Wow – what a climb. Cardinal Creek Trail was some steep hiking for the first 1.5 kilometers as it steeply winds up the side hill to the heights of the Okanagan Highlands above Philpot Road (just outside Kelowna along Highway 33) and ever onward on the meandering High Rim Trail that leads toward James Lake, Oyama Lake and on to Cosens Bay on Kalmalka Lake
After parking on Philpott Road right where it meets Highway 33, we decided to hike down to Mile Zero of the High Rim Trail.
You can see the sign for the trail about 100 meters before getting to Philpott Road if you are driving from Kelowna. The hiking trail is called Mission Creek Trail and is only 400 meters of hiking to get down to Mile Zero situated right on Mission Creek.
After arriving at Mile Zero on Mission Creek Trail, you can travel up or down Mission Creek – I went up-river for 500 meters or so. I have yet to discover which way the Mission Creek Falls are and will let you know soon! Or if you know, please post a comment!
The beautiful cedar trees, mossy ground, risk of black bear to keep you on edge as you stroll along the meandering trails along the banks of the historic Mission Creek make this a hike that begs to be taken. The fact that it is within a short drive from Kelowna, a very short 400 meter walk to mile zero and the lack of bikes, joggers, and other hikers zooming by you every few yards makes this hike even more appealing!