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  • Distance:                          9.6 m / 15.4 km

  • Beginning elevation:      1,137' / 347 m 

  • Ending elevation:           3,813' / 1,162 m 

  • Elevation gained:           2,720' / 829 m 

  • Average Grade:             6.3%

  • Fiets Index:                     4.5           

  • Location:   The Climb begins on Gellatly Rd at its intersection with Whitworth Rd, just southwest of Hwy 97 (south of West Kelowna) at 49.81296, -119.62721latitude-Longitude.

Crystal Mountain Ride Description

​Climbed by PJAMM on July 3, 2016

This is a long climb that begins near the eastern  shore of the central section of giant Lake Okanagan (home to 6 top Canada climbs -  Silver Lake (Vernon),  Postill Lake Road (Kelowna), Hwy 97C (Peachland), Carmi Avenue, and Apex Mountain (Penticton).  The first 6 kilometers are unremarkable, passing through residential areas, along Hwy 97 for just shy of a kilometer and then on the busy lower section of Glenrosa Road for  3.2 km/2 miles.  However, we leave the hussle and bussle behind us at about kilometer 6/mile 3.5 where the road narrows a bit and traffic drops to mild and is ultimately very infrequent.

We begin to get all of our money’s worth and more from 6 kilometers to the end of the climb.  At 6 km the surroundings transition quickly from residential/commercial to very rural with meadows and grasslands for a few kilometers and finally uninhabited forested surroundings beginning at kilometer 8, at the cattle guard.  From kilometer 6 to the end of the climb at about 15.5 km, we are nearly always alone, with only an occasional vehicle passing.  The final pleasant and peaceful 7-8 kilometer’s belie the fairly busy start to the climb.

There are a few steep 100-200m stretches of 10-12%, and the final brief segment up to the resort gate is a test, but otherwise this is a manageable and comfortable climb.  There are aspens along a couple of the steep pitches and the wind blowing through their leaves is quite soothing as we strain up the double digit grades we do encounter.  There is a “Leaving West Kelowna” sign at kilometer 12.4, but truth be told, we left civilization 2 ½ kilometers earlier.  Pay careful attention at the 12-13 kilometer mark for a few fleeting views to the right of Lake Okanagan. 

Roadway surface and traffic:  The roadway surface is good throughout the climb.  The roadway is two lanes with a center yellow line, but no shoulder although that is of no consequence as there is very little traffic along what is a very safe route after the 6 kilometer mark.  While traffic is busy for the first 6 kilometers of this climb, there is a shoulder in the highest and fastest traffic sections so we rate this as a fairly safe and comfortable ride. 

Hover cursor over segment slices, below, for exact grade of a particular segment




Canada's Top Road Bike Climbs

Crystal Mountain, West Kelowna, BC

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 Note:  Click on “View full route" (top left) which opens the Crystal Mountain Rd RideWithGPS page.  Hover over the distance line at the spot you would like to begin a sub-  segment for this climb.  Click your mouse on the start point and drag the vertical graphing line the distance you wish to obtain sub-detail from, then release the  mouse at the end point.  This will give you the following sub-detail for the selected segment in the “Metrics” window top right of the page:  (a) distance, (b) elevation  gained and lost, (c) max grade, (d) average grade (e) that segment's climb category – e.g. Cat 1, HC, etc., and (f) FIETS score for the segment.