8.4 miles
Distance
2,838 ft
Climb
-3,515 ft
Descent
03:31:09
Avg time

Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Gibbston
    Queenstown
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Mixed
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Alpine Trail
    Yes
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #73593 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    15 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

Stepping it up a gear the ride up to Coal Pit Saddle are for those that like long relentless climbs in the granny gear. Once at the saddle turn right to continue toward Ben Cruachan for a further 7.5 kilometres on a narrow single track over some large cliff areas or left 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.

Access Info

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.

Disclaimer

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

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Coal Pit Saddle - Mt. Rosa Loop mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -677 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,002 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,320 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,679 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,001 ft
  • Grade
    -1.5%
  • Grade max
    -95.7%
  • Grade min
    51.8%
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    912 ft
  • Avg time
    03:31:09
  • Avg reverse time
    00:16:13
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on Oct 12, 2020
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Trail Conditions
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      Coal Pit Saddle... Trail Reports

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      Oct 12, 2020 @ 7:23pm
      Oct 12, 2020
      All clear. Coal Pit Rd is very rutted but 100% rideable. Downhill into Vic Flat is clear of growth.
      Dec 26, 2018 @ 10:53am
      Dec 26, 2018
      Major Water drainage issue, large mud holes on road climb up to Coal Pit Saddle. After that, everything is in good shape.
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