High Rim Trail: Full Trip (Vernon to Kelowna)
North Okanagan / Kalamalka Lake
31 min driving from Downtown Kelowna
This trail is officially listed as a long trek through the Thompson Plateau from Vernon to Mission Creek in Kelowna (on Highway 33 & Philpott Road on your way out of Kelowna via Rutland). Travelling through numerous dense forest-ways, the trail has essentially two open sections that offer stunning views of the valley: The Oyama Repeater and the Grand View. However, if hikers deviate slightly in Wrinkly Face Prov Park, there is a chance for a view mid-way between these two.
WARNINGS: There are countless intersections with main forestry roads; watch carefully for signage and always carry a GPS with the trail map. Absolutely do not go without one, and definitely bring a battery backup. The trail is littered with pink and black ribbon which often marks the correct route; however, at times can indicate a bike trail (of which there are many). Also, if hiking in the late summer or early fall, the ONLY water sources are Cardinal Creek (4.75 km), Frog Pond (12.5 km and 13 km), Kelowna Creek (23.75 km), Vernon Creek (28.75 km), Hayhurst Lake (39.5 km), and Kal Lake's Cosen's Bay around 56 km.
From the main trailhead at the Cosens Bay Rd parking lot at Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park, this hike will take 3-4 days from start to finish for most hikers. Averaging a pace of 3.5-4.0 km/hr is expected with a pack for fit adults (allowing extra time for the initial ascent/final descent).
High Rim Trail has many access points for emergency exits, or alternatively shorter day-hike entry points. For more information, visit the Cabin Forestry web site for a complete set of maps, photos, and more:
|Seasons:||Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall|
|Difficulty Description:||Very steep ascent and descent from both trailheads, but moderate for the remainder. Can be difficult to follow to a large number of trail intersections.|
|Dogs:||OK on Leash|
|Children:||Not recommended due to duration.|
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