Pinnacle Lake Trail
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Pinnacle Lake Trail

Okanagan Valley
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Pinnacle Lake Trail

Pinnacle Lake Trail

Distance: 4.3mi
Elevation: 1,699ft
Time: 2.5-3.5h

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Pinnacle Lake Trail demands a lot from hikers, physically, but the alpine lake nestled into a theatre of the green-covered rock face at the top pays off for the intense exertion. To make matters better, you can turn this into a mini backpacking trip and stay the night for free, without booking, along the shores of the lake.

Pinnacle Lake Trail Map

Getting there

To get to the trailhead for Pinnacle Lake Trail from Vernon, BC, you’ll have to head towards BC-6 and continue driving for a little over 37.3mi. Stay on this road for 9.2mi before the road curves slightly left, turning into S Fork Forest Service Road.

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When to do


Backcountry Campsites

Free campsites

Pets allowed

Yes - On Leash

Family friendly


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Route Type

Out and back

Pinnacle Lake Trail
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Pinnacle Lake Trail Description

Pinnacle Lake Trail winds up a challenging path to the ultimate reward: an alpine lake nestled below rock faces painted with layers of verdancy. The start of the trail will have you crossing a creek trail, and depending on the time of year, snow and mud create slippery conditions along steep ascents. You can use the tape along the route to help guide you to the ever-so-stunning Pinnacle Lake. If you plan ahead, you can bring your tent and backpacking gear and camp here for the night. There aren’t any services, so you will need to come prepared.

Do note that this hike is remote, meaning no cell service, and the drive may be tough with a standard car.



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