Your bound to notice this beautiful cliff situated at the North-East corner of the OK Falls. Carved out by glaciers over a thousand years ago it stands tall and mighty with, what I’ve heard, quite amazing views of Vaseux Lake, McIntyre Bluff & Ok Falls. We had an awesome hike through Peach Cliff while there was still sun left last fall. We were able to find one of the entrances off of McLean Creek Rd however there is no location markers for this entrance. I actually wouldn’t call it an entrance at all but a small pull through (enough for maybe 2-3 cars) off the side of a sharp corner about 5 minutes after turning on McLean Creek Rd.
There are other entrances off of top of 6th Avenue in Okanagan Falls and up Peach Cliff Drive. The gates are closed to vehicles but hikers are able to slip through. Once jumping the gate you have to navigate through some rocky terrain. This one has it all: hills, cliffs, leftover mining equipment, an old quarry, flat trails & some steeper points.
You see the remnants of an old mine with some tunnel openings and at one point you will come upon an open old quarry filled with water which was once an open-pit mining site. Although we missed the tunnel openings we did chance upon the left over mining equipment and the old quarry. From the McLean Creek Rd entrance to the old quarry you’ll walk up and around corner and then back down following the trail to the right (it breaks off to the left to meet at a dead end at a farm residence next to the mountain). From there you’ll continue to walk until the trees start to open up, if you continue to the right you’ll reach the leftover minor equipment, but to get to the old quarry you vear the the left and there she is!
Unfortunately we had just over an hour to make the trek up and then back down before the sun set on us so we weren’t able to get to the top. I’ve heard the trek up takes a good couple of hours and from what we saw of the surrounding area would be great to do another day when we had more time.
If your making the trek up in the summer be aware that there is little shade and is a longer hike so be sure you choose an appropriate time of day to travel. Once you get to the top it would be a great spot for a picnic so pack for that and enjoy the hike! We, of course, took our adventure seeking pooches with us.
There are no washrooms and no trash cans so pack a bag for your garbage.
The Trail Scoop:
Trail difficulty: East – Moderate
Garbage bins: None
Bathroom facilities: None
Dog Friendly: Yes. There were no signs saying it wasn’t.
Directions from Okanagan Falls:
Follow Highway 97 down into Okanagan Falls turn left onto 10th Ave which will then turn in to McLean Creek Rd. Follow this windy road past ranches and the Meyer Family Vineyard. After you pass Allendale Lake Rd on your right, you’ll come to a sharp corner, the entrance to Peach Cliff will be on the left hand side.
Directions from Penticton:
Follow South Main St past Skaha Lake Park until it turns into Lakeside Rd. You will follow this road along the water for quite a while, once you pass Harkin Creek Rd (on your left) you will know you are getting closer and after four or so big corners in the road you will reach the entrance on the right.