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Explore Kelowna: Angel Springs

July 14, 2016

When hiking to Angel Spring, you have a few different options you can take. You can begin at Little White Forestry Service Road in East Kelowna, or on McCulloch Rd. at the hairpin, just past Field Rd., also in East Kelowna. Lucky for us, we had someone willing to pick us up at the opposite end, so we were able to walk from one end to the other.Angel-Springs-KLO-Creek-Kelowna-Okanagan-Gals_0776We parked at the entrance off McCulloch Rd., in East Kelowna at the hairpin turn.  If you have ever driven up to Myra Canyon, you are following the same road, and will know the hairpin turn. The parking here is very small as it’s more of a pull-out that allows for a small amount of parking.
Angel-Springs-KLO-Creek-Kelowna-Okanagan-Gals_0777 Angel-Springs-KLO-Creek-Kelowna-Okanagan-Gals_0778This access route to Angel Springs offers an enjoyable hike that offers a beautiful view of the winding canyon and unique rock formations. The trail can be difficult to navigate due to unmarked river crossings. In the group of us I was the only one able to trek through the creek while everyone else had to strategically cross on boulders in the river. Definitely an awesome trail to be hiking in Keens! During the spring runoff, this creek may have very high water levels making crossing much more difficult. Angel-Springs-KLO-Creek-Kelowna-Okanagan-Gals_0779 Angel-Springs-KLO-Creek-Kelowna-Okanagan-Gals_0780 Angel-Springs-KLO-Creek-Kelowna-Okanagan-Gals_0782 Angel-Springs-KLO-Creek-Kelowna-Okanagan-Gals_0783This trail is also very popular for bikers. We had the chance to witness 2 bikers bridging the creek using their bikes for balance while walking along this log.  Angel-Springs-KLO-Creek-Kelowna-Okanagan-Gals_0784This trail has so many different views and we couldn’t get enough of it!  The benefit of all the rain we have been receiving lately, is that everything is so lush and green!  Definitely makes for some gorgeous forest hikes that make you feel like you are on the west coast.  
Angel-Springs-KLO-Creek-Kelowna-Okanagan-Gals_0786 Angel-Springs-KLO-Creek-Kelowna-Okanagan-Gals_0787Angel-Springs-KLO-Creek-Kelowna-Okanagan-Gals_0788 Please be aware that this trail does contain stinging nettle plants.  Some parts of the trail are lines withAngel-Springs-KLO-Creek-Kelowna-Okanagan-Gals_0791There are so many different terrains throughout this hike, including big hills, creek crossings and lush mossy cliffs.  After approx. 5 kms, from the McCulloch Rd. entrance, you will reach the springs. When you do reach the springs, you may be disappointed, as they are very small.  Personally, I was expecting something bigger.  Thank you to my mom for capturing my look of “That’s it?!” while at the springs (middle right photo in the next set of photos).  At the springs, the water below the surface is heated geothermally to over 100°C. However, the above ground springs are lukewarm at about 25°C (even colder during spring runoff) and can be identified by orange-coloured tufa deposits that they have created. Tufa is a mineral formed when calcite crystallizes after water evaporation.
Angel-Springs-KLO-Creek-Kelowna-Okanagan-Gals_0789Angel-Springs-KLO-Creek-Kelowna-Okanagan-Gals_0790After the Springs it is another 4-5 kms out to the Little White Forestry Road. On this last stretch, we walked past a bunch of trail markers telling us about the different areas we were walking through, including where they built the Fire Break for the 2003 Okanagan Mountain Park Forest Fire. As you can see, nature has re-grown through this area now. We also came across one area that was full of Inukshuk. Angel-Springs-KLO-Creek-Kelowna-Okanagan-Gals_0792 Angel-Springs-KLO-Creek-Kelowna-Okanagan-Gals_0793 Angel-Springs-KLO-Creek-Kelowna-Okanagan-Gals_0794During this hike we got to see all sorts of different critters and flora including a garter snake, a red-naped sapsucker woodpecker and some gorgeous Castilleja, commonly known as Indian paintbrush or prairie-fire. The photo below of the cute little frog was taken by my mom in the springs.Angel-Springs-KLO-Creek-Kelowna-Okanagan-Gals_0781This is where you enter the trail from the Little White Forestry service road.
Angel-Springs-KLO-Creek-Kelowna-Okanagan-Gals_0795This is the parking area off of the little white Forestry road.Angel-Springs-KLO-Creek-Kelowna-Okanagan-Gals_0796

The Trail Scoop:

Trail time: 4.5 hrs (as described in this post).
Trail length: 10.5 kms (as described in this post).
Garbage bins: None
Bathroom facilities: None
Dog Friendly: Yes

Direction to McCulloch Road:

From Harvey:
Turn right on Dilworth Drive heading South continuing onto Benlvoulin Rd.  Turn left onto K.L.O. Rd. until you hit McCulloch Rd.  Take a right on McCulloch Rd.  Continuing on McCulloch Rd. you will pass Gallagher’s Canyon Golf Club and eventually go down a hill. When you go down the hill, you will cross a small wooden bridge at a hairpin corner.  Just over the bridge on the right is the parking area.

Direction to Little White Forestry Road:

From Harvey:
Turn right on Dilworth Drive heading South continuing onto Benlvoulin Rd.  Turn left onto K.L.O. Rd. until you hit McCulloch Rd.  Take a right on McCulloch continuing on McCulloch until you take a right onto June Spring Rd.  Continue on for about 6kms and June Springs turns into Little White Forest Service Rd. About 1km up you will see a gravel parking area on your right.

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