It was a gorgeous sunny fall morning, and my mom was in town, so we decided to take advantage of the weather and go hike Scenic Canyon Regional Park. Scenic Canyon is a perfect place for a mellow Saturday adventure.
The park is open spring, summer and fall, during day light hours. The entrance, located just off McCulloch Road behind Gallagher’s Canyon Golf Resort, is easily accessible and the trail head is clearly marked beside an information kiosk.
In addition to the information kiosk, you will also find wash rooms and garbage bins in the parking lot. This park offers a variety of trails for different levels of difficulty. This trail has it all: steep hills, flat areas, amazing views and parts where you can see the creek. The trails themselves are gravel with a bridge or 2 thrown in and there are a number of benches located throughout the park as well as a picnic area, complete with picnic table at the bottom of the hill next to the creek. Near the picnic area, you will find rock ovens used by Chinese Labourers.
The most noteworthy views in Scenic Canyon are the iconic Layer Cake Mountain and Pinnacle Rock. Scenic Canyon is a permanent exhibition of Kelowna’s geologic past. An ancient river and lake system eventually deposited the deep layers of silt, sand and volcanic debris that line the canyon walls. As you work your way down toward the creek, you find some smaller trails that lead us to a very cool angle to view Pinnacle Rock.
From the parking lot to the first kiosk and back is approximately 4 KM, depending on your side-trail detours. The entire park covers 220 acres of land and is only minutes from town. Scenic Canyon is part of the 16.5km Mission Creek Greenway and if you wanted to, you could walk from here all the way back into town and end up by Orchard Park. You could then continue on and eventually end up at Okanagan Lake.
The Trail Scoop:
Trail difficulty: Moderate
Garbage bins: A few points along the trail
Bathroom facilities: In the parking lot
Dog Friendly: Yes – On leash
Direction to Scenic Canyon
From Harvey: Turn right on Benvoulin Rd. following this down until you hit K.L.O. Rd.
Take a left on K.L.O Rd and follow K.L.O Rd up a hill where you vere to the right and it changes into McCulloch Rd. Keep following this past Gallaghers Canyon Golf Resort until you hit Field Rd. Take a left on Field Road and continue along this road and you will drive right into the parking lot.