The Devils Elbow
Location: Upper Ferntree Gully
Length: 5.1 km
Average Gradient: 8%
Total Ascent: 415 meters
Climb Category: 3
Finish: One Tree Hill Road – Ferny Creek
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– The expression “Devils Elbow” has been used since at least the 1860’s to describe a difficult bend or curve in a road or river.
The Devils Elbows is considered the gateway to the Dandenong Ranges. And one of the true icons for climbing enthusiasts. The climb is deceptively steep. And includes two sharp hairpins as it winds its way through the Dandenong Ranges National Park. Which passes by the 1,000 Steps which is the Dandenong’s most popular walk.
The Devils Elbow climb
The traditional start to the climb starts at the corner of Burwood Highway and Mount Dandenong Tourist Road. However there is a fair bit of climbing up the Burwood Highway to get to the start. The Devil’s Elbow takes you up the Mount Dandenong Tourist Road until you reach Churchill Drive. Here you make a left turn onto this road until you reach One Tree Hill Road. Make a right hand turn for the final part of this climb. The gradient drops on One Tree Hill. However the final stretch is undulating. Which can be quite challenging! Depending on how much fuel you’ve got left in your tank to get to the top of this climb. This climb is one of the Dandenong Ranges most iconic climbs. Also one of the most difficult.
The Devils Elbow offers a really good challenge. Riders are rewarded with great views as you move from the steep slopes of Mount Dandenong. To the wet temperature forest of One Tree Hill which provides a welcome relief on hot days.
The Devils Elbow is part of one of the Dandenong Ranges biggest challenge rides; the Crucifix. Which challenges riders to take on the 1 in 20, The Wall, Inverness Avenue and the Devil’s Elbow in the one ride. It doesn’t matter which order you do this challenge. Just that you survive it!
Plan your ride
Train services available to “Upper Ferntree Gully” train station. From the train station there is an easy 500 metre climb to the official start of the Devil’s Elbow climb. Click here for Public Transport Victoria for train timetable.
- The Devil’s Elbow has ample parking available at the Upper Ferntree Gully Train station on Burwood Highway.
- Alternatively there is car parking available off Dawson Street, Upper Ferntree Gully
Public toilets are available at the Upper Ferntree Gully trainstation.
How to get there
Upper Ferntree Gully is located approximately 39 km east of Melbourne and accessed off the Burwood Highway. The traditional start to the climb starts at the corner of Burwood Highway and Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, shortly after you pass under the railway bridge.