Cougar Canyon Ridge Viewpoint


While this area is predominantly used by rock climbers, it does have a really gorgeous (albeit short) hiking trail leading to a viewpoint of the lake. Additionally, add on some exploration in the canyon to meander through the network of access points to climbs. Don't miss "Cold FX" where you can feel a huge force of cold wind coming from the cave below.
  • Short
  • Average
  • Out & Back Same Way
  • 2.98 km round-trip
  • 1 hr solo
  • 1 hr group
  • 146 m gain
  • Variable Width
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50.18908729725732, -119.2648518852793

Driving Time

From Vernon, approximate travel time by car is 21 min.

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Detailed Directions

1) From downtown Vernon take highway 6 east towards Lavington/Lumby
2) Turn RIGHT onto Aberdeen Rd just outside of downtown Vernon.
3) Turn LEFT onto Kalamalka Rd
4) Turn RIGHT onto Coldstream Creek Rd
5) Turn LEFT onto Cosens Bay Rd and drive past the Kal Lake parking lot, as the road becomes dirt, to the official parking lot a ways down on the left.

Google Directions

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

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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: 536 meters
  • Ending Elevation: 645 meters
  • Maximum Elevation: 645 meters
  • Minimum Elevation: 536 meters
  • Elevation Gain: 146 meters
  • Elevation Loss: -39 meters
  • Slope Up: 11.00%
  • Slope Down: -7.00%

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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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