It was probably inevitable that a Lake as large as Lake Gilmore – ten miles in length from top to bottom – would attract water from the surrounding landscape. So it should come as no surprise to learn that as the highway continues on its journey north away from the lake, the road goes up. This is another uphill stage, running to the top end of the even larger Lake Dundas, but because Dundas sits to the east and north of Gilmore, and stretches for twenty five miles from north to south, it’s effectively the bigger brother of the two sitting at a higher altitude.
The route if relatively flat and forested for the first six miles, and as the road leaves the woods, so it curves to the north east, leaving the railway line to head north to Goodia while the road bypasses it by heading into yet more forest adjacent to the lake.
The climb effectively starts at the six mile mark, just after the split, and the next ten miles are a long slow slog along a virtually straight road. The gradient is never excessive, but it’s unrelenting in its nature. At the end of the straight, the road swing back left and north for a further seven miles and the run in to the finish. The start of that stretch is much more sharply uphill before the incline flattens out a little at seventeen miles. It then kicks up again at twenty one miles before the final run to the line adjacent to Mount Deans where the road and the railway are reunited again.
Distance: 23 miles / 37 kilometres
Ascent: 390 feet / 119 metres
RGT Magic Road: 86ZOiitO4cm9
Max elevation: 855 ft
Min elevation: 584 ft
Total climbing: 375 ft
Total descent: -113 ft