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Individual Trail

Central Okanagan / West Kelowna

60 min driving from Downtown Kelowna

After driving past Bear Creek, the adventure to this trailhead takes you on a well maintained forest service road for approximately half an hour. The hike is short, but the Christie Falls trail results in a beautiful waterfall, and a small cave to explore!

The hike is a slightly difficult following a path through a forest that suffered during the 2009 Terrace Mountain fire. It is flagged for direction and also includes a steep decline. A cave is accessible by the waterfall, and is ideal for climbing. The area is frequented by climbers and is used during the summer and winter for the sport.

This trail should not be done until at least June 1st due to its high level of elevation and shade. More than likely access will be blocked by ground snow cover.

  • 60 min from Downtown Kelowna
  • Linear
  • 1.10 km (one-way)
  • 30 minutes solo one-way
  • 60 minutes solo | 78 minutes group round-trip
  • 212 meters elevation (one-way)
  • Medium difficulty
  • One of our favourites!
  • Has a waterfall.
  • GPS Map available.

Creator: Josh Hoggan
Duration Class:Short Hike
Seasons:Spring, Summer, Fall
Difficulty Description:A moderate forest walk with a very steep descent with ropes.
Dogs:Not recommended.
Children:Not recommended.
Cell Service:None (Rogers Aug 2014)
First Listed:2011-Aug-24
Last Updated:2018-Aug-15
GPS Notes
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Duration One-Way (solo):30 min
Duration Round-Trip (solo):60 min
Trailhead GPS:50.115330000,-119.631866000
Trailend GPS:50.122791000,-119.627136000
Distance:1.10 km (one-way)
Elevation at Start:1,346 meters
Elevation at End:1,256 meters
Elevation Minimum:1,169 meters
Elevation Maximum:1,279 meters
Elevation Gain:212 meters (one-way)
Elevation Loss:-301 meters (one-way)
Slope Up:31.40% (one-way)
Slope Down:-27.40% (one-way)
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  • Has anyone been up to the falls in the last week or so? what the conditions are like? I'm think of going there on Monday 13/17. I think snowshoes are a must.

    Wed, Mar 8, 2017 11:29 AM
  • Folks trying to access this area in the winter, now that it is more publicized, should be aware of the following:
    Nearest parking area will be on Esperon Main FSR, at Big Bar Reservoir. (23-24 km mark) Be aware there is no guarantee that Esperon Main FSR will be open in the winter all the way to this point. The snow line remains here well into April. The hike in to the falls in the winter is 7km one way = allow for 5hr round trip on snow shoes. The access trail down to the falls in the winter is not for the casual hiker. (This is why the rope assist was put in) Once at the falls, given freezing temperatures, everything is ice. The ice stays here longer, because this canyon location faces north and receives very limited direct sunlight. Crampons are necessary to navigate around the frozen/wet wall weeps, gallery of ice, and icefall itself. If you break a bone here it is a long trip out. That said, properly equipped as a group, with food, water for the full day's trip it is a very cool destination. Of note - you are outside of cellphone range.

    Mon, Mar 27, 2017 9:55 AM
  • Last leg of drive inaccessible as of yesterday due to heavy snow on the road still.

    Mon, May 8, 2017 8:30 AM
  • Roads are all clear up to the trail head (May 25/18), but some significant pot holes along the way. Falls are spectacular this time of year though.

    Fri, May 25, 2018 6:58 PM

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