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Rock Ovens Hike


  • Rock Ovens



  • July 29, 2020



  • Ed, Jace, Marilyn, Stephanie, Mary, Jamie



  • located in S.E. Kelowna  at the Scenic Canyon Regional Park parking lot at the end of Field Road
  • take the first left after the turnoff to the Gallagher’s Canyon golf course and drive to the parking lot at the end of the road
  • the trailhead starts at the far end of the parking lot
  • there is also a parking lot off of Hollywood Road that is a gentler slope but a longer hike to get to the rock formations



Degree of difficulty:

  • 100 meters of elevation
  • 4 km round trip
  • 1 hour and 20 minutes total time on the trail
  • we started on the Saskatoon Trail, then onto the Mission Creek Greenway, followed by the Rock Ovens trail
  • it’s a gradual downhill on a wide gravel road on the way down to the creek where it is flat from there
  • the climb back out of the creek bottom is quite moderate
  • the hike is appropriate for all ages



Interesting notes:

  • the Rock Ovens and the rock formation that they located within were a big surprise as they are very unique
  • they provided refuge and cooking shelter for Chinese gold miners who panned the area in the mid-1800s
  • there are four unique geological formations along the canyon walls (Ancient Basement rocks, Eocene volcanic rocks, Eocene sedimentary rocks, and Quaternary sediments)
  • the honeycombed Eocene volcanic rock was one of the most unique rock structures I’ve ever seen
  • our dog was more than thrilled to cool off in the water of Mission Creek which winds its way through Scenic Canyon
  • there are a few different trails along this pathway system (Mission Creek Greenway, Black Bear, and Pinnacle that you can take when you reach the bottom)
  • Layer Cake mountain provides a dramatic backdrop on the way down the trail and along the creek