Hiking, Cycling, and Snowshoeing

Hiking, Cycling, and Snowshoeing

Hikers in Okanagan Mountain Park

The season

Year-round.

Hiking and bicycling activities begin in the spring (late-March to early-April) and continue until the snow flies (often late-November), when skiing and snowshoeing start.

Sole Survivors schedule Please contact Merle Auty (auty 1781 at gmail dot com) to be put on the Ramblers mailing list.
First aid kit information (PDF) Electrolytes recipe (PDF)
What to do if you’re lost in the Woods

Summer camps

Each summer CONC hikers have a five-day (approximately) summer camp whose focus is on a variety of hikes, some longer, some shorter. The summer 2019 camp was in the Cascade Mountains in Washington state.

The summer 2020 camp will be in Jasper National Park (in Alberta), August 9 through 14. Sherrell has provided the following information (October 29).

“I have provided a link for the Palisades, where we will be staying. Contact me for information about rates.

“The Den (one of the buildings) still has bunks available as there are booked people that want a more private room but we MUST BOOK THE DEN COMPLETELY AS WE PAY FOR THE WHOLE DEN.

“The Den has 4 rooms with a set of 2 bunks in each room.  There are 2 rooms that have a double bed and a single bed.  At the moment we have couples in these rooms.

“We will move them to the Barn (another of the buildings) with more privacy if the Den  has more single people wanting to come.  I have a few ladies that want the double room and will share this with one other lady.

“There are two washrooms with two stalls, shower and toilets.  There is a washroom that is fully accessible and has one stall, shower and toilet.  I am allocating this to the two couples for the time being.”

The summer 2021 camp is being considered for Strathcona Provincial Park (on Vancouver island) in July (perhaps 22-28) or August (perhaps somewhere between 4-14).

For details on either camp, please contact Sherrell Davidson, (778) 478-1956. All CONC hikers are welcome to attend.

Carpooling

Carpooling is encouraged for general conservation reasons and because we sometimes must use bad roads or arrive at places with limited parking. The carpooling rate is nominally ten cents per kilometre driven per passenger paid to the driver after returning to the parking lot. There is a $2 minimum donation per person. Activity descriptions usually indicate the donation.

Administrative Details

Sole Survivors hiking trips usually involve some bushwhacking and/or off-trail sections. Ramblers trips are usually gentler and shorter.

Meeting Place in Kelowna: The Apple Bowl parking lot, near the corner of Burtch and Bernard. Participants should arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the announced departure time.

West Kelowna Meeting Place: If you want to be picked up in West Kelowna, please call the hike leader at least one day in advance. For some hikes on the west side of Okanagan Lake, hikers may confirm with the leader, and arrange to join, where the particular hike schedule so designates.

Guests are welcome to join one hike before becoming a CONC member. Guests must sign a waiver form (PDF). Check this document for general details on participation. Click the links below for the schedules of each group.

If you have particular questions about any hike, please phone the hike leader (as noted in the schedule) or contact the hike coordinator.

For the Ramblers, the coordinator is Merle Auty, (250) 861-4500.

For the Sole Survivors, the coordinator is Sherrell Davidson, (778) 478-1956.

Note the information on selected items for your personal first aid kit and a recipe for electrolytes to keep you hydrated in the hot Okanagan sun.

Sole Survivors schedule

Ramblers schedule

First aid kit information (PDF)

Electrolytes recipe (PDF)

 

Grass in foreground

Hikers in Okanagan Mountain Park       Hikers with Little White in the background

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Last updated 2019 10 24.