Ben Lomond aka Jacob’s Ladder

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Distance: 23.2 km
Average Gradient: 
Elevation gain: 
1,070 metres
Terrain: Gravel (MTB or CX only)
Road Surface:
Loose gravel

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Ben Lomond is a mountain to the north of Tasmania, and situated 42 km east of Launceston.  It is visible over much of the northern midlands of Tasmania.  Its stark treeless plateau is roughly 14 kilometers in length, 6 kilometers wide.  And is in excess of 1,300 meters in height. A summit on the plateau named Legges Tor is the second highest point in Tasmania at 1,572 meters.

Image taken by Jenne; courtesy of Flickr

Ben Lomond climb

Ben Lomond is a climb for the gravel grinders.  Offering 14 km of challenging undulating climbing over gravel just to get to the base of Jacob’s ladder.  The ladder is a section of road which has been built straight into the side of the mountain.  And looks more like a climb you would see in the Tour de France.  Not in Tasmania.   Once you hit the ladder.  To the side of the road are cliff walls and giant boulder gardens that flow down the face of the mountain.  The Ladder itself is 1.2 km in length with a large number of switchbacks with an average gradient of 13% over loose gravel.  This climb would test even a seasoned pro, and is easily one of the most difficult HC climbs in Australia.

Image taken by Jenne; courtesy of Flickr

The climb to the summit offers amazing views of rocky crags & surrounded on all sides by precipitous escarpments.  Its one that you will want to put on your bucket list.

Ben Lomond

Plan your ride

  • No facilities on sight. Make sure you carry adequate food and water supplies
  • CX or Mountain bike suggested
  • Bring adequate tools in order to make repairs.  Otherwise you will be in for a very long walk home
  • Bring some extra inner tubes
  • Keep an eye out for wildlife
  • Check weather conditions
  • Use extreme caution on the descent
  • Not suitable to ride over the winter months during snow season

How to get there

The climb begins at the intersection of Upper Blessington Road and Ben Lomond Road.  This is located approximately 42 km east of Launceston.

About Ben Lomond

The stark, treeless landscape of Ben Lomond with its imposing and precipitous cliffs is visible over much of the northern midlands of Tasmania.  It’s plateau is roughly 14 kilometres in length, 6 kilometres wide and is in excess of 1300 metres in height. The summit on the plateau named Legges Tor is the second highest point in Tasmania at 1,572 metres above sea level.

Ben Lomond is well known as Tasmania’s premiere skiing destination, and is one of Australia’s best gravel climbs.

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5 thoughts on “Ben Lomond aka Jacob’s Ladder

    Tasmania « The Dandenong Ranges said:
    February 6, 2016 at 4:18 am

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    Jim Waugh said:
    February 3, 2018 at 2:07 am

    Did the drive yesterday. Exciting. Why is it called Jacobs ladder.

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    Jamie Green said:
    November 4, 2018 at 2:19 am

    Great post – I am thinking of doing this climb when I am in Tassie in January. Is it rideable in a toad bike?

      Jamie Green said:
      November 4, 2018 at 2:20 am

      Doh! I obviously meant road bike.

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