The best way to get to know a community is often on foot. Kelowna’s downtown shopping, cultural district and 2.2 km waterfront boardwalk, all invite a stroll. Meanwhile, away from the downtown core you’ll find the peace and tranquillity of another side of Kelowna—the Okanagan foundation of rock, water and foliage. Here are six of our favourite Kelowna hikes.
Spion Kopje Mountain Trails
For those looking for a challenge, the well-marked but steeply inclined trails of Spion Kopje may be right up your alley. Work up a sweat as you wind your way through 10 km of ponderosa pines and bunch grass towards the spectacular, panoramic views of the entire Okanagan Valley that await you at the top.
Access: Parking available at the end of Lake Hill Drive.
Black Knight Mountain
This trail permits hikers to climb to the top of Black Mountain in Northeast Kelowna for a spectacular view of the Okanagan Valley. About 11 km in length, the hike begins with a gentle incline through scenic grasslands and follows an old dirt road to communication towers at the top of the mountain. Along the way, hikers will pass through stands of fir, cedar and tamarack trees. With the summit at almost 1,300 metres, be prepared for cooler temperatures.
Access: The hike begins at Pyman Road.
Kathleen Lake and Summit
The Kathleen Lake trail is part of the Knox Mountain network located just north of downtown Kelowna. Knox Mountain is a popular hiking and cycling destination for Kelowna residents; the Kathleen Trail is one of its lesser-known pathways. About 2 km in length, the trail is relatively flat except for a steep section at the far end of the loop. Keep a sharp eye and you may spot deer, coyote, bear or even cougar around the lake.
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