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Individual Trail

Central Okanagan / Winfield

33 min driving from Downtown Kelowna

The trail to the peak of the Spion Kopje mountain is an extremely difficult incline and recommended for those at full fitness. If you are up for the challenge, follow a pathway through ponderosa pine and bunch grass to spectacular views of the Okanagan valley.

The battle of Spion Kopje took place in South Africa on the hilltop of Spioenkop in 1900, along the Tugela River during the second Boer War. It is suggested that a veteran of the war, pioneer Henry Northcote Caeser's brother Leslie, named the mountain after this.

During the summer of 2012, the Walk Around Lake Country group finished a three-year goal to create well-marked trails forming clearer paths for hikers. This included a cairn marker at "The Grand Overlook" Views from this point include a stretch of the Okanagan Valley, Lake Okanagan, Wood Lake and Duck Lake and surrounding mountains.

Following the markers will connect you to the summit of Spion Kopje or to another peak view of the North allowing for sights of Lake Kalamalka and parts of Oyama.

For a published map of the trails, visit the Lake Country Visitor Centre. Motorized vehicles are requested to stay off marked hiking trails.

Basics
  • 33 min from Downtown Kelowna
  • Loop
  • 2.16 km (round-trip)
  • 75 minutes solo | 1.6 hours group round-trip
  • 290 meters elevation (round-trip)
  • Very Hard difficulty
Features
  • Part of the larger Spion Kopje trail network!
  • GPS Map available.

Creator: Josh Hoggan
Duration Class:Short Hike
Seasons:Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Difficulty Description:A gruelling, but short, uphill ascent. Fastest route to the top.
Dogs:Not recommended.
Children:Not recommended.
Cell Service:Unknown
First Listed:2012-Mar-25
Last Updated:2015-May-12
GPS Notes
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Duration Round-Trip (solo):75 min
Trailhead GPS:50.078907000,-119.418427000
Trailend GPS:50.078854000,-119.414734000
Distance:2.16 km (round-trip)
Elevation at Start:634 meters
Elevation at End:634 meters
Elevation Minimum:634 meters
Elevation Maximum:869 meters
Elevation Gain:290 meters (round-trip)
Elevation Loss:-290 meters (round-trip)
Slope Up:23.40% (round-trip)
Slope Down:-26.30% (round-trip)
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  • lots of dirt bikes on this mountain. tons of ways up and down. as a result, i've never had to take the same trail twice, but i've had to spend a bit of time finding my car at the bottom. good views, but expect company of the motorized kind. we've biked it and hiked it. good times.

    Mon, Mar 18, 2013 1:13 PM

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