Rose Valley: City on the Edge of Forever

West Kelowna

13 min from Downtown Kelowna
1488 Rosewood Drive, West Kelowna, BC
Nestled on the west side of the Rose Valley Reservoir, this trail begins as a nice flat service road until it meets up with the lake. Meander up the goat trail to the left, and follow it all way through the dense forest to Sweet Street and begin your gruelling trek upwards. Pass under the most incredible giant rock archway and dawn your sights upon a panoramic view of the valley. Continuing further, the struggle worsens, until finally reaching the viewpoint at City on the Edge of Forever. This is easily the best viewpoint in the entire network of the Rose Valley trails and should absolutely not be missed. This spot is ideal for a picnic, sunrise or sunset.

Begin the descent down by keeping right at all of the forks, passing directly next to the incredible cliffs that line McDougall Rim on your right. Over halfway down, take note of a magnificent boulder split in half over time as you walk through it. Keep right at the Rocky Candy fork to connect with the home stretch!
  • Short
  • Difficult
  • Loop
  • 8.50 km round-trip
  • 2 hr 20 min solo
  • 2 hr 40 min group
  • 675 m gain
Kids & Pets
  • On-Leash
  • Child-Friendly


1488 Rosewood Drive, West Kelowna, BC

Driving Time

From Downtown Kelowna, approximate travel time by car is 13 min.

Notable GPS Co-ordinates

Detailed Directions

1) Drive from downtown Kelowna across the bridge.
2) Turn RIGHT onto Westlake Rd.
3) Turn LEFT onto Rosewood Dr and follow it to the end. Park at the cul-de-sac.

Google Directions

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

  • Starting Elevation: 545 meters
  • Ending Elevation: 545 meters
  • Maximum Elevation: 931 meters
  • Minimum Elevation: 545 meters
  • Elevation Gain: 675 meters
  • Elevation Loss: -675 meters
  • Slope Up: 14.00%
  • Slope Down: -13.00%

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Map Waypoints

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.
  • Sean White

    The directions here seemed incomplete.
    This is a large network of trails, mostly for mountain biking. The suggested route uses sections of various trails. Trail Forks app is very helpful.
    First section is the reservoir service road.
    From there, start the Lake Loop trail. I only found the little goat trail mentioned in the description to get to that.
    After a short distance, keep left to start "Sweet Street." The trail goes up slightly, then goes back down towards the reservoir before meeting up with "City on the Edge of Forever."
    I suggest taking a left off of "Sweet Street" to climb up on "No Left Turn Unstoned." This will be an easier grade, and leads to the same lookout.
    After enjoying the breathtaking views from the lookout, I took "Jabba Rocky" all the way back down to the service road.
    A great hike!

    Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 8:18 AM

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