This Penticton Pedestrian has wandered a bit past the environs of Penticton for today’s feature. A half hour drive south-west of Penticton brings you to the small community of Keremeos, famous as the “fruit stand capital” of BC. Towering above Keremeos is the “Keremeos Columns Provincial Park,” the site of some of the world’s most spectacular basalt columns, and certainly the site of amazing views in every direction, especially through the lower Similkameen River valley that winds its way through the communities of Keremeos and Cawston.
The trail that leads to the columns is almost as great an adventure as the columns themselves! If you have a hardy 4 wheel drive or ATV you may want to drive up close to the columns; if not, a long, rigorous hike is your option (be sure to wear good hiking shoes and take lots of drinking water!). It’s a long, steep, winding trail through the dry sage country of the South Okanagan-Similkameen, ending in mountain top meadows and forests. The spectacular views are difficult to describe in words – this is definitely a case where “a picture says 10,000 words” – so without more ado, here are some photos snapped on June 7, 2014.
And by the way, a special thanks to Patricia (you’ll find her in one of these photos!) who bravely drove her 4×4 up and down this wild and woolly trail – and patiently let me keeping jumping out to snap photos 🙂