June 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) Last Sunday of the month;
‘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 where allowed; please ensure that s/he is both people and dog friendly!!!

Empowerment Hike -Moderate. Sign up for this hike by RSVP on the Daringly Mindful Meetup.com (join the Daringly Mindful Hiking Meetup Group) by the evening before the hike 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 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. Starting times may change as the temperature rises.

Connection Hike -Difficult to Very Difficult. 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 moderate to 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. 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. This hike is approximately 2 hours.

*Look for me by my black and white Mini Cooper 🙂

June Schedule: *I will be away from June 5 – 13 so, there will be no hikes scheduled during this time. Hikes will resume on Tuesday, June 14th with our 5 pm Knox Mountain Empowerment hike* Please note 8 am morning start times 🙂

Empowerment Hike, Thursday, June 2nd @ 8 am – Knox Mountain
Trail – Knox Apex Trail – 4.34 km
Difficulty – moderate (3)
Duration – 1.5 – 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, Monday, June 13th @ 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, June 16th @ 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, June 18th @ 8 am; Carrot Bluffs Mountain
Trail – Carrot Mountain Loop 4.34 km
Difficulty – very difficult (5)
Duration – 3 – 4 hours depending on pace of group; 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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Empowerment Hike, Tuesday, June 21st @ 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, June 23rd @ 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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Serenity Hike, Sunday, June 26th 8 am – Myra Canyon Trestles
Trail – Myra Canyon
Difficulty – With Ease/Flat (1)
Bring your camera, if you like and a snack and water; dogs on leash
Duration – 2 – 4 hours (or your preference of less or more)
Address/Directions – Myra Station Access – Starting from downtown Kelowna make your way to KLO Road and turn left. Follow KLO Road to the “Y” junction of KLO Road and McCulloch Road. Take McCulloch Road to the right and follow the direction signs to Myra Canyon Regional Park. Notice that you need to make another complete right turn to continue on McCulloch Road at the 4 way stop. Watch carefully for the park signs until you reach the gravel road heading up to the parking lot. Follow this gravel road for 8 km until you come to a cattle guard. Turn right immediately past the cattle guard and you are in the Myra Station parking lot with easy access to the trail.

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Empowerment Hike, Tuesday, June 28th @ 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, June 30th @ 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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