Okanagan Valley
Okanagan Valley

hikes in Okanagan Valley

Region in British Columbia, Canada
Okanagan Valley Trail Map

Western Canadians love to flock to the Okanagan Valley during the crisp summer months—and for good reason, this British Columbian region boasts 50 lakes. Kalamalka, Okanagan, Skaha, and Wood are the most popular lakes, where people bask in the sun's rays along the many beaches lining the glistening waters.

But summertime bliss and watersports aren't the only outdoorsy activities spanning this area: you'll find a network of hikes in the Okanagan. Some walks sit deep in the backcountry, while other trails lead to unreal views of one (or more) of the many lakes nestled in the valley. The best part is that you don't have to drive far to lace up your shoes and wind to charming vistas!

Hiking in the Okanagan Valley is a fantastic way for all ages to immerse in nature and get moving! The inner town and nearby provincial parks offer relaxed walks that require little effort for a big reward. The Monashees, although further away, will satisfy avid hikers seeking a more rugged experience. You'll also find creekside walks—some that lead to waterfalls—tucked away in the trees near downtown cores.

The Okanagan Valley consists of several towns and cities, including Kelowna, Vernon, Penticton, Summerland, and Peachland. All encompass a similar family-friendly charm, but if you're looking for the perfect combination of city fun and outdoor adventure, Kelowna is your greatest bet. However, all cities and towns are in the thick of adventure hotspots or super close to hikes, biking trails, ski resorts, and the list goes on.

The Greatest Walks in the Okanagan Valley

Whether you're looking for family-friendly fun or challenging backcountry wonders, the best hikes in the Okanagan Valley have you covered. Kids will enjoy the trestles along the Myra Canyon Trail, and anyone looking for a leisure day will fall in love with the bright blue-green water flanking the Okanagan Rail Trail. For more intensity, the Enderby Cliffs are where to go. The views from the top will make you feel like you're watching a fairytale from a bird's eye view. Then there's the Monashees, where more hardcore hikers want to find untouched scenery along paths-less-travelled-by.

  1. Enderby Cliffs

  2. Looking for an unreal half-day excursion? The Enderby Cliffs Hike in Enderby is a fantastic option, especially if you're staying in Vernon or Armstrong. The steady elevation gain leads you to the top of a cliff face, where you can admire the Shuswap River crisscrossing through the valley below. Be sure to bring a lot of water and some snacks as you'll need to replenish at the top.

  3. Twin Lakes Hike

  4. The Twin Lakes Hike is one of the best adventures in the Monashees! This 5.2mi hike leads you along a challenging 1663ft elevation, but the reward makes the momentary pain worthwhile. Expect to marvel at mountains bordering glistening lakes! The Twin Lakes Hike is truly a backcountry wonder.

  5. Boucherie Rush Trail

  6. Located in West Kelowna, the Boucherie Rush Trail is a microcosm of a lot of hikes in the Okanagan Valley: it's not long and gets your heart pumping. Marvel at the glistening Okanagan Lake nestled between a metropolis and rolling hills. The sharp elevation gain in a short period may be too much for younger kids to handle!

  7. Myra Canyon Trail

  8. Don't let the 15.5mi distance prevent you from taking on this phenomenal adventure—one of the best family-friendly experiences in the Okanagan. You don't have to do the entire thing to revel in exceptional scenery! Several people turn around at the 3.7mi- 5.0mi mark, making it a 7.5mi- 8.7mi walk. This is also a multisport trail, making biking an option.

  9. Knox Mountain via Apex Trail

  10. You'll find a network of trails etched across Knox Mountain. And if you want a straightforward route that leads to a magical up-high perspective of Okanagan Lake and Kelowna's sprawling metropolis, this 2.5mi adventure is tailor-made for you.

  11. Ellison Park

  12. Head out from Ellison Provincial Park along the Ellison Nature Park Trail towards a scenic swimming cove! This walk is an excellent summer-friendly activity that immerses you in nature and grants the chance to cool off the refreshing Okanagan Lake. The verdancy, wildflowers, and vistas of the lake en route make this walk extra peaceful.

  13. Rattlesnake Point Trail

  14. Break up your beach day at Juniper Bay in Kalamalka Provincial Park with a quick walk to Rattlesnake Point. The best part is that you can always extend this walk along one of the many connecting trails after or before reaching the stunning viewpoint that unveils the ever-so magical Kalamalka Lake.

  15. Sugarloaf Mountain

  16. Want to escape the crowds? The Sugarloaf Mountain Hike gets you on a trail that doesn't attract a lot of traffic. But just because people don't flock to this area doesn't mean it's not worthwhile. The overlook of Okanagan Lake and the valley resting below are just as stunning as some of the best hikes in the Okanagan Valley.

  17. Bluenose Mountain

  18. Fuse exercise with exceptional valley views on this hike near Vernon! The Bluenose Mountain Hike may be short, but it's a great substitute for regular exercise, and it takes you to a vista of a puzzle of acreages carved across the valley. Admire the faded Monashees lining the backdrop, too! But that's not the only view you'll see. After this pitstop, opt to head back the way you came or continue towards a second vantage point, where rolling hills embroidered with trees captivate. Expect a lot of switchbacks!

  19. Spectrum Lake

  20. Another masterpiece of an adventure tucked into the Monashees: Spectrum Lake Hike. This hike takes you along an easy-to-follow trail towards the mountain-backed Spectrum Lake. Revel in the refreshing wild air while you take a dip in this mountain lake before turning around heading back the way you came. Do note that you may need a 4x4 to reach the trailhead.

  21. Pincushion Mountain Trail

  22. The Pincushion Mountain Trail in Peachland has you tackling an elevation gain of 804ft in 2.1mi! But don't worry. You'll have a chance to rest when you reach the vantage point opening up to an image of Okanagan Lake glittering below. Families and dogs will love this short, rewarding trail!

  23. Hardy Falls Hike

  24. The Hardy Falls Hike takes you over a series of eight bridges en route to a waterfall. The 0.6mi distance and relatively flat terrain have worked together to cement this walk as a family favourite in the Okanagan's Peachland. Those with strollers can do this one, too!

  25. Naramata Creek Falls Hike

  26. Immerse in a heavily forested area and follow a partially maintained path to a roaring waterfall. Be prepared to cross the creek twice en route! While this 1.1mi hike is family-friendly, it's essential to keep an eye out for poison ivy and roots while you walk.

  27. Peach Cliff Trail

  28. Peach Cliff Trail is a fun kid-friendly hike that takes you along an out-and-back route. Before you turn around, spend some time admiring the viewpoint revealing Skaha Lake glistening below. Turn this into an epic adventure by having a picnic at the top!

  29. Mount Kobau Hike

  30. The Mount Kobau Hike sits an hour from both Oliver and Osoyoos, but the drive is definitely worth it—even if the hike is super short. However, the walk takes little effort—making up for the car ride—and unveils sweeping views of a lake tucked in the valley and peaks stretching into the horizon. Bring some food, games, and make a day out of it!

When Is The Best Time To Hike in the Okanagan Valley?

Most hikes in the Okanagan Valley grant year-round access. If you plan to hike in winter, be sure to pack along crampons to prevent slippage in the snow. While this area is the postcard of summer, the snowy views fall into the ever-so-lovely "winter wonderland" category, making hiking here in winter just as magical but in a different way.

Best Regions for Hiking in the Okanagan Valley

To find the most hikes within close proximity, head to either Vernon or Kelowna, where various walks and views await. But the most epic hikes are tucked into the Monashees. However, it's probably best to stick to the hikes in and around Vernon, Kelowna, or any of the towns in the Okanagan Valley if you're with your kids.

Other Outdoor Activities in the Okanagan Valley

You've probably already guessed the answer to this: water sports! In the summer, spend time kayaking, water skiing, paddle boarding, beach-lazing, beach volleyball, rowing, and the list of water-related activities goes on and on. But that's not all! There are many incredible lakeside camping spots, such as Mabel Lake Provincial Park, Fintry Campground, Bear Creek Provincial Park, to name a few. If you're renting or own a boat, you can always find some secluded lakeside spots inaccessible by car and stay there for the night. Just be sure to clean up after yourself and be mindful of wildlife.

When the snow blankets the area, head to either Big White or Silver Star Mountain Resort for high-quality skiing and snowboarding. Another option is to go snowshoeing or cross country skiing! A notable spot to snowshoe or cross country ski is Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre.

Road biking in Okanagan Valley is another outdoor activity that's rising in popularity and it's a great way to explore more hidden gems of the valley at your own pace. Check out our best road biking trails in Okanagan Valley.

And lastly, you can't go to the Okanagan without hitting up a winery. You'll find several vineyards stretching across slanted hills backed by lakeside views. Locals love to hop on their bicycles and create a makeshift wine tour. Try this out with the wineries in Lake Country!

Frequently Asked Questions

How far is the Okanagan Valley from Vancouver?

It takes around 4-5 hours to drive from Vancouver to the Okanagan Valley — not bad, right?! The distance by road is approximately 236.1mi.

What is the Okanagan Valley famous for?

The Okanagan Valley boasts of neverending fruit trees, ranging from apple to cherry to peach. Just imagine biting into a juicy peach on a hot summer's day while you sit lakeside. Talk about a dream!

What are the main cities in the Okanagan Valley?

Kelowna is the biggest city, thanks to its ability to cater to the young with its city fun and all ages with its beachfront activities and easily accessible hikes. Vernon, Penticton, Peachland, Summerland are all great secondary places to consider staying when you visit.

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The best hikes in Okanagan Valley

Enderby Cliffs Trail Map

01. Enderby Cliffs Trail
Difficulty

8.0mi 2,592ft 4.5-6.5h

The Enderby Cliffs Trail is an incredible hike in the Okanagan Valley! It's a fantastic… Read More

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Twin Lakes Hike Map

02. Twin Lakes Hike
Difficulty

5.2mi 1,663ft 3-4h

The Twin Lakes Hike, carved in the Monashees in the North Okanagan, is a must-do… Read More

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Boucherie Rush Trail Map

03. Boucherie Rush Trail
Difficulty

4.0mi 1,001ft 2-3h

The Boucherie Rush Trail is a popular hike situated in West Kelowna! This hike is… Read More

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Myra Canyon Trail

04. Myra Canyon Trail
Difficulty

15.5mi 1,798ft 6-8.5h

Myra Canyon Trail, located in Myra Bellevue Provincial Park, just over 30 minutes from Kelowna,… Read More

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Knox Mountain via Apex Trail Map

05. Knox Mountain via Apex Trail
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2.5mi 863ft 1.5-2h

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Ellison Park Nature Trail

06. Ellison Park Nature Trail
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1.8mi 400ft 1h

The Ellison Nature Park Trail is a fantastic family-friendly hike in Ellison Provincial Park, which… Read More

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Rattlesnake Point Trail Map

07. Rattlesnake Point Trail
Difficulty

1.4mi 230ft 0.5-1h

Tack on a short hike to Rattlesnake Point in Kalamalka Provincial Park amid your day… Read More

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Sugarloaf Mountain Hike Map

08. Sugarloaf Mountain Hike
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3.0mi 1,050ft 1.5-2.5h

Not many tourists know about the Sugarloaf Mountain Hike, making it a phenomenal, quiet hiking… Read More

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Bluenose Mountain Hike Map

09. Bluenose Mountain Hike
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2.8mi 1,148ft 2-2.5h

The Bluenose Mountain Hike is the perfect place to hike near Vernon if you want… Read More

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Spectrum Lake Hike Map

10. Spectrum Lake Hike
Difficulty

8.1mi 1,447ft 3.5-5h

Spectrum Lake Hike winds to—you guessed it—the shimmering mountain-tucked Spectrum Lake. The easy-to-follow trail is… Read More

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Yes, there are more than 10

Okanagan Valley is so beautiful that we can not give you only 10 hikes. So here is a list of bonus hikes in Okanagan Valley that you should take a look at as well

Pincushion Mountain Trail Map

11. Pincushion Mountain Trail
Difficulty

2.1mi 804ft 1.5-2h

Tired of swimming in the glistening waters of Okanagan Lake? Why not change your vantage… Read More

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Hardy Falls Hike Map

12. Hardy Falls Hike
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0.6mi 66ft 0.5h

The Hardy Falls Hike has you following a series of bridges—eight to be exact—to a… Read More

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Naramata Beach

13. Naramata Creek Falls Hike
Difficulty

1.1mi 230ft 0.5h

The Naramata Creek Falls Hike winds through a thick forested area along a semi-maintained trail… Read More

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Peach Cliff Trail Map

14. Peach Cliff Trail
Difficulty

2.3mi 515ft 1-1.5h

Peach Cliff Trail is a kid-friendly hike that follows an out-and-back route to a viewpoint… Read More

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Mount Kobau Hike

15. Mount Kobau Hike
Difficulty

0.8mi 118ft 0.5h

The Mount Kobau Hike is a fantastic family-friendly walk that unveils stunning views of the… Read More

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Glen Canyon Greenway Trail-Map

16. Glen Canyon Greenway Trail
Difficulty

2.4mi 308ft 1-1.5h

The Glen Canyon Greenway Trail, located in West Kelowna, is a family-friendly hike that blends… Read More

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Okanagan Mountain Hike-Map

17. Okanagan Mountain Hike
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10.5mi 2,707ft 5.5-7.5h

The Okanagan Mountain Hike is an incredible backcountry hike that gets your heart pumping, unveiling… Read More

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Mount Knox Summit Hike Map

18. Mount Knox Summit Hike
Difficulty

1.5mi 587ft 1-1.5h

Mount Knox Summit Hike is a moderately trafficked route in Kelowna, BC! Expect to reach… Read More

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Mill Creek Hike Map

19. Mill Creek Hike
Difficulty

1.6mi 289ft 0.5-1h

The Mill Creek Hike near Kelowna, BC, follows a forested path to a tiny but… Read More

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Lebanon Creek Trail Map

20. Lebanon Creek Trail
Difficulty

4.0mi 1,270ft 2-3h

Kelowna’s Lebanon Creek Trail is a fantastic alternative to the more crowded and favoured Knox… Read More

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Hike to Haynes Point Map

21. Hike to Haynes Point
Difficulty

4.0mi 262ft 1.5-2h

The Hike to Haynes Point in the Okanagan Valley’s Osoyoos is more of a leisurely… Read More

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Okanagan Rail Trail Map

22. Okanagan Rail Trail
Difficulty

16.2mi 656ft 5-7.5h

The Okanagan Rail Trail is a fantastic route that attracts locals and visitors alike! If… Read More

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Carrot Mountain Loop Map

23. Carrot Mountain Loop
Difficulty

3.4mi 1,890ft 2.5-3.5h

The Carrot Mountain Loop near Kelowna, BC, is no easy feat! Prepare for an elevated… Read More

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Denison Lake Trail Map

24. Denison Lake Trail
Difficulty

6.7mi 1,270ft 3-4h

When summer rolls around, the Okanagan Valley’s scorching hot weather propels most to flock to… Read More

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Arrowleaf, Summit, and Tower Trails Loop Map

25. Arrowleaf, Summit, and Tower Trails Loop
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2.9mi 830ft 1.5-2h

The Arrowleaf, Summit, and Tower Trails Loop fuses two circuits and three trails carved into… Read More

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Kuipers Peak to Myra Canyon Map

26. Kuipers Peak to Myra Canyon
Difficulty

11.0mi 2,710ft 5.5-7.5h

The Kuipers Peak to Myra Canyon Hike requires a GPS, lots of water and sunscreen… Read More

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Myra Bellevue Trail Map

27. Myra Bellevue Trail
Difficulty

3.6mi 636ft 1.5-2h

The Myra Bellevue Trail takes you around a wide loop, granting far-away unveilings of Okanagan… Read More

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Crawford Canyon, Astrid and Lookout Trail Map

28. Crawford Canyon, Astrid and Lookout Trail
Difficulty

6.5mi 1,588ft 3-4.5h

The Crawford Canyon, Astrid and Lookout Trail takes you from Canyon Falls Park to Myra-Bellevue… Read More

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McIntyre Bluff Hike

29. McIntyre Bluff Hike
Difficulty

11.2mi 1,296ft 4.5-6h

The McIntyre Bluff Hike leads to one of the most revealing views of the Okanagan… Read More

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Paul’s Tomb Trail Map

30. Paul’s Tomb Trail
Difficulty

3.0mi 410ft 1-1.5h

Paul’s Tomb Trail in Kelowna’s Knox Mountain Park is a moderately trafficked, family-friendly route that… Read More

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Camel’s Hump Hike Map

31. Camel’s Hump Hike
Difficulty

3.4mi 1,322ft 2-3h

The Camel's Hump Hike in the Okanagan Valley is a local’s favourite—the heart-pumping undulations between… Read More

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Blue Grouse Mountain Hike Map

32. Blue Grouse Mountain Hike
Difficulty

7.9mi 2,539ft 4.5-6h

The Blue Grouse Mountain Hike near Kelowna, BC, is a challenging hike that carries you… Read More

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Peachland Waterfront Hike Map

33. Peachland Waterfront Hike
Difficulty

5.6mi 135ft 1.5-2.5h

The Peachland Waterfront Hike is a scenic walk, flanked by the Okanagan Lake on one… Read More

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Little White Mountain Hike Map

34. Little White Mountain Hike
Difficulty

9.9mi 2,953ft 5.5-7.5h

The Little White Mountain Hike is a lightly trafficked route that immerses you in secluded… Read More

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Apex Mountain Trail Map

35. Apex Mountain Trail
Difficulty

7.8mi 1,706ft 3.5-5h

The Apex Mountain Hike is a lightly-trafficked route nestled deep into the Okanagan Valley. Most… Read More

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Fintry Falls Hike Map

36. Fintry Falls Hike
Difficulty

0.6mi 230ft 0.5h

Fintry Falls Hike, located along the back roads between Vernon and Kelowna, BC, in the… Read More

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Brandt's Creek Linear Trail Map

37. Brandt's Creek Linear Trail
Difficulty

2.7mi 361ft 1-1.5h

The Brandt’s Creek Linear Trail is a fun, family-friendly point-to-point walk near downtown Kelowna. Expect… Read More

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Lochview, Gordon, Apex Trail Map

38. Lochview, Gordon, Apex Trail
Difficulty

7.8mi 2,228ft 4-6h

Get the highlight reel of Kelowna’s popular Knox Mountain Park when you take the Lochview,… Read More

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BX Falls Hike

39. BX Falls Hike
Difficulty

3.6mi 568ft 1.5-2h

The BX Falls Hike is a must-do if you’re visiting Vernon, B.C. While most people… Read More

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Angels Springs via KLO Creek Hike Map

40. Angels Springs via KLO Creek Hike
Difficulty

6.4mi 1,539ft 3-4.5h

The Angel Springs via KLO Creek Hike near Kelowna, BC, winds along the creek, offering… Read More

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Monashee Lake Trail Map

41. Monashee Lake Trail
Difficulty

5.9mi 2,297ft 3.5-5h

The Monashee Lake Trail invites you to a theatre of incredible natural views but demands… Read More

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Okanagan High Rim Trail Map

42. Okanagan High Rim Trail
Difficulty

7.5mi 1,289ft 3-4.5h

The Okanagan High Rim Trail is a fun 34.2mi backpacking route that travels… Read More

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Trepanier Creek Trail Map

43. Trepanier Creek Trail
Difficulty

3.8mi 482ft 1.5-2h

The Trepanier Creek Trail in Peachland, BC, gets your body moving in nature without demanding… Read More

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Giant’s Head Hike

44. Giant’s Head Hike
Difficulty

1.0mi 318ft 0.5-1h

Looking for the ultimate family-friendly hike in Summerland, BC? You’re in luck! The Giant’s Head… Read More

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Rose Valley Lake Loop Map

45. Rose Valley Lake Loop
Difficulty

8.0mi 1,565ft 3.5-5h

The Rose Valley Lake Loop carries you around the entire lake, offering a reel of… Read More

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Pinnacle Lake Trail Map

46. Pinnacle Lake Trail
Difficulty

4.3mi 1,699ft 2.5-3.5h

Pinnacle Lake Trail demands a lot from hikers, physically, but the alpine lake nestled into… Read More

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Mount Hayman via McDougall Rim Trail Map

47. Mount Hayman via McDougall Rim Trail
Difficulty

10.9mi 2,972ft 5.5-8h

Mount Hayman via McDougall Rim Trail is a phenomenal out-and-back route that challenges but rewards… Read More

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