Vernon Outdoors Club Hiking Trails
As a community service, we are proud to offer a selection of our favourite hiking trails. We’ve tried to select our favourite trails centred on Vernon for easy access. This information replaces our old printed Hiking Book, which was becoming too costly to maintain and print.
If you find this information useful please join our club and participate. It’s a lot of fun!
The hiking trail information is provided as a resource for VOC members and for members of the public for personal recreational use only. All material is © Vernon Outdoors Club and any use by any organization or corporation requires prior written permission.
Use of any information on this website is entirely at your own risk. The VOC accepts no responsibility for the suitability or accuracy of the information and accepts no liability whatsoever for any loss or injury, direct or indirect, no matter how caused.
In the table below we have included links to more detailed information about some of our hikes. For these hikes you’ll find a description of the hike, driving directions from Vernon to get to the trail head and a map of the hike. You can download each section and print it as needed.
VOC hikes are located throughout the Okanagan, in the Monashees and as far afield as Kamloops and Revelstoke. While the VOC clears some of these hikes, some are maintained (if at all) by others. In all instances you are asked to stay on the trail, respect the land, leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures.
Hike Time (Return)
|Thomas Hayes||Easy||Armstrong||2 hrs||5 km||30 m||This is an easy trail through an ecological reserve where many birds, plants, and a heritage homestead may be appreciated.|
|Quail Ridge||Easy||Kelowna||3 hrs||7.5 km||10 m||This multi-use gravel trail leads to the UBC Okanagan campus. It is sparcely forested with spectacular ground cover in the Spring.|
|Rail Trail (from Kekuli Bay)||Easy||Vernon||4 hrs||12 km||0 m||This segment of the Rail Trail from Keluli Bay Provincial Park to Thomson Road provides a shoreline experience of Kalamalka Lake.|
|Bluenose||Moderate||Vernon||2.5 - 3 hrs||6.4 km||475 m||A popular local Vernon hike with great views of the Lavington Valley. Initial climb is Quite steep!|
|Sugar Loaf Mtn.||Moderate||Vernon||3.5 hrs||6 km||350 m||This hike starting from West Side Road offers moderate slopes with views of the Whiteman Creek valley and Okanagan Lake.|
|Ravine Edge||Moderate||Vernon||3.5 hrs||9 km||334 m||A well signed trail through Fir and Cedar forests. An abundance of spring flowers and views of Monashees, Vernon, and Kalamalka Lake.|
|Camel's Hump||Moderate||Lumby||4 hrs||8 km||516 m||The Hump is a 40 million year old volcanic core which features steep climbs and vistas of Creighton Valley and the south Monashees.|
|Denison & Bonneau Lake||Moderate||Vernon||5 hrs||9.9 km||290 m||Denison-Bonneau Provincial Park provides a unique opportunity for hikers to enjoy pristine sub-alpine lakes and vestiges of remaining old-growth forests in the Okanagan Highlands.|
|East Vernon Hill||Moderate||Vernon||3.75 hrs||10.8 km||640 m||East Vernon Hill provides attractive views and a reasonably tough work out ascending some steep slopes within a short drive of the centre of Vernon.|
|Mt. Rose Swanson||Moderate||Armstrong||5 hrs||8.5 km||425 m||
A delightful hike with a number of different loops that can yield hikes of varying lengths. Generally wooded with nice views from the summit. Bring bug repellent in season!
|Spectrum Lake||Moderate||Cherryville||5 hrs||14 km||325 m||A Monashee Provincial Park hike along a well maintained trail through interior rainforest with occasional mountain views to a peaceful mountain lake surrounded by crags and peaks.|
|Tuktakamin||Moderate||Falkland||3.5 hrs||6.5 km||512 m|
|Vidler Ridge||Moderate||Cherryville||5 hrs||11 km||600 m||A steady but moderate ascent to an alpine ridge overlooking the surrounding Monashee valleys and peaks.|
|Enderby Cliffs||Difficult||Enderby||5 hrs||13 km||718 m||This is a steady climb through trees and eventually to the top of a steep escarpment with views towards Vernon and Shuswap Lake.|
|Twin Lakes||Difficult||Cherryville||6.5 hrs||11 km||505 m||The hike starts at 1500 m elevation and follows moderate grades through meadows leading to jade coloured lakes in an alpine bowl.|
|Joss Mountain||Difficult||Cherryville||6.5 hrs||12 km||986 m||Joss Mtn is a challenging hike in the Monashees with alpine ridges and open meadows to be enjoyed after a steep climb. Recommended for experienced hikers.|
|Vista Pass||Difficult||Cherryville||5 hrs||13.1 km||889 m||This hike follows a creek until breaking into alpine. The summit ridge is a vantage point to the southern ramparts of the Monashees.|
|Falkland||6 hrs||10 km||702 m||This is a steep climb ultimately to a ridge with views of the Falkland Valley. The descent includes a very steep section using fixed ropes.|
|Eagle Pass||Difficult &
|Revelstoke||6 hrs||12 km||855 m||The trail ends with a ridge scramble to the summit. The reward is a panoramic view of Revelstoke National Park and the Monashees.|
|Cherryville||6 hrs||16.5 km||1170 m||Tsuius is a free standing peak with rugged and steep terrain. The hike involves traversing boulder slides and long, steep slopes.|
|Individual hikes are rated on a 'best fit' of hike time, distance, and elevation gain.
'Difficult & Technical' hikes feature one or more notably challenging aspects.
|Easy||1-5 hrs hiking (return); 1-12 km (return); 0-200m elevation gain|
|Moderate||3-6 hrs hiking (return); 5-12 km (return); 200-500m elevation gain|
|Difficult||5 -8 hrs hiking; 7-15 km return; 400-900m elevation gain|
|Difficult & Technical||6 + hrs hiking (return); 7+ km return; 750+m elevation gain.
Hikes include technical challenges such as ridge walks, rope assist, boulder slopes, lengthy and strenous inclines, and long distances.