Guidebook

Kelowna's Best Quick Hits

7 superb, short trips (one for each day of the week!) which are ideal for a post-work adventure.

Charlie Boscoe

Description

Kelowna has a thriving economy (especially after remote workers left cities behind during Covid and relocated there) and remarkably quick access to some real wilderness. The idea of combining these 2 lifestyle elements is a popular one, and many of Kelowna's residents make a run for the hills as soon as the working day is done.

In this guidebook we've got 7 suggested adventures, one for each day of the week. 4 of them are mountain bike rides; 2 on Knox Mountain - the closest zone to Kelowna city centre - and then 1 in both Smith Creek and Crawford, 2 of the Okanagan's premier biking destinations. The other 3 routes listed in here are hikes, and they range from the short stroll to Paul's Tomb (a wonderful viewpoint over Lake Okanagan) to the 11.5k trip around Rose Valley Provincial Park, high above West Kelowna.

In the shoulder season, when the days are long enough for an adventure but not long enough for a big mission, the hikes and rides around Knox Mountain are probably the best bets. In the height of summer, when you can still be out on the hills at 10pm, there should be plenty of time for the longer hikes and rides a bit further from town.

Once winter begins to recede and the hills clear of snow, here is your to-do list!

Travellin' Man
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Travellin' Man

14.6 km
519 m
519 m
Explore a remote part of Smith Creek on a narrow and challenging trail
Difficult
Private
Shale Trail
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Shale Trail

6.0 km
256 m
256 m
The classic evening hit for Kelowna's local bikers!
Difficult
Private
Kathleen Lake and Glenmore Ridge
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP's Editorial team.

Kathleen Lake and Glenmore Ridge

8.0 km
309 m
309 m
A scenic and fun cruise around some Knox Mountain landmarks
Moderate
Private
Galloping down Lookout Trail and Race Classic
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Galloping down Lookout Trail and Race Classic

12.5 km
460 m
460 m
A wonderful loop linking some of Crawford's best trails
Difficult
Private
Paul's Tomb
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Paul's Tomb

1 - 2 hrs
6.4 km
189 m
189 m
A lovely stroll to one of Kelowna's best known landmarks
Moderate
Private
Rose Valley Lake Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP's Editorial team.

Rose Valley Lake Loop

2 - 3 hrs
11.4 km
412 m
412 m
One of the Okanagan's finest hikes to a peaceful and remote-feeling lake.
Moderate
Private
Pincushion Mountain
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP's Editorial team.

Pincushion Mountain

1 - 2 hrs
4.0 km
258 m
258 m
A tough climb leads to a wonderful viewpoint
Difficult
Private