Distance: 1.8 km
Average Gradient: 11%
Maximum Gradient: 18%
Elevation gain: 202 meters
Traffic: Light traffic
Here is a link to the Strava segment here:
Ararat is a city in south-west of Victoria. About 198 kilometers west of Melbourne and situated near the Grampians National Park. The discovery of gold in 1857 during the Victorian Gold rush transformed the town into a boom town. Which continued to prosper until the turn of the 20th century. After which it has steadily declined in population. Ararat became a city of asylums. With a large facility called “Aradal Mental Hospital” opened in 1865. And J-Ward, a lunatic asylum for criminally insane (formerly the Ararat County Gaol), opened in 1887. Both have been closed but remain as significant reminders of the city’s role in the treatment of mentally ill patients. J-Ward is now a popular tourist attraction for the town. Ararat offers some great riding, and is one of the gateways to the Grampians National Park.
One Tree Hill Ararat climb
The climb starts at the intersection of One Tree Hill Road & McDonald Park Road.
One Tree Hill is one of those climbs that leaves lasting memories. The 1.8 km climb to the lookout is quite brutal. However the views at the top make the climb a truly memorable one.
After the pass the mobile towers. The gradient dips down to a pleasant 8% for approximately 200 meters. Save some energy as the final part of the climb is the steepest with gradients peaking at 18%.
Take time to appreciate the views. This is a very difficult climb to get up & it is guaranteed that you will be gasping for breath by the top.
If you haven’t climbed this one before a piece of advice I can offer is not to use the mobile tower as a marker. Usually these are located at the top of a climb. One One Tree Hill the towers are 2/3rd of the way up. If you foolishly mistake it for the end of the climb like I did. I can guarantee you will be in a world of pain over the final section.
One Tree Hill at a glance
- A climb of two parts that rarely dips below 10%
- No line markings and you should keep to the far left when you hear a vehicle approaching
- Technical descent that you should use extreme caution on
- Hut at the top of the climb to rest in (you’ll need it)
How to get there
Ararat is located approximately 205 km north west of Melbourne and accessible via the Western Highway.