July Schedule

Please note the following options and choose your hiking experiences accordingly:

Based on what I have experienced and my fitness level, each trail will be rated as follows:

‘With Ease’ (1);
‘Moderate’ (2 – 3);
‘Difficult’ (4);
‘Very Difficult’ (5).

Note that this is all relative, and you need to be mindful of your own fitness level; you may find a certain trail challenging regardless of it’s rating and depending on your fitness level.

No matter what your level, following are some requested reminders and recommended tips:

    1. To create and maintain a hiking fitness level appropriate to the hikes you choose, begin a daily walking program (15 to 30 minutes) in your neighbourhood to provide yourself with a little conditioning and more physical ease during our hikes; adding a few hills will be helpful;
    2. For your safety, wear appropriate shoes on the hikes; a running shoe for flat hikes, a running trail shoe or a hiking shoe for anything from moderate to very difficult;
    3. Wear sunscreen, a hat and protective clothing; the sun can be hotter than you think;
    4. No matter what level of hike, the use of hiking poles can be helpful especially if you have knee or back issues, or if you are on a difficult trail for support, no matter your fitness level;
    5. Bring lots of water; it is truly your best friend;
    6. Bring a carrying bag or small back pack of some sort to store your water, extra clothing, food and snacks, sunscreen, etc. Please don’t rely on others to carry your items;
    7. Take note of start times, hike durations and meeting spots designated on each posted hike. Please, don’t assume we are meeting at the main parking lot of parks – read and follow the meetup.com directions to get to your hike (we often go to obscure trailheads to begin our hikes); we will wait 5 minutes after the posted start time, and will then begin our hike. If you are late, and we are gone, please do not start the hike on your own as you may get lost; go for a coffee instead, and meet us on another hike/day;
    8. During our hikes, please turn your cell phone sound off; cells phones are encouraged for photos and emergency calls if needed. However, we discourage business or personal calls/texts during the hike as they interrupt the peaceful energy of the hike and disrupt conversation and connection with hikers.
    9. All hikers are required to RSVP on our meetup.com; if you do not, we will assume you are not coming; if no one RSVPs, Diana may choose to do something else that day 🙂
    10. We encourage you to bring your dog if allowed; please ensure that s/he is both people and dog friendly!!!

Hike Descriptions;

Empowerment Hike -Moderate (3). Sign up for this hike by RSVP on the Daringly Mindful Meetup.com (join the Daringly Mindful Hiking Meetup Group) by the evening before by 9 pm. This hike is about stepping a wee bit out of your comfort zone in order to create some challenge during your hike; quicken your pace a bit and see out it feels. This is for those who want a workout and will accommodate any hiker’s level depending on your pace. The average time to complete this hike is 60 to 90 minutes, however, it can take shorter or longer depending on your fitness level or how you feel that day and what your intention is for the hike.

Connection Hike -Difficult to Very Difficult (4 – 5). Sign up for this hike by RSVP on the Daringly Mindful Meetup.com (join the Daringly Mindful Hiking Meetup Group) by the evening before by 9 pm. Except for the last Sunday of every month, these hikes are dedicated to various trails throughout the Okanagan. These hikes will range from 2 to 4 hours, and will be rated difficult to very difficult. Again, your pace will determine how much time you spend on the trail. One of our intentions is to advocate physical fitness, but first and foremost, we are inspiring personal and social connection and fun within nature so, don’t worry about your level or being left behind as no one will ever hike alone.

Sunday Serenity Hike (last Sunday of each month) – With Ease/Flat (1). Sign up for this hike by RSVP on the Daringly Mindful Meetup.com (join the Daringly Mindful Hiking Meetup Group)by Saturday evening by 9 pm. The last Sunday of every month is dedicated to Serenity Sunday and a Flat Trail. This hike was created for those who enjoy a leisurely hike in order to slow down, take in the scenery and “smell the roses.” If you like, bring your camera and grab some great shots as we explore less strenuous trails in the Kelowna area.

July Schedule:

Connection Hike, Saturday July 2nd @ 8 am; Canyon Falls Park
Trail – Canyon Falls
Difficulty – very difficult (4)
Duration – 3 – 4 hours depending on pace of group; pack a snack or lunch and water; dogs on leash
Address/Directions – Take Gordon Drive and turn left on to Depart Road. Follow Depart Road and turn right on Crawford Road. Right on Westridge Drive, right on Canyon Ridge Crescent and then right on Canyon Falls Court. Park at the end of small cut-de-sac.

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Connection Hike, Monday, July 4nd @ 8 am – Rose Valley Regional Park
Trail – Yellow Bell Loop 3.1 km; Rose Valley Pond entrance
Difficulty – moderate (3)
Duration – 1.5 hours; dogs on leash
Address/Directions – Rose Valley Pond, 1820 Westlake Road. Take 97 S from Kelowna over bridge to the west side; Turn right on Westlake Road; At the roundabout, take the second exit onto Westlake Rd; In 2.4 km, the destination is on your left.

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Empowerment Hike, Tuesday, July 5th @ 5 pm – Knox Mountain
Trail – Knox Apex Trail – 4.34 km
Difficulty – moderate (3)
Duration – 2 hours; bring water; dogs on leash
Address/Directions – 900 Knox Mountain Drive at the bottom of Ellis
Please park and meet in the parking area at the base of Knox Mountain

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Empowerment Hike, Thursday, July 7th @ 8 am – Knox Mountain
Trail – Knox Apex Trail – 4.34 km
Difficulty – moderate (3)
Duration – 2 hours; bring water; dogs on leash
Address/Directions – 900 Knox Mountain Drive at the bottom of Ellis
Please park and meet in the parking area at the base of Knox Mountain

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Connection Hike, Saturday, July 9th @ 8 am – Rose Valley
Trail – 6 km Rose Valley trail
Difficulty – moderate (3)
Duration – 3 – 4 hours; pack a snack or lunch and water; dogs on leash
Address/Directions – The main access to the park is from Westlake Road near the pond and Rose Valley Elementary School. There is a small parking area to the south of the pond and across from the West Kelowna fire hall.

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Connection Hike, Monday, July 11th @ 8 am; Cedar Mountain Park
Trail – Kelowna Crags – 6.5 km
Difficulty – difficult (4)
Duration – 3 – 4 hours depending on pace of group; pack a snack or lunch and water; dogs on leash
Address/Directions – Head south from downtown on Pandosy Street, which changes names to Lakeshore Road. Stay straight at the fork on to Chute Lake Road. Once on the gravel road, go about 7 km and watch for an old dirt road on the right. Take this road to an old sawmill site and park.

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Empowerment Hike, Tuesday, July 12th @ 5 pm – Knox Mountain
Trail – Knox Apex Trail – 4.34 km
Difficulty – moderate (3)
Duration – 2 hours; bring water; dogs on leash
Address/Directions – 900 Knox Mountain Drive at the bottom of Ellis
Please park and meet in the parking area at the base of Knox Mountain

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Empowerment Hike, Thursday, July 14th @ 8 am – Knox Mountain
Trail – Knox Apex Trail – 4.34 km
Difficulty – moderate (3)
Duration – 2 hours; bring water; dogs on leash
Address/Directions – 900 Knox Mountain Drive at the bottom of Ellis
Please park and meet in the parking area at the base of Knox Mountain

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Connection Hike, Saturday, July 16th @ 8 am; Carrot Bluffs Mountain
Trail – Carrot Mountain Loop 4.34 km
Difficulty – very difficult (5)
Duration – 2 hours; pack a snack or lunch and water; dogs on leash
Address/Directions – From Highway 97 in West Kelowna, turn right onto Bartley Road, then left on Shannon Lake Road towards the golf course. Just before the golf course, take a right on Shannon Woods Drive near the Community Gardens. Continue on until you reach Shannon Hills Drive and take a right. Finally, take a left on Shannon Heights Place and continue until you reach the end of the street, which is a dead end. You can park and head up the trail

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Connection Hike, Monday, July 18th @ 8 am – Mount Boucherie
Trail – Mount Boucherie Loop – 3 km
Difficulty – difficult; steep incline (4)
Duration – 2 hours; hiking the loop twice; bring a snack or lunch and water; dogs on leash
Address/Directions – Take Hwy. 97S across Bennett Bridge; turn left at Hudson Rd.; turn right on Guidi Rd.; turn right on Trevor Rd.; this road becomes Lakeview Cove Rd. Entrance to park is on left across from a pullout on right

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Empowerment Hike, Tuesday, July 19th @ 5 pm – Knox Mountain
Trail – Knox Apex Trail – 4.34 km
Difficulty – moderate (3)
Duration – 2 hours; bring water; dogs on leash
Address/Directions – 900 Knox Mountain Drive at the bottom of Ellis
Please park and meet in the parking area at the base of Knox Mountain

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Empowerment Hike, Thursday, July 21st @ 8 am – Knox Mountain
Trail – Knox Apex Trail – 4.34 km
Difficulty – moderate (3)
Duration – 2 hours; bring water; dogs on leash
Address/Directions – 900 Knox Mountain Drive at the bottom of Ellis
Please park and meet in the parking area at the base of Knox Mountain

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Connection Hike, Saturday, July 23rd @ 8 am – BX Falls
Trail – 6.54 km
Difficulty – moderate (3)
Duration – 2 – 3 hours; bring a snack or lunch and water; dogs on leash
Address/Directions -Heading North From Vernon, take Silver Star Rd. East (48th Ave becomes Silver Star Rd). Just past the BX School, turn right onto Star Rd. Sign and parking at trailhead on the right just before turning left up the hill. Alternatively, park at the top of the trail: Continue up Silver Star Rd another 2km, take a right on Tillicum Rd. Parking is on the right, just after the hard right hand turn (about 1km off Silver Star Rd).

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Connection Hike, Monday, July 25th @ 8 am – Fintry Falls
Trail –  Shorts Creek Trail 1 km
Difficulty – moderate with over 300 stairs (2)
Duration –  30 – 60 minutes depending on pace; bring water; dogs on leash
Address/Directions – Take Hwy 97 South over the bridge to the West Side. Turn right onto Westside Road, and follow the signs to Fintry Regional Park. Approximately 1/2 km from the campground area there is parking for 6 or 7 vehicles on a gravel pullout just past the octagonal dairy barn. Park here; look for my black and white Mini Cooper.

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Empowerment Hike, Tuesday, July 26th @ 5 pm – Knox Mountain
Trail – Knox Apex Trail – 4.34 km
Difficulty – moderate (3)
Duration – 2 hours; bring water; dogs on leash
Address/Directions – 900 Knox Mountain Drive at the bottom of Ellis
Please park and meet in the parking area at the base of Knox Mountain

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Empowerment Hike, Thursday, July 28th @ 8 am – Knox Mountain
Trail – Knox Apex Trail – 4.34 km
Difficulty – moderate (3)
Duration – 2 hours; bring water; dogs on leash
Address/Directions – 900 Knox Mountain Drive at the bottom of Ellis
Please park and meet in the parking area at the base of Knox Mountain

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Sunday Serenity Hike, Sunday, July 31st @ 8 am – Rotary Marsh Park
Trail – Kelowna Waterfront Boardwalk
Difficulty – With Ease/Flat (1)
Bring your camera and a snack; no dogs please
Duration – 2 – 3 hours (or your preference of less or more)
Address/Directions – Rotary Marsh Park 1050 Sunset Dr Kelowna BC V1Y 9R7 Canada. We will meet at Rotary Marsh and walk south through the bird sanctuary and along the waterfront boardwalk.

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