Bluenose Mountain Hike

Difficulty
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Moderate
Duration
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2-2.5h
Distance
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4.5 km
Elevation
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350 m
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Directions to Trailhead

The Bluenose Mountain Hike is the perfect place to hike near Vernon if you want to intertwine heart-pumping exercise with top-notch valley views. Expect to admire the carved-out acreages tucked into the valley while the Monashees line the backdrop at the first view and rolling hills, laden with trees, at the other vantage point. The switchbacks can be challenging, but most families can definitely tackle this one!

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Route Description for Bluenose Mountain Hike

Ditch the quintessential Okanagan Valley lake views and take up the Bluenose Mountain Hike for some phenomenal valley and mountain vistas. Once you set foot on the trail, we suggest veering off to the right to follow the loop in a counterclockwise direction. You’ll pass by a sign for an old tree (worth stepping off the trail to take a look) before embarking on a series of switchbacks. Take a rest at the first view and admire the Monashees lining the backdrop and the valley views sprawled below. Continue onward along the loop towards the second view, where some alternating elevation loss and gain awaits. The second view brings you to a vista of Vernon and rolling hills lined with trees. After marvelling at this second vantage point, enjoy the switchbacks carrying you back to the parking lot.

If you’re super short on time, you can always choose to go left or right (depending on which view you want to see) at the start of the trail and return the same way you came, making this an out-and-back route.

Getting to the Bluenose Mountain Hike Trailhead

To reach the trailhead for Bluenose Mountain from Vernon, you’ll head east on BC-6 before turning left onto Learmouth Road. Shortly after, you’ll take a left onto Reid Road. Reid Road then becomes Whitevale Road. You’ll continue straight onto Bluenose Road, which eventually becomes Aberdeen Lake Road. You will see a small sign for Bluenose Mountain on your right. Take a left to turn into the parking lot. You will have to drive on a gravel road for a few kilometres.

Route Information

  • When to do

    Year-round

  • Backcountry Campsites

    No

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Low

  • Route Type

    Loop

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