Mt Baldy in Kelowna

An unexpected trail network that's perfect for a morning or afternoon hike.

Are you looking for an easy hike that offers amazing views? Or the perfect after work hike? Look no further than Mt Baldy in Kelowna! Mt Baldy is located between Rutland and Glenmore and is a short, fairly easy hike. It’s easily identified by its distinct lack of trees! From the top, you’ll be greeted with superb 360° views of northern Kelowna.

Trail Information

DifficultyEasy to moderate
Length4.9 km, 3 mi
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Mt Baldy in Kelowna offers great views of northern Kelowna, Rutland, and Glenmore.
Hiking up a hill at Mt Baldy in Kelowna
A boardwalk through a marshy area at Mt Baldy

Amazing views of Kelowna

As you hike, you’ll have fantastic views of the city as well as Dilworth Mountain and Glenmore. The bird’s eye view of the area really lets you scope out the area and enjoy panoramic views without having to do an overly difficult hike.

Mt Baldy is adjacent to Dilworth Mountain and the park is mainly used by hikers, runners, and mountain bikers. The mountain is privately owned and the back side is zoned for residential developments, however the majority of it is meant for park space.

Feet on a rock with a view of Rutland from Mt Baldy
Hiking up the steep spine of Mt Baldy in Rutland
Lightly forested trail on the northern side of Mt Baldy
Woman hiking up the west side of Mt Baldy

What to Expect

There are two entrances to Mt Baldy. One is just off the side of Rifle Road (which is the main road up Dilworth Mountain) and the other is at the end of Mt Baldy Drive. I’ve always used the Mt Baldy Drive entrance because there is plenty of parking alongside the residential road.

Regardless of which trailhead you start at, the beginning of your hike will be through a field of long grass. The trail is well worn and hard to miss. Because of the long grass, you need to be extra aware of ticks. Always check yourself, your friends, and any animals you bring with you.

Trail through a grassy area at the Mt Baldy trailhead
The lower trail at the base of Mt Baldy
The tower at the summit of Mt Baldy
Woman sits on a rock overlooking Rutland

Choose Your Adventure

There are three trails up the mountain. The southern trail heads up the spine of Mt Baldy and is clearly visible as you begin your hike. The western heads up the side of the mountain after bringing you through a sparse forest. The third trail (which I’ve always descended on) is on the northern side of Mt Baldy and is far more forested than either of the other two trails that head up the mountain.

There are also two trails along the base of the mountain that complete the loops. The western loop is quite forested and is a wonderful trail if you’re looking to stay out of the sun. The eastern trail will bring you to the very base of Mt Baldy and, for the most part, is entirely exposed. Once you’re at the base of the mountain, the trail is extremely flat and straight.

Singular tree at the summit of Mt Baldy
The gravel trail at the summit of Mt Baldy with a view over Dilworth Mountain
View of Mt Baldy from the summit
The forested, northern side of Mt Baldy

The Trails at Mt Baldy

There are two main “loops” around Mt Baldy. They’re both roughly the same distance and take about the same time to explore. Generally, each loop takes between 30 to 60 minutes to hike and you can easily explore both in the same outing. Having said that, the trails are interchangeable and you can easily make your own loops.

When you summit Mt Baldy, you’ll gain quite a bit of elevation very quickly. The spine gains about 100 meters in 0.5km and offers the best views of all the trails. The western trail is a little easier because it starts higher than the spine, with a gain of about 25 meters in 0.2km. The northern trail gains about 70 meters in 0.3km and is the most forested of the three trails.

Woman walks along the top of Mt Baldy with the summit in the background
A hiking trail in northern Kelowna
The rolling hills of Mt Baldy in Kelowna
Woman standing at the top of Mt Baldy with a view over Rutland

Final Notes

Mt Baldy is a short, fairly easy hike but you will be exposed for most of it. When you see Mt Baldy from a distance, it’s clear how it got its name. The mountain has very few trees and looks bald compared to the surrounding mountains. Bring plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated in the hot sun.

No matter which trail you choose, you’ll enjoy the beautiful views from this quiet mountain.


  • Chris Wex
    July 3, 2020 at 9:59 am

    Recently a sign board has been erected on the access path to Mt. Baldy Park at the end of Mt. Baldy Drive. The sign says this is private property and forbids trespass. Given that literature describing the walks in the Park acknowledges that it’s privately owned one wonders what has changed. Is this simply a liability escape route for the owners, or are they serious about not allowing access?
    There are dozens of local people who enjoy this area regularly and it would be a great shame if access to the area is cut off, or if any of the remaining undeveloped area adjacent to Mount Baldy is developed.

    • Sam
      July 5, 2020 at 9:37 am

      That’s great to know, thanks for sharing Chris. It would be a shame if they cut off access, it’s such a nice place to enjoy.


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