Blue Grouse Mountain Summit

Total Miles
4.4

Elevation

1,278.54 ft

Duration

1 Hours

Technical Rating

4

Moderate

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

Blue Grouse Road offers a single-vehicle-wide, stock-friendly trail for 4x4 vehicles, providing a variety of trail options. Accessible via Bear Lake Main FSR off Westside Road, the trailhead is approximately 2 kilometers away. At the start of the trail, you'll find yourself in a spacious area characterized by a mix of gravel, mud, and sand, with numerous trails branching out. It's crucial to adhere to the map initially to stay on course, as many adjacent trails cater to single-track or ATV use. Expect an immediate ascent over rocks and ledges up to 18 inches, alongside rutted sections due to water runoff. Once past the initial expanse, the main road becomes more discernible. The trail gradually navigates around three sides of the mountain, occasionally hugging its edge, offering ample photo opportunities of Kelowna City and Okanagan Lake. Previously densely forested, the area suffered a wildfire in 2023, resulting in charred tree trunks. Throughout the trail, you'll encounter several spots suitable for dispersed camping or a cozy bonfire. Reaching the mountain's summit, you'll encounter a cell tower and ample parking space, perfect for indulging in panoramic views of the Okanagan Valley and its surrounding mountain ranges. Expect to encounter other vehicles, dirt bikes, and side-by-sides along the trail. Due to inconsistent cell service, it's advisable to carry a satellite device for communication.

Photos of Blue Grouse Mountain Summit

Blue Grouse Mountain Summit
Blue Grouse Mountain Summit
Blue Grouse Mountain Summit

Difficulty

Expect many rock ledges 12-18 inches tall, large potholes, rutted areas, washed-out areas from water runoff, and steep sections. The road is one vehicle wide with many places to pull over to allow others to pass.

Technical Rating

4

Status Reports

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Access Description

Take Highway 97 south of Kelowna and the first right after the bridge onto Westside Road to the junction with Bear Creek Main by Traders Cove. Turn left on Bear Creek Main and follow it for about 2 kilometers. About one kilometer in, you will come to cattle guard where there is ample room for several rigs to air down. Continue along another kilometer to the turnoff on your right. If you are passing the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club MX Track on your left, you have gone to far.

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