Explore relics from early 1900s silver mining operations adjacent to the Snowy River in this 15.5km loop walk. The walk is recommended as an overnight
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Silver Mine Walking Track
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- The Silver Mine Walk is recommended for seasoned walkers with some orienteering skills and should not be attempted without access to the Silver Mine Walk visitor guide, a good map of the area and a compass.
at Silver Mine Walking Track
Wednesday 1 February, 2017 |
Explore relics from early 1900s silver mining operations adjacent to the Snowy River in this 15.5km loop walk. The walk is recommended as an overnight trip.
Starting from McKillop Bridge, the Silver Mine track links fire access and other minor tracks in a varied and interesting route, including a section of the bank of the Snowy River. The path is broad, well graded and carefully benched where it sidles steep hillsides.
Important information for walkers: Sections of The Silver Mine Walk are currently in poor condition. The segment of the walk which follows beside the Snowy River is currently impacted by heavy, post-fire regrowth which makes it difficult to find the path in this area and walkers may have difficulty picking up the location where the track departs from the Snowy River. As a guide, it is better to walk along the foot of the slope where it meets the flood plain, rather than to follow the water’s edge as, by doing this, you will be able to see where the walking track (an old vehicle track at this location) deviates away from the river.
From this point the track follows a dry creek bed for approximately one kilometre and there are many fallen trees across the path which will need to be negotiated. Once the track does start to climb out of the creek bed, it passes through several switch backs while traversing over a steep ridge. The track then crosses over another dry creek bed before climbing to an intersection with the Deddick Trail. This dry creek crossing is another location where walkers may have difficulties in finding the path. At this location, the path follows the creek bed for a short distance of no more than 20 metres before branching away again. Walkers should not proceed along the dry creek bed at this point. To do so will result in eventually re-emerging on the bank of the Snowy River at a location some kilometres south of McKillop Bridge. To try to walk back to the bridge from here will be very arduous as this area is heavily impacted by post-fire regrowth.