Individual Trail

Central Okanagan / Shannon Lake

16 min driving from Downtown Kelowna

A difficult and at times strenuous hike, Carrot Mountain (or less commonly referred to as Davidson Creek) takes you on a steady, steep incline to a wide-angled view over West Kelowna, Shannon Lake and Okanagan Lake.

Slightly confusing, there are several trails on the mountain, the best option is to follow the well-used path along the gully to the top. The trail can be slippery at times and it is recommended to wear sturdy shoes, on the incline you may also need to use your hands, or poles if you have them, to keep from slipping.

The dense trail through the shaded forest gives you a chance to take in sightings of a waterfall and wildflowers, including Fireweed and Indian Paintbrush along with Saskatoon berries and Ponderosa pine. It is also home to several types of wildlife including bears, which are often seen on the mountain, elk and smaller animals such as chipmunks. Travelling alone is not recommended.

Heading back, a route is available to the East which loops you back to the beginning, alternatively you can backtrack bearing in mind the decline will be steep.

* Carrot Mountain Bluffs is subjected to heavy snow in the winter, hiking is only advised from May 1st onwards. Prior to that, the waterfall has severe reign of the trail.

WARNING: Maximum Slope is 57%!!! Bring shoes which can accommodate incredibly slippery and steep cliffs.

  • 16 min from Downtown Kelowna
  • Loop
  • 4.34 km (round-trip)
  • 1.7 hours solo | 3.0 hours group round-trip
  • 618 meters elevation (round-trip)
  • Hard difficulty
  • Part of the larger Carrot Mountain trail network!
  • One of our favourites!
  • Has a waterfall.
  • GPS Map available.

Creator: Josh Hoggan
Duration Class:Medium Hike
Seasons:Spring, Summer, Fall
Difficulty Description:A very strenuous uphill trail with a waterfall crossing and incredibly steep and narrow technical downhill descent.
Dogs:Not recommended due to technical downhill.
Children:Not recommended at all.
Cell Service:Excellent (Rogers June 2014)
First Listed:2011-Jun-01
Last Updated:2018-Feb-25

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  • The GPS track for this hike is damaged...

    Tue, Aug 20, 2013 6:25 PM
  • Very pretty trail! Round trip took 1:14

    Mon, May 26, 2014 9:05 PM
  • Paid for the gps trail map and am unable to find it to use. I keep getting rerouted to paying for it again. Quite frustrating.

    Sun, May 21, 2017 2:52 PM
  • Please contact me directly via the web site instead.

    Mon, May 22, 2017 11:42 AM
  • Trail is currently closed due to Wildfire danger 20/7/17

    Thu, Jul 20, 2017 1:34 PM

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