Ride 13 kilometers gaining 970 meters at 7.2%
Dargo is ranked the fourth most difficult bike climb in Australia behind only Mt. Baw Baw, Mt. Wellington and Mt. Donna Buang. The climb has it’s steep section with the steepest kilometer at 12.2% beginning at kilometer 3.2
Climb summary by PJAMM’s Brad Butterfield.
If coming from Mt. Hotham, Dargo High Plains Road (the access road from Mt. Hotham) is gravel for about 50 kilometers. Doable in most any sedan so long as you drive cautiously. However I would not try this on a rainy or snowy day without 4x4. Additionally, you can drive into Dargo from the main A1 highway on all paved roads. Dargo itself is small but a very lively former Gold Mining town. Now it has become a tourist destination and start point for many campers, hunters, cyclists, motorcyclists, etc. The General store sells a great burger that I highly recommend AFTER completing the climb. Ah yes - the climb. The Dargo climb starts and finishes with walls of double digit gradients. In the middle portion of the climb it levels out some, but never for very long. You’ll be climbing through a tunnel of trees the entire way and only get brief views of the surrounding mountains. This climb is very remote, but the road is heavily traveled by 4x4 vehicles and motorcycles. Quite a few of them came too close for comfort to me while I was riding. Be weary, they don’t seem to be expecting -or care- about cyclists.
The climb is through thickly wooded terrain.
Finish at an unmarked summit at the peak of the climb.