Mount Kobau is one of the four sites in the South Okanagan Grasslands Protected Area. The protected area serves the purpose of protecting dry grasslands and its endangered ecosystem, including birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians.
The lookout on top of Mt Kobau offers spectacular panoramic views of the Okanagan Valley, Osoyoos Lake, and the Similkameen Valley. Also, the summit of Mt Kobau is one of the best places in Canada for astronomy. The annual star party attracts many enthusiasts on the mountain.
Note: Camping and campfires are not permitted anywhere in the protected area. During the summer months, the scorching and dry climate can result in overexposure to the sun. Bring plenty of water and use sunscreen when hiking.
How to get there
Access to the Mount Kobau is via Kobau Lookout Forest Service Road (FSR), which is approximately 11 km west of the intersection of Hwy 3 and Hwy 97 in Osoyoos.
Drive on Hwy 3 W for approximately 11 km, and then turn right onto Kobau Lookout FSR (Coordinates: N 49’05’064 W 119’35’647). Drive on the Kobau Lookout FSR for about 20 km to get to the parking lot.
Enjoy spectacular scenery while you drive up the mountain. This journey is well worth it!
There are two trails one is a 3 km loop known as Chopaka lookout trail, and the other is Lookout Trail, which is 0.6 km.
If you have limited time, then the short hike (Lookout Trail) to the top of Mt Kobau is highly recommended. It offers spectacular and breathtaking views.
BC Parks – South Okanagan Grasslands Protected Area
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