Blue Hawk Mine

West Kelowna

33 min from Downtown Kelowna
49.983631, -119.519143

A mere 20 minutes from the turn off from Westside Rd, this abandoned gold mine is a hidden gem on Blue Grouse Mountain. While the entire adventure is pretty short as the cave network only has two forks, expect hallway-style width and height corridors, and also 0.5ft-1ft deep water for the first 50 feet or so of the cave. Bring rainboots if you have them.

While technically it's possible to 4x4 right to the cave entrance, most cars (including a Subaru BRZ) can make it to the turn off where the forest service road turns right into a 4x4ing right. That will leave you a mere 228 meter descent, and 45 meters of elevation, from the cave entrance.

Definitely a must-do on Halloween or a full moon.

  • Short
  • Easy
  • Out & Back Same Way
  • 0.46 km round-trip
  • 5 min solo
  • 26 min group
  • 12 m gain
  • Double-Wide
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49.983631, -119.519143

Driving Time

From Downtown Kelowna, approximate travel time by car is 33 min.

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Detailed Directions

  1. Drive into West Kelowna and take the Westside Road exit towards Bear Creek.
  2. At Bear Lake Main Road, just pass bear creek, park turn left and RESET ODOMETER.
  3. At 6.8 km (just prior to the 8 km marker), turn right up Terrace Main & RESET ODOMETER
  4. At 0.5 km turn right onto Blue Grouse & RESET ODOMETER
  5. At 2.8 km (just past the 11 km sign) where the road splits into 3 ways, keep right.
  6. At 3.6 km (at the 12 km sign), notice the cabin on right.
  7. At 3.9 km, keep left.
  8. At 4.3 km park on the side of the road and walk down the hill.
  9. The cave will be on the left at just over 200 meters. Possible to 4x4 down with a large vehicle.

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Use our written directions in preference to the Google directions below as they are likely more accurate.

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Linear Trail
This is a linear (out and back/not a loop) trail; the values below indicate the one-way statistics from the trailhead to the end of the route.
  • Starting Elevation: 976 meters
  • Ending Elevation: 943 meters
  • Maximum Elevation: 976 meters
  • Minimum Elevation: 943 meters
  • Elevation Gain: 12 meters
  • Elevation Loss: -45 meters
  • Slope Up: 14.00%
  • Slope Down: -21.00%

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GPS Notes
We have often color-coded our GPX tracks. While it is not always the case, we have tried to use the following convention on our newer maps:

Green/Blue: human-verified by our volunteers.
Purple: overgrown trail, bushwhack, or on private property.
Red: default color or not reality-checked
Yellow: Road
Other Colors: May have been satellite traced or imported from third party sources.

While we strongly believe our GPS are accurate, please be aware that no logging system is perfect and to be aware of potential errors. Use at your own risk.
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