View down into Kelowna from Black Knight Mountain in the middle of winter
View down into Kelowna from Black Knight Mountain in the middle of winter

This is part of a collection of posts called hiking mountains with loud eyesore communications towers on top but we do it anyway.

Black Knight Mountain towers over East Kelowna and is an obvious candidate for a day hike. However, there are a couple of factors to dissuade hikers. Firstly, the mountain is comprised of mostly private land surrounded by more private land. Secondly, there is a communication tower on top, complete with obnoxious generators humming. The ‘official’ way to hike the mountain is to walk up the service road from Highway 33 and this is the method described at the bottom.

Having said this, the mountain can be accessed from other directions and there is probably little chance of running into problems. For example I hiked once starting from tower ranch golf course at the end of McCurdy road without incident. Technically this would be trespassing but I don’t pay much attention to that when it is clearly just wilderness.

Directions To Trailhead:

The official hike ‘trailhead’ is easy to find.  Just park near the entrance to the service road (Pyman Road) on Highway 33, shortly after departing Kelowna to the east.  Walk along the road all the way to the summit.


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Distance from downtown Kelowna to Trailhead: 16 km
Walking time: 3-4 hours
Trail Length: 12 km round trip
Elevation gain: 515m
GPS: Not necessary
Easy to Keep on Trail: yes

GPS Download: GPX | KML