Mount Kobau Osoyoos
Do you enjoy hiking and would like to have a panoramic view of the Okanagan Valley, the Similkameen Valley, and Osoyoos Lake? If you answer yes to this, then you need to visit Mount Kobau in Osoyoos city . This spot has been a go-to place for adventurers, and getting an extensive view of the Okanagan region is priceless. Even if you are not used to hiking, hiking in Mount Kobau is an easy and interesting one that anybody would like.
Mount Kobau is an easily accessible mountain that sits between Cawston and Osoyoos. To get to this mountain, take Highway 3A West of Osoyoos towards Keremeos. While driving, look out for Mount Kobau Forest Reserve Road by your right. It is a well-maintained road. Once you locate the road, follow it up until you get to the trailhead and you will see a parking lot and a map of the trail to guide you.
The Mount Kobau trail offers extensive views of the Similkameen Valley and Okanagan Valley. The trail is about 5 km and it starts from the top of the mountain. Mount Kobau is part of the South Okanagan Protected Grassland and it offers panoramic views as you go through the sub-alpine forest and open grassland. Viewing the valley from the top of Kobau Mountain is something every adventurer would like the experience.
Once you get to the parking lot, there are 2 trail options available. You can decide to go with the 1.3 km round trip hike that offers you a broad view of Osoyoos town or go with the 3 km loop trip that leads in the opposite direction to Chopaka lookout, having the views of the Keremeos/Cawston Valley. Either one you choose to go for would be nice because you will be stunned by the beautiful wildflowers and other features you will come across.
You don’t have to be scared about the hike because it is an easy one. As long as you are in a good shape, you shouldn’t face any issue going through it. For those visiting during spring or early summer, you may want to come along with mosquito repellant as there are a few mosquitos in the area. You probably don’t want to be a donor to these blood-sucking insects!
Whenever you are visiting the Okanagan Region, you should add Mount Kobau to your to-do list. It will be an interesting ride for you.