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Individual Trail

BC-Okanagan (Central) / Black Mountain

25 min driving from Downtown Kelowna

WARNING: As of May 2015, the hike up the roadway has been closed to the public due to a hiker violating the private property and getting attacked by a bull! However, some hikers are reporting they can still access the park via an alternative entrance at the nearby golf course.

A panoramic view includes sights of ski hills Big White and Silver Star along with Terrace and Okanagan Mountain.

Approximately 11km, the hike relies on an old dirt and gravel road which leads to communication towers at the top of the mountain. The hike begins at Pyman Road and ends at an elevation of 1286m; prepare for cooler air, especially in the winter as snow levels can be high.

The first part of the trail is a gentle incline through scenic grasslands, take the first fork to the left and at the small pond take a left fork again. Vegetation consists of Fir, Cedar and Tamarack trees along the way.

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  • 25 min from Downtown Kelowna
  • Double-Wide
  • Linear
  • 5.15 km (one-way)
  • 80 minutes solo one-way
  • 2.5 hours solo | 3.5 hours group round-trip
  • 531 meters elevation (one-way)
  • Easy difficulty: A gradual, but long, ascent along a cell service road.
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  • On-Leash
  • Child-Friendly

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  • I'm here where is everyone else ?

    Sat, May 2, 2015 9:58 AM
  • Oh noh... If the meet up time is 10am.. We will be late... The bus arival will be past 11am.. Huhu.. Hope guys can still wait for us..

    Sat, May 2, 2015 10:50 PM
  • Does anyone know the status of the access road ? We did it in December 2017 and the gate is not locked and the pit looks more or less unused except a few tire tracks. Signs are telling you that no parking and private etc. but all looks kind of abandoned.

    Sun, Dec 10, 2017 9:36 AM
  • We drove around the base of Black Mountain a bit today trying to find the best route. There are very big NO TRESPASSING signs at the top of McCurdy and a lot of people because of the golf course. We also tried the top of Swainson which had promise but involved a lot of bush wacking. We settled on Pyman, parking at the bottom near highway 33 and heading up the paved road. Lots of cows (no bulls thankfully!) but that was the only sign of non-insect life that we saw.
    We found it odd that about half way up you cross into Black Mountain park- not sure how people are supposed to access the park without trespassing???
    Beauty view from the top and a good climb. Glad to finally be able to look at that mountain as conquered!

    Sun, Jul 8, 2018 6:56 PM
  • Hiked up here solo this morning and happy to say that the trail was fully as described and I didn't have any access issues. There were a couple of gates with big graffiti saying 'No trespassing' and 'Keep out' but they were open and i figured i wasn't doing any harm by sticking to the pathway. Bottom fields are full of cows and calves but didn't see the infamous bull and wasn't chased away. A beautiful hike and great views from the top!

    Wed, Sep 26, 2018 5:30 PM

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