Black Mountain (Old Route)

Black Mountain

25 min from Downtown Kelowna
49.862715, -119.307843

WARNING: As of May 2015, the hike up the roadway has been closed to the public due to a hiker violating the private property and getting attacked by a bull! However, some hikers are reporting they can still access the park via an alternative entrance at the nearby golf course.

A panoramic view includes sights of ski hills Big White and Silver Star along with Terrace and Okanagan Mountain.

Approximately 11km, the hike relies on an old dirt and gravel road which leads to communication towers at the top of the mountain. The hike begins at Pyman Road and ends at an elevation of 1286m; prepare for cooler air, especially in the winter as snow levels can be high.

The first part of the trail is a gentle incline through scenic grasslands, take the first fork to the left and at the small pond take a left fork again. Vegetation consists of Fir, Cedar and Tamarack trees along the way.

  • Short
  • Easy
  • Out & Back Same Way
  • 10.30 km round-trip
  • 2 hr 30 min solo
  • 531 m gain
  • Double-Wide
Kids & Pets
  • On-Leash
  • Child-Friendly
  • Part of the larger Black Mountain (Trail Network) trail network.


49.862715, -119.307843

Driving Time

From Downtown Kelowna, approximate travel time by car is 25 min.

GPS Co-ordinates

Detailed Directions

1. Drive 10km towards Big White from the intersection of Highway 97 (Havey Ave) and Highway 33.
2. Turn left onto Pyman Road and park, or park along the highway. DO NOT PARK PAST THE CATTLEGUARD as it may get locked.
3. Hike up Pyman Rd through the Cattleguard.

Google Directions

Use our written directions in preference to the Google directions below as they are likely more accurate.

Linear Trail
This is a linear (out and back/not a loop) trail; the values below indicate the one-way statistics from the trailhead to the end of the route.
  • Starting Elevation: 778 meters
  • Ending Elevation: 1283 meters
  • Maximum Elevation: 1283 meters
  • Minimum Elevation: 778 meters
  • Elevation Gain: 531 meters
  • Elevation Loss: -25 meters
  • Slope Up: 11.00%
  • Slope Down: -4.00%

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GPS Notes
Most often when viewing our maps, trails marked in Green or Blue have been human-verified by our volunteers. A route in purple indicates an overgrown trail or a bushwhack. Otherwise, the tracks may have been satellite traced or imported from third party sources. While we strongly believe our GPS are accurate, please be aware that no logging system is perfect and to be aware of potential errors.
  • Alan.

    I'm here where is everyone else ?

    Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 9:58 AM
  • adel

    Oh noh... If the meet up time is 10am.. We will be late... The bus arival will be past 11am.. Huhu.. Hope guys can still wait for us..

    Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 10:50 PM
  • Rolf

    Does anyone know the status of the access road ? We did it in December 2017 and the gate is not locked and the pit looks more or less unused except a few tire tracks. Signs are telling you that no parking and private etc. but all looks kind of abandoned.

    Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 9:36 AM
  • Nancy

    We drove around the base of Black Mountain a bit today trying to find the best route. There are very big NO TRESPASSING signs at the top of McCurdy and a lot of people because of the golf course. We also tried the top of Swainson which had promise but involved a lot of bush wacking. We settled on Pyman, parking at the bottom near highway 33 and heading up the paved road. Lots of cows (no bulls thankfully!) but that was the only sign of non-insect life that we saw.
    We found it odd that about half way up you cross into Black Mountain park- not sure how people are supposed to access the park without trespassing???
    Beauty view from the top and a good climb. Glad to finally be able to look at that mountain as conquered!

    Sunday, July 8, 2018 at 6:56 PM
  • Josh

    Hiked up here solo this morning and happy to say that the trail was fully as described and I didn't have any access issues. There were a couple of gates with big graffiti saying 'No trespassing' and 'Keep out' but they were open and i figured i wasn't doing any harm by sticking to the pathway. Bottom fields are full of cows and calves but didn't see the infamous bull and wasn't chased away. A beautiful hike and great views from the top!

    Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 5:30 PM

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