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Individual Trail

Central Okanagan / West Kelowna

12 min driving from Downtown Kelowna

A scenic hike, this trail through Rose Valley Park offers panoramic views, interesting geological formations and plenty of wildlife along the way.

The path is a moderate to hard one, involving steep inclines and sudden drop-offs in areas, you may also come into contact with the lake, so be sure to wear shoes appropriate for muddy conditions, especially in the spring.

Rose Valley was created by water during de-glaciation when a large block of ice occupied Okanagan Lake, eventually the melt water from the ice created a channel through the land. The park was also home to a volcano, the remnants of this provide caves created by lava air bubbles and different geological structures.

The trails are marked by usage rather than signs, steep inclines and sudden drop-off are common, if you are cycling be aware of the terrain, stunts are not permitted.

Most of the trails eventually loop back around to the beginning. For a shorter route, you can backtrack providing you remember which way you came.

Basics
  • 12 min from Downtown Kelowna
  • Loop
  • 4.33 km (round-trip)
  • 55 minutes solo | 70 minutes group round-trip
  • 290 meters elevation (round-trip)
  • Medium difficulty
Features
  • Part of the larger Rose Valley trail network!
  • GPS Map available.

Creator: Josh Hoggan
Duration Class:Medium Hike
Seasons:Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Difficulty Description:Wide trails, easy to follow. Moderate uphill ascent.
Dogs:OK on Leash
Children:Suggested only for ages 10+
Cell Service:Excellent (Rogers June 2014)
First Listed:2011-Sep-01
Last Updated:2015-May-12

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  • This walk in stunning! Highly recommend it. Great site too - thanks for all the info. Just a couple of comments:

    There are 2 entrances to the trails. The first on the right when you turn on to Westlake gets you to Yellow Bell Loop (which connects eventually to the Summit Loop). Or if you continue down the road for about another kilometer there is another parking lot on the right. Here you can access a short connector skipping most of the Yellow Bell Loop. I did this so I could spend more time on the Summit Loop and at the top. The three main trails are marked with square, coloured signposts above head-height on the trees. There are a lot of secondary trails that look like the main trail so be sure to look for these at every fork or turn because the main trail is not always obvious and it's really easy to lose the main trail. Happy hiking! Cheers, Alexandra

    Sun, Aug 24, 2014 7:30 AM
  • This hike on Jan 7/18 going to be snowshoeing hike ?

    Thu, Jan 4, 2018 6:11 PM
  • Yea, I've got the same question as Alleycat, and also wonder whether someone has a seat available in their vehicle (and some snowshoes)

    Thu, Jan 4, 2018 8:54 PM
  • I have an extra set of snowshoes I will bring with, in case someone wants to use them:)

    Sun, Jan 7, 2018 7:19 AM

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