Blouhoogte Pass

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This short, steep gravel pass is located approxmately 6 km north-east of Lydenburg. This is a rough gravel road only suitable for 4WD vehicles with good ground clearance. It carries almost no traffic and the condition can vary greatly depending on recent weather patterns. The start is awkward to find and the access route we are suggesting is one of several options possible. We recommend you carefully study the map and the Google earth imagery as well as make sure you have all the GPS waypoints on your GPS.

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Digging into the details:

The pass can be driven in conjunction with the nearby Goudvelde Pass. Head north out of Lydenburg on the Tarred R36. At the chrome mine on the right hand side of the road, turn right towards the mine entrance at GPS S25.060707 E30.462903. Just before the entrance take the slip road on the outside of the mine property to the left and follow the northern perimeter of the complex. After 1.1 km turn left onto another gravel road at GPS S25.062500 E30.474551.

Follow this road for 1.2km and turn right over the railway line at GPS S25.055748 E30.481899. Here there is a small farm, where you shuld get permission to cross through the buildings to access the road which goes past the right hand side of the shed. From the shed remain on the road for 1,5 km where the track joins another minor road in a Y-junction. Continue for another 500 meters where the road crosses a small stream. this is the start of the Blouhoogte Pass. Most of this road crosses the Potloodspruit farm.

The pass itself has no inherent dangers or sharp curves. It is just steep and rough. Close to the summit the road curves gently towards the east and summits at 1655m. Just 200 meters later it ends at a T-Junction. Turn left for 100 meters and join the gravel road, where a left turn will take you back to the R36 after 6,5 km, or you can turn right and head for the Goudvelde Pass.

Chrome Mine at LydenburgLydenburg's chrome mine / Wikimedia


Fact File:

GPS START 

S25.064771 E30.497751

GPS SUMMIT

S25.062401 E30.519114

GPS END 

S25.059549 E30.521848

AVE GRADIENT

1:14

MAX GRADIENT

1:7

ELEVATION START

1510m

ELEVATION SUMMIT

1655m

ELEVATION END

1639m

HEIGHT GAIN/LOSS

145m

DISTANCE

2,72 km

DIRECTION - TRAVEL

East-North-East

TIME REQUIRED

10 minutes

SPEED LIMIT

None

SURFACE

Gravel

DATE FILMED

28.060.2014

TEMPERATURE

15C

NEAREST TOWN

Lydenburg (6.5 km)


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