The iconic hill climb in the Okanagan, and one of the best descents in the valley with well-cambered corners and good sightlines.
Surfaces & Traffic
Pleasant Valley Rd through Vernon has nice payment and a small shoulder, light traffic. Silver Star Rd takes a beating in the winter months with ski resort traffic, pavement conditions can be fair to good, and traffic varies with time of day and season. Fast descents should only be attempted once riders learn the descent, and even still are often impeded by vehicles descending at the same time. Roads back into Vernon past Dixon Dam and BX Park are narrow, with fair pavement, and light traffic,
Options in Vernon are plentiful before and after the ride.
Refilling on supplies at Silver Star Resort is the best option after completing the climb, small store, pubs, and sit down food options are available all times of the year. It is possible to head up this climb with one small water bottle and no food, refuel at the top, and descend - just don’t have more than 1 beer.
Silver Star East Vernon Rd to Welcome Bridge is the only segment that matters here, according to OKRoutes. There are other, longer, segments that start at Pleasant Valley Rd - but the above segment is the most contested. Starting from BX Elementary School and Swan Lake Fire Station, ending at the Silver Star welcome Bridge, 18km @ 6% will test the legs and lungs. The gradient is even, with some sections topping out at 11-13%. Fast times are sub 1-hour and above 300 watts average.
Points of Interest
Riders can shorten their route by descending to the bottom of Silver Star Road and doubling back onto Pleasant Valley road to return to Kal Beach.
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