McDougall Rim: Interior Perimeter
Central Okanagan / West Kelowna
18 min driving from Downtown Kelowna
This hike begins with an intense uphill grind along a dusty/sandy path, but eventually tapers off onto flatter land winding through the forest. Turn right just past the swamp around the 3.4 km mark to reach a spectacular view of West Kelowna overlooking Rose Valley and the lake at about 3.7 km. After reaching the summit at the weather station (8 km), this particular trail quickly necks out to a lookout over Blue Grouse and Terrace Mountain. Roughly 1.4 km past the weather station, cut immediately left through the forest for 60 meters to join up with a small dirt bike/hiking trail. Meander left on this trail down to Hayman Lake. From there, continue forward around the edge of Hayman Lake. Do not take the right-turn away from Hayman as it will loop back up to the weather station.
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. Do not attempt this hike prior to mid-April as you are likely to get snowed in due to the elevation!
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.
|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|
|Cell Service:||Intermittent (Telus Sept 2015)|
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