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  • by Josh
  • 2016-Aug-14

Individual Trail

BC-Okanagan (Central) / South Myra

85 min driving from Downtown Kelowna

This gorgeous alpine hike extends into the forest south of Myra and west of Idabel Lake. It offers a short but challenging ascent, followed by a beautiful plateau with meadows, ponds, and ridge-line views of the valleys. ABSOLUTELY do not attempt this hike prior to mid-June as the snow will likely still be covering substantial portions of the trail!

Activities
  • Hiking
Seasons Accessible
  • Summer
Basics
  • 85 min from Downtown Kelowna
  • Linear
  • 5.39 km (one-way)
  • 1.5 hours solo one-way
  • 3.0 hours solo | 3.9 hours group round-trip
  • 598 meters elevation (one-way)
  • Hard difficulty: A short and steep ascent.
Kids & Pets
  • On-Leash
  • Child-Friendly
Features

  • None



Suggested Protection

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Notes

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Driving Time

From Downtown Kelowna, approximate travel time by car is 85 minute(s).

Trailhead GPS Co-ordinates

49.701229000,-119.289085000

Detailed Directions

If you're uncomfortable with dirt roads, add 30 minutes to your driven time.

1. Leave Kelowna and follow Highway 33 south
2. RESET ODOMETER at the Big White Turn-off and keep going straight along Highway 33.
3. After 4.3 km, make a sharp right turn onto Okanagan Falls Forest Service Road 201 with signs for Thunder Mountain Raceways.
4. RESET ODOMETER.
5. At 1.7 km, continue straight through the stop sign with signs for Idabel Lake.
6. At 5.3 km, continue straight with Idabel Lake on your right.
7. At 8.1 km, continue straight to cross a cattleguard.
8. At 20.9 km, continue straight to cross a small bridge.
9. At 22.7 km, turn RIGHT onto Greyback Road (125° turn).
10. At 25.3 km, turn RIGHT onto Canyon Lakes FSR with signage for the snowmobile club.
11. At 25.7 km, continue straight to cross a small bridge.
11. At 26.7 km, keep right on main road.
12. At 28.3 km the road quality becomes VERY poor with several dips and large boulders. Not recommended for cars, but possible. Easily done in any 4x4.
13. At 32 km, park at the parking lot/clearing on your left. The trail begins at the back of the clearing with signage.

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  • Fantastic hike! A word of caution regarding getting to the trailhead; the final 7 km of road ("unmarked road" ) before the parking spot is best navigated with a vehicle with a bit of ground clearance as the road is a bit rough in spots.

    Thu, Aug 21, 2014 7:53 AM
  • Had an amazing day, well worth the effort. Just a quick note to re-affirm the last unmarked road is quite rough. We met a subaru attempting it whose owners wisely decided to walk the final couple of km into the trail head. They probably should have walked the whole road in. Big drops from runoff across the road, significant water in sections and many sizeable rocks strewn about. The road is also quite overgrown in the mid-section so pin-striping your vehicle isn't optional (just a warning for your paint, although most scratches will buff out with a decent waxing). Otherwise, the trail itself is in fantastic shape and is well worthwhile. We went over the last weekend of July and were treated to peak wild flower season. Stunning.

    Thu, Aug 15, 2019 12:37 PM

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