8 miles
3,222 ft
-3,892 ft
4,324 ft
High Point


  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
  • Alpine Trail
  • Global Ranking

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.

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.


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 bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -669 ft
  • Altitude min
    976 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,645 ft
  • Altitude end
    976 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,307 ft
  • Avg reverse time
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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May 8, 2017 @ 2:45am
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Coal Pit Saddle - Mt. Rosa Loop
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Coal Pit Saddle - Mt. Rosa Loop
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Coal Pit Saddle - Mt. Rosa Loop
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Feb 21, 2017 @ 8:02pm
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Coal Pit Saddle - Mt. Rosa Loop

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1:03 | 140 | Feb 21, 2017 , Queenstown

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