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  • by Josh
  • 2019-May-30

Individual Trail

BC-Okanagan (Central) / West Kelowna

18 min driving from Downtown Kelowna

This hike begins with an intense uphill grind along a dusty/sandy path, but eventually tapers off onto flatter land winding through the forest. Turn right just past the swamp around the 3.4 km mark to reach a spectacular view of West Kelowna overlooking Rose Valley and the lake at about 3.7 km. After reaching the summit at the weather station (8 km), this particular trail quickly necks out to a lookout over Blue Grouse and Terrace Mountain. Roughly 1.4 km past the weather station, cut immediately left through the forest for 60 meters to join up with a small dirt bike/hiking trail. Meander left on this trail down to Hayman Lake. From there, continue forward around the edge of Hayman Lake. Do not take the right-turn away from Hayman as it will loop back up to the weather station.

Unlike some, this trail is not clearly labelled and is marked by usage rather than signs, there are several trails you could end up on, so be sure you know which path you are planning to take beforehand. Be prepared to cross bridges, creeks and a variety of terrain. The trails were subject to wildfires in 2009 and thus the trail is still recovering in some sections. We highly recommend bringing our GPS trail maps.

During spring, a tiny waterfall opens up at about 4 km into the trail, snow can still be found in the area at this time so if you wish to trek up to it, bring footwear with good grip. Do not attempt this hike prior to mid-April as you are likely to get snowed in due to the elevation!

McDougall Rim is home to several types of wildflower in the summertime such as the Indian Paintbrush and Prairie Roses, it is also habituated by an assortment of wildlife including bears, deer, coyote and other larger animals which have been spotted in the area.

IMPORTANT: Hayman Lake is privately owned. Parcel ID 011-370-475. Please consult the ParcelMap BC to find a route around it, or contact the property owners for permission. The owners (as of May, 30 2019) are:

CHANDRA MICHELE PAYNTER, STUDENT 1666 PRITCHARD DRIVE
WESTBANK, BC
V4T 1X5
AS TO AN UNDIVIDED 16667/200000 INTEREST
https://www.facebook.com/travis.paynter.3

TRAVIS GEOFFREY PAYNTER, BUSINESSMAN 2303 SHANNON LAKE ROAD
WESTBANK, BC
V4T 1V6
AS TO AN UNDIVIDED 16667/200000 INTEREST

NIGEL MERRICKE PAYNTER, BUSINESSMAN 1666 PRITCHARD DRIVE
WESTBANK, BC
V4T 1X5
AS TO AN UNDIVIDED 16666/200000 INTEREST
https://www.facebook.com/nigel.paynter.7

CATANA DEVELOPMENTS LTD., INC.NO. 415337 260 - 2300 CARRINGTON ROAD
WESTBANK, BC
V4T 2N6
AS TO AN UNDIVIDED 20000/200000 INTEREST
https://www.manta.com/ic/mt69pmw/ca/catana-development-ltd

CELESTINE ROSEANNE PAYNTER, STUDENT 3680 PAYNTER ROAD
WESTBANK, BC
V4T 1P9
AS TO AN UNDIVIDED 15000/200000 INTEREST
https://www.facebook.com/celestine.paynter

HENRAY SAMUEL PAYNTER, STUDENT 147 RUE PRINCIPAL
HUBERDEAU, PQ
J0T 1G0
AS TO AN UNDIVIDED 15000/200000 INTEREST
phenray@hotmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/henray.paynter

Activities
  • Hiking
Seasons Accessible
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
Basics
  • 18 min from Downtown Kelowna
  • Loop
  • 18.70 km (round-trip)
  • 5.3 hours solo | 5.3 hours group round-trip
  • 1,084 meters elevation (round-trip)
  • Hard difficulty: A strenuous 30 minute climb followed by a much longer milder ascent. Trail down is via an easy 4x4ing road.
Kids & Pets
  • On-Leash
  • Child-Friendly
Features
  • Part of the larger McDougall Rim trail network!
  • GPS Map available.

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Driving Time

From Downtown Kelowna, approximate travel time by car is 18 minute(s).

Approximate Trailhead Address

2130-2210 Bartley Rd, West Kelowna, BC V1Z 2M7

Trailhead GPS Co-ordinates

49.884800000,-119.587662000

Detailed Directions

1. From downtown Kelowna, drive across the bridge.
2. Turn right onto Bartley Rd from Highway 97
3. Turn Left onto Shannon Lake Road
4. Turn Right back onto Bartley Road shortly thereafter.
5. Stay on Bartley Rd and follow it as it turns into a gravel road through private properties.
6. Park in the small clearing by the McDougall Creek sign just before the cattle guard.

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