On top of Mt. Drought is a scattering of intersecting ATV trails. The forest is relatively sparse and it is ideal for pleasant exploring. It’s not much of a hike to get to the top because the Glenrosa neighbourhood of West Kelowna is spread out along its north west slope. Exploring this mountain is more of a stroll in the forest compared to hiking where serious elevation is gained. The ATV trails lead in all directions around the summit offering views of Okanagan lake and the peaks towards Penticton. Trails go nearby but not directly to the actual summit although access is relatively easy due to the lack of undergrowth. There are several false summits and you’ll know it is the correct one when you discover a rustic bench positioned for pleasant views to the west. This is also a great area for cycling!
Directions To Trailhead:
Drought mountain is just north of where HWY 97C branches off HWY 97 for Merrit. The Glenrosa neighborhood of West
Kelowna exists on Drought’s north-east side. There is decent parking and access to this network of trails at the south end of Turnbull Rd in Glenrosa, not too far after it turns to gravel.
Kelowna to Trailhead: 20km
Trail Length: Approx 5km depending on route
Walk Return time: 2-3 hours
Elevation gain: 157m
GPS: useful for exploring side trails
Clear trail: no, there are too many intersecting trails and some exploring is required to find the various views and the summit