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Individual Trail

Central Okanagan / West Kelowna

18 min driving from Downtown Kelowna

The McDougall Rim begins with an intense uphill hike along a rocky path, but eventually tapers off onto flatter land winding through the forest to reach spectacular views of West Kelowna and the lake.

Unlike some, this trail is not clearly labelled and is marked by usage rather than signs, there are several trails you could end up on, so be sure you know which path you are planning to take beforehand. Be prepared to cross bridges, creeks and a variety of terrain. The trails were subject to wildfires in 2009 and thus the trail is still recovering in some sections.

During spring time, a small waterfall opens up at about 4km into the trail, snow can still be found in the area at this time so if you wish to trek up to it, bring footwear with good grip.

McDougall Rim is home to several types of wildflower in the summertime such as the Indian Paintbrush and Prairie Roses, it is also habituated by an assortment of wildlife including bears, deer, coyote and other larger animals which have been spotted in the area.

Hayman lake is filled with leeches and is not suitable for swimming; however, it often contains fish suitable for angling!

  • 18 min from Downtown Kelowna
  • Loop
  • 14.70 km (round-trip)
  • 4.0 hours solo | 5.2 hours group round-trip
  • 935 meters elevation (round-trip)
  • Hard difficulty
  • Part of the larger McDougall Rim trail network!
  • One of our favourites!
  • GPS Map available.

Creator: Josh Hoggan
Duration Class:Full Day
Seasons:Spring, Summer, Fall
Difficulty Description:Very steep 20-30 min start, then moderate to the lake.
Dogs:OK on Leash.
Children:Not recommended due to initial steep ascent.
Cell Service:Unknown
First Listed:2014-Jun-06
Last Updated:2014-Nov-02
GPS Notes
Most often when viewing our maps, trails marked in Green or Blue have been human-verified by our volunteers. A route in purple indicates an overgrown trail or a bushwhack. Otherwise, the tracks may have been satellite traced or imported from third party sources. While we strongly believe our GPS are accurate, please be aware that no logging system is perfect and to be aware of potential errors.

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Duration Round-Trip (solo):240 min
Trailhead GPS:49.884716000,-119.587616000
Trailend GPS:49.884716000,-119.587616000
Distance:14.70 km (round-trip)
Elevation at Start:633 meters
Elevation at End:633 meters
Elevation Minimum:633 meters
Elevation Maximum:1,383 meters
Elevation Gain:935 meters (round-trip)
Elevation Loss:-935 meters (round-trip)
Slope Up:11.70% (round-trip)
Slope Down:-11.00% (round-trip)
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  • This trail has been ravaged by motorized vehicles. The water level in Hayman lake is low making it a bit of a slough. Good exercise though, and one amazing viewpoint (unfortunately with piles of garbage lying around)

    Tue, Nov 1, 2016 3:01 PM

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