When most people think of the Snowy Mountains in Southern NSW their first thought is of snowy days, wild weather and the experience of sliding around in some of the countries biggest resorts during winter. However there is another side to the mountains, one where the mild summer days are full of amazing hiking, endless water-sports and even some world class mountain biking.
There are some excellent trails to be found around the mountains, however if you find you only have an hour or two, a visit to Thredbo Resort can be just right.
The lower part of the mountain contains a couple of walking trails that can lead you straight to some of natures most beautiful and peaceful spots.
The Merritts Nature Trail and Meadow Nature Track are two of the options and can be accessed from the village. Both are well signposted and weave their way up the mountain. They are not incredibly hard walks, however, there is a decent amount of uphill and a lot of steps, so you need to be up for a little exertion (These are mountains after all)
Along the way you can find some amazing little spots to sit by a cascading Merritts Creek, soaking up the cool air and sounds of falling water.
You may spot a fair few mountain bikers out and about also. The resort is popular with downhill mountain biking fans and some fun lift served trails are on offer. You can also purchase lift rides to take you up higher and access the Main Range hiking trails (I’ll cover this another time). Keep a good eye out when the hiking trails cross the mountain bike trails, the riders can come down with impressive speed.
And if all that hiking has made you a bit warm, there’s no better way to cool down than a dip or a paddle on Lake Jindabyne. The water in summer is cool (it is mostly melted snow from the winter) but it’s refreshing to jump in on a summers day.
You can find out more about the trails at Thredbo here –> Thredbo Walking Trails
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