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Individual Trail

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:

http://www.cabinforestry.com/projects/project/highlands-trail/

Basics
  • 31 min from Downtown Kelowna
  • Linear
  • 57.90 km (one-way)
  • 16.0 hours solo one-way
  • 32.0 hours solo | 41.6 hours group round-trip
  • 2,094 meters elevation (one-way)
  • Hard difficulty
Features

Creator: Josh Hoggan
Duration Class:Multi-Day
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.
Cell Service:Unknown
First Listed:2014-Sep-15
Last Updated:2015-Sep-20

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  • To everyone that is doing this hike in 2017. The trail workers bridge between postil lake and beaver lake no longer has a railing due to the high volume of water. Please be careful when crossing as it is very slippery and there is only a log left.

    Tue, Jun 6, 2017 4:38 PM
  • If anyone has come across some bad blow-down areas, post them up. I've been trying to clear out them where I find them. Just took the chainsaw up to KP11 to KP12 (Between Goudie and Grand View).

    Mon, Jun 12, 2017 8:28 AM
  • Just did the hike between Vernon & Beaver Lake Rd. Lost a Samsung Note 4 between The Monolith and Wrinkly Face Provincial Park. If anyone finds it can they please call 250-863-5704.

    Mon, Jun 12, 2017 8:34 PM
  • We just formed the Okanagan High Rim Trail Association to maintain and improve the HRT. Spend 2017 clearing the trail of windfall and overgrowth. Look for more of the same this season!

    Also, Bobi, I'm stoked Mike was able to find your phone. Talk about luck!

    Thu, Feb 22, 2018 3:55 PM

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