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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. We highly recommend bringing our GPS trail maps.

During spring, a tiny waterfall opens up at about 4 km 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.

The descent of this trail follows the top of Bartley Rd, which is more of a 4x4ing trail, back to the starting point.

Do not attempt this hike prior to mid-April as you are likely to get snowed in due to the elevation!

  • 18 min from Downtown Kelowna
  • Loop
  • 20.60 km (round-trip)
  • 5.0 hours solo | 6.5 hours group round-trip
  • 1,127 meters elevation (round-trip)
  • Hard difficulty
  • Part of the larger McDougall Rim trail network!
  • GPS Map available.

Creator: Josh Hoggan
Duration Class:Full Day
Seasons:Spring, Summer, Fall
Difficulty Description:A strenuous 30 minute climb followed by a much longer milder ascent. Trail down is via an easy 4x4ing road.
Dogs:OK on Leash
Children:Not recommended.
Cell Service:Intermittent (Rogers 2014)
First Listed:2011-Jun-01
Last Updated:2015-Sep-28
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):300 min
Trailhead GPS:49.884800000,-119.587662000
Trailend GPS:49.884800000,-119.587662000
Distance:20.60 km (round-trip)
Elevation at Start:637 meters
Elevation at End:637 meters
Elevation Minimum:619 meters
Elevation Maximum:1,424 meters
Elevation Gain:1,127 meters (round-trip)
Elevation Loss:-1,127 meters (round-trip)
Slope Up:10.20% (round-trip)
Slope Down:-8.20% (round-trip)
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