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Individual Trail

BC-Okanagan (South) / Keremeos

8 min driving from Downtown Keremeos

This short day hike through sagebrush country leads you to formations created from volcanic activity that occurred around 30 million years ago.

The Keremeos Columns are made of basalt, the result of cooled lava and stand at a spectacular 30m high. They share the same geological phenomenon status as Northern Ireland's "Giant Causeway" and Wyoming's "Devil's Tower."

The trail does involve some elevation and ends in a steep incline, sturdy shoes are recommended. Although there is a Keremeos Park, the actual columns lie out of its boundaries on private property. Permission must be obtained from the landowners to get anywhere near the columns themselves.

A roundtrip to visit the Keremeos Columns takes between three to four hours for active adults and can be extremely hot during the summer, make sure to bring plenty of water and watch out for rattlesnakes among other wildlife such as deer.

For more information:
http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/keremeos/

Activities
  • Hiking
Seasons Accessible
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
Basics
  • 8 min from Downtown Keremeos
  • Variable Width
  • Linear
  • 5.38 km (one-way)
  • 80 minutes solo one-way
  • 3.0 hours solo | 3.5 hours group round-trip
  • 706 meters elevation (one-way)
  • Medium difficulty: A steady hike up a 4x4ing road
Kids & Pets
  • On-Leash
  • Child-Friendly
Features
  • One of our favourites!
  • GPS Map available.

  • None



Suggested Protection

None mentioned.

Notes

None.

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  • Gave the Cliftons a call this morning asking about access to the columns and she let me know that the columns are closed and they no longer allow people through.

    Please call before you attempt to go through their property if you need confirmation yourself ... but this is their personal phone number and I’m sure they would appreciate if we took this information down and left them alone.

    Sat, Mar 21, 2020 9:20 AM
  • https://bcparks.ca/explore/parkpgs/keremeos/

    Public access to the column features is not permitted
    Keremeos Columns Park does not contain the geological features that were intended to be protected at the time of establishment in the early 1930s. The column features are fully contained on private land. At this time, public access to the column features is not permitted. Viewing of the column features must be done so by using valley bottom vantage points that do not involve encroachment or access onto private land.
    Please note that some accesses to the Columns are through private land, which is closed to the public
    Please observe posted signs and do not trespass on private property.

    Every time some one decides to ignore this, it is yet another years delay in getting the family to agree to let hikers have access to the columns feature. Please be respectful of their wishes.

    Mon, Mar 29, 2021 11:20 AM

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