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  • by Josh
  • 2016-Jul-21

Individual Trail

BC-Okanagan (North) / Cherryville

55 min driving from Frank's General Store in Cherryville, BC

The Spectrum Lake trail meanders through the foothills of Mt. Fosthall, and offers a vast diversity of coast-like flora. Rich green moss coats the entire valley floor, you will cross numerous creeks, and finally wind up at a fantastic well-furnished campsite right on the lake with views of the entire mountain range.

  • Hiking
Seasons Accessible
  • Summer
  • 55 min from Frank's General Store in Cherryville, BC
  • Loop
  • 13.30 km (round-trip)
  • 3.0 hours solo | 3.9 hours group round-trip
  • 983 meters elevation (round-trip)
  • Medium difficulty: Rolling hills on a well-marked path.
Kids & Pets
  • Not Permitted
  • Child-Friendly
  • Has a waterfall.
  • GPS Map available.

  • Waterfall

Suggested Protection

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Driving Time

From Frank's General Store in Cherryville, BC, approximate travel time by car is 55 minute(s).

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Detailed Directions

If you're a speed demon, you can easily make the trip from Frank's General Store to the trailhead in 45 minutes. The road is suitable for cars without 4x4 and is in great shape.

1) Drive to Vernon, BC from downtown Kelowna.
2) Take RIGHT on Highway 6 and then bear right to stay on Highway 6.
3) Around the 50 km marker since the turn in Vernon, turn LEFT at Frank's General Store in Cherryville onto "Sugar Lake Rd"
5) At 13.6 km, the road becomes gravel.
6) At 16.6 km, cross the bridge over Sugar Lake. The road now becomes "Shuswap FSR"
7) At 38.2 km TURN RIGHT with signs for Monashee Provincial Park via "Spectrum Creek FSR"
8) At 39.4 km, keep right to stay on main rd (following signs)
9) At 42.3 km, keep right. Alternatively, a short 1 km drive + 10 min hike to Rainbow Falls is on your left.
10) At 43.5 km, keep left to stay on main rd (following signs)
11) At 44 km, keep left to stay on main rd (following signs)
12) At 45.6 km, keep left to stay on main rd (following signs)
13) At 51.7 km, arrive at the parking lot with map and signage for Monashees Provincial Park.

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  • This is a great walk to a pristine lake. The drive on the dirts road is a little longer at the moment due to loose rocks caused by a lot of log truck activity.

    Tue, Jul 17, 2018 9:09 AM

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