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This alternative access route to Angel Springs offers a substantially more enjoyable hike in than the route offered by the Trestles route. Beginning at the hairpin turn just after Field Rd on McCulloch Rd in East Kelowna, this moderate coniferous forest trail gives you the chance to witness interesting geological formations and natural springs.
The first approximate 4 km of the trail is part of KLO Creek and offers a beautiful view of the winding canyon and unique rock formations. Pay close attention to our GPS log as the trail can be difficult to follow if unfamiliar with watching for signs of trail usage (especially at unmarked river crossings). The forest en-route includes Douglas-fir, Lodgepole Pine, Western Larch and Western Red Cedars.
At the springs, the water below the surface is heated geo-thermally to over 100°C. However, the above ground springs are lukewarm at about 25°C (even colder during spring runoff) and can be identified by orange-coloured tufa deposits that they have created. Tufa is a mineral formed when calcite crystallizes after water evaporation.
Due to a few unbridged river crossings, we recommend that you do not follow this route in the early spring was water levels may be too high. Bring a backup pair of dry socks and shoes just incase!
30 min from Downtown Kelowna
5.80 km (one-way)
1.5 hours solo one-way
3.0 hours solo | 3.5 hours group round-trip
733 meters elevation (one-way)
Medium difficulty: A relatively easy stream walk with little elevation gain until the final 30 minute steeper ascent
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