• 11.6 km
  • 3.0 hours
  • Medium

Trail Description

Southeast Kelowna

30 min driving from Downtown Kelowna

This alternative access route to Angel Springs offers a substantially more enjoyable hike in than the route offered by the Trestles route. Beginning at the hairpin turn just after Field Rd on McCulloch Rd in East Kelowna, this moderate coniferous forest trail gives you the chance to witness interesting geological formations and natural springs.

The first approximate 4 km of the trail is part of KLO Creek and offers a beautiful view of the winding canyon and unique rock formations. Pay close attention to our GPS log as the trail can be difficult to follow if unfamiliar with watching for signs of trail usage (especially at unmarked river crossings). The forest en-route includes Douglas-fir, Lodgepole Pine, Western Larch and Western Red Cedars.

At the springs, the water below the surface is heated geo-thermally to over 100°C. However, the above ground springs are lukewarm at about 25°C (even colder during spring runoff) and can be identified by orange-coloured tufa deposits that they have created. Tufa is a mineral formed when calcite crystallizes after water evaporation.

Due to a few unbridged river crossings, we recommend that you do not follow this route in the early spring was water levels may be too high. Bring a backup pair of dry socks and shoes just incase!

Features
  • Part of the larger Angel Springs trail network!
  • One of our favorites!
  • GPS Map available.


Creator: Josh Hoggan
Trail Network:Angel Springs
Category:Medium Hike
Seasons:Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Difficulty Rating:Medium
Difficulty Description:A relatively easy stream walk with little elevation gain until the final 30 minute steeper ascent
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First Listed:2012-May-22
Last Updated:2016-Oct-09
Duration One-Way (solo):90 min
Duration Round-Trip (solo):180 min
Duration Round-Trip (group):3.5 hours
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Distance:5.80 km (one-way)
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  • Is this path doable on a mountain bike / intermediate to advanced riders?

    Tue, Aug 20, 2013 6:19 PM
  • Trying to get there in time (leaving Oct 3 from SK), this will be my first hike of the year! Trying to invite my sister in law who just moved from Calgary :) So excited!

    Sun, Sep 28, 2014 3:31 PM
  • Yes I will be there along with my wife.

    Sun, Sep 28, 2014 6:54 PM
  • Sorry, it turns out we will NOT be able to join in the hike on Sunday. Perhaps the next one or next spring.

    Wed, Oct 1, 2014 7:15 PM
  • Hiked it today under heavy rains elswhere in Kelowna. Kept ralativey dry with the tree cover protecting me for the most part. The creek was easily crossable when needed as water levels have subsided. Trail in Great shape

    Sun, May 17, 2015 7:42 PM
  • Sam

    Will I really stumble upon you in a toga on this trail, Josh?

    Sun, Oct 9, 2016 11:44 AM
  • Sorry what?

    Sun, Oct 9, 2016 11:54 AM
  • Hi
    Does anyone know how the vehicles got to the trail?
    Thanks
    Alexandra

    Mon, Aug 7, 2017 9:55 AM

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