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Little White Mountain from Southeast
Timestamp Free: 2019.09.23 - 02:52:26
Ranges: North America Ranges / Columbia Mountains / Monashee Mountains
  (1 days)
Participants: Steve Grant
Difficulty: 2: Easy hiking on jeep roads, trail and a bit of alpine cross-country.
After some searching, found the right route. Also some info about surrounding atea.
With family in Kelowna I had been there many times and had noticed Little White mountain on the skyline to the south. Information on how to get up it was sparse, and Klaus' description on bivouac of his attempt showed that approaching it from the north seemed futile. So I examined maps and searched for information. The breakthrough was a trip report by Kelowna's ham radio club. They have equipment on the mountain and go up to maintain it. An online description of a recent trip had enough detail to figure out the route and it coincided with what I had determined from the satellite views.

The approach was to take Highway 33 southeast from Kelowna, continue south past the Big White turnoff and turn west onto the gravel McCulloch Road. Soon you turn off to the south on the Okanagan Falls Forest Service Road. It goes past the turnoff to Idabel Lake and continues south to Penticton.

After about 22km from the McCulloch Road you take the hard right at an intersection onto Greyback Road. About 3km and right again onto Canyon Lakes Road. 1.5km more and take the left fork off Canyon Lakes Road. Another 1.5km and turn right. Now stay left at all forks. Go as far as you are comfortable pummeling and scratching your vehicle.

After getting tired of this, chasing a brown bear up the road and wanting to leave some hiking to do, I parked and started walking. It turned out to be 4km to the summit. I came across a marked trail and decided to leave the road and follow it. But soon it was overgrown so I went back to the road.

[photo]20170718_125740_RichtoneHDR.jpg[caption]Little White alpine ahead. Approach road has deteriorated to an ATV track.[/photo]

Eventually the road becomes an ATV track and ends at a viewpoint. From there an indistinct foot trail leads onward and soon...

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