PLAN: Kosciuszko - Ryries and Pretty Plain

summary: South from Round Mountain carpark through the Toolong plain to Ryries Parlour and across to Pretty Plain. Exit via Hell Hole Creek FT.
date: April 2008
distance: 47kms
tags: HIKE - PLAN - KOSI - RYRIES - 2008
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Getting There – Wollongong to Round Mountain (450km, 6hours)

Departing from Wollongong or Sydney, head for Cooma via Canberra. From Cooma follow the Snowy Mountains Hwy to Kiandra and then to Cabramurra. From here, find the Tooma Road for approximately 18kms to Round Mountain fire trail car park.

DAY 0 – The night before

Arriving early evening, the first night will be spent walking along Round Mountain fire trail towards Dershko’s hut. About 6kms will be walked to a campsite just off the fire trail. [GR 55H 622050 6005000]. An alternative campsite can be found just after the ford across the river.

DAY 1 – Round Mountain fire trail to Ryries Parlour (15 kms 5 hours)

Continue along Round Mountain fire trail, past Dershkos hut and further south where it turns into Grey Mare fire trail. Continue along the trail until the ford across the Tooma river at Town of Ross [GR 55H 621959 5996790]. At this point, continue due south alongside the river towards Rocky Bogong peak.

As you cross over the Tooma River, turn to the West and follow ridge that appears here up towards Rocky Bogong Peak. As the ground opens up, you will find the easiest path to the top of the ridge line which is known as Ryries Parlour. The nights camp can be found once the saddle is reached. [GR 55H 620000 5994680]

DAY 2 – Ryries Parlour to Hell Hole Creek (14 kms 7 hours)

There is plenty of off-trail walking on this day which is both difficult underfoot and for navigation, as we leave Ryries Parlour and head West towards Pretty Plain. It is difficult to find any reference points, but if you start following the creek down the valley, then once this opens out into a large plain (2km) head towards the top of Jimmies [GR 55H 617100 5997000]. Care needs to be taken as it is very easy to get on the wrong side of the peaks here and find yourself on a very steep overgrown cliff face.

This trail will eventually lead to Pretty Plain, just a little north of the Pretty Plain Hut ruin. Once Pretty Plain is reached, turn to the North and follow the river to the top of the plain. There is an easily located fire trail at the top of the plain, which heads East/West. Turn to the East at this stage [GR 55H 616671 6002545], and continue along Hell Hole Creek fire trail as it rises 350m up and out of the valley. Continue for about another 4 kms before locating a camp site for the night along side the creek.

DAY 3 – Hell Hole Creek to Round Mountain car park (10 kms 4 hours)

The return back to Round Mountain car park is an easy and familiar one. Continue along Hell Hole Creek fire trail until it meets the Round Mountain fire trail. Turn to the North and follow the trail all the way back to the car park, about 9 kms.


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Waypoints

 
WR-HUT
[55H 624584 5981851]
WR HUT
[55H 624429 5981903]
WATER STOP
[55H 626274 5979789]
VL-JNC
[55H 623458 5986109]
VL-HUT
[55H 623284 5990026]
TRACK
[55H 623692 5988887]
TOOMA RV X
[55H 616699 6002599]
TOOMA RV
[55H 616804 5999125]
TN-HUT
[55H 627906 5985746]
THIESS JNC
[55H 623399 6009499]
SCHLINK PS
[55H 624358 5983228]
SCHLINK P
[55H 624465 5983125]
SC-HUT
[55H 624400 5984665]
ROUNDMTHUT
[55H 624499 6010299]
RMFT+FRFT
[55H 624100 6010099]
RMFT GATE
[55H 624099 6010899]
RM CARPRK
[55H 623404 6000000]
PRTYPLNHUT
[55H 616406 5996559]
PP CMP NT2
[55H 616893 6001363]
PASS BRK
[55H 625580 5984338]
OR-HUT
[55H 623056 5986100]
OKEEFS HUT
[55H 626199 6001399]
OFF TRK
[55H 618999 5991599]
MORN T D3
[55H 627599 5988626]
MET STATIN
[55H 624999 6000199]
MA-HUT
[55H 626141 5990527]
KD-HUT
[55H 631980 5991049]
JAGUNGAL
[55H 624799 5998699]
HELL HOLEJ
[55H 620981 6001270]
HC-JNC
[55H 625723 5978121]
HC-HUT
[55H 625375 5978406]
GRAYMR HUT
[55H 620299 5991699]
GMFT-RMFT
[55H 622799 5998399]
GMFT+FRFT
[55H 627099 6003399]
GG-PAS
[55H 626257 5984552]
G-DAM
[55H 626900 5976302]
G DAM
[55H 626891 5976279]
FT X
[55H 615643 5994082]
EC2
[55H 623399 5989449]
EC1
[55H 625500 5989599]
DY1 LUNCH
[55H 619956 6000924]
DY 3 CAMP
[55H 616762 5993861]
DY 3 BRK
[55H 616840 5999717]
DS-JNC
[55H 625232 5980913]
DP-HUT
[55H 626924 5978920]
DERSCHEKOS
[55H 621699 5999399]
DAY 3 PASS
[55H 625815 5989421]
CREEK STOP
[55H 624756 5989237]
CMP DY 4
[55H 622612 5999101]
CAMP A1
[55H 621865 5999393]
CAMP 3
[55H 624001 5987588]
BRADLEYS
[55H 624349 6013399]
BP
[55H 628349 5989399]
BBP
[55H 628899 5988599]
017
[55H 622500 5998149]
016
[55H 620297 5991688]
015
[55H 620297 5991688]
014
[55H 620297 5991688]
012
[55H 616326 5995461]
001
[55H 627173 5989121]