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Mount Kobau


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Sunday March 4: Okanagan River North

Easy flat walk along the river, south from the McAlpine Bridge back to Oliver. Meet at the Oliver Visitor Centre at 9.30 a.m.  Contact: Marianne 250-498-2743.

Monday March 12: Annual General Meeting

Speaker: Jorma Jyrkkanen (evolutionary biologist). His talk will be followed by a short business meeting. We need to fill 2 vacancies on the executive committee, and vote on our membership fee increase to $30 and $35. Memberships are due for most people. The meeting will start at 7 pm, St Christopher’s Anglican Church, 7200 87 St, Osoyoos.  Contact: Marianne 250-498-2743.

Wednesday March 14: Work party, Solana Key, Osoyoos

Some work needs to be done at our project at Solana Key. Much tall grass and weeds need to be removed. A tree was illegally cut last summer by a resident who is no longer there. The province and town chose to not prosecute or even charge for damages. It is accordingly up to the club to remove the resulting mess as part of Wednesday’s work. Bring gloves, saws etc. for typical garden clean up. Wear good footwear and clothing since we will be on a muddy bank near water. To get to the project, travel east on Hwy 3 to the traffic lights on Cottonwood; turn right 1 block then left. One block ahead is the project. Contact: Skip 250-485-0263.

Saturday March 25: KVR-Vaseux Lake

Easy walk on the old KVR railbed along the west side of Vaseux Lake, possibly to the lagoons. Meet at Oliver Visitor Center at 9.30 am. Contact: Dwayne Flexhaug 250-495-7645.

Saturday April 7: Pictographs 

See the pictographs at Vaseux Lake, then carry on to Skaha Lake to see two separate sites along East Side Road. The first site involves a moderate hike of ½ to ¾ hour to the east side with a view to Penticton. After lunch and our descent to the vehicles, we will go further north to the second site along east side road. There is a short walk into this last site. Contact:  Myles Radchenko 778-439-2281.

Sunday April 22: Golden Mile Trail

From Tinhorn Winery, walk north to a good viewpoint above the golf course. Return to Stamp Mill, then possibly climb south to another viewpoint above the valley. Meet at Oliver Visitor Centre at 9:30 am. Contact: Skip King 250-485-0263.

Saturday May 5: Mt Keogan

Hike up Keogan on a less travelled trail to the north of the usual route and then decide, as a group, whether to go farther up Keogan after reconnecting to main route or return to vehicles directly via the main route. Route as described is moderate in difficulty. Meet at Oliver Visitor Centre at 9:30 am. Contact: Paul Doyle 250-498-6636.

The following walks start at 9:00 am:

Sunday May 27: Kruger Saddle

A nice moderate walk with some steep sections above the West Bench of Osoyoos.  Meet Lakeview Plaza, Osoyoos 9:00. Leader: Phil Harfman 250-495-8071.

Sunday June 3: McIntyre Bluff

A popular moderate walk above Covert Farm to the top of the bluff. Excellent views of valley. Meet Oliver Visitor Centre at 9:00 am. Contact: Jessie Chernoff and Maryse Dumas 250-495-4973.

Saturday June 16: Bull Moose to Long Joe Road

A moderate but long walk along old roads off Highway 3. Meet at Osoyoos Lakeview Plaza 9:00 am. Contact:  Carol Boan 250-495-6107.

Sunday July 8: Mt Kobau

Nice moderate circle route near top of Kobau to Testalinden Lake. Probable continuation to summit, site of old fire lookout. Meet 9:00 am at Lakeview Plaza, Osoyoos. Contact: Dwayne 250-495-7645.

Sunday July 29: Mt Baldy

A long but rewarding moderate walk to summit. Return by Mt Baldy Trail to make a circle route back to cars mid-afternoon. Meet 9:00 am at Osoyoos Lakeview Plaza. Contact: Dwayne 250-495-7645.

  • Please be on time, as we like to start promptly.
  • Bring lunch and water, and wear suitable footwear and clothing for the weather.
  • Please leave dogs at home as they disturb wildlife.
  • We would like to increase our membership, so bring a friend.
  • Non-members and visitors are invited to join us on our outings. NB: Our insurance only covers three outings for non-members.
  • Current annual membership dues are: Single: $30, Family/couples: $35.
  • Membership includes a subscription to “BC Nature”, mailed to members four times annually.
  • Please pay your dues at the next meeting or outing you attend.
  • If you would like to lead a hike or have suggestions for hikes or meeting-speakers, contact any of the leaders listed in this schedule.