Mt Stilwell Walk, Kosciuszko National Park NSW

An excellent short walk from Charlotte Pass to Mt Stilwell (2040m) for great views of the Main Range and over an alpine plateau strewn with countless boulders.

Mt Stilwell Track, Kosciuszko National Park NSW

The Mt Stilwell Walk was quite a find for us, as we’d walked other routes from Charlotte Pass before without giving it much attention. It turned out to be a great short walk with views of the Main Range, and over the boulder strewn alpine plateau to the south of the summit. There were numerous wildflowers in summer which added to the appeal. You also get to bag a 2040m peak while you’re at it: bonus 🙂

Overall this is a better walking experience than traipsing all the way out to Kosciuszko with the crowds. Although it’ll only take about 1.5 hours so you’ll need another walk to make a day of it. The track is easy to follow, and starts next to the toilets at the end of Kosciuszko Road. If you just want views of the Main Range you can stop at the chairlift. There’s more information on the NPWS website.

Mt Stilwell Walk: The Scenery

Mt Stilwell Track, Kosciuszko National Park NSW
The end of Kosciuszko Road at Charlotte Pass. The walk starts near the toilet block.
Mt Stilwell Track, Kosciuszko National Park NSW
Old ski lift equipment.
Mt Stilwell Track, Kosciuszko National Park NSW
A very hazy view of the main range from the top of the ski lift. It would have looked better earlier in the day, but smoke haze and sun angle combined to create this effect.
Mt Stilwell Track, Kosciuszko National Park NSW
Looking up towards Mt Stilwell.
Mt Stilwell Track, Kosciuszko National Park NSW
Flowers
Mt Stilwell Track, Kosciuszko National Park NSW
I rather liked this layer of cloud which was trapping smoke haze underneath.
Mt Stilwell Track, Kosciuszko National Park NSW
Somebody had left a perfectly decent set of skis at the summit. I couldn’t imagine forgetting a whole set of skis and then not returning for them.
Mt Stilwell Track, Kosciuszko National Park NSW
The view from the summit of Mt Stilwell (2040m).

Mt Stilwell Track, Kosciuszko National Park NSW

Mt Stilwell Track, Kosciuszko National Park NSW
A panorama from the summit.
Mt Stilwell Track, Kosciuszko National Park NSW
Looking east from the summit.
Mt Stilwell Track, Kosciuszko National Park NSW
That cloud again.

Mt Stilwell Track, Kosciuszko National Park NSW Mt Stilwell Track, Kosciuszko National Park NSW Mt Stilwell Track, Kosciuszko National Park NSW

Mt Stilwell Track, Kosciuszko National Park NSW
Lots of wildflowers besides the track.

Mt Stilwell Track, Kosciuszko National Park NSW

Mt Stilwell Track, Kosciuszko National Park NSW
Mt Stillwell: you can just see the trig marker on top.
Mt Stilwell Track, Kosciuszko National Park NSW
Looking back at the summit.
Mt Stilwell Track, Kosciuszko National Park NSW
Walking back to the car.

Author: Edward Hathway

I'm a clinical psychologist and keen hiker.

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