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Individual Trail

South Okanagan / 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.

  • 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
  • Part of the larger Mt. Nkwala trail network!
  • GPS Map available.

Creator: Josh Hoggan
Duration Class:Medium Hike
Seasons:Spring, Summer, Fall
Difficulty Description:A very strenuous uphill trek.
Dogs:OK on Leash
Cell Service:Excellent (Telus Sep 2017)
First Listed:2017-Feb-20
Last Updated:2018-Jan-31
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 Round-Trip (solo):130 min
Duration Round-Trip (group):190
Trailhead GPS:49.517378000,-119.640043000
Trailend GPS:49.517378000,-119.640043000
Distance:7.72 km (round-trip)
Elevation at Start:586 meters
Elevation at End:586 meters
Elevation Minimum:586 meters
Elevation Maximum:1,015 meters
Elevation Gain:546 meters (round-trip)
Elevation Loss:-546 meters (round-trip)
Slope Up:12.30% (round-trip)
Slope Down:-13.90% (round-trip)
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