You’re in Kelowna, you’ve done all the nearby popular hikes, and need to get a quick hiking fix. Stephens Coyote Ridge is just a few minute drive away and largely unknown by residents and tourists. The regional park is mostly forested with some hidden lakes, ponds, and ridges.

Rope swing into Lightblue lake
Rope swing into Lightblue lake

There is good opportunity to see some wildlife and take in views of north Kelowna and Okanagan lake. Don’t expect any marked trails or directions – just a criss-cross of choose your own adventure paths all over the park. At the south end of the park is another mishmash of trails called Glenmore Highlands.

Directions To Trailhead:

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Follow Glenmore Road North and just past the turnoff to the Glenmore landfill there will be signs for Stephens Coyote Ridge.  There is a parking area at the North Glenmore Dog Park (Werger Rd) and the main trail starts by following the fence on the north side of the off-leash dog area and continues up into the hills.

Walking time: A couple hours depending on extent of exploring
Trail Length: depends on directions chosen.  5-10 km round trip at least.
Elevation gain: 230m
GPS: Not a bad idea
Easy to Keep on Trail: No, there are no marked trails and it’s possible to get lost.

GPS Download: GPX | KML