The Eain Lamont Trail on Mt Boucherie is a short, steep hike with amazing views of the Okanagan. The maze of trails will keep you on your toes and make every climb different. With views up and down Okanagan Lake and very few people, this is a fun way to challenge yourself.
The Eain Lamont Trail was once the main trailhead for Mt Boucherie, but with the addition of the easier Boucherie Rush Trail in 2015, it’s become much less popular. Perfect!
History of Mt Boucherie
Mt Boucherie is an extinct stratovolcano that’s almost 60 million years old. Today, Mt Boucherie stands 417 m above Okanagan Lake and it’s thought to have once been almost 2,000 meters tall!
The mountain is named after Isadore Boucherie who was an early settler and farmer in the Okanagan during the late 1880s.
Volcanic Activity on Mt Boucherie
Mt Boucherie’s early eruptions consisted of rhyolite and andesite flows. The leftover volcanic rocks can be identified by their distinctive yellow, tan, and pink colours and can be seen on the northern and southern flanks of Mt Boucherie. During its final volcanic activity, Mt Boucherie’s eastern slope was carved into large columns of dacite rock.
When the volcanic activity ended, a large river flowed through the area and partially buried the volcano with rock and sediment. Over the last 40 to 50 million years Mt Boucherie was subjected to glacial activity that further eroded the volcano into what we see today.
Hiking the Eain Lamont Trail
The Eain Lamont Trail is roughly 5 km and brings you up the northern side of Mt Boucherie. It’s a challenging hike that requires scrambling up steep sections and over loose rock. You’ll also need a keen eye for trail scouting because the trails aren’t always obvious.
Because of the many trails to choose from, the length and duration of the Eain Lamont Trail can differ greatly. Be prepared to spend anywhere from 45 minutes to 3 hours on Mt Boucherie.
What to Expect from the Trail
From the trailhead, a very large, well-worn trail meanders slowly along the base of Mt Boucherie. You’ll steadily climb uphill until you reach a reservoir. From here, numerous smaller trails branch off and you’ll have to pick your adventure. No matter which trail you choose, you’ll have wonderful views and eventually make it to the top of Mt Boucherie.
The trail going forward gets challenging. There are very few trail markers, but if you steadily head uphill and stay on a trail, you’ll make it to the top of Mt Boucherie. Some of the trails can be quite dangerous because of loose rock, steep inclines, and narrow trails. Always be careful and watch your step.
The majority of the trail is exposed with little tree cover and you’ll quickly become very hot on a sunny day. Bring lots of water in a hydration pack, lather yourself in sunscreen, and wear a hat to protect yourself. Check out our Okanagan packing list — it'll help keep you safe on your hike.
While it can feel like you could easily get lost on this side of Mt Boucherie, it would be quite difficult to get truly lost. Mt Boucherie is surrounded on all sides by urban development and heading downhill will eventually bring you to the city.
Summiting the Eain Lamont Trail on Mt Boucherie
The summit of the Eain Lamont Trail offers truly spectacular panoramic views! Your hard work is rewarded here with breathtaking views of Kelowna, Shannon Lake, and Okanagan Lake.
The summit of the Eain Lamont Trail, unlike the Boucherie Rush Trail, isn’t developed and is nothing more than rocky outcroppings. Still, it’s a wonderful place to rest and soak in the beautiful Okanagan scenery. Plus, there are usually fewer people at this summit which lets you enjoy the scenery in peace and quiet.
If you want to keep exploring, you can take a trail along the top that brings you to the main lookout on Mt Boucherie. After climbing the Eain Lamont Trail, this trail is quite easy. It meanders up and down the top of Mt Boucherie and through the forest. It’s not uncommon to see wildlife here. You’ll eventually meet up with the Boucherie Rush Trail and find the second summit with views of West Kelowna.
What to Bring on Your Hike
The Eain Lamont Trail is a short, challenging hike and there are specific things you’ll want to bring to make the most of your hike.
Hydration packs are my favourite way to bring water on any hiking adventure. I find I stay way more hydrated when I use a hydration pack instead of a water bottle because I have easy access to water the entire time. Hydration packs are made to easily fit into backpacks, which makes carrying 2-3 litres super easy.
You'll want to bring as much water as possible on your hike, especially in the summer, because most of the Eain Lamont Trail is entirely exposed.
I won't lie, I'm bad for wearing hats. But they make such a difference that when I actually do wear one, I'm glad I did.
Hats are great for keeping the hot sun out of your eyes as well as preventing your face and scalp from getting sunburnt. And if you're getting a little too hot, just drench your hat in some water! It's a win-win.
Trail Location & Information
The Eain Lamont Trail on Mt Boucherie is a great day-hike for experienced hikers that rewards you with spectacular views of the central Okanagan.
There’s a small parking lot at the Eain Lamont Park, however, it can be difficult to find because it’s deep in residential developments. The gravel road into the parking lot isn’t always well maintained and there may be large potholes.
|Distance||5 km loop|
|Duration||1 – 3 hours|
|Parking||There's a small parking lot at the trailhead.|