Spion Kopje: Ridgeline/Tower/Paintbrush Loop

Lake Country

38 min from Downtown Kelowna
13864 Northstar Lane, Lake Country, BC

This series of trails to the peak of the Spion Kopje mountain is one of the easier paths to the top of the mountain, but still requires a very good degree of personal fitness and agility. If you are up for the challenge, follow a pathway through ponderosa pine and bunch grass to spectacular views of the Okanagan valley.

The battle of Spion Kopje took place in South Africa on the hilltop of Spioenkop in 1900, along the Tugela River during the second Boer War. It is suggested that a veteran of the war, pioneer Henry Northcote Caeser’s brother Leslie, named the mountain after this.

During the summer of 2012, the Walk Around Lake Country group finished a three-year goal to create well-marked trails forming clearer paths for hikers. This included a cairn marker at "The Grand Overlook." Views from this point include a stretch of the Okanagan Valley, Lake Okanagan, Wood Lake and Duck Lake and surrounding mountains.

Following the markers will connect you to the summit of Spion Kopje or to another peak view of the North allowing for sights of Lake Kalamalka and parts of Oyama.

For a published map of the trails, visit the Lake Country Visitor Centre. Motorized vehicles are requested to stay off marked hiking trails.
  • Short
  • Difficult
  • Loop
  • 5.92 km round-trip
  • 1 hr 15 min solo
  • 1 hr 45 min group
  • 449 m gain
Kids & Pets
  • On-Leash
  • Child-Friendly
  • Part of the larger Spion Kopje trail network.
  • One of our favourites!


13864 Northstar Lane, Lake Country, BC

Driving Time

From Downtown Kelowna, approximate travel time by car is 38 min.

GPS Co-ordinates

Detailed Directions

1) Follow Highway 97 north from downtown Kelowna towards Vernon
2) Turn LEFT on Oceola right past Winfield and at the bottom of Wood Lake.
3) Turn RIGHT onto Carrs Landing Road.
4) After 1.8 km, slight RIGHT to continue onto Moberly Rd (just before the 6 km marker for 50th Parallel Estate Winery)
5) After 0.7 km, turn LEFT onto Forest Hill Dr
6) After 0.6 km, turn RIGHT on Townsend Dr
7) After 0.6 km, turn LEFT (almost 180) on Northstar Lane at the corner near the house at 13518 Townsend Dr.
8) Follow to the end (0.6 km) and park near 13864 Northstar Lane amidst new housing construction as of 2016. Very limited parking is available. Please park effectively.

Google Directions

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

  • Starting Elevation: 546 meters
  • Ending Elevation: 546 meters
  • Maximum Elevation: 876 meters
  • Minimum Elevation: 546 meters
  • Elevation Gain: 449 meters
  • Elevation Loss: -449 meters
  • Slope Up: 14.00%
  • Slope Down: -14.00%

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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.
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