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Pilot Wilderness mountain bike ride (Cascade Hut to Barry Way)

Lower Snowy River area in Kosciuszko National Park

Overview

Pilot Wilderness mountain bike ride in Kosciuszko National Park is a challenging, long-distance mountain bike trail that is suited to experienced mountain bike riders.

Where
Lower Snowy River area in Kosciuszko National Park
Distance
53km one-way
Time suggested
9hrs
Grade
Hard
Price
Free
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Opening times

This trail is open to bike riders and walkers in summer and for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in winter. Fat bikes permitted year-round.

What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, snacks, sunscreen, suitable clothing
Please note
  • 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.

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.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Iconic species - Southern corroboree frog conservation program

An iconic endangered species, the southern corroboree frog, found only in Kosciuszko National Park, faces the grave threat of extinction. Saving Our Species aims to prevent this from happening by battling chytrid fungus, protecting frog habitat from pests, and fostering a captive breeding program. 

Southern corroboree frog (Pseudophryne corroboree), Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: John Spencer

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Pilot Wilderness mountain bike ride (Cascade Hut to Barry Way), Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Murray Vanderveer