Dargo is arguably Australia's second rated HC climb, with the climb itself a 10k segment with an average gradient of 10%, peaking out at around 15% on the final 600m ramp towards the very top.

The climb is a good challenge and a very scenic ride, but not for the feint-hearted.

Unless tackling the longer Stratford-Dargo race, a good starting point for a shorter ride to 'peak-bag' this one is from the Dargo General Store. From here, you'll roll through some beautiful countryside, following the picturesque Dargo River for 10k before commencing the climb.

This one is tough from the outset, but saves the best for last as you approach McWilliams Road, and the official end of the segment. The paved road continues another 5k or so from the official climb finish before turning to gravel onwards to Mt Hotham and Dinner Plains.

The ride winds through picturesque countryside and dry schlerophyll forest, with little traffic; especially in winter when the road to Mt Hotham is closed for snow.

On the return journey, the General Store does a pretty good coffee and/or milkshake!

Details of the ride:

- Distance: 41 km

- Elevation: 1236 m


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39.486 km / 24.535 mi

Total Distance

1,409 m / 4,622 ft

Total Ascent

1,407 m / 4,616 ft

Total Descent

1,229 m / 4,031 ft

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Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Kid friendly
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Advanced (Black)
Ride Duration: 2-4 hrs
Fitness Level: Ultra Fit
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
Trail Signage: Good
Mobile Coverage: Limited
Estimated Distance: 40.0
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