Average gradient: 3.5%
Elevation gain: 252m
Winding its way up from Whittlesea to Kinglake West, the Humevale Road climb is one of the hidden gems of the Kinglake area. Car traffic on Humevale Road is restricted to local residents only so this beautiful, gentle climb through bushfire affected areas can be enjoyed virtually traffic-free.
The Humevale Road climb begins just after the one-lane bridge 2.6km east of the Whittlesea Yea Road (C725).
The Humevale Road climb ends at the intersection of Humevale Road, Coombs Road and the Whittlesea Yea Road (C725).
At a glance
- A gentle, pictureque climb at a very manageable gradient.
- The road surface can be a little sketchy at times but it’s more than fine on a road bike.
- The climb has a number of impressive hairpin bends where the gradient increases slightly.
The gradual climb up Humevale Road isn’t overly challenging at an average gradient of only 3.5%. The climb begins with a gradient of around 4% straight after the narrow bridge but this fluctuates throughout the ascent. Most of the climbing seems to happen as the road bends around the numerous corners that populate the climb with the straighter sections tending to be a bit flatter.
The climb is punctuated by several impressive hairpin bends, the most significant of which occur 2.3km, 3.2km, 4.2km and 4.7km into the climb. Be sure to take particular care when climbing around these bends as the road is quite narrow and it is often difficult to see oncoming traffic.
Also be aware that ever since the Black Saturday Bushfires of February 2009, the surface of Humevale Road has become rather sketchy in places. A mountain bike is not required but be careful on the descent as loose stones often cover the road on the climb’s sharper corners.
Humevale Road starts and ends at an intersection with the Whittlesea Yea Road (C725). From Whittlesea the Humevale Road climb can be accessed by taking the Whittlesea Yea Road (C725) north-east out of town. Humevale Road is on the right around 3.2km after passing the Whittlesea Showgrounds on the left. After turning onto Humevale Road you can enjoy the 2.6km flat section to the one-lane bridge and the start of the climb.
Humevale Road can also be accessed from the township of Kinglake by following the Whittlesea Kinglake Road (C724) north-west out of town for 12.4km. At the T-intersection turn left onto the Whittlesea Yea Road (C725) for around 1.5km and at that point Humevale Road and its intersection with Coombs Road will be on the left.
To see how your time up the Humevale Road climb compares to others in the cycling community, check out the climb’s Strava file.