Hiking Spion Kop
What a view from the top! Sun, clouds, wind, and rain meant I needed every layer of clothing in my pack at one point or another along the hike.
Spion Kop in Lake Country offers trails for everyone. The link for the most up-to-date trail map is here.
We chose the Pelemash Parkway Trailhead and the Summit Trail which is rated as difficult. For the most part, the trails are well marked; however, we got lost a few times as there are also unmarked bike trails to wander down inadvertently. The Lupine Trail to the North Lookout offers great views of Kalamalka Lake; just don’t follow the trail down the very steep hill; go left instead.
During our little downhill detour, we did get to see some pretty yellow daisies. Wildflowers were abundant on the hike, a benefit to going this time of year.
On the way up to the summit, we passed the moss-covered remains of a rock wall and a beautiful basalt cliff.
A telephoto lens is good for landscapes from mountain tops. The William R. Bennett Bridge connecting Kelowna to West Kelowna looks much closer than can be seen in the panorama at the top of the post. Sadly, the rain and the wind hit when we sat down for lunch at the summit, so we didn’t spend too much time exploring.
On the way back down we explored the Tower and Arrowleaf Trails. We never did find the Connector trail at the Upper Lakes Trailhead, so we extended our hike back up to the Summit Trail. In total, I think we did about 13 kms and 600 metres of elevation gain, whew!
It was a good choice as we were treated to a flock of Cedar Waxwings. I love the black around their eyes and the yellow tips on their tails.
I would definitely recommend this hike if you are in the Okanagan. Happy trails!