Steepest gradient pass ranking Featured

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South Africa's top 100 steepest passes - expressed in height : distance ratio  (eg 1:8). Note that these are AVERAGE gradients. Sections of each pass could be much steeper. For example Prince Alfred's Pass in the Western Cape is 68 km long and has an average gradient of 1:96, but it has certain sections as steep as 1:8. As a consequence of simple mathematics, the shorter passes present steeper average gradients than the longer passes. Statistics should always be read in context.

We have hyperlinked the Top 10 for your 'one click' convenience

  01  

Tierberg Pass WC

  6.41
  02  

Mount Paul Pass (FS)

  6.93
  03  

Sylvias Pass GTG

  8.52
  04  

Donkies Pass KZN

  8.54
  05  

Tom Jenkins Drive (GTG)

  8.54
  06  

Rondevlei Pass WC

  8.66
  07  

Ben MacDhui (EC)

  8.75
  08  

Oudekloof Pass (Modern) WC

  8.85
  09  

Matroosberg WC

  8.88
  10  

Donkey Pass FS

  9.96

 

  11   Elands Pass WC   9.03
  12   Ongeluks Nek EC   9.29
  13   Sabana Pass KZN   9.72
  14   Platbank Pass WC   9.85
  15   Rammelkop Pass NC   9.88
  16   Stewart Drive GTG   10
  17   Jan Muller Pass WC   10.09
  18   Domorogh Pass NC   10.36
  19   Sak se Pad Pass KZN   10.55
  20   Heights Rd Wilderness WC   10.75
  21   Kouberg Pass WC   10.76
  22   Kloof Nek Road (M62)   10.92
  23   Karelskraal Pass NC   10.94
  24   Hoekwil Pass WC   10.96
  25   Antoniesberg Pass EC   10.97
  26   Ganzvlei Pass WC   10.99
  27   Bonnet Pass MPL   11.03
  28   Hela Hela Pass KZN   11.04
  29   Brand se Berg Pass WC   11.21
  30   Ouberg Pass (P2204) WC   11.28
  31   Uitkyk Pass WC   11.46
  32   Lenong Pass LPO   11.54
  33   Jakkalskloof Pass WC   11.57
  34   Kraaiberg Pass WC   11.75
  35   Buffelshoek Pass EC   11.76
  36   Kloof Road WC   11.87
  37   Hoek se Berg Pass WC   11.92
  38   Rogers Pass KZN   12.04
  39   Peerboomskloof Pass WC   12.14
  40   Swartmodderfontein Pass KZN   12.22
  41   Versfeld Pass WC   12.25
  42   Bontebok Pass WC   12.44
  43   Mariepskop Pass MPL   12.45
  44   Kamiesberg Pass NC   12.47
  45   Ou Dooppoort Pass WC   12.49
  46   Michels Pass EC   12.72
  47   Pot River Pass EC   12.78
  48   Bosluiskkloof WC   12.88
  49   Komsberg Pass NC   12.88
  50   Monantsa Pass FS   12.92
  51   Grasnek Pass EC   12.99
  52   Kwaggasnek Pass KZN   13.02
  53   Ouberg Pass, Sutherland NC   13.02
  54   Katbakkies Pass WC   13.16
  55   Taal Monument Pass WC   13.36
  56   Fullershoek Pass EC   13.37
  57   Draaihoek se Hoogte FS   13.48
  58   Vanrooyshoogte Pass FS   13.49
  59   Bakkers Pass LPO   13.53
  60   Camdeboo Pass EC   13.54
  61   Bezuidenhouts Pass KZN   13.66
  62   Khyber Pass KZN   13.73
  63   Hel se Pad Pass NC   13.75
  64   Nardouskloof Pass WC   13.78
  65   Grootvlei Pass NC   13.84
  66   Knights Pass KZN   13.84
  67   Barkers Nek Pass EC   13.92
  68   Kraaibosberg Pass WC   13.93
  69   Cecil Macks Pass KZN   13.94
  70   Oudekloof/Roodezand WC   13.94
  71   Vanrhyns Pass NC   13.95
  72   Hilltop Pass MPL   13.96
  73   Kiepersol Pass MPL   13.96
  74   Koffiehoogte Pass MPL   13.97
  75   Suikerbossie, Hout Bay   13.97
  76   Mollshoogte Pass KZN   13.98
  77   Bouldersberg Pass MPL   13.99
  78   Dasklip Pass WC   13.99
  79   Houw Hoek Pass (Old)   14.02
  80   Kranspoort Pass   14.03
  81   Blouhoogte Pass MPL   14.04
  82   Waterfall Hill KZN   14.04
  83   Steenbras Mountain Rd WC   14.07
  84   Havemannshoogte KZN   14.1
  85   Lenong Pass (Pilanesberg)   14.17
  86   Soutars Hill Pass KZN   14.22
  87   Boesmanshoek Pass EC   14.34
  88   Bloukrans Pass WC   14.43
  89   Holgat Pass EC   14.47
  90   Gannaga NC   14.49
  91   Volunteershoek EC   14.5
  92   Draaiklip Pass NC   14.58
  93   Bo-Swaarmoed Pass WC   14.62
  94   Keiskie se Poort NC   14.71
  95   Gifberg Pass WC   14.85
  96   De Beers Pass KZN   14.86
  97   Rubidge Kloof Pass EC   14.87
  98   Bokspruit Pass EC   14.88
  99   Otto du Plessis Pass EC   14.89
  100   Burgers Pass WC   14.97

 

 

 

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