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Grey Creek pass

Grey Creek pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.072m (6,800ft) above the sea level located in British Columbia, Canada. It's one of the highest mountain roads of Canada.

The road over the pass is gravel. It’s called Gray Creek Forest service road. It links the East and West Kootenay from Kimberley to Crawford Bay, 90 kilometres of gravel road over the scenic Gray Creek Pass. The road gains 1.524 metres (5,000 ft) in elevation over 17 km with an average grade of 8.8%
The road has steep grades over the 16%. Use lower gears. Excessive use of brakes may result in brake failure. It’s extremely rough, narrow and steep with grades up to 16%. Recommend high clearance vehicles only. Keep in mind the pass is steep and road conditions can vary so be prepared to take it slow and enjoy the natural beauty
This road is dangerous when wet (slippery mud on steep grades). There are steep grades, many corners and no emergency services. Travel slowly – this is not a short-cut to the hardtop! It’s usually closed to vehicles through the winter, opening as late as early-mid July. Late snow and the occasional washout can delay the annual opening.

The road over the pass was built in the 1990’s, but the history of the route over the goes back to the 1950s, when Cominco built a power line over the Pass. The road's poor visibility and heavily laden logging truck traffic can make this route a potentially hazardous journey if users do not remain vigilant and aware of their surroundings.
Avalanches, heavy snowfalls and landslides can occur anytime and can sometimes block some sections of the road, being extremely dangerous due to frequent patches of ice. Excess rain can cause road washouts and unstable banks. 

 

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