Keremeos Columns Provincial Park

Keremeos

8 min from Downtown Keremeos
2795 Liddicoat Rd, Keremeos, BC V0X 1N4

This short day hike through sagebrush country leads you to formations created from volcanic activity that occurred around 30 million years ago.

The Keremeos Columns are made of basalt, the result of cooled lava and stand at a spectacular 30m high. They share the same geological phenomenon status as Northern Ireland's "Giant Causeway" and Wyoming's "Devil's Tower."

The old trail involved some elevation and ended in a steep incline. The actual columns lie out of provincial park boundaries on private property. Our GPS log was recorded when access was permitted. To use this particular route, permission must be obtained from the landowners. We do not have their contact information.

As of 2022, there are no developed trails within the park itself, so hikers must prepare for a route-finding adventure, but views are available of the columns while staying within the park! Sturdy shoes are recommended.

A roundtrip to visit the Keremeos Columns takes between three to four hours for active adults and can be extremely hot during the summer, make sure to bring plenty of water and watch out for rattlesnakes among other wildlife such as deer.

For more information:
http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/keremeos/
Route
  • Half-Day
  • Average
  • Out & Back Same Way
  • 10.76 km round-trip
  • 3 hr solo
  • 706 m gain
  • Variable Width
Kids & Pets
  • On-Leash
  • Child-Friendly
Features
  • One of our favourites!

Address

2795 Liddicoat Rd, Keremeos, BC V0X 1N4

Driving Time

From Downtown Keremeos, approximate travel time by car is 8 min.

GPS Co-ordinates

Detailed Directions

1. Drive to center of town in Keremeos, BC
2. Head North on Highway 3A
3. Tun RIGHT on Liddicoat Rd (at Tree to Me).
4. After 1.1 km, turn LEFT to stay on Liddicoat Rd (instead of continuing straight on Pincushion Trail) and park immediately at the unmarked parking area on the left.
5. Begin your hike up the road!

For more details:
http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/map.html

Google Directions

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

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: 523 meters
  • Ending Elevation: 1216 meters
  • Maximum Elevation: 1216 meters
  • Minimum Elevation: 523 meters
  • Elevation Gain: 706 meters
  • Elevation Loss: -12 meters
  • Slope Up: 11.00%
  • Slope Down: 11.00%

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GPS Notes
Most often when viewing our maps, trails marked in Green or Blue have been human-verified by our volunteers. A route in purple indicates an overgrown trail or a bushwhack. Otherwise, the tracks 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.
  • Caitlin Alcott

    Gave the Cliftons a call this morning asking about access to the columns and she let me know that the columns are closed and they no longer allow people through.

    Please call before you attempt to go through their property if you need confirmation yourself ... but this is their personal phone number and I’m sure they would appreciate if we took this information down and left them alone.

    Sat, Mar 21, 2020 9:20 AM
  • Karen Lannon

    https://bcparks.ca/explore/parkpgs/keremeos/

    Public access to the column features is not permitted
    Keremeos Columns Park does not contain the geological features that were intended to be protected at the time of establishment in the early 1930s. The column features are fully contained on private land. At this time, public access to the column features is not permitted. Viewing of the column features must be done so by using valley bottom vantage points that do not involve encroachment or access onto private land.
    Please note that some accesses to the Columns are through private land, which is closed to the public
    Please observe posted signs and do not trespass on private property.

    Every time some one decides to ignore this, it is yet another years delay in getting the family to agree to let hikers have access to the columns feature. Please be respectful of their wishes.

    Mon, Mar 29, 2021 11:20 AM

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