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Three great hikes to do this spring near Osoyoos

Looking to get out in nature near Osoyoos this season? There’s no better way to enjoy the beautiful desert scenery than to hit the trails for a hike. With the region surrounded by grasslands, highlands, and mountains, the area is a major draw for outdoor recreation and spring is the perfect time to go exploring when the weather is perfect temperatures.

And after a day of hiking, there is no better reward than a deserved sip (or two) at one of many nearby wineries.

To get you started, here are three don’t-miss Osoyoos hikes to do this spring.

International Hike & Bike Trail

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Take your time on this scenic trail as there are plenty of things to do. Stop to read interpretive signs and gain insight into the local landscape, take advantage of viewpoints along the way, and enjoy a snack with a view at one of the provided picnic tables. The trail is wide and relatively flat, so it’s one that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

This is also a great option for people looking to go for a bike ride as well.

Trailhead can be found near the wooden bridge on Road 22, located at the north end of the lake.

Strawberry Creek Trail

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The Strawberry Creek Trail is located on the west side of Osoyoos. It winds its way through the Osoyoos hills, past a historic mine, and around the golf course where you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of the lower valley. The terrain is varied along this moderately difficult route and includes sidewalks, gravel roads, and a narrow trail. Hikers may also encounter mountain bikers riding the Strawberry Creek trail.

You are able to navigate the trail all the way up to Kilpoola Lake, for an out-and-back total of 14.8 km.

Please note: The trail is unmarked, so be sure to consult a map and/or connect with a local before heading out.

**In the early stages of spring, expect to encounter snow at higher elevations**

Trailhead can be found at the base of Strawberry Creek Road in Osoyoos.

Mount Kobau Trail

Courtesy: Graham Cox

The Mount Kobau Trail offers panoramic views of the Similkameen and Okanagan valleys. This 5 km trail begins at the top of Mount Kobau, accessible from Highway 3 west of Osoyoos. It follows a loop around the summit, passing through sub-alpine forests and open grassland. At the top, enjoy an unobstructed view of the valley, Osoyoos and the lake that will take your breath away.

Note: The dirt access road is not suitable for low-clearance vehicles.

**In the early stages of spring, expect to encounter snow at higher elevations**

Trailhead can be found at the end of the logging road that ascends Mount Kobau.

Please do your part in respecting the area’s delicate ecosystems by staying on designated paths and leaving nothing behind but footprints.