McBride Peak

A very bumpy, grueling road to McBride Peak

McBride Peak is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 2.049m (6,722ft) above the sea level, located in the Robson Valley region of British Columbia, Canada. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of the country. It’s said to be the Canada’s Top Climb with an average gradient of 10,81%.

The road to the summit is totally unpaved, very steep, narrow and rough, with tight switchbacks. It’s called Rainbow Falls Road, also known as Teare Mountain Road. It may only be driven in its entirety in the summer (depending on conditions). You’ll need a four-wheel-drive vehicle with good clearance to get up the narrow road. This road should not be attempted with motor homes or trailers. There is a viewpoint at the halfway mark that offers stunning views of the Robson Valley, Fraser River, McBride area and the Cariboo Mountains to the south/southeast.

The drive is very steep. Starting from Yellowhead Highway, the ascent is 12.2 km long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 1.320 meters. The average gradient is 10,81%, hitting a 22-26% through some of the ramps. Just below the top of McBride peak is the old "Top Lookout" long since abandoned, and built in 1930.
Pic&more info: https://stevensong.com/canadian-rockies/the-north/mcbride-peak/

 

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