Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park Loop

A fabulous journey through one of the Okanagan's finest parks.

Hiking Moderate

Distance
13 km
Ascent
483 m
Descent
483 m
Duration
3-4 hrs
Low Point
404 m
High Point
699 m
Gradient
Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park Loop Map

This is a great route whatever your level of skill - you can hike or run as much of it as you choose without affecting your enjoyment of the route and it's a great trip no matter what speed you do it at.

Description

Start out at the Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park main parking lot and head west. Undulate to the viewpoint called Rattlesnake Lookout which offers a fabulous panorama across the northern part of Kalamalka Lake. Retrace your steps initially and then take a wonderful path that hangs above the lake and climbs before descending down to Cosens Bay.

Either stop at the Bay and enjoy the serenity or keep on moving east up a trail that ascends gradually towards the Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park Cosens Bay parking lot. Take a second to admire the nearby ranches, which look like lovely, peaceful places to live. One day....

Head north from the parking lot and gradually swing around the northern end of the Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park, gradually climbing all the way. Climb all the way up to a ridge line and follow this as it takes you on a scenic journey high above the lake.

Drop off the ridge when it begins to descend and takes you northwards towards the Red Gate parking lots. Just before reaching it, cut off left and descend down to the start point.

Difficulty

Moderate

Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November

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