*** 2021 update – Lookout mountain is actually accessible from the west side by taking Brenda Mines Rd out of Penticton. Park at Silver Lake and there is a trail straight up to Lookout Mt. ***
To be clear from the get go, there is not much of a lookout on this mountain. The summit is completely covered in trees and two lone strands of red flagging tape are the only sign anyone has ever been there. Perhaps the only reason why this hike would hold any appeal at all is for its interesting looking rocky outcrop clearly visible from highway 97c. There are no clear trails to get to these rocky cliffs or the summit itself. This is a route-finding bushwhack but the forest isn’t very dense so it’s easier than it sounds. From the rocky cliffs, there are clear views over Okanagan lake and the surrounding mountains.
Directions To Trailhead:
From Highway 97 just north of Peachland, turn onto highway 97c towards Merritt. Keep a look out for the rocky cliffs on the south (left) side of the road. 9.5km along 97c you will see a “Paradise Valley U-turn” exit. There is a tunnel connecting two parking areas either side of the highway. Park on the south side of the highway. From here just go for it up the hill towards the cliffs. There is an old ATV trail starting 2km further up the highway which winds up the side of the mountain but it is unused and mostly overgrown. This and a rough trail can be seen in the attached GPS file.
Kelowna to Trailhead: 25km
Trail length: Approx 10km round trip
Hike Return time: 3-4 hours
Elevation gain: 647m
GPS: highly recommended
Clear trail: no