U.S. / Metric
Ridden by PJAMM 6-30-16
Cypress Road is the little brother for climb, and big sister for view, of the Seymour Mountain climb which is 21 km/13 miles south of Cypress Road. 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 4 hairpins leading to the top of the climb (at km 4/mile 2.4). As we see from the slideshow above, this IS the spot to get great views of the Vancouver/Salish Sea/Vancouver Island! 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 Cyrpress and Seymore climbs are very similar and as indicated above only 21km/13 miles from each other.
Roadway surface and traffic: As with Seymour Mountain, Cypress Bowl Road is in excellent condition with little traffic offering a fairly steady 6.5% average graded.
Note: Click on “View full route" (top left) which opens the Cypress Bowl Road 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.
Hover cursor over segment slices, below, for exact grade of a particular segment
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