Enderby Cliffs Provincial Park
About This ParkThe Enderby Cliffs tower high above the city offering breathtaking views of the Shuswap and the North Okanagan. Hikers atop the cliffs can watch the soaring birds play on the updrafts created by the steep rock face and take a step back in time to the Tertiary age when the cliffs were formed.
Outdoor recreational opportunities including fishing, hiking and nature study are also provided amongst the small stands of old-growth Douglas-fir, the low elevational grasslands and at Reeves Lake.
Special Features: Cliffs, volcanic rock and fossil sites.
Park Size: 2,277 hectares
Caution: Falling rock from the cliff face is very common. Hikers are reminded to stay on designated trails and avoid areas below the cliff face. Use caution on steep sections of trail and where the trail surface is loose. As well keep children under adult supervision where the trail winds atop the cliffs.
Location and MapsPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only - they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Turn East onto Mabel Lake Road at the only set of lights in Enderby. Continue for 2km down Mabel Lake Road and take a lefthand turn onto Brash Allen Road heading north. At 1.4km, Brash Allen road forks - stay right and continue down the unpaved road for 1.6 km until you reach the parking lot. The trail starts at the road intersection and heads east up the gravel path to the base of the trail.
Maps and BrochuresAny maps listed are for information only - they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
- Park Map [PDF 215KB]
Nature and Culture
- History - The protected area was established on April 18, 2001 as part of the Okanagan-Shuswap LRMP process.
- Conservation - Enderby Cliffs Protected Area was established to provide increased representation of transitional biogeoclimatic units in the North Okanagan Highlands and North Thompson Uplands ecosections. The area also conserves prominent rock cliffs of the Tertiary age. Small, scattered stands of old-growth Douglas-fir and larch are found within a variety of successional forests. Sagebrush and rabbit brush occur at uncommonly high elevations.
- Wildlife - The protected area provides key mule deer winter range. It also contains habitat for moose, cougar, bobcat, lynx, marten and grizzly. A variety of birds and bats inhabit the cliffs, including white-throated swifts, golden eagles, grouse, and song birds.
- General Wildlife, Marine & Outdoor Ethics Information
Management PlanningManagement Planning Information
- Approved Purpose Statement and Zoning Plan [PDF 278.41KB] for Enderby Cliffs Provincial Park is available in pdf format.
Activities Available at this Park
Enderby Cliffs TrailDirections to the trailhead: The trail is for hiking only; no horses, ATVs or mountain bikes are allowed. The trail is closed from Nov 1 to April 1. Follow Mabel Lake Rd. for about 2km and turn left on Brash-Allen Rd. Follow the road to a white fence. There is a hiker sign here and the trail begins at the end of a laneway to the right. The trailhead is very clearly marked.
Description of the trail: The trail follows the edge of a farmer’s field and then begins to climb though deciduous shrubs and some trees. About 1km along, the trail intersects a skidder road. Here, visitors will find a bench and a large crucifix monument carved by the villagers of Oberammergau, Germany. Hikers are invited to leave flowers. The trail traverses across the slope, switching back and forth offering great views. The trail then climbs very steeply towards the cliffs. After the steep climb, the lower section of the cliffs is reached. The trail winds along through a meadow of alpine flowers to the top of the cliffs. This section of the trail offers many excellent views. In some spots, you can feel the updraft of the wind. The trail ends at the highest point on the cliffs.
Hiking time: 1.5 to 2 hrs. Difficulty: strenuous with steep sections