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Mission Creek Regional Park GPS Track - South End

GPS Track for Mission Creek Regional Park is below. The track starts at the main parking lot off of Springfield Road and covers the south end of the park. Another post will cover the north end and all of its wonder soon. The following pictures and information are for folks who may be new and want to take the family out to Kelowna’s most incredible natural park. Also many old time residents of Kelowna are unaware of the many incredible natural wonders that exist in the park. I have taken a few amateur snapshots to help show what exists in this park and have shown them below and under that is the actual GPS track that you can download if you follow the embedded maplink. The park used a lot for races, GPS training, and geocaching enthusiasts. I parked right next to the Environmental Educational Center Okanagan.

Also right next to the EECO center is the new Mission Creek Regional Park Composting Education Garden.

Be sure to check out the EECO center! It is a “must see” as the displays are changed every three months and are phenomenal.
After checking out the Environmental Education Center, wander towards the Mission Creek Greenway (the greenway borders the North and West side regional park) check out the park info at the Gazebo and cross the main Mission Creek Bridge.

As soon as you cross the bridge you will be greeted with one of the most common areas to view the Salmon Spawing in September.

In the Gazebo, you will find tons of Salmon Spawning information and more. Here is a snapshot of one of the wildlife info bulletins. It tells of many of the wildlife viewing opportunities that aboud in the park.

After viewing the Mission Creek Regional Park info in the Gazebo on the East side of the main bridge, you will see the spawning area that runs along a great hiking trail complete with steps to higer ground, tumbling brooks, bridges, trail rails and lots of wildlife to view.

After meandering down past the fish spawning area, continue on until you see a trail large enough for a vehicle the heads up the hill to east and enjoy the squirrels as you make your way to the Hall Road Park entrance and the side trail to Evelyn’s Island.

The Hall Road entrance to Mission Creek Park as viewed from Hall Road in this photo.

Now as you double back into the park, veer south to Evelyn’s Island.
The photo above shows a viewing area or rest area just before you take the bridge to Evelyn’s Island. The log that is in the pond is usually full of Turtles: you can see the Turtle video I took of them.


Now all Dogs must be kept on leashes at all times when you are in this Regional District Park in Kelowna. I found this dog just sitting on the picnic table trying to figure out how to catch one of the many ducks. Now the sign, clearly says not to feed the waterfowl and I’m sure your not supposed to eat them either.


After exploring Evelyn Island, a real jewel of Mission Creek Park, I backtracked to the large trail then took a left to go and visit the Childrens Fishing Pond. And as I go, wouldn’t you know it, here is that pesky dog again, and off the leash! All dogs must be on leash.

After circling the Childrens Fishing Pond I meandered around the South end of park and checked out a couple of swamps and hidden foot bridges that are not very popular areas but can be very fun to visit.

And when you reach the old fence above, you know you are at the farthest south west corner of the park and almost back on the main trail that runs parallel to Mission Creek.

Finally as you make your way back to the main bridge, don’t forget to enjoy the creek as it tumbles over the fish ladders.

Mission Creek Regional Park GPS Track - North Section in Kelowna BC

Mission Creek Regional park in Kelowna has a number of Trail Heads and parking spots. Today, we parked at the Ziprick Road parking spot and Trailhead located right at the end of Ziprick Rd where it meets Springfield Rd.

We crossed the Cottonwoods Bridge and headed North East along a popular trail for joggers. The trail has a number of points of interest. My favourite part of this Mission Creek Trail is the way it ends. The trail ends at a spot where the East Kelowna Bench above drops Mission Creek below in a the form of a solid face of rock that will not permit you to go any further unless you cross the creek or climb straight up for 50 to 100 feet. In the summer, many kids opt for the creek and a good swim.

However, on this little hike, I did not get a chance to make it to the end, as you can see from the Mission Creek GPS track below. about half way to my destination, I glanced up towards the bench on our right and seen a black spot. After backing up two steps, I looked straight up to find myself looking directly into the eyes of a black bear as it looked straight at me.

Earlier I had told myself that if I see a bear on this hike, I will snap a photo. But as the thought went through my mind, my 10 month old Australian Shepherd was on my first thought as her nose was to the ground and she did not seem to be aware of the bear staring down at us, so I turned around called Sydney and hoped she would come straight to me before noticing the black bear and getting into a me-lee. She did come and we continued on our hike back to the Cottonwoods bridge and then up towards the bench to enjoy a cool crisp morning in Mission Creek Park. Below the GPS Track are a few shots of the trail that I took just to show folks a little more of a local park that they may have never seen previously.

Mission Creek Park Forest Fire

BCLocalNews.com – Mission Creek Park fire put out.

The heavily used Mission Creek Regional Park on Mission Creek in Kelowna is closed until further notice.  This morning, a small fire was reported, bombed by an water bomber and mopped up by fire crews by 11:30 AM July 19 2009.  The small forest fire was contained to a 70 meter by 70 meter area in the Southern Region of the regional park.

Mission Creek Forest Fire

Mission Creek Greenway in Kelowna BC is a British Columbia hiking jewel.

Kelowna BC has one of the most incredible hiking opportunities that exist within city limits of any city of BC. Mission Creek Regional Park has more than 50 000 visitors per month in the hiking season and being within the city limits, the park has something for everyone. After starting at the Scenic Canyon Trail Head, hiking across the 3 new Mission Creek bridges that transport hikers through Gallaghers Canyon up to the lookout pictured here and back to the Trail Head, my wife and I had hiked a nice morning walk of about 8 kilometres.

If we continued to the end of the Mission Creek Greenway which ends in Scenic Canyon we would have hiked an additional 3 km one way. The Scenic Canyon Trail head is at the 10.5 km Greenway “milepost”. Mile “zero” of the Greenway actually starts on Lakeshore road in the Mission area of Kelowna.

On this hike, the surprise to me was that the Regional District had completed a new information kiosk and a fantastic wooden Gazebo. This Gazebo happens to give you the best view of the famous Pinnacle Rock shown above and is a perfect spot to enjoy a peaceful moment in Gallaghers canyon.

The Greenway Trail picture below is one that shows the snow level on the Kelowna South slopes (as of May 2nd). There are excellent views of the surrounding hills and Gallaghers Canyon from this point with strategically placed picnic tables to have your picnic lunch.


I had to make a decision on whether to hike Mission Creek Trail at the higher levels of the Creek past Joe Rich on highway 33 but I think there is still too much snow up there so I have decided to hike the Wild Horse Canyon Trail in the Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park on Sunday May 4. I will be at the Trail head around 9:30 if anyone wants to join the hike and have some company to enjoy the wild life with. hmmm does anyone know if the Rattle Snakes are awake yet?

It will be an all day hike with my wife and two of my three teenage boys.

Mission Creek Falls clarification from a Tracks And Trails Visitor.

We appreciate Tracks And Trails visitor feedback and ideas very much.  Tim’s information about Mission Creek Falls has been very helpful so I will post it here as well (it is already in the comments on a previous post).

Mission Creek Falls: There are actually two sets of falls on Mission Creek and this may be causing some confusion. Gallagher Falls are about 4 Km above Hydraulic and are a set of several cascades. Hogback Falls are about one Km downstream from the Black Mt holding pond and are much more substantial but less accessible. A real adventure finding them but a beautiful hike. It may be easier from the south side. I was through that way about 40 year ago.

Mission Creek Falls and the Meloe violaceus

Hullo everyone! This past weekend I set out to find Mission creek falls…. Sucess! or so I thought untill I went online and read that they were supposed to be 66 feet high….. Still I could have found them , Im almost positive I did. Hiking along the creek to get there well that proved quite the risky business and the penalty for failure was high, I broke uphill, to get to safer ground, and it’s along the ridge that I seen it and my veiw wouldn’t afford a hight estimate. For all those who would like to find it for themselves I have …. you guessed it gps coordinates (supplied at end of post) anywho .. Along with the precarious veiw of the falls along the ridge I had the pleasure , 😐 maybe not the right word, of a couple Meloe violaceus ( blister beetles or oil beetles) mating apparently these bugs after being threatened or scared relese a oily secretion that blisters the skin and can cause poisonings…. so lol don’t touch. Ill upload more pics later

oil beetles

oil beetles

gps coordinates as follows
MISSION CREEK FALLS

 

Decimal Degrees (WGS84)

Latitude Longitude
49.855033 -119.32025
Degrees, Minutes & Seconds

Latitude Longitude
N49 51 18 W119 19 12
GPS

Latitude Longitude
N 49 51.302 W 119 19.215
UTM

X Y
11N 333223 5525095

 

Pic of a cool unused road off the trail used to find the falls!!

Pic of a cool unused road off the trail used to find the falls!!

Mission Creek Falls

I have wanted to find Mission Creek Falls for awhile. I decided to drive up Highway 33 and turn right at the top of the hill and head down into the BMID – Black Mountain Irrigation District – water treatment area. There were lots of private property signs for the few houses close by so I just stayed on the road and went slow in trying not to upset anyone. I passed a couple of gates that were open and finally found myself right in the water treatment area at the farthest point I could go with a gate across the dirt road that led to the area where I believe the Mission Creek Falls to be.

Since I also passed a few signs that said “Authorized Personnel Only” I asked Caleb, my son, if I could have his authorization to park, he sort of said ok, so I parked. I did leave a sign on my window that said “Exploring Mission Creek Falls area, back shortly”

After skirting the gate and walking 1.1 km we dropped down to Mission Creek with the aid of a nice tow rope that someone had strung along the steep path, we found ourselves surrounded by steep tall cliffs, roaring water and boulders.  I am sure are the falls just downstream from where we were but try as we might – see pictures below, we could not make it safely past the narrow gorge we were in. Now on our way down, the road did fork and we took the lower road so on another trip I think I’ll try the upper path as it climbs higher up above the creek to where one would have a great view of surrounding area.

Back at the truck, I found that another note was added to mine. It read, “CLOSE RED GATE WHEN YOU LEAVE!” BMID and I would just like to say thank you very much Mr. BMID for not locking the red gate on us as we were not really authorised to be there!

So if you are thinking about dropping by BMID, stop before the red gate and walk the rest of the way. The red gate is very visible – it is not the orange one at the highway, it is about 100 meters from the actual reservoir. Check out these Mission Creek Pictures!

Mission Creek Bushiology

Hey !! So recently i made my way up to the field rd parking for mission creek greeway – second phase. i headed to the mission creek caves i got distracted and went to check out klo creek. word has it the greenway will soon lead right up to mission creek falls. so with a little gumption i did a few log crossings and headed east from the trail. i found it to be a nice hike down small deer trails leading to some old gold dig outs and then pebble beach. from there i continued up the creek untill i found another creek of which i do not know the name and proceeded to cross it to a very nice feil walk along the creek. my friend (lucky eyes) found a nice fossil sample on the trail and i was a little put out. the trail started to climb and we were running out of time so we headed down to get a close look at the creek. it was quite rocky and the erosional cut was awsome there we found pools deep enuf to dive in and when we looked up the creek we could hear what i assume to be the falls . im headed up there friday again and plan to get  up the rest of the way to the falls ill let you know what i find, i was told that the native band donated the land back so i hope to not get in trouble for being there. im sure the falls arn’t far i will update this weekend….chay- bushiologist!

Mission Creek Bears!

Well it is the time of the summer when the black bears are out in full force.   Yahooo!  I feel very blessed whenever I get to see a bear up close …and live to tell about it.  Little did I know that my wife would be the first one to see a bear up close this summer,  specially since she doesn’t get quite as far from civilization as I do, but she did and the experience just seemed to wet her appetite for more.  As she was coming back home from her morning walk along the Mission Creek Greenway Phase 2,  she heard a rustle in the woods and looked to find a large black bear running away from the trail toward Mission Creek.  The sighting was just west of the Pinnacle Rock View Point and Gazebo.   So if you are by yourself on the trail, don’t forget to whistle while you walk and maybe invest in some bear spray to keep with you.  I will explain why the sighting just increased her interest in my next post. (I think she is crazy)

McLeese Lake Resort

MCLEESE LAKE RESORT
Now here is a family campground that gets it! Why? Because they have the passion for camping! If you have ever been dissapointed by less than stellar service, then this is the motel and campground for you!

***Lakeside*** 10 Unit Motel with RV Sites (Power, Water, Sewer sites available, Pull thrus and backins) Cabins and Boat Rentals

Campground Fees.

Motel:
Double standard Room $89 per night
Kitchenette $99 per night
*Plus applicable taxes, based on double occupancy

Cabin at McLeese Lake ResortCabins : $55 sleeping cabins with power only and 1 bed.
$85 per night for cabins sleeping 4-6 with kitchenette.

*Bring your own bedding, based on double occupany, additional taxes not incl. in prices above.

RV sites $25 to $32 per night based on one family per site and 1 RV/tent per site. Additional charges for extra people and tents/RV’s per site.

Different types of Campsites Available are. 

Lakeside
Pullthrus
RV and tent sites.
Opened and treed
15amp, 30amp and 50 amp services available.

Water and sewer sites available.

Website
www.mcleeselake.com

Email
mcleeselake@laketown.net

Address
6721 Cariboo Hwy 97 N
Mcleese Lake
BC V0L1P0

Phone Number
250-297-6525

Loon Lake Free Camping and Fishing

Loon Lake is one of the many lakes on the Aberdeen Plateau. Access to the lakes is from Philpot Road off of Highway 33 or Beaver Lake Road from Winfield. If accessing from Beaver Dee Lake road, follow the road past both Beaver and Dee lake resorts until you are on Aberdeen Rd, just past Dee lake, with in a few km you will find a road marked “fly fish 2 access.” This site is on a small fishing lake. Access may be rough. The site has a rustic cartop boat launch. There is only one campsite at this lake.

Here are the links to other Loon Lake rec sites in BC.

http://www.tracksandtrails.ca/2011/04/camping-at-loon-lake-in-rocky-mountain-2/

http://www.tracksandtrails.ca/2011/04/free-camping-at-loon-lake-in-rocky-mountain/

Here are a few pictures of Loon Lake in British Columbia near Kelowna.

Great to find Loon Lake nicely marked for some fishing and camping.

Loon Lake is ready for you and your belly boat.

Kettle Valley Railway Trestles and Myra Canyon on the KVR

Myra Canyon Trail Head on the KVR or Kettle Valley Railway can be reached from Kelowna BC by, traveling up McCullock Road for about 10 km from Benvoulin and turning right onto Myra Canyon Forest Service Road to drive 9 km up to the Kettle Valley Railway Trail head.  After parking, head south and you will begin to see the Myra Canyon Trestles within one km.

Myra Canyon Trestles and Tunnels

Myra Canyon Trestles and Tunnels

The Trestles in Myra Canyon can also be reached by taking June Springs Road in Kelowna and then Little White Forest Service Road to the KVR and parking at the parking spot on the KVR.  After you park then head north along the KVR, hopefully you have a bike as getting to the trestles from this end will take a little longer.

Kettle Valley Railway and Myra Canyon near Kelowna BC before the 2003 Wildfire

Here are snapshots of the Kettle Valley Railway and Myra Canyon near Kelowna BC before the 2003 Wildfire.

Here is my post with the pictures after the trestles were rebuilt along with directions of where the Myra Canyon Kettle Valley Railway parking lot is located.

Kettle Valley Railway - KVR - and Myra Canyon Hiking Trails

To view the Kettle Valley Railway – KVR – Myra Canyon hiking trails travel up McCollough Road in Kelowna.  McCollough Road travels past Gallaghers Canyon past Field Road and then turns into a small one lane paved road.  Stay on this road while you enjoy the views of Layer Cake Mountain and watch for a large sign on the left that says Myra Canyon Forest Service Road. Turn right onto the Myra Canyon FSR and travel to the Myra Parking lot after about 8 km of gravel road. Here are some views of the trestles that will see but remember, pictures will not even come close to the grandeur of this National Historic site in Myra – Bellevue Provincial Park!

Here is my Kettle Valley Railway – KVR – post with Myra Canyon pictures from before the 2003 wildfire.