4km walk one way
This walk is different in nature to walk higher on the plateau as it passes exclusively through forested areas. The track leaves the upper Snowy Hill Car Park through the gate from where signage soon directs you to turn right and climb gently up onto the ridge leading to Snowy Hill through Snow Gum and Alpine Ash. You will see signs, pole numbers and arrows along the track, these are relics from an old ski trail, ignore them and follow the main trail.
You will see many new ash seedlings now well above abundant wattle regrowth. The wattles are currently receding and the Alpine Ash are winning the battle for survival now occurring amongst the fire regrowth. Once at the top of the ridge you will notice a fine stand of Alpine Ash that was not burnt in 2009.
As the descent to Arnold Gap starts the track becomes damper and you’ll see a beautiful stand of Myrtle Beech to your left. These trees are a Gondwana relic surviving in rainforest gullies in Eastern Australia. As the descent becomes steeper it drops down to reveal stunning vies of Mt Juliet, Mt St Leonard and Mt Monda.
The dead tree trunks soon finish and Mountain Hickory Wattle begins to dominate as a result of the special fire history of this location. Burnt in 1926 and again in 1939 (and in 2009!) the early fires were too close together for the emerging Alpine Ash seedlings to have matured enough to produce seed when the second fire killed them. So this area has been dominated by wattles ever since, until 2009 when new seed was blown into the area and now new Alpine Ash can be seen emerging.
Just before you arrive at Arnold Gap, you’ll see a number of impressive old Alpine Ash trees that have survived both the 1939 and 2009 fires.