Free Group Hike

Sat, Sep 2, 2017 5:00 AM

This is an adults only (19+) event!

Please leave Kelowna no later than 5am to arrive at the trailhead for approximately 6.45am. This is a HUGE hike that requires proper backpacking gear. Please only join in if you're a moderate or advanced hiker. You will be rewarded with spectacular views and a phenomenal workout!

One or two nights on the trail, depending on group pace on the first day. It should takes us a MAXIMUM of 9 hours to reach the summit at Mt. Fosthall, plus another 3 to backtrack to Big Peters lake. If we're travelling at a slower pace, we'll make this a 3 day, 2 night trip, and camp at Big Peters lake the first night, summit the second day, and third day come home.

Trail Description

Begin the trail meandering through the foothills of Mt. Fosthall at Spectrum Lake which offers a vast diversity of coast-like flora. Rich green moss coats the valley floor, and numerous creek crossings. Spectrum Lake is rich with rainbow trout and offers a fantastic day hike for families with children.

For the more adventurous, head up the gruelling ascent to Little and Big Peters lake, indulging in the huckleberries, blueberries, and thimbleberries along the way. This is where the well maintained trail ends. Set up camp at the stunning Big Peters glacier-fed lake, complete with bear cache, ranger's tent, fresh stream water, and lakeside backcountry camping. This can be done in one day, but we do not recommend doing the summit of Mt. Fosthall on the same day.

Reaching the summit of Mt. Fosthall from Big Peters will take between 3 and 3.5 hours and is a way-finding route only. There are some cairns along the way, but advanced trail sense is required to navigate. Follow the stream and valley up to a well maintained bike path as part of another resort on the far/south side of the mountain. After following this trail for a few minutes, keep an eye on the ground for a large stone arrow and head off-trail to the right. Meander through the alpine meadows and take a self-guided route to the summit of the giant ramp-like Mt. Fosthall adorning the skyline.

Even in the hottest months, there are plenty of refill options available for water. The best time to hike Mt. Fosthall to avoid snow and horrible weather is the month of August up until mid-September.

For fit adults with a large overnight backpack hiking times are as follows. Please let us know your times!
* Parking lot to Spectrum is 1.5 hours (5 km from trailhead)
* Spectrum to Big Peters is 4 hours (14 km from trailhead)
* Big Peters to Mt. Fosthall is 3.5 hours (20 km from trailhead)

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Basics
  • 55 min from Frank's General Store in Cherryville, BC
  • Linear
  • 20.00 km (one-way)
  • 8.5 hours solo one-way
  • 15.5 hours solo | 17.5 hours group round-trip
  • 2,562 meters elevation (one-way)
  • Medium difficulty
Features
  • Has a waterfall.
  • GPS Map available.
Attendees (11)
  • Allan Evangelista (Rider)
  • Christine Pachkowski
  • Darcy
  • Deleted User (Rider)
  • Fred
  • Jami Crego (Rider)
  • Jordan McDonald
  • Josh Hoggan (Creator, Host, Driver)
  • Kathleen McDonald
  • Michelle Ryan (Driver)
  • Suz
Hosts (1)
  • Josh Hoggan
  • Looking forward to this. I should be able to bring up to 3 other people with me if you want to carpool from Kelowna. I have a rooftop carrier for gear.

    Mon, Aug 21, 2017 8:53 PM
  • Looking forward to this. I should be able to bring up to 3 other people with me if you want to carpool from Kelowna. I have a rooftop carrier for gear.

    Tue, Aug 22, 2017 9:14 AM
  • Looking forward to this. I should be able to bring up to 3 other people with me if you want to carpool from Kelowna. I have a rooftop carrier for gear.

    Tue, Aug 22, 2017 9:15 AM
  • Just a note... we're going smoke or no smoke. Leaving Kelowna at 5am... not departing at the trailhead for 5.

    Wed, Aug 30, 2017 2:00 PM

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