Cypress Mountain Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

6.5 mi
2,177 ft
6.3 %



The Cypress Mountain bike climb is the most popular bike climb in the Vancouver area. This climb is made up of three giant hairpins and a final straight mile to its finish just below the main parking lot for Cypress Mountain Resort. There are wonderful views of Burard Inlet and moored 700'+ oil tankers along the lower section of the climb. 
This climb averages 6.5% and has 0 descent.  21% of the climb is at 0-5% grade and 79% at 5-10%.  Our Garmin never showed double digits on this climb.  The steepest 500 meters is 8%. 

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Roadway:  Excellent as of 2019.

Traffic:  Minimal.

Parking:  There is parking along the road at and near the start of the climb - MapStreet View.
Consult the PJAMM "Full Forecast" feature for the time you expect to arrive at the finish to assess what clothing to bring on your ride and whether you should be prepared for rain. 
Before heading out on any cycling adventure check out our Things to Bring on a Cycling Trip and use our interactive check list to ensure you don't forget anything.
We flew in to and stayed in Vancouver, where there are several great hotel options, for our climbs of Cypress Mountain and Mount Seymour.  Use the “Routes in Area” button on the menu bar above to see other bike climbs in this area.  There are many house and condo rentals in Vancouver too.  



Difficulty: Challenging



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Mar 20, 2021
difficulty: Challenging
scenery: 5
traffic: 4
road: 5
Mar 20, 2021
scenery: 5
traffic: 4
road: 5
A lovely climb with an amazing viewpoint about 1/3 the way up - a place that I always stop at....and usually take a picture or two. It is the easier of the two main climbs in Vancouver with Seymour being the harder, and less attractive one.

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Cycling Cypress Mountain -- Cypress Bowl Road.

Ride 10.5 kilometers gaining 668 meters at 6.4% average grade.

Climb summary by PJAMM’s John Johnson.

Cypress Road is the little brother for climb, and big sister for view, of the Seymour Hill Climb which is 21 km/13 miles south of Cypress Road.  

Before heading to Canada on your cycling adventure, be sure to rely on our list of Things to Bring on a Cycling Trip, and use our interactive checklist to ensure you don't forget anything.

The views to the south, of western Vancouver and the Salish Sea along the first 4 km/2.5 miles of this climb are breathtaking.  A testament to the extraordinary views from this venue is Barrett’s View (also known as High View Lookout), a large paved turn-out and viewpoint just before the second of four hairpins leading to the top of the climb (at km 4/mile 2.4). As we see from the photos below, this is the spot to get great views of the Vancouver/Salish Sea/Vancouver Island!

Barrett’s View, kilometer 4 of climb.

At several spots along the first segment of the climb we have extraordinary views of the many merchant and oil ships moored or moving about the bay.  But for the exceptional views of the Vancouver area from Cypress Bowl Road, the Cypress and Seymour climbs are very similar and as indicated above, are only 21km/13 miles from each other.

The road is bordered by thick forest as we climb.

We finish the climb at the Cypress Mountain Ski Resort.

One of our all-time favorite signs . . .

Roadway Surface and Traffic Report:  As with Seymour Mountain, Cypress Mountain and Cypress Bowl Road are both in excellent condition with little traffic, and offering a fairly steady 6.5% average graded.​

Cypress Mountain is the last of three climbs near Vancouver that are included in the annual Triple Crown for Heart cycling event (50 miles gaining 7,390’).  Also included are Mount Seymour as the first climb and Grouse Mountain in the middle.


Triple Crown for Heart elevation profile.

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