11 miles
Distance
3,978 ft
Climb
-4,497 ft
Descent
02:19:16
Avg time

Details

  • Riding Area
    Silver Star Mountain Resort
    Vernon, British Columbia
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    One Direction
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Season
    early-mid July - late September
  • TTFs on Trail
    Berm, Bridge
  • Global Ranking
  • Year Opened
    2016

Beowulf is Silver Star Bike Parks signature "epic" trail. This trail is a 3+ year project that will take you through many different geo-climatic zones from the treeline into the depths of Putnam Creek with old growth cedar and hemlocks. It's a trail that you don't want to miss, but be ready for a long descent and an equal climb to get back out. Pack your lunch and camera and enjoy!

Access Info

The full loop starts from the village and takes Cross Mountain Trail across to Silver Shack, then follow Paradise for less than 1Km and you'll find the start to Beowulf on the right. If you're wanting to minimize your climbing and increase your descents, grab a lift ticket and head to the bottom of the Comet chair. From the top your three easiest options are... 1-1) Paradise all the way to Beowulf. 2) Challenger to the first Paradise crossing then down Paradise to Beowulf. 3) Jedi Mind Trick and pull off after the last jump in the 4 pack onto Paradise again heading down to Beowulf.

Disclaimer

This trail has limited to no cell coverage and is a backcountry trail that is not swept by Patrol. Be prepared and ensure you and your equipment are in suitable condition for this trail

Bike Park

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Beowulf- into Putnam Ck bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -519 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,495 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,585 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,513 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,995 ft
  • Grade
    -0.871%
  • Grade max
    -94.666%
  • Grade min
    55.792%
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,298 ft
  • Avg time
    02:19:16
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Status:
on Oct 17, 2018
Variable
Avg: 3.7 (13 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to beowulf-into-putnam-ck trailhead (50.397780, -119.060560)
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Beowulf- into... Trail Reports

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Oct 17, 2018 @ 5:07pm
Oct 17, 2018
Oct 4, 2018 @ 8:42am
Oct 4, 2018
Three total trees down, two can be limboed, one on the decent (in zone 5 or 6?) has to be climbed over. Otherwise the trail is in great shape -...
Sep 16, 2018 @ 9:36pm
Sep 16, 2018
One tree down on descent near the bottom. Have to climb over. Can see it coming well in advance. Previously reported trees down on the climb...
Aug 25, 2018 @ 12:23pm
Aug 25, 2018
there are a couple of trees down on the descent. they are off the ground and can be difficult to get over or under.
Aug 13, 2018 @ 6:39pm
Aug 13, 2018
Two trees down on the climb out. 1 you can ride up and over to the right. The other you gotta get off the bike.
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Jul 24, 2017
Beowulf- into Putnam Ck

Routes with this trail

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Slay the Dragon 50Km 2018 race featured
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14 Reviews & Comments

  • + 1
flag taouin (Jul 12, 2017 at 13:39)
 Has anybody ride the whole thing yet? How much time does it take from the top of the chair, back to the village?
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  • + 4
flag jslaney7 (Jul 15, 2017 at 17:26)
 Hey I did this today with a buddy. Our first time. Under 3 hours from the parking lot (climb up Silver Shack) then Beowulf loop back to the truck. Super epic trail! Such a great ride almost all singletrack. I rode a hardtail and never "ran out of bike" at all. The descent is super fun. Overall LOVED the ride.

The lift might cut half hour from that I guess? Maybe someone else will chime in who did it that way.
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flag taouin (Jul 31, 2017 at 8:10)
 3h seems very fast. I don't think I can do it in that time. Others seems to be around the 4.5 mark.
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flag SilverStarBikePark (Aug 1, 2017 at 18:14)
 The "average" group seems to do it in 4.5-5.5 hours and with a wider range of sub 3 to 7hrs. If you get a 2 lift pass, you can maximize your down, and both start and finish with a downhill while getting rid of the time it takes your to climb Silver Shack.
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flag taouin (Aug 3, 2017 at 17:38)
 Finally ride it! 4h ish with a chairlift ride.
Word of advice if you are going to be the first person to ride it in the morning prepare to eat a copious amount of spiderweb. Very dry is an understatement, the climb section is so dusty it's like riding inside a vacuum. It make many climbing section difficult to get good grip. Even if I oil my chain before the ride, my drivetrain start squeaking as soon as I start the climb back. I ride in dusty places but it usually takes a week to get that dry. Bring oil. And a lot of Water. Great trail. Never really challenging.
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  • + 0
flag lesley123 (Aug 6, 2017 at 22:28)
 I rode it today, went from the village, up Silver Shack then did Beowulf back to village. Took me 4h 24min. Honestly I found it hard, that's a long climb back up. I'm just an average xc rider though. I passed a few people and a few passed me. I think it all depends on how strong a rider you are. Take lots of water I only took a liter and it was all I could think about the last hour! Enjoy!
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  • + 1
flag placebo (Aug 20, 2017 at 13:39)
 The climb out of Putnam Creek is challenging, and fairly relentless - at least until the Aunt Gladys lookout (approx. 7 km from the bottom). Many of the switchbacks are out-of-the-saddle climbs, and there are a number of sections on the climb that require serious effort.

Average riders should be prepared to suffer a bit on this section of trail. Take advantage of the nice rest spot where the trail crosses Putnam Creek to refuel before you start the uphill.

I'd second the suggestion to bring some chain lube on the ride. It's seriously dry and dusty in there right now (late August).
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  • + 2
flag yoshmiller (Aug 29, 2017 at 22:21)
 Well, to be honest, I wasn't all that thrilled with the trail... The climb out is very well built and very nice to ride, but it is 1400m of climbing, which is a big day. I'm all for a big climb, but I like a good payoff in an awesome descent. Do not expect that here. I had to pedal and put my seat up a LOT on the downhill as it was all momentum sucking switchbacks the whole way down with very little flow.

Such a shame given that the DH trails at SS are among the best anywhere. In a place like Fernie or Golden or Revelstoke or even Kananaskis/Bragg you can link together 35k and 1400m and are rewarded with some amazing descents. Next time I'm at S.S. I'll just enjoy their amazing lift access trails or xc trails closer to the hill...

We were 3.5hrs of moving time, about 4hrs total, not really pushing it.

The Singletrack 6 is doing their final day at Beowulf in 2018 - but I can't think of anywhere on the trail that would be worthy of a timed descent - they'll probably tack on 15km and get a cool trail on the hill....
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  • + 1
flag ErnieBike (Aug 3, 2018 at 16:53)
 What a beautifully built trail! Flowy downhill seemed to go on endlessly, and the uphill was designed so you have some breaks, and aren't always in the granny gear. Once you are mentally prepared for the "backend-loaded" ride climb-wise, you should really enjoy the ride. Technically this is pretty blue, but the distance justifiably makes it a black ride.
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  • + 2
flag fritZman (Aug 12, 2018 at 8:11)
 I've been riding/racing all over Canada and Eastern US for two decades and I've never ridden a better continuous XC/AM trail than Beowulf - by a long shot! It's that good.

Amazing flow, no surprises, good trail markings and LONG! My Garmin shows around 45 min of descending at 20-25kph. Not really that fast in an open DH, but feels fast enough on smaller catwalks with blind corners (ps: stutter bumps before a blind corner typically signify a sharp corner, otherwise trust those awesome builders).

Of the 32km, I saw only two corners that didn't have a berm LOL... and some of this trail is in remote woods! Even the climb had berms, often with a well placed little roller right before to build some speed. No clue how much time & effort it took to build but made props all all involved!!! IMO this should be an IMBA Epic.

The 3 of us are advanced Expert-level riders and completed the loop from the village in 2:46, a bit shorter 2.25 when timed from Silver Shack. I can see 4hrs for intermediate riders. The climb isn't that bad, the grade is very do-able, just pace yourself. Tow of us ran a 32:42 with 29er and had plenty of gearing.

If you're in the Kelowna area, Smith Creek and Rose Valley are both nice, but Beowulf really does set a new standard. Bravo!
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  • + 1
flag SilverStarBikePark (Nov 5, 2018 at 21:06)
 Thanks for the comment! As to your comment about IMBA Epic, you are bang on and it is one already!
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  • + 2
flag mtbtrailblazer (Aug 25, 2018 at 12:22)
 the part that is rated a black is no harder than the blue sections. it is really only rated a black because of the distance and the fact that you are in the middle of nowhere with no reception. so if you are in good shape but don't think your mountain bike skills are good enough to ride a black you will be fine.
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  • + 1
flag lazyname (Oct 7, 2018 at 20:13)
 Agree with comments here. Green would be more appropriate than black. Marketing and logo are cooler than the trail. Trail seems like it was built to be multidirectional. My gps clocked 1150m, 3 hr round trip. Pros. Trail should last a long time, was in primo shape, long descent (in hz kms), pleasant climbing grade. Cons, mellow dh blast along contours, slow tight switchback repeat, finish with a climb, no epic alpine views / visual reward. 3/5
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  • + 1
flag SilverStarBikePark (Nov 5, 2018 at 21:09)
 You guys are correct, it is black due to the distance and remoteness, this is why the start and finish segments which can be ridden as out-n-backs are kept as blue.
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