13 miles
4,209 ft
-4,210 ft
4,332 ft
High Point

4-6 hours return. No chance of doing this one in winter due to snow

Stepping it up a gear the ride up to Coal Pit Saddle are for those that like long relentless climbs in the
granny gear. Starting in Gibbston cyclists climb up Coal Pit Saddle Rd for 5.5km as it turns from a gravel road to a rough 4WD drive track high above the Valley of the Vines.

Once at the saddle turn left to continue toward Ben Cruachan for a further 7.5 kilometres on a narrow single track over some large cliff areas or right for a 7.5 kilometre ride heading further up along the ridge line to Mt Rosa. The climb over Mt Rosa continues to be a strenuous climb - but the views and feeling of being so small in such a large environment are really worth it. A brake burning descent takes you over the back of the Nevis Bluff to State Highway 6 with a short 6km road ride back into Gibbston for a well earned glass of the regions famous wine.

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More Stats for Coal Pit Saddle - Mt. Rosa Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -1 ft
  • Altitude min
    971 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,168 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,167 ft
  • Grade
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  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    7 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,393 ft
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
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