It is to the east you will find, upon entering Penticton BC, an iconic PENTICTON sign located on the top of a mountain also known as Munson Mountain. The view from the summit of Munson Mountain was immortalized on the back of the Canadian $100 bill from 1954-1973.
It is now an extinct volcano that was active 55 million years ago, you can see when visiting that is does not look like much of a volcano anymore due to rain and movement over the years. Travellers and Pentictonites enjoy this mountain all year long. It is a favourite stop for classic summer picnics, so if you didn’t get a chance to stop and gather one you can always enjoy a quick stop at Burger 55 or The Bench Market for a quick pick me up along the way!
The windy path from the parking lot to the top of the mountain is lined with benches and upon reaching the top you are greeted with a 180 degree view of the surrounding area. Here you view the Okanagan Lake spanning from Trout Creek all the way down into Penticton. You’ll also see the familiar towers of the Penticton Lakeside Resort and as you climb a bit higher can make it to the PENTICTON letters that have been pounded into the mountain side.
This is a quick leisure walk around the mountain and beyond. Allocate at least 30 minutes – 1hr for this.
The Trail Scoop:
Trail difficulty: Moderate
Garbage bins: A few points along the trail
Bathroom facilities: None
Dog Friendly: Yes – On leash
Coming from downtown Penticton: Head down Main Street to the last intersection and turn right onto Front Street, follow this road through the round about and up Vancouver Ave. Up over the hill this road will then turn into Lower Bench Rd. Take a right on Tupper Ave and then a right on Middle Bench Rd. Follow this road past Poplar Grove Winery and just before the corner you’ll see the entrance and sign for Munson Mountain on your left. Keep left up the drive (it’s pretty narrow so watch for oncoming cars) and follow this short drive to the small parking lot.