Old Coach Road (Montrose)

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Distance: 5.5 km
Average Gradient: 8%
Elevation gain: 430 metres
Traffic:Light traffic
Terrain: Sealed/Unsealed
Category: 2

Old Coach Road is for those that enjoy a challenge and love a sense of adventure. A fair part of this climb is unsealed & boasts the steepest average gradient for a Category 2 climb in the Dandenong Ranges.  I would go so far as to say this is one of the hardest climbs that you can do on a Road bike in the Dandenong’s.

Here is a link to the Strava segment here

The climb commences from the township of Montrose on the Mount Dandenong Tourist Road


The first 700 metres of climbing only averages around 3%.

Old Coach Road Montrose

At the Sheffhield Road turn-off sign head straight up this road.  The next 500 metre section is steep with gradients hitting over 20%. This section is still sealed and averages 11%.

Old Coach Road Montrose

Shortly after you round the hairpin the road will turn to gravel.  This is where the fun begins.

Old Coach Road Montrose

Old Coach Road itself is 2.3 km @ 11%. Given 2/3 of it is gravel expect this climb to be hard.

Old Coach Road Montrose

Thankfully there is a fairly consistent gradient throughout and it is easy to get yourself into a rhythm.

Old Coach Road Montrose

When you get to the next hairpin turn right.

Old Coach Road Montrose

Once you hit the corner of five ways turn right and head up to Sky High.Old Coach Road Montrose

The next 2.1 km averages 7%.  Even though its a lot easier compared to the dirt part of Old Coach Road you will find the going easy.

Old Coach Road Montrose

Enjoy the views as you earn a well deserved rest at Sky High.

Old Coach Road Montrose

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Old Coach Road Montrose

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4 thoughts on “Old Coach Road (Montrose)

    Dandenong’s climbs « The Dandenong Ranges said:
    August 3, 2015 at 11:10 am

    […] Old Coach Road (gravel)            Montrose                                5.5 km                     8                               2 […]

    Dirt climbs « The Dandenong Ranges said:
    August 3, 2015 at 11:17 am

    […] Old Coach Road (gravel)                 Montrose                              5.5 km                      8                            2 […]

    Karl Billeter said:
    August 4, 2015 at 6:51 am

    My current favourite route to Sky High 🙂

      Brendan responded:
      August 4, 2015 at 6:55 am

      Still hoping to turn left at that second hairpin & head up Jaspers/Erith Lane at some stage. Pretty nasty gradient to the top. Can’t believe how good the surface is on Old Coach at the moment. Really keen to hit it again soon 🙂

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