Mount Nkwala: Summit Loop

West Bench

13 min from Downtown Penticton
3808 Forsyth Dr, Penticton, BC V2A 8Z2
** Important: This park resides on Penticton Indian Band land. However, hikers are allowed to enjoy this mountain regardless of their race. Paper permits are mandatory and can be obtained from the Penticton Indian Band admin office free of charge at 841 Westhills Dr, RR#2, S80, C#19, Penticton, BC. **

Mt. Nkwala is a mountain that keeps hikers happy for years! Its vast array of mountain bike trails coupled with countless viewpoints is a trail network dream come true. Previously known as "Gerry's Mountain" from the Dennis McDonald who named it after his wife Geraldine in 1949, this mountain was as a forest fire lookout until 1969! Becoming disorientated is incredibly easy on this mountain. We highly recommend bringing a GPS with our maps to ensure the summit is reached with ease.

The trail offers numerous viewpoints of Penticton, Okanagan Lake and Skaha Lake. Bears are very prominent on this trail in the fall, and hikers are advised to bring bear spray as a precaution. Remember to make plenty of noise while hiking. This trail is noted with signs for non-motorized vehicle use only by the Penticton Indian Band. No maps or trail signs en-route. Pay attention to signs of trail usage instead.
  • Short
  • Difficult
  • Loop
  • 7.72 km round-trip
  • 2 hr 10 min solo
  • 3 hr 10 min group
  • 546 m gain
Kids & Pets
  • On-Leash
  • Part of the larger Mt. Nkwala (Trail Network) trail network.


3808 Forsyth Dr, Penticton, BC V2A 8Z2

Driving Time

From Downtown Penticton, approximate travel time by car is 13 min.

GPS Co-ordinates

Detailed Directions

1. Heading North on Highway 97 from downtown Penticton towards Kelowna, turn LEFT onto W Bench Hill Rd only just outside of town.
2. Turn RIGHT onto Bartlett Dr (left is Russet Dr)
3. Turn RIGHT onto W Bench Dr.
4. Immediately turn LEFT onto Bartlett Dr (yes, again).
5. After 1.4 km, turn RIGHT onto Forsyth Dr.
6. After 2.2 km, park at trailhead being mindful of access to driveways and any no parking signs. Obtain permission from the band before entering the park!

Google Directions

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

  • Starting Elevation: 586 meters
  • Ending Elevation: 586 meters
  • Maximum Elevation: 1015 meters
  • Minimum Elevation: 586 meters
  • Elevation Gain: 546 meters
  • Elevation Loss: -546 meters
  • Slope Up: 12.00%
  • Slope Down: -14.00%

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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.
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