May Schedule

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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) Saturdays,
‘Difficult’ (4) Sundays, or
‘Very Difficult’ (5) Sundays.

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 by Wednesday evening at 9 pm. 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 45 to 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 by either 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.

Serenity Hike – With Ease/Flat. Sign up for this hike by RSVP on the Daringly Mindful Meetup.com by Saturday evening at 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 🙂

May Schedule:

Connection Hike, May 1st @ 9 am; Carrot Bluffs Mountain
Trail – Carrot Mountain Loop
Difficulty – Very Difficult; 4.34 km
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, May 5th @ 9 am – Knox Mountain
Trail – Knox Apex Trail – 4.34 km
Difficulty – moderate (3)
Duration – 1.5 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, May 7th @ 9 am Kalamalka Park
Trail –  Cosen’s Bay Trail to Comin’ Round the Mountain Trail to the Look Out Trail
Difficulty – Moderate (2)
Duration – 2 – 4 hours; your choice of less or more; pack a snack or lunch and water; dogs on leash
Address/Directions – Take Klamalka Lake Rd. off Highway 97. Go through most of Coldstream and watch for the blue sign pointing to Kalmalka Lake Park and Cosens Bay. You will pass the first park turnoff, but the trail head for this one is on the 2nd turnoff, about 2 km down. There is one dodgily marked turnoff that is a sharp hairpin, but the trail is not difficult to find.

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Empowerment Hike, May 12th @ 9 am – Knox Mountain
Trail – Knox Apex Trail – 4.34 km
Difficulty – Moderate (3)
Duration – 1 hour; 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, May 15th @ 9 am – Bear Creek Park
Trail – Canyon Trail
Difficulty – Moderate (2) (even though this is a Sunday which is usually ‘difficult’, this was already scheduled so, we are leaving it as is)
Duration – 2 hours hiking the loop twice; bring a snack or lunch and water; dogs on leash
Address/Directions -107 Westside Rd N Central Okanagan BC Canada, park in parking lot or along right side of road, and meet at map. There are lots of ‘Bear Creek Park’ signs along Westside Rd to guide you.

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Empowerment Hike, May 19th @ 9 am – Knox Mountain
Trail – Knox Apex Trail – 4.34 km
Difficulty – Moderate (3)
Duration – 1 hour; 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, May 21st @ 9 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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Connection Hike, May 22nd @ 9 am – Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park
Trail – Boulder Trail
Difficulty – moderate/difficult (4)
Duration – 2 – 3 hours; pack a snack or lunch and water; dogs on leash
Address/Directions -The trail head to southern end of Lakeshore Rd in Kelowna. Travel time from downtown Kelowna is approximately 25 minutes. Arriving at the trail head is fairly simple, as we simple follow Pandosy/Lakeshore Rd from the city. The parking lot is well marked on the right hand side of the road along the lake; if you get to the end of the road, you have gone too far.

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Empowerment Hike, May 24th @ 5 pm – Knox Mountain
Trail – Knox Apex Trail – 4.34 km
Difficulty – moderate (3)
Duration – 1 hour; 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, May 26th @ 9 am – Knox Mountain
Trail – Knox Apex Trail – 4.34 km
Difficulty – moderate (3)
Duration – 1 hour; 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, May 29th @ 9 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 and follow the direction signs pointing to Gallagher’s Canyon golf course. Continue past the golf course and you will find the road narrows as it winds its way down to a narrow bridge crossing KLO Creek. Keep going until you see a high voltage power line crossing the road. The next exit on the right is Myra Forest Service Road. 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 leading into the Canyon

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Empowerment Hike, May 31st @ 5 pm – Knox Mountain
Trail – Knox Apex Trail – 4.34 km
Difficulty – moderate (3)
Duration – 1 hour; 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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