Little White Mountain - a hike to remember.

A nice drive and a great one day hike. If you have a truck or 4X4 take Junes Springs road in Kelowna to Little White Forest Service Road and keep on it for several kilometers until you get to where it drops steeply down to the trestles at which point you stay to the right. Finally you get to a small parking area with a couple of cement barriers at the trail head. From this parking area the hike to the top is about 6 km up. It goes very quickly though and you have a nice cabin to stop in at about half way up. Please leave it in better condition than upon arrival. In the winter recreationalists use this cabin to survive.
The only warning to give is that if you think it is warm up here…..think again and pack some extra clothes. One of the most amazing things for me on this hike was when we were at the top Little White and the clouds (it was cloudy and raining the whole way up) opened up in a tiny area of the sky that seemed no larger than a window in your living room to give us an astounding view of the bright shiny valley bottom…and then closed up again. Hike away folks and enjoy the highest point around Kelowna. Leave a comment below if you have questions. There are alternate ways to get up to the summitt of Little White, please comment if you have taken them. (pictures coming within 24 hours)

There are a number of way to summit Little White.  One way is to backpack up from the trail leading from Bellevue Creek Trestle – Myra-Bellevue Boundary Trail (Of which the trail head is found by going to the North side of the Bellevue Creek Trestle and up the logging road leading in the Little White Summit direction for a couple hundred meters).  After following the Myra Bellevue Boundary Trail for a steep climb for up to 30 minutes, you will pass the Crawford Wilderness Camp.

http://www.tracksandtrails.ca/2009/10/little-white-repeater-upgrade-hike

http://www.tracksandtrails.ca/2009/06/little-white-mountain-a-hike-to-remember/

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Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park map (please read map and cautions listed on it)

Another way is to take June Springs up to Little White FSR as it leads to the old Myra Bypass Trail and then up to the end of the road and parking spot where  you can backpack and hike to the summit.

The June Springs to Little White FSR to the parking lot is a nice drive for a 4X4 or truck as well as a great day hike (start early though). If you have a truck or 4X4 – keep on Little White Forest Service Road for several kilometers until you get to where it drops steeply down to the trestles at which point you stay to the right. Finally you get to a small parking area with a couple of cement barriers at the Little White trail head. From this parking area the hike to the top is about 6 km up. It goes very quickly though and you have a nice cabin to stop in at about half way up. Please leave it in better condition than upon arrival. In the winter recreationalists use this cabin to survive.  When I took the hike several years ago, I did not have a GPS so please forgive the vague directions until I get a better GPS track for you.

The only warning to give is that if you think it is warm up there because it is warm in the valley…..think again and pack some extra clothes.

One of the amazing things on this hike was when we were at the top of Little White, the clouds (it was cloudy and raining the whole way up) opened up in a tiny area of the sky that seemed no larger than a living room window, to give us an astounding view of the bright shiny valley below…and then closed up again.

Hike away folks and enjoy one of the highest vista’s around Kelowna. Leave a comment below if you have questions. There are alternate ways to get up to the summitt of Little White, please comment if you have taken them. (pictures coming within 24 hours)

Alpine Wild Flowers on Little White

Alpine Wild Flowers on Little White

A-Frame snowmobile cabin found on the way up to Little White

A-Frame snowmobile cabin found on the way up to Little White

Interior of Little White's A-Frame Cabin

Interior of Little White's A-Frame Cabin

Little White Brook as it tumbles and gurgles along its way.

Little White Brook as it tumbles and gurgles along its way.

A little damp - but not the spirit.

A little damp - but not the spirit.

Clayton at the top of Little White

Clayton at the top of Little White

Hikers at the top of Little White

Hikers at the top of Little White

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A moment to catch the view on the way back down Little White

A moment to catch the view on the way back down Little White

The clouds quickly close in again

The clouds quickly close in again

Small pool on the top of Little White

Small pool on the top of Little White

Littel White repeaters and ...other stuff on the summit

Little White Repeater and other “stuff” at the Summit.

Comments (7)

  1. So I attempted to hike little white last weekend by driving up june springs. When I come to “Little White Trail Parking lot” Seeing only the one trail I marched on, As I went on I knew it was not the right direction but did not see any other trails. Ended up hiking all the way to the other parking lot for the trestles. And after hiking back saw some dirt-bikers that told me I needed to go off trail for a few hundred feet to the right of the “Parking Lot” sign. Were the trail should come into view. Can I have detailed instructions on how to get there from the Trestle parking lot. I would like to try again from there I don’t want to not make it 2 weeks in a row.

    Thanxs!!!

  2. Hey Scotty. Very sorry to hear of the error in directions. I really want this site to give correct info. Here is a post that describes the correct route to the trail head in detail.

    http://tracksandtrails.ca/2009/06/crawford-trail-wilderness-campsite-on-bellevue-creek-near-the-kvr-trestle/

    Here is a map for the correct route.

    http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&num=200&t=h&source=embed&msa=0&ll=49.745116,-119.40465&spn=0.029063,0.055189&z=14&msid=107477528022688281099.0004714d7530737bbdff1

    and also at the top of this page, the first link has info about the update on the Little White Trail. I will edit this page if the problem came from it. Please let me know.

  3. The BC Parks website now has an update on how to summit Little White. It says:

    “The Upper Crawford trail is open and will be the main access from Kelowna to Little White Mt. Motor vehicles are not permitted on the Upper Crawford Trail. The Little White Mt trail is not maintained and closed due to a large amount of blow down, the trail is impassable.”

    To access the Upper Crawford trail head, you can still drive June Springs Road, 4.5 km on Little White Forest Service Road, and take a right on the Kettle Valley Railway and drive to Bellevue Trestle. At the trestle, take the left road about 400 m and the trail head is on the first switchback on the right hand side.

  4. Four of us hiked the Upper Crawford Trail to Little White Saturday 20 Aug, a hot sunny day! I had previously scouted the route that Erin mentions above – great directions Erin. I would add that the trail is straightforward, but demanding because it is rough, long about 15 k round trip and at the end it is a demanding walk at 7,000 ft. BC Forrestry had cleared the trail between the scout and the walk, which was nice – thanks guys. To save weight we left water about an hour in, we did not see the A frame cabin. We reached the junction with the Okanagan Highland trail in 2 hours 15 mins and made the summit in 3 hrs 15. You can’t see where you are heading until you reach the Okanagan Highland trail when you get your first glimpse of the mountain top. It was fantastic at the top, no where near as cold as I expected, though there was hardly any breeze. The last k is hard going due to the thinner air, I was sucking air and not getting much, next time I’ll plan to stop on the coll before doing the last 500 meters (but I am 64). Made it home in 2hrs 30 – we needed every drop of the water we took. Take insect repellent!
    Thanks Linda, Rob, Fiona great day

  5. Thank you Mike! Congrats. I have been wondering how long it would take to get to the top from that direction. When you were at the top, does it look like the Okanagan Highlands Trail is marked as it heads south? The trail is supposed to head towards Big Meadow Lake and I would like to take it sometime. It would require an overnight camp at Big Meadow Lake (see this link for the google map) http://g.co/maps/eb3v and then from there I would like to hike to wards Chute Lake to get picked up somewhere.

    I have heard that the A frame may have been removed by the parks department. Haven’t had it verified yet. I will try to get in touch with the snowmobile club – maybe they know.

    If you have pictures or GPS tracks, you can email them to me for postin here – claytonkessler at gmail.com

    • Hi Clayton, We were on the Highlands Trail for no more than 2 k from the junction with Upper Crawford to the coll below the top of Little White. It does not appear to be used much and it varied from a broad cart track to a rocky single file track. However the road West (I guess) to Chute Lake appeared open and OK. The track East from the coll onwards seemed to be more problematic. In fact the signpost on the coll was blown over/ knocked down. We have photos and I will forward them.

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