Merritts Traverse

Download & Print Map and Notes

3 hrs

5.8 km Circuit

167 m

Hard track
This walk starts with a scenic journey to the top of the hill on the chairlift. Starting along Merritts Nature walk, this walk soon detours down the hill by following a series of signposted management trails and ski runs. The walk visits a few scenic creeks, but the main highlights are the wide views of Thredbo Valley.

Maps for the Merritts Traverse 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 Merritts Traverse bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Merritts Traverse

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 5.8 km
Time 3 hrs

Grade 4/6

Hard track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
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 Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)

Some more details of this walks Grading

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


2.8km of this walk is very steep and another 2.7km is flat with no steps. Whilst another 1.4km has short steep hills and the remaining 690m has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track

4.3km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 2.9km follows a smooth and hardened path. The remaining (430m) follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.


Around 4.3km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 3.3km has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required

Around 6km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 1.6km requires some bushwalking experience.


Around 5km of this walk is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety, whilst the remaining 2.5km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


This whole walk, 8km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Merritts Traverse walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Merritts Traverse walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Merritts Traverse walk starts and ends at the Bottom of Kosciuszko Express chairlift (gps: -36.503981, 148.30397)
Your main transport option to Bottom of Kosciuszko Express chairlift is by;
Car. A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
(get details)

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 🙂