Background photo - U.S. #5 Pikes Peak CO.
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.
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Hover cursor over segment slices, below, for exact grade of a particular segment
This climb begins just north of Kelowna International Airport (YLW) in very populated (117,000) tourist town of Kelowna, BC. While this climb does not offer the spectacular mountain and rock formation views of climbs further north, it does have good views of the Okanagan Valley and Ellison Lake to the west as we climb the brief 6 km / 3.7 miles climb at 7.1% average grade. To the west of Ellison Lake is the mighty Lake Okangowan, home to 6 top Canadian climbs: Silver Star Road (Vernon), Postill Lake Road (Kelowna), Crystal Lake (Kelowna), Hwy 97C (Peachland), Carmi Avenue (Penticton), and Apex Mountain (Penticton). This climb does not have the dramatic scenery that many of the other top Canadian climbs do, but it is a great workout for those living in or visiting the Kelowna area.
Roadway surface and traffic: This is a wide roadway with no center stripe. The surface is a bit rough at the bottom, but becomes smoother as we ascend – there are no major ruts or potholes in the road however.