Hughes Street (Upwey)

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Hughes Street
Location: Upwey
Distance: 1.8 km
Average Gradient: 8%
Elevation gain: 159 metres
Traffic: Light traffic
Terrain: Residential/National Park
Category: 3
Road Surface: Excellent

Here is a link to the Strava segment here:

Hughes Street is a climb suited to the mountain goat.  It is very, very, very steep and one of those climbs that you always feel a sense of accomplishment getting up.  This climb was made famous by being included in several editions of the Dirty Dozen.  Which is an event which introduced riders to the nastiest and steepest climbs in and around the Dandenong Ranges.

Hughes Street climb

The climb commences at the intersection of the Burwood Highway and Hughes Street.  Right from the outset the gradient is in excess of 10%.  Once you round the bend and you pass Earl Street the road goes skyward.  With the road hitting gradients of up to 20% over the next couple of hundred metres.

The road flattens out to give you a brief respite just before you reach Olivette Avenue.  Enjoy the rest.  You will need itas the rise in front of you has been known to cause many a grown man to cry!  In front of you is a wall that is 200 metres long.  With an average gradient of 17% and peaking at well in excess of 20%.  You’ll need a steel determination to make sure you get up it in one piece.  Once over the top, the road flattens out somewhat as you pass the last of the residential homes.  Working your way into the Dandenong Ranges National Park.

From here it is quite undulating with the majority of the road going up.  The traditional end to this climb is just before you reach the Mount Dandenong Tourist Road

The Devil’s Avocate

Distance: 4.5 km
Average Gradient: 7%
Elevation gain: 337 metres
Traffic: Light traffic
Terrain: Residential/National Park
Category: 2
Road Surface: Excellent

Here is a link to the Strava segment here:

You really haven’t climbed a hill until you have gone as high as you possibly can.  The Devil’s Advocate is a nickname given to the extended climb.  This is a combination of Hughes Street, Churchill Drive and One Tree Hill.  Once you get to the end of Hughes Street.  There is an additional 2.7 km of climbing and if you do the full climb, it is ranked amongst the hardest climbs in the Dadenong’s to do.

Churchill Drive is one of the more scenic climbs in the Dandenong’s.  Passing one of Melbourne’s most memorable walks the 1,000 steps.   This is a steep walking trail which commemorated the Kokoda trail.  The road has an exceptional surface.  With a fairly consistent gradient and it is easy to get into a rhythm on the climb.  When you get to the end of Churhill Drive, turn right onto One Tree Hill Road where the road undulates upwards.

This climb isn’t for the feint hearted, but one worthy of any bucket list for those that enjoy a challenge.

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2 thoughts on “Hughes Street (Upwey)

    Christian Purnomo said:
    January 25, 2016 at 7:11 am

    love these 2!

    Brendan responded:
    January 26, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    Have vivid memories of you flying off on me on that climb CP 🙂

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