Pincushion Mountain


27 min from Downtown Kelowna
4482 Ponderosa Dr, Peachland, BC V0H 1X5

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.

  • Short
  • Average
  • Out & Back Same Way
  • 4.00 km round-trip
  • 1 hr solo
  • 1 hr 45 min group
  • 334 m gain
Kids & Pets
  • On-Leash
  • Child-Friendly


4482 Ponderosa Dr, Peachland, BC V0H 1X5

Driving Time

From Downtown Kelowna, approximate travel time by car is 27 min.

Notable GPS Co-ordinates

Detailed Directions

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.

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: 547 meters
  • Ending Elevation: 758 meters
  • Maximum Elevation: 804 meters
  • Minimum Elevation: 547 meters
  • Elevation Gain: 334 meters
  • Elevation Loss: -83 meters
  • Slope Up: 21.00%
  • Slope Down: -17.00%

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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.
  • Redman

    Hello, recently I have come to Kelowna, and I'm interested to join this hikking group .
    Someone can give a ride from kelown's downtow?

    Pedro Rojo ( redman)

    Friday, April 8, 2016 at 9:20 AM
  • Danielle

    I want to hike pin cushion either tomorrow or on Saturday. Would anyone be interested?

    Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 8:19 PM

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