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Wildhorse Canyon Trail

MODERATE 16 reviews

Wildhorse Canyon Trail is a 44.1 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Regional District of Central Okanagan, British Columbia, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 44.1 km Elevation Gain: 2,092 m Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

beach

forest

lake

wildlife

hiking
6 months ago

Hiked Wildhorse canyon trail from Golden Mike access point to Commando Bay. Steep and rocky at the beginning but rolling terrain afterwards. Both exposed and shady spots throughout. In the swampy section definitely have bug spray and watch for rattlesnakes. One let me know he was there just on the side of the trail so make sure you have walking sticks. Otherwise old cougar and bear scat noticed, a few chipmunks and a big old marmot.

hiking
bugs
6 months ago

We did a two day hike. From the north parking lot to Bachan bay and back again the next day- total trip was just under 30 km. All trails app had the hike listed as a 44km loop, however that is a combination of multiple others trails in the park. The wildhorse canyon trail hike from the north parking lot to the south parking lot just above Naramata and totals 25+ km. For this hike I would recommend to bring A LOT of water. There is not that much water to pump from until you hit 10km in and its a swamp. The first 3km of this hike are a gruelling uphill march. While this made spectacular views it was a bit of work while also carrying a hiking pack. When you reach a sign that asks you take either the scenic route or regular route, choose scenic as it rewards all that effort with a great view! You will then walk about another 5km in a open area, bring a hat to block the sun! The last leg of the trail is what me and my partner called the "gauntlet". It was filled with mosquitos! We also happened to come upon 3 rattle snakes. The Bachan bay camp was quite beautiful. The only limiting factor being the small amount of tent sites available. However, Im not sure how popular this trail is, so maybe it wouldn't ever be full. I will stress again. Bring LOTS of water. There is almost nowhere to pump water from along the trail. (There is a small stream at the intersection go Goodes basin trail and wildhorse trail where you can pump in a pinch. However this won't work if you take the alternative Wildhorse/old CN trail route). Enjoy!

hiking
bugs
8 months ago

We hiked the first 15km from the north parking lot to bachan bay. The hike was most difficult for the first 2-3km then it flattened out and became rather easy. Though wild horse canyon there are lots of stagnant ponds and lots of mosquitoes, don’t forget your big repellant. Trails were in good shape with lots of markers to know you were going the right way. The camping at Bachan bay was decent but, only a few spots available. Outhouse and picnic table are provided at this location. Watch out for swimmers itch in the water. Seen lots of wildlife, a couple yellow-bellied racer snakes, a couple common garter snakes, a moose, lots of deer and chipmunks and of course a bunch of ticks. Total trip to Bachan bay took about 5 1/2 hours. On the way back we diverted along the CN trail to avoid the most difficult part of the trail due to an injury my partner received. This was a nice diversion even though we had to hike the road for about 1/2 hour to get back to the parking lot. Well worth it to avoid the difficult terrain in the beginning but, you miss the great views at the beginning of the trip. I found this to be not an overly stunning trip. Views were not that good except at the beginning (take the scenic route). Would probably not do it again and instead head to divide lake.

hiking
muddy
rocky
9 months ago

A little overgrown, but great trail with lots of water spots in early season. We did the 15km into commando bay and camped for the night

hiking
Sun May 13 2018

I started from the south access starting point where there’s a decent parking lot, out house, picnic tables, and a creek. I turned left and headed south west from the parking lot and ran into an abundance of fallen trees around the 2km mark which lasted for two hundred meters. This made it difficult to follow the trail markers but if u stay right and keep an eye out for trail markers you’ll be fine. The 2-4 km section had a good trail that was cut through tall brush with evidence of critters so make some noise while going through and you won’t run into anything. The 4-5 km section opens up to the massive granite face giving you beautiful views. My dog had about twenty ticks on him and I had five on my self, not sure if this is just because it’s tick season(may) or not so do some research and bring some bug spray and sunscreen. Lots of water sources through out. Enjoy!

backpacking
Wed Mar 01 2017

This is a great trail filled with diversity of ecosystems. Very long and challenging, I did it in one day with a 40lb pack and it took a 14 hours with only 30 minutes for breaks, I don't recommend doing that unless you are in exceptional shape.

Mon Jan 11 2016

Awesome! Little bit hairy due to snow and ice but totally worth it! :)

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