This is a classic Okanagan hike. The High rim trail and okanagan highlands trail pass this summit too. The back access is a rock road that degrades rapidly. The length of the hike depends on how far you can drive up the road. but soon you are above the forest and on rocky singletrack that goes behind the mountain before becoming a short ridge walk to the summit. Various other routes exist, including a trail from the KVR. Once at the top, crawford lake is visible and a good 1 hour detour. not much trail distinction at the top, and exploring becomes choose your own adventure. The lake was the highlight of the trip. there was still some snow in july.
this trail is difficult to find because the forestry roads are notoriously confusing. Best access is off highway 33 by McCullough lake or up McCullough fsr from kelowna. use the gps track from there. The mountain is in a park, so no motorized vehicles. Also accessible by the upper-crawford trail, which is off the KVR by the Bellview Trestle.
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Posted By: Cottonline
- Mon Jun 24 21:28:39 UTC 2013
UpsidePlenty of flowing streams in June for drinking water once you finally get to the sub alpine. We stumbled across what I believe to be called Telegraph trail and it was beautiful. I think you may access it from the East side of Bellevue Creek Trestle. Great trail through stunning forest. That would be the preferred route in from Kelowna side that I know of. DownsideI found the view to not be as spectacular as expected. I'll add panorama photo. The trail in is bombarded by downed trees. CommentJust a heads up that access from June Springs is absolutely miserable as of June 2013. Between the decommissioned road and the blow-down on the trail it's a tough go. You'll be continually climbing over/under logs and doing some serious bush whacking to get around lots of impassible log jams. If you stuck to the clear cuts you could probably save a lot of time all though the route would be longer. Crawford Lake was 100% frozen on June 9, 2013.