Spion Kopje: Unofficial Trail Lake Winter Hike
Free Group Hike
Sun, Mar 4, 2018 10:00 AM
This event is suitable for all ages.
Required Fitness Level
Active - For Most Generally Active Adults
This will be a 1.5-2 hour morning hike making a great way to start your Sunday and reset for the coming work week! On the ascent portion of the hike we will have beautiful glimpses of Wood Lake and the surrounding valley. Once reaching the top we will have arrived at one of the most iconic views in okanagan hiking and a great place to take photos. We will also hike over to another viewpoint overlooking Okanagan Lake and Carrs Landing.
As this is a winter hike, consider wearing footwear that will have enough traction to travel uphill on compact snow.
The trail to the peak of the Spion Kopje mountain is an extremely difficult incline and recommended for those at full fitness. If you are up for the challenge, follow a pathway through ponderosa pine and bunch grass to spectacular views of the Okanagan valley.
The battle of Spion Kopje took place in South Africa on the hilltop of Spioenkop in 1900, along the Tugela River during the second Boer War. It is suggested that a veteran of the war, pioneer Henry Northcote Caeser's brother Leslie, named the mountain after this.
During the summer of 2012, the Walk Around Lake Country group finished a three-year goal to create well-marked trails forming clearer paths for hikers. This included a cairn marker at "The Grand Overlook" Views from this point include a stretch of the Okanagan Valley, Lake Okanagan, Wood Lake and Duck Lake and surrounding mountains.
Following the markers will connect you to the summit of Spion Kopje or to another peak view of the North allowing for sights of Lake Kalamalka and parts of Oyama.
For a published map of the trails, visit the Lake Country Visitor Centre. Motorized vehicles are requested to stay off marked hiking trails.
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