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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, NSW. The hike should take approximately 9hrs to complete.
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
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.