Mt Barrow is the “mother of all” climbs in the Launceston area. And this “loop with a dogleg” route turns the incredible climb into quite the adventure.
The ride starts with a few warm up rollers … through small farms with sheep and cows and forest.
When you reach the entrance for the reserve, take a good sip of water and be ready to climb. Our GPS popped as high as 24% but we think the highest is xxx, with the overall average of above 10%. You take the maze of switchbacks to the top, seemingly, feeling the pitches getting steeper the higher up you go (or you just get knackered from the climb). It’s one of those climbs where you try to focus on the sweet views along the way and not the burn in your legs. Read more
If it’s a nice day you can enjoy the views from the top, but there’s a good chance you have climbed into the clouds.
You then blast back down to the turnoff road which is about half way back down the climb. This is where you continue on the loop. The next two miles is primitive… it’s rocky section that will have you thrilled to be going downhill and not uphill. Don’t get worried, it takes you over to a smooth B road soon enough
As you hit the B road, you do a few rolling downhills through more farmland with horse farms added to the mix.
The route then revs up to a rewarding downhill on smooth roads. You then jump on A3 for what seems to be two blinks … then pop on Targa Hill Road which climbs with fun rollers on beautiful surfaces.
The final 10 miles cuts you through forest, logging area and more small farms. You pop back on to A3 for another two blinks and you are back at the start.
This route can be combined with the Jacob’s Ladder route to create a really big day! A simplified route description with mapping detail can be found here.
Adventure / Gravel Route
– Loop with Dog Leg : 31 miles / 4500 ft gain
– Gravel: ~ 85% gravel
– Location: ~ 30 min from Launceston, Tasmania
– Rideable: Spring thru Fall
– Route Author: Captain “O”
– Published: November 2018
Advanced. Due to a 4 mile section of gravel with an average grade in excess of 10% (some pitches as steep as 15%) as the route nears the top of Mt. Barrow. There is also a 1.5 mile section of primitive road starting at about mile 14.5.
At the end intersection of the Tasman highway (A3) and Barrow road. Park on the shoulder of Barrow road, about .2 miles in from the Tasman highway. of the paved section of NF-11, ~ 10.5 miles north of Highway 20.
Food / Water
Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road