Named after a wildfire that wiped out the mountain in the 19th century leaving only snags that looked like pins, this mountain provides excellent views of the city and Okanagan Lake.
There are several steep sections and with loose gravel on the trail it is advised to bring a hiking stick or appropriate footwear to prevent slipping, especially downhill. If you plan to hike in the spring, snow packs may still be around also making for a slippery trail.
The moderate climb takes around an hour and if you follow the red #3 markers you will get to the peak, the yellow #2 takes you straight ahead. Once at the top you have an excellent view and a great spot for a break or a picnic.
Wildlife including deer, garter snakes and grouse has been spotted in the area.
1) From Kelowna and the Coquillhala Connector, travel south on Hwy 97 to Peachland.
2) Turn right on Ponderosa Drive, follow it to the end (despite a few possible turn-offs)
3) Park at the Pincushion Mountain parking lot.
Use our written directions in preference to the Google directions below as they are likely more accurate.
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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