Silver Star Road Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

7.7
FIETS
10.7 mi
DISTANCE
3,627 ft
GAINED
6.4 %
AVG. GRADE

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The #4 ranked climb in Canada begins in Vernon, BC and ends just short of the Silver Star Ski Resort (the main Strava segment ends near the resort itself, but this is after a kilometer of descent). The first 6 kilometers/3.6 miles are in more of a rural residential area, while the final two-thirds of the climb are in a very rural setting with some nice views down and across Vernon to Swan Lake.  
6.4% average grade with 59% at 5-10% grade and 10% at 10-15%.  The steepest 500 meter segment is 10.8% and steepest kilometer is 9.5%

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Roadway:  Two lane paved roadway with center stripe in good condition, and a shoulder to ride in if need be for portions of the climb.

Traffic:  There is mild-moderate traffic for the first few kilometers of the ride, but minimal over the last majority of the route - this climb dead ends at a ski resort, so there is no through traffic and thus mild traffic. 

Parking:  On weekends and off hours - BX Elementary School 350 meters before the climb start  - MapStreet View
Provisions:  None on the route but plenty in Vernon just southwest of where we begin the climb, or possibly at Silver Star Mountain Resort at the finish. 
Check out this Trip Advisor page for things to do in Vernon.

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Cycling Silver Star Road, BC, CAN

Ride 17 kilometers gaining 1,106 meters at 6.4% average grade.

The #4 ranked climb in Canada begins in Vernon, BC and ends just short of the Silver Star Ski Resort (the main Strava segment ends near the resort itself, but this is after a kilometer of descent). The first 6 kilometers / 3.6 miles are in more of a rural residential area while the final two-thirds of the climb are in a very rural setting with some nice views down and across Vernon to Swan Lake.  

 

First segment of the climb is through a residential area.

 

The majority of the climb is rural.  

Vernon is at the eastern end of the mighty Okanagan Lake which stretches 60 miles in length and is home to 6 of Canada’s top bike climbs (Silver Star, Postill Lake Road, Kelowna, Crystal Mountain, Kelowna, Hwy 97C, Peachland, Carmi Avenue, Penticton, and Apex Mountain, Penticton).  

The average grade is a healthy 7.1% and there are a few approximate 100 meter or so of double digit grades during the course of the climb. We enter Silver Star Provencial Park at kilometer 13.2.  This is a popular climb for local cyclists and we encountered (well, truthfully . . . were passed pretty quickly) a handful during the course of our early morning climb.

 

We enter Silver Star Provential Park at kilometer 13.2

Roadway surface  and traffic:  The roadway surface is excellent and the two lanes of travel are very wide, although there is not much of a shoulder to speak of through the majority of the climb.  Traffic was moderate with many vehicles carrying mountain bikes for use at the Resort.​