Distance: 14.3 km
Average Gradient: 5%
Maximum Gradient: 24.2%
Elevation gain: 703 metres
Traffic: Tourist traffic only
Road Surface: Part sealed/part 4WD track
Here is a link to the Strava segment here:
Mount Erica is part of the Baw Baw National Park in Gippsland. Situated approximately 120 kilometres east of Melbourne and is renowned for its hikes up to the Baw Baw plateau.
Mount Erica climb
The first 10 km from Erica to the Mount Erica turnoff is a real pleasure to ride you climb. Moe-Wallhalla Road offers some great rolling hills. With stunning scenery along the way to the base of Mount Erica. The average gradient of this climb is very deceptive. There are several descents along the way really bring down the average gradient of this climb.
After 10 km of undulating climbing you will see the sign for Mount Erica. The turnoff is incredibly steep, averaging over 20%. This climb starts tough and doesn’t relent all the way to the top. Mount Erica Road is a 4WD track and is a fraction wider than a 4WD so keep an eye out for vehicles. The road is not maintained well & would recommend to do this one on a CX or MTB.
The road is canopied by a tall majestic forest which shuts out the light, but has consequences. The road is more likely to experience storm damage & the road is more likely to hold moisture. There is likely to be debris from trees falling onto the road. Which when you’re climbing on gradients well in excess of 10% and are forced to dodge or bunny hop over objects makes for one extreme climb that you’ll be proud to make it to the top. This road averages 11% over 4.3 km’s & is relentless. The gradient never dips below 10% and with the road in bad shape this one is hell to get up.
Mount Erica at a glance
- The first 10 km are undulating offering some great views of Mount Baw Baw
- Quiet country roads
- Great scenery
- General store/Cafe situated at the start of the climb in Erica
- The climb up to Mount Erica is gravel and incredibly steep
- Please use extreme caution on the descent
How to get there
During fire season
The Baw Baw National Park is in a fire district. Anyone entering parks and forests during the bushfire season needs to stay aware of forecast weather conditions. Check the Fire Danger Rating and for days of Total Fire Ban at http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au or call the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226.