosciuszko's wild north-east corner.

Getting there

To Cascade Trail carpark. Pilot Wilderness mountain bike ride is in the southern precinct of Kosciuszko National Park. To get there:From Snowy Region Visitor Centre:Drive 3km along Kosciuszko Road towards Perisher, then turn left at Alpine Way. The trackhead is 36.5km along Alpine Way, 5.5km past the Thredbo Village turn-off. 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. Roads can close in extreme weather, so it's a good idea to check weather and road conditions before setting out. Parking Parking is available nearby to the attraction at the Cascade trailhead on Alpine Way - please note that park use fees apply. Most people arrange a car shuttle or pick up from Pinch River campground on Barry Way, 60km from Jindabyne on a dirt road.


If you're riding a bike, please give way to walkers along this track.
It's a good idea to bring a topographic map and compass, or a GPS.
Fill in the free trip intention form and hire a PLB from the Snowy Region Visitor Centre or Perisher Visitor Office.
The northern section of this route, between Alpine Way and Tin Mine Huts, can be snowbound during winter months (June-October). Snowdrifts on Bobs Ridge can extend through to December in a big snow year.

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.

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3 thoughts on “Pilot Wilderness mountain bike ride (Cascade Hut to Barry Way) (53km)

  1. Hi! I used to use this website to download trails to another app, but it seems like none of them include that option anymore? Is that correct, or am I missing something.


    1. Hi Kate. Originally this site only had GPX files for hikes I had completed as I added them as I did each hike. Now that I have added hikes across all of Australia, sadly I don’t have files for them all. If you happen to record one, I am more than happy to add it.

      Cheers Darren

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