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 Note:  Click on “View full route" (top left) which opens the Apex Mountain 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.

Carmi Avenue Ride Description

Ridden by PJAMM 7-4-16

The second exceptional climb out of Penticton (Apex Mountain being the favorite of the two), Carmi Road offers outstanding views of Lake Okanagan as we climb eastward, away from Penticton.  While this climb does start in a commercial area, we are out of town and rural within 1.5 kilometers and there are is a nice bike lane with cyclist caution images painted onto the roadway for that distance.  We have excellent views down to the Penticton area and the northern end of Lake Okanagan.  At the 5 kilometer mark we pass Penticton Motor Speedway (what appears to be a popular dirt track off the beaten path).  

While the climb averages “only” 6.1%, it does pitch up to 10-12% briefly in a few spots along the way. We encountered several deer on our climb, a testament to the rural nature of the climb.  We do pass some very nice houses towards the upper part of the climb, no doubt due from the high ground we climb to.  

Roadway surface and traffic:  The roadway is in fair to good condition with some rough spots but not pot holes.  While there is no shoulder along this two lane road, traffic is very light and we rate this a very safe climb.  


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Carmi Avenue, Penticton, BC

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




                                                         Miles  /  Metric

  • Distance:                          5.9 m / 9.5 km

  • Beginning elevation:      1,338' / 408 m 

  • Ending elevation:           3,398' / 1,036 m 

  • Elevation gained:           2,032; / 619 m 

  • Average Grade:             6.1%

  • Fiets Index:                     3.96          

  • Location:   Climb begins at the corner of Carmi Avenue and Dartmouth Road, Penticton, BC at 49.48316, -119.56833 latitude-Longitude.