The Best Hikes In & Around Kelowna

The Best Hikes In & Around Kelowna

One of the best parts of living in the Okanagan is the access to beautiful nature and hiking trails. As soon as the snow clears in the spring, you’re sure to see locals hitting the trails and enjoying the stunning mountain and lake views. In this post we’re sharing our favourite hikes in and around Kelowna!

1. Knox Mountain

Easy to difficult; 1-5km

Right next to downtown, Knox Mountain Park is Kelowna’s largest natural area park. The summit rises approximately 300 metres above Okanagan Lake and offers stunning views of the city, water, and surrounding mountains. Trail access beings at the bottom or via the mid point. There is also a parking lot at the top if you just want the view! The Apex Trail is moderate to difficult with many steep inclines, or if you want an easier hike you can take the shorter Paul’s Tomb hike with less of an incline and still extraordinary views.

 

2. Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park

Moderate to difficult; over 100km of trails

Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park offers several trails steeped in the rich history of the Kettle Valley Railway accompanied by scenic views. The Trestles, a 12km section of trail between the Myra access and the June Springs access, is a fantastic day trip whether on bike or foot. The park is an especially busy attraction in summer, but it’s open year-round with services from mid-April to mid-November, so take advantage of the early spring while it’s less busy.

 

3. Mill Creek Regional Park

Easy to moderate; various trail lengths

If you’re hunting for waterfalls, Mill Creek just east of the Kelowna Airport is a great option. The cool, forested trail is very flat and easy, making for an enjoyable stroll with kids and pets or a family picnic. The waterfalls end in small pools that many locals swim in during the warmer months.

 

4. Mission Creek Greenway

Easy to moderate; 16km

This popular linear pathway runs along Mission Creek and KLO Creek, traversing through Kelowna’s beautiful and diverse landscapes. It connects to parks, viewing areas, rest stops, a salmon spawning channel, and trail systems. It’s great for a multitude of outdoor activities from walking, running, and hiking to biking and picnics.

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5. Pincushion Mountain

Difficult; 4km (round trip)

The Pincushion Trail is a popular hike in Peachland, just a half hour drive from downtown Kelowna. You won’t want to miss the panoramic views of Okanagan Lake at the summit, and it’s dog-friendly. The trail is a steady climb with rest stops and views along the way.

 

6. Rose Valley Regional Park

Easy to moderate; various trail lengths

Rose Valley in West Kelowna offers great hiking and views, and is a good spot for bird watching. The trails wind through a unique ecosystem of Ponderosa Pine and Douglas Fir forest. There is also a conservation area and natural pond.