Mount Kobau Climb


This climb is not for the feint of heart, or body, as the full scale takes you 1,863 metres up Mount Kobau. If you are an experienced hiker you’ll have no difficulty navigating the old logging roads and switchbacks, which lead to some of the best panoramic vistas of valley. Starting at Richter Pass, a gentle stretch of land between Osoyoos and Keremeous, and a short 1 km stroll from the old fire lookout provides magnificent views. Looking down you’ll see Osoyoos, its magnificent benches, lakes and desert that leads south to the American border. Look north to Oliver, more orchards and vineyards, and the landmark McIntyre Bluff. Let your eyes wander to the west where the mountains that embrace Keremeous open up to Mt. Baldy and more rugged terrain.

Loop trails exit the main path to the lookout sending hikers to Testalinden Lake or further up the Grasslands Protected Area, but be sure to map your course with care. There is GPS Data attached to this trail; we suggest you use it, as well as visit the website before heading out on your hike or snowshoe. 

Valley Vagabonds Inside Tip

Kobau hosts Canada’s Premier astronomical observatory site designated a “Dark Sky Preserve. This is a Vagabond that provides some of the best sites and photo ops in the valley – it also provides some of the best terroir to grow big reds – cheers!
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