Riding Hotham

This challenging ride commences in the gateway town of Harrietville.  Leaving Harrietville the scenic Great Alpine Road is flanked by tall forests in the early part of the ride.  Mount Buffalo and Mt Feathertop are landmarks in the endless vistas that greet you at the top. 

This is a demanding ride with some steep sections at a maximum grade of 18% to test and reward the rider who takes on this leg of the 7 Peaks Ride. 

The 2016 Audax Alpine Classic in January includes Mt Buffalo and Hotham climbs and a downhill run through Dinner Plain to Omeo, followed by the climb to Falls Creek (rather than the 7 Peaks Ride ascent from Mt Beauty to Falls Creek).  Remember to stamp your 7 Peaks Passport with these ride climb stamps if you’re participating!

Ride Details

  • Start – Harrietville General Store, Great Alpine Rd, Harrietville.
  • Finish – Hotham Corral Day Carpark, Great Alpine Rd, Hotham (next to Hotham RMB building, opposite Hotham Central).
  • Distance – 32.4km
  • Rise – 1,347m
  • Grade Average – 4%
  • Grade Max – 18%
  • Stamp my Ride


Stamp your Ride

In Person

24/7 Self-service stamping station
Transit Lounge (under Resort Management Board Office), Great Alpine Road, Hotham

Resort Management Board Office
Great Alpine Rd, Hotham
Monday – Friday, 8.00am – 4.00pm

The General Store
Great Alpine Rd, Hotham
Monday – Saturday, 10.00am til late
Sunday, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & Boxing Day


Hotham Strava Segment
7 Peaks Ride – Hotham

Cycling Inform Ride Tips

Mt Hotham has an average gradient of 4.6% but don’t be deceived. The first 10km is hard and finishes with a short steep 10% pinch called the “Meg”. It then flattens out for most of the climb until the ticket box where you’ll ride through some tough sections with steep climbs and short steep descents. The last 1.5km pitches up again to the top.

This is a tough climb and you will be fully exposed to the elements on the last 10km of the Peak.  Be extremely careful in high winds. Ensure you have the correct gear and enough food and drink.

For more tips and tricks from Cycling Inform.

What’s at the top?

The General Store (Hotel) is open 7 days from 9.00am. Closing time varies.

Transit lounge (tap) Hotham Village and The General Store (purchase or tap).

Transit lounge Hotham Village, Corral Car Park.

Mobile coverage
In the village all major provider connectivity. Toward the General Store (Hotel) Telstra is the best option.

Various lodges open over Summer, visit

Visitor information
Mount Hotham Resort Management Office
Open Monday – Friday, 8.00am – 4:30pm
The General Store
Open 7 days a week from 9.00am

Bike services
None at the top.  The closest bike services are at Cycle Path in Bright.

03 5759 3550

Ride Map

* Click on map to view route in Strava

Ride Profile

Profile Mt Hotham