11 miles
2,244 ft
-2,566 ft
Avg time


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

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.


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 mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -519 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,495 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,585 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,514 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,995 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,441 ft
  • Avg time
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on Jun 22, 2018
Avg: 3.2 (5 votes)

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Layers winter
Trail Style
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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

Jun 22, 2018 @ 10:00am
Jun 22, 2018
Sep 18, 2017 @ 7:45am
Sep 18, 2017
Thanks for the great season, we are now closed and getting ready for winter. It's now time to take advantage of the rest of the trail Vernon has...
Sep 3, 2017 @ 6:02pm
Sep 3, 2017
Two trees down. Not dangerous. Super dry and floury. Otherwise great. Super buff where it isn't floury.
Sep 2, 2017 @ 10:14pm
Sep 2, 2017
Extremely dry. Downhill berms are basically moon dust and blown out. We need rain!! Bring lots of water and food. The uphill immediately...
Aug 20, 2017 @ 1:26pm
Aug 20, 2017
Large trees down across trail, blocking trail - two trees down across the trail as of Aug 19, one about 5km from the first lookout and one just...
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Routes with this trail

Beowulf- The loop featured
22 miles
Slay the Dragon 50Km 2018 race featured
30 miles
2017 Slay the Dragon 50Km race
31 miles

8 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?
  • + 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.
  • + 0
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.
  • + 1
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.
  • + 1
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.
  • + 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!
  • + 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).
  • + 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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