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Individual Trail

BC-Okanagan (South) / West Bench

13 min driving from Downtown Penticton

** Important: This park resides on Penticton Indian Band land. However, hikers are allowed to enjoy this mountain regardless of their race. Paper permits are mandatory and can be obtained from the Penticton Indian Band admin office free of charge at 841 Westhills Dr, RR#2, S80, C#19, Penticton, BC. **

Mt. Nkwala is a mountain that keeps hikers happy for years! Its vast array of mountain bike trails coupled with countless viewpoints is a trail network dream come true. Previously known as "Gerry's Mountain" from the Dennis McDonald who named it after his wife Geraldine in 1949, this mountain was as a forest fire lookout until 1969! Becoming disorientated is incredibly easy on this mountain. We highly recommend bringing a GPS with our maps to ensure the summit is reached with ease.

The trail offers numerous viewpoints of Penticton, Okanagan Lake and Skaha Lake. Bears are very prominent on this trail in the fall, and hikers are advised to bring bear spray as a precaution. Remember to make plenty of noise while hiking. This trail is noted with signs for non-motorized vehicle use only by the Penticton Indian Band. No maps or trail signs en-route. Pay attention to signs of trail usage instead.

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Seasons Accessible
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • 13 min from Downtown Penticton
  • Loop
  • 7.72 km (round-trip)
  • 2.2 hours solo | 3.2 hours group round-trip
  • 546 meters elevation (round-trip)
  • Hard difficulty: A very strenuous uphill trek.
Kids & Pets
  • On-Leash
  • Part of the larger Mt. Nkwala trail network!
  • GPS Map available.

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