KEEN hikers will be eagerly watching the progress of the Snowies Iconic Walking trail as stage 2 of the $17 million project is set to be completed in March 2021.
Stage 2 is a 5.6km track running parallel to the Snowy River on the south east side linking Charlotte Pass with the existing Illawong walk that leads into Guthega.
Construction methods and surfaces being used include rock paving, steel mesh elevated walkway, and gravel or natural surfaces. Around 85% of the steel mesh and 40% of the gravel sections were completed before winter.
Track construction has been mindful of the environment avoiding significant impacts on threatened species and communities, especially alpine bogs, threatened reptiles and Mountain Pygmy-possum.
Stage 3 from Charlotte Pass to Porcupine Rocks is due to commence during the 2020 summer.
Eventually this walk will link Charlotte Pass, Guthega, Perisher and finish at Bullocks Flat near Lake Crackenback Resort.
The Mount Lee stage 1 was completed in 2019 with a realigned 1.7km raised mesh walkway protecting one of the rarest plant communities in the world, the Windswept Feldmark. Rehabilitation work on the bypassed Windswept Feldmark will recommence in spring 2020.
The Snowies Iconic Walk is a NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) project to create a world-class walking trail through stunning alpine wilderness in Kosciuszko National Park.
Seaman’s Hut is also undergoing a change and hikers this summer will see a new toilet block being constructed adjacent to the hut. This project will be finished in early 2021.
You can find more information by searching Snowies Iconic Walk at www.environment.nsw.gov.au.