• 12.7 km
  • 3.7 hours
  • Medium

Trail Description

West Kelowna

20 min driving from Downtown Kelowna

A scenic trail, Blue Grouse Mountain offers stunning views of the city along with exposure to local vegetation including Wild Rose Bush, Yarrow, Tall Buttercup, cactus and Raspberries.

The trail begins at the intersection of Blue Grouse Road and Bear Lake Main. After a few hundred metres an important intersection lays ahead, bear left up the steep hill towards an orange flag - it is a moderate climb to the top of the mountain. Keep left without deviating off the main road to avoid losing your way.

The well-maintained public service road provides excellent views of Downtown Kelowna, and sights as far as Vernon and Penticton. Bring a sufficient amount of water, it will be needed especially in the summer when combining the steep hike with hot weather.

HIKING DIRECTIONS
1. After parking at the dirt patch at the intersection of Blue Grouse Rd and Bear Lake Main, head right up the dirt 4x4ing path.
2. After a few hundred meters, you will come to the most important intersection on this trail. To your left, behind you, there is a well-used firepit. Directly ahead, there is a steep path heading upwards and one leading to the right. Bear left up the steeper hill.
3. There is a orange flag shortly thereafter which clearly marks the trailhead, follow this main road all the way to the top of the trail. Keep LEFT, I believe, at all major intersections and do not deviate off the main road (even for other orange flags you may see).

Features
  • Part of the larger Blue Grouse trail network!
  • GPS Map available.


Creator: Josh Hoggan
Trail Network:Blue Grouse
Category:Full Day
Seasons:Spring, Summer, Fall
Difficulty Rating:Medium
Difficulty Description:Moderate 4x4ing trail to the top.
Dogs:OK on Leash
Children:No Strollers; May be difficult due to duration.
Cell Service:Good (Telus May 2016)
First Listed:2011-Aug-11
Last Updated:2017-Sep-29
Duration Round-Trip (solo):220 min
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Distance:12.70 km (round-trip)
Elevation at Start:569 meters
Elevation at End:569 meters
Elevation Minimum:569 meters
Elevation Maximum:1,280 meters
Elevation Gain:876 meters (round-trip)
Elevation Loss:-876 meters (round-trip)
Slope Up:13.20% (round-trip)
Slope Down:-12.40% (round-trip)

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  • so me and my sister hiked up this trail today and it was not a very good hiking experience. We were very underprepared, it is august 18th and the temperature today was 34 degrees celsius, very hot and it hasn't rained a drop in three weeks so everything was super dry. We only brought one water bottle for the two of us and we had our dog with us, but we had to end up turning back half way up because our dog was dying of thirst seeing as how the creek had all dried up and we were super thirsty too. Also we had a really hard time finding the right trail because there's alot of bmx trail. So in conclusion all I've got left to say is that if you're going to be doing this hike definately make sure its not a super hot day and bring lots of water! It was definately a mistake on our part but we are rookies :P

    Sat, Aug 18, 2012 6:23 PM

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