A low elevation hike, bike or car ride that is fun and interesting as well as easy to get to when all of the hills are still covered in snow is Blue Hawk Mine on Blue Grouse Mountain.
Blue Hawk mine is located on the East slope of Blue Grouse Mountain on the West side of Okanagan Lake. The mine shaft is approximately 90 metres long. It’s now inactive, but at one time 5 metric tonnes of ore was mined yielding 560 grams of silver and 156 grams of gold.
If you want to check out the mine make sure you bring a good flashlight. You may also need some good waterproof shoes or boots. There’s normally quite a bit of water pooled at the entrance. The rest of the mine is relatively dry. The mine contains many undisturbed geological formations.
Here is a link to Blue Hawk details Wikipedia. Directions are below.
If you geocache, you will find a cache there as well.
Blue Hawk Mine Directions;
From Westside Road take Bear Lake Main Road AKA Lambly Creek Road (Across the road from Traders Cover Park.)
Just past the timber yard, and the 7km marker turn right onto the road leading to the motocross lower pits. There are signs posted.
When you reach the parking lot turn right and go up the hill.
Keep on the same road the rest of the way but there is one turn that goes north to Terrace Mountain, it looks like a main road but don’t take it.
When you see the swamp on your right;
Continue for 0.9km past it and keep straight at the old cabin and continue for 0.5km into the clearcut area.
Keep straight at the intersection (there is now a small trail sign that says Blue Grouse and points at the road going to the top of Blue Grouse I presume. Continue for 0.2km past the clearcut area
When you see a small road to the right that is quite steep, park and hike for a few meters,
the Blue Hawk mine is on your left going into the hillside.
Track from GPS:
Blue Hawk Mine GPS Track