Many BC hikes start off with mundane climbs through sub-alpine forest and the route up to Brent Mountain is no exception. What sets this hike apart is the incredible summit experience, with 360 views and an awesome abandoned fire lookout tower. On a clear day there are excellent views of the Cathedral peaks and other surrounding peaks deep into Washington to the south and as far as the Monashees to the north.
Directions To Trailhead:
From Green Mountain Road, turn onto Apex Mountain road and after 4km turn right (north) onto an old (Shatford) logging road. From there it is 7.5km and there are some signs indicating the direction. There is a network of logging roads criss-crossing the area so don’t go more than 5km if there is no sign. There is the Sheep Rock Trailhead which accesses Mt. Brent via Sheep Rock Mountain.
As of summer 2017 this trail was poorly maintained and not recommended – we started here once and got stuck in the forest for a couple of hours before stumbling upon the main trail. A couple km up the road past this trailhead is the official main trailhead. From this starting point, the hike is quite straight forward, with a gentle incline for most of the journey.
Penticton to Trailhead: 32km
Hike Return time: 4-5 hours (from main trailhead)
Trail length: 5km one way (from main trailhead to summit)
Elevation gain: 490m
GPS: not unless venturing on side trails or to Sheep Rock
Clear trail: yes (from main trailhead)