Fall is here and to make sure you experience the autumn colours in the Okanagan, check out these Fall hikes in and around Vernon, BC! I would say fall is the most magical time of the year, who doesn't love all the colours changing not to mention the fresh cool breeze and that perfect temperature where it's not too hot or too cold?
"Autumn Is A Second Spring When Every Leaf Is A Flower."Albert Camus
Parking: There are 2 parking lots at Turtle Mountain Boulevard (one at the trailhead and the other across the street) and a parking lot at Blue Jay Road.
2. BX Creek Trail
Distance: 6.8km roundtrip
Distance: 52 km one-way
4. Grey Canal-Swan Lake East
Distance: 8.6km roundtrip
Parking: there are 4 parking areas. Baker Hogg Rd (roadside parking), Glenhayes Rd, Mclennan Rd and Rugg Rd.
Distance: 6.9km return
Bella Vista is a wide, flat, multi-use trail that is perfect for all ages and levels. Enjoy one of the many benches/chairs scattered throughout this trail, overlooking the backyards of homes, vineyards, orchards, and of course Vernon. Strollers and wheelchairs are able to navigate the gravel path.
Parking: There are 3 parking lots: Vineyard Way (just up from Pinto Place, take the little trail down to start); Pinto Place (big enough for about 4 vehicles) and a big parking lot at Sierra Road, at the other end of the trail.
Distance: 3.1km roundtrip
Ok, this one really isn't for the fall colours, it's more for the turquoise blue water that happens when the weather is warm. Catch this colour before it turns to a cool blue in the winter.
Parking: park in Kalamlaka Park Main Parking which consists of 2 huge parking lots.
Distance: 5.6km loop (there are trail options to make it shorter or longer)
This is the gem of fall hikes! If you could only do one fall hike, this would be it! Unfotanetly this autumn hike isn't located in Vernon but it is well worth the 20-minute drive to Armstrong. At the parking lot, take the trail to the left (with the Welcome trail sign) where you will wander through pine trees, in addition to frolicking through bits of pieces of colour before completely emerging yourself in colour! This section of the trail is quite flat until the ascent to the summit. Instead of completing the loop, head back the way you came as the other side is mainly pine trees.
Parking: there is a big parking lot at the start of the trail. If this is full, there is an option to park on the side of the road.
Enjoy the fall colours Vernon has to offer by trying out some of these hikes. Not sure how to hike in this change of weather? Follow my Top 10 Tips for Hiking in Cooler Weather.