Dead Horse Gap and Thredbo River loop

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5 hrs

10.1 km Circuit

710 m

Hard track
This loop walk starts from Dead Horse Gap and does a large circuit up to the Eagles Nest Restaurant and down the Chairlift before returning along the Thredbo River. Along the walk there are stunning views from the top of the Rams Head Range, before the opportunity for lunch at Australia’s Highest Restaurant, followed by an enjoyable chairlift ride down to Thredbo. There is then the tranquil snow gum forest surrounding the Thredbo River on the way back to Dead Horse Gap.

Maps for the Dead Horse Gap and Thredbo River loop walk

You can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
Perisher Valley 1:25 000 Map Series 85252S PERISHER VALLEY NSW-85252S
Chimneys Ridge 1:25 000 Map Series 85241N CHIMNEYS RIDGE NSW-85241N
Kosciuszko 1:100 000 Map Series 8525 KOSCIUSZKO 8525
Jacobs River 1:100 000 Map Series 8524 JACOBS RIVER 8524

Cross sectional view of the Dead Horse Gap and Thredbo River loop bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Dead Horse Gap and Thredbo River loop

Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.

Length 10.1 km
Time 5 hrs

Grade 4/6

Hard track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)

Some more details of this walks Grading

Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk


5km of this walk has short steep hills and another 4.4km has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (2.4km) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track

8km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 2.7km follows a smooth and hardened path. The remaining (1.2km) follows a clear and well formed track or trail.


Around 7km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 4.9km has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required

Around 8km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 4.2km requires no previous bushwalking experience.


8km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation) and another 3.1km is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety. The remaining (1.3km) is affected by forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather events that may impact on navigation and safety.


Around 9km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 3.5km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Dead Horse Gap and Thredbo River loop walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Dead Horse Gap and Thredbo River loop walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Dead Horse Gap and Thredbo River loop walk starts and ends at the Cascades Trail track head (gps: -36.522924, 148.26452)
Your main transport option to Cascades Trail track head is by;
Car. A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
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Fire Danger

Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather Forest

This walk starts in the Snowy Mountains weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.

Forecast snapshot

Park Information & Alerts



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Gallery images
There are other downloads I am still working on.
You will probably need to login to access these — still all free.
* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)

Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.
Happy walking
Matt 🙂