7 Peaks Ride: Hotham

7 Peaks Ride: Hotham

Victoria’s 7 Peaks Ride is an at-your-own pace cycling challenge which runs from October to April each year, taking you up winding mountain roads, around steep turns and past spectacular views right to the top of seven Victorian Alpine Resorts

Details of the Hotham ride:

- Distance 32.4km

- Rise 1,347m

- Grade Average 4%

- Grade Max 18%


This challenging ride commences in the gateway town of Harrietville. The scenic Great Alpine Road is flanked by tall forests in the early part of the ride. Mount Buffalo and Mount Feathertop are landmarks in the endless vistas that greet you at the top. This is a demanding ride with some steep sections at a maximum grade of 18% to test and reward the rider who takes on this leg.

This is a climb that will put you to the test regardless of your fitness. The first 10km is hard and 'The Meg' is a notorious 10% pinch. The ride flattens out for most of the climb, until the ticket box introduces some steep climbs and two short steep descents (they make for steep climbs on the way down!). The last 1.5km pitches up again to the top. This is a tough climb and you will be fully exposed to the elements on the last 10km, so be extremely careful in high winds. Ensure you have the correct gear and take enough food and drink.

While this forms part of the 7 Peaks Challenge you can, of course ride this climb outside of the Challenge, weather permitting.


Start at Harrietville General Store, Great Alpine Rd, Harrietville.

Finish at 'Hotham Heights' sign past the Corral Day Carpark, Great Alpine Rd, Hotham

Water: Transit lounge (tap) Hotham Village and The General Store (purchase or tap).

Shelter: Transit lounge Hotham Village, Corral Car Park.

Mobile coverage: In the village all major provider connectivity, however Telstra is the best option.


Paper Passport Stamping Station: Mt Hotham Transit Lounge - 28 Great Alpine Road (under the Resort Management Building). Open 24 hours a day


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30.348 km / 18.857 mi

Total Distance

2,124 m / 6,968 ft

Total Ascent

883 m / 2,899 ft

Total Descent

1,835 m / 6,021 ft

Highest Point

Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Advanced (Black)
Ride Duration: 2-4 hrs
Fitness Level: High
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Gravel Road
Mobile Coverage: Limited
Estimated Distance: 20.1
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Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle
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