Snowy Creek to Dead Horse Gap Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

6.4
FIETS
10.9 mi
DISTANCE
3,614 ft
GAINED
5.8 %
AVG. GRADE

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This 10.9 mile bike climb is located in New South Wales, Australia. The average gradient is 5.8% and there is a total elevation gain of 3,614 ft, finishing at 5,158 ft.

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bike parked next to road sign reading "Long Steep Descent Next 8km"

Cycling Dead Horse Gap, New South Wales, Australia

Ride 17.6 kilometers gaining 1,103 meters at 5.8% average grade.

This climb is ranked as the Fifth most difficult climb in Australia.  The climb averages 7.1% if the one kilometer of descent is removed.  There is a full two kilometer segment beginning at kilometer 3.6 that averages 10.6%.

signs along the climb, include: Great Dividing Range Elevation 1580 m; Snowy Creek; Dead Horse Gap Elevation 1582 m; and Siberia

The Great Dividing Range is a series of mountain and hill ranges running 3,000 km.  The east side of the range carries river flow to the Pacific Ocean and west side flows into the Murray-Darling Basin, and then to the Southern Ocean.

Climb summary by PJAMM Cycling’s Brad Butterfield.

Australia just keeps blowing me away. Each climb area has been so unique from the others. This climb, situated deep in the Kosciuszko National Forest (17AUD/per day entry fee), begins at the Snowy Creek campground.

Entrance to Kosciuszko National Park

Photo right - start of the climb.

You’ll be many kilometers from any towns at the start and throughout the climb, so plan accordingly for this very tough ride. Infrequent descending traffic brings in a thick smell of brake pads overheating, a great sign of a tough climb ahead for any serious climber. But, the traffic will almost certainly be very mild out that way, and all very respectful when passing. Be on the lookout for wildlife! I saw a massive buck when I was gearing up for my climb. The average gradient is a bit deceiving as there are a couple significant downhills en route to the summit. This is another ‘must do’ climb for Australia, but I’m starting to think that every climb in Australia is a MUST DO!

panoramic photo shows roadway snaking through valley filled with burned trees

Although the upper section of the climb is burned, most of the climb is pristine.

thick forestation covering the mountains

We are surrounded by and frequently covered by thick forest during the climb.

eucalyptus-lined roadway

bike parked next to roadsigns warning of "Long Steep Descent"

Photo left:  Sign at the beginning of a 1 km 6% descent at km 6.3.

Photo right:  Sign looking back the road just climbed at kilometer 15.1

aerial drone view of hairpins along the climb, road surrounded by dense forestation

Several real nice hairpins on the climb.

photo collage shows curves in roadway along the climb route

And when its not a hairpin, its a curve - this is a beautiful serpentine bike climb.

Leather Barrel Creek

Cross Leather Barrel Creek at the bottom of the km descent at kilometer 7.3.

bike parked against tree stump in grass surrounded by tall trees, rays of sunlight shine down through clouds onto bike

There were some stunning views and sights on this climb.

photo collage shows views along the climb, including tall eucalyptus trees, signs reading "Steep Descent" and warning of windy road the next 55 km.

aerial drone view shows PJAMM Cyclist standing next to sign for Dead Horse Gap, grassy area at climb finish

The finish of another extraordinary Australian bike climb.

aerial drone view shows PJAMM Cyclist riding on eucalyptus-lined roadway next to sign for Great Dividing Range

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