Rooihoogte Pass, Montagu (R318)

View from the Rooihoogte Pass View from the Rooihoogte Pass Trygve Roberts

Over a fairly short distance of 7.6km, the tarred Rooihoogte Pass loses and gains 370m of altitiude, with a comfortable gradient of 1/20. The views out over the Koo Valley are refreshingly reminiscent of a patchwork-in-greens of fruit farms -- a rejuvenating sight for the urban escapee! (Literally a stone's throw along the same road is Burgers Pass, formerly known as Koo Pass.)

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The pass starts at its southern end at a small river and heads west whilst steadily gaining altitude. After 2 kms it goes through a long, but persistent wide right hand bend of almost 180 degrees, turning back on itself but at a higher altitude. It then turns into the north east and commences a long and stiff climb. the total altitude gain over the 7,6km is 375 vertical meters, producing an average gradient of 1:25 which is very comfortable. Soon you pass through the 1000m altitude mark and will climb even more to summit at 1240m ASL near an unattractive microwave tower,  unable to mar the serene beauty of this pass's surrounding vistas of rolling farmlands and rocky mountains. Some of the best rock-climbing is to be had in Montagu, with a diverse range of crags for both novices and experts alike.


Rooihoogte Pass








Left: Great views and a safe pass, but no safety shoulders

Photo: Trygve Roberts











  

FACT FILE

GPS START 

S33.630389 E19.826707

GPS SUMMIT

S33.605934 E19.849288

GPS END 

S33.605934 E19.849288

AVE GRADIENT

1:25

MAX GRADIENT

1:10

ELEVATION START

865m

ELEVATION SUMMIT

1240m

ELEVATION END

14240m

HEIGHT GAIN/LOSS

375m

DISTANCE

7,6 km

DIRECTION - TRAVEL

West

TIME REQUIRED

10 minutes

SPEED LIMIT

80 - 100 kph

SURFACE

Tar R318

DATE FILMED

14.10.2012

TEMPERATURE

17C

NEAREST TOWN

Montagu (50km)

 

 


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