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 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.
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.
4-6 hours return. No chance of doing this one in winter due to snow.
Local Trail Association
More Stats for Coal Pit Saddle - Mt. Rosa Loop mountain bike trail
Altitude change-669 ft
Altitude min976 ft
Altitude start1,645 ft
Altitude end976 ft
Distance climb4 miles
Distance down4 miles
Distance flat1,934 ft
Avg reverse time00:16:13
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- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
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