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Background photo - U.S. #5 Pikes Peak CO.
Note: Click on “View full route" (top left) which opens the Revelstoke 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
This gorgeous climb begins on Summit Road at the outskirts of Revelstoke, BC just off Hwy 1 (Trans-Canada Hwy). This is the #2 climb in Canada and is situated generally in the center of the top Canadian climbs which are predominantly located in the southern portion of Canada’s westernmost province, British Columbia, at the confluence of the Illecillewaet and Columbia Rivers at the north end of the Arrow Lakes. The climb begins just downhill from the entrance to Revelstoke National Park and finishes 25 kilometers/15 miles up the mountain at the end of the paved footpath leading to a trailhead and information kiosk. The final .6 miles is on a paved footpath that is closed to motor vehicle traffic and gains 251’ at 8.2% average grade. The entrance to Revelstoke National Park is at kilometer 1.3 / mile .9. As with all Canadian National Parks, there is an entrance fee for all – even cyclists (day use of $7.80 as of July, 2016).
The roadway is bordered by tall trees (red cedar at the lower elevations and spruce and fir higher up the mountain). The ground cover is lush with many ferns at lower levels and a plethora of wildflowers the entire climb. There are three main viewpoints just off the roadway: at 5.5 km and approximately 10 and 12 kilometers which give us spectacular views of the Revelstoke area, the Columbia River and the Columbia Mountain Range: “Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks of Canada together represent the Columbia Mountains Natural Region within Canada's system of national parks. The Columbia Mountain ranges (Purcells, Selkirks, Cariboos, Monashees) form the first tall mountain barrier east of the Coast Mountains. They are geologically and climatically distinct from the Canadian Rockies, found east of Glacier National Park. Mount Revelstoke National Park lies entirely within the Selkirk Range of the Columbia Mountains.” See, Parks Canada. Along the lower segment of the climb there are a few randomly placed elevation and KM markers. This is a bike-friendly park with many cycle-advisory images painted on the roadway surface. There is also a sign at the park entrance requesting that cyclist ride single file.
Roadway surface and traffic: The roadway surface is exceptional and there is minimal and slow moving traffic the entire climb – this is a very safe ride.
Weather – it can be cold at the top, even in the summer, so come prepared for temperature drops of 10 or more celsius (15-20 degrees) from the bottom to the top. Always bring something warm for the descent from the higher level when climbing significant mountains such as this one. On July 2, 2016 there was snow along the side of the roadway beginning at about km 24.
Final note: Beware of bears on the descent. A cycle-friendly ranger said he almost hit a bear as he was descending at about 60 kph when it ran directly into his path while running out of the woods and across the road.