Giant’s Head Drive

Difficulty
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Moderate
Duration
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2.5-3h
Distance
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21.7 km
Elevation
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595 m
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The Giant’s Head Climb is a beautifully scenic cycling route in the Okanagan Valley that will see you climb uphill for amazing views overlooking Okanagan Lake. While out cycling this route, you will pass through lovely fruit orchards and vineyards before making the climb uphill to the top of Giant’s Head. After taking in the views, an exhilarating descent and beautiful lakeside ride will cap off your day. This is a fantastic route if you are after some decent climbs and picturesque views on your ride.

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Route Description for Giant’s Head Drive

The Giant’s Head Climb is a fantastic cycling route in Summerland that will expose you to some truly beautiful views as you work your way uphill above the fruit orchard and stunning lakes in the area. Setting out from the yacht club in Summerland, you will make your way north along the shores of Okanagan Lake before heading west for a scenic climb uphill along Peach Orchard Road. After this brief bit of exercise, head south for the real uphill portion of your adventure, the climb up to the top of Giant’s Head. While this seems daunting, the grade is moderate and the route is paved, making for a pleasant ascent with truly beautiful views overlooking the surrounding landscape.

After reaching the top of the trail, feel free to pause for a few moments and take in the sweeping views across Okanagan Lake before making your way downhill on a fun descent back down to Giant’s Head Road. Instead of heading back along the same route that you came in on, turn right and make your way to the southeast, where you will eventually meet back up with BC-97. Follow this to the northwest for a beautifully scenic return leg of your ride along the western shore of Okanagan Lake.

Getting to the Giant’s Head Drive Trailhead

To reach the starting point of the Giant’s Head Climb from the Summerland Museum and Archives Society, head north on Rosedale Avenue for 400 m and take the first exit at the roundabout onto Peach Orchard Road, following it for 1.9 km. Turn right onto Lakeshore Drive South and follow it for 1.1 km to reach the parking area.

Route Information

  • When to do

    April-October

  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Circuit

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