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Individual Trail

North Okanagan / Cherryville

165 min driving from Downtown Kelowna

This spectacular alpine hike has a moderately challenging ascent that gains 500 meters over roughly 4 km. Pass through two open meadows before arriving at the pristine turquoise waters of Twin Lakes. Ideal for a backpacking camping experience for some serious solitude. To avoid snow, we suggest only doing this hike absolutely no earlier than the third week of July.

Optionally, climb up to the summit of Lakeview Mountain for phenomenal views of Lake Andrew, Twin Lakes, Monashee Provincial Park, and more. This route is way-finding only and there is no official trail or flagging. From the farthest lake walk around it clock-wise and head up the boulder field to the ridgeline between the two peaks (the saddle). Turn left (north) and walk through the meadows to the top! It is not a scramble, and can be easily done by most hikers. After the peak, head down to the next saddle and descent through a smaller boulder field to an open grassy field. Once reaching the stream, turn left and follow it through the meadows back to the main trail. This is an extra 2.9 km, but well worth the journey. The ascent is an additional 330 meters, with a substantially steeper 20% slope.

Basics
  • 165 min from Downtown Kelowna
  • Linear
  • 4.17 km (one-way)
  • 80 minutes solo one-way
  • 2.7 hours solo | 3.0 hours group round-trip
  • 507 meters elevation (one-way)
  • Hard difficulty
Features
  • GPS Map available.

Creator: Josh Hoggan
Duration Class:Full Day
Seasons:Summer
Difficulty Description:Unrated
Dogs:Unknown
Children:Unrated
Cell Service:Unknown
First Listed:2014-Nov-03
Last Updated:2017-Aug-01
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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Duration One-Way (solo):80 min
Duration One-Way (group):90 min
Duration Round-Trip (solo):160 min
Duration Round-Trip (group):180
Trailhead GPS:50.282539000,-118.310028000
Trailend GPS:50.266285000,-118.276764000
Distance:4.17 km (one-way)
Elevation at Start:1,786 meters
Elevation at End:2,137 meters
Elevation Minimum:1,786 meters
Elevation Maximum:2,196 meters
Elevation Gain:507 meters (one-way)
Elevation Loss:-162 meters (one-way)
Slope Up:14.70% (one-way)
Slope Down:-12.10% (one-way)
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  • The directions are surprisingly difficult to follow! I drove it in my car and eventually gave up and turned around when I could not find the "road" at 17.1 km. The road was semi-passable in my car up until the point that I turned around but I will try with an bigger vehicle next time. On an aside, the first direction- "turn right on to N. Fork Rd" is actually a LEFT!!!

    Sun, Jul 24, 2016 6:22 PM
  • Just back from this site and it was terrific! Note on the drive: there is new logging road at 4.8 km 'Odyssey' that masquerades as the main road. Turn RIGHT, do not continue straight at 4.8 km (you will see the 5 km sign on a stump 200 m up Odyssey and I/we believed that marked the main road). The upper section of the road became very rough, although friends did make the drive in their mazda car. I would really not recommend it in anything that doesn't have good clearance. There is still quite a bit of snow (july 14/15) and while the trail is fully covered by snow for sections it is still passable. Overnight temp was around 4 degrees.

    Mon, Jul 16, 2018 11:08 AM
  • Directions were very helpful! There was some snow and ice on the road about 4km from the trailhead (October 19, 2018) and the road is poorly maintained so appropriate tires/vehicle are a must. There's no cell reception on the road up to the trailhead and reception once you start climbing is spotty, but is stronger toward the summit. It's a very isolated area so just go prepared. The snow on the trail was pretty well packed so we were fine with our spikes, but I can't imagine doing this hike without spikes. We couldn't see the lake at all due to all the snow (other hikers who had hiked the trail before told us we passed it) but it was still the most gorgeous hike!

    Sat, Oct 20, 2018 1:34 PM

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