Kathleen Mt. is a seldom visited and little known mountain in the hills above Summerland, BC. It is a remote and uninteresting hiking objective and really only has appeal for the offroad community as it is connected to a network of ATV trails.

The only other reason that might interest a different type of visitor is that the site used to have one of BC’s fire lookout towers. The Kalthleen fire lookout was built in 1954 and abandoned within a couple decades. The lookout fell into disrepair and was finally dismantled. In the early 1990s, the local snowmobile club built a shelter on the old foundation.

Kathleen Fire Lookout c1980s

For human-powered explorers, it is highly suggested to take a visit by mountain bike. It is possible to drive most of the way up and although hiking is possible, it means travel primarily on ATV tracks.

Mt Kathleen summit today

Mt. Kathleen can be accessed from Peachland or Summerland on forestry / gravel roads. The roads are all in pretty good condition, even most of the way up the mountain. With the correct choice of route, an SUV can make it within a couple km of the summit.

Mt Kathleen wilderness