Bluenose Mountain


30 min from Downtown Vernon
50.191751, -119.073065
Bluenose is a stunning heavily forested hike with a few great clearings of the valley between Coldstream and Lumby. The hike itself is well marked and easy to follow. Prepare for a very steady uphill ascent, with a brief detour for a Viewpoint in the first 20-30 minutes off to the left. Return back to the trail and continue eastward to reach the apex of Bluenose Mountain.
  • Short
  • Difficult
  • Loop
  • 4.88 km round-trip
  • 1 hr 40 min solo
  • 2 hr group
  • 463 m gain
Kids & Pets
  • On-Leash
  • Child-Friendly
  • One of our favourites!


50.191751, -119.073065

Driving Time

From Downtown Vernon, approximate travel time by car is 30 min.

Notable GPS Co-ordinates

Detailed Directions

1. From Vernon, follow Highway 6 towards Lumby.
2. Turn RIGHT on Learmouth Road just before the village of Lavington with signs for Coldstream Willows Nursery. This road snakes through the countryside.
3. Turn LEFT onto Reid Rd after about 5.5 km.
4. Turn RIGHT onto Whitevale Rd (unlabelled) after about 300 meters. Continue past Aspengrove Equestrian Academy as the road becomes "Bluenose Rd" and then "Aberdeen Lake Rd"
5. Watch for a tiny brown sign on your left indicating "Bluenose Trail" just after the yellow 4 km marker on the road (3.8 km since the road turned into gravel).
6. Park in the clearing.

Google Directions

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

  • Starting Elevation: 1016 meters
  • Ending Elevation: 1016 meters
  • Maximum Elevation: 1276 meters
  • Minimum Elevation: 1016 meters
  • Elevation Gain: 463 meters
  • Elevation Loss: -464 meters
  • Slope Up: 18.00%
  • Slope Down: -16.00%

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Map Waypoints

GPS Notes
We have often color-coded our GPX tracks. While it is not always the case, we have tried to use the following convention on our newer maps:

Green/Blue: human-verified by our volunteers.
Purple: overgrown trail, bushwhack, or on private property.
Red: default color or not reality-checked
Yellow: Road
Other Colors: 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. Use at your own risk.
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