If you are visiting the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, and enjoy hiking, you will want to make sure you don’t miss hiking the Enderby Cliffs. The view from the top is well worth the moderate difficulty of this hike.
The Enderby Cliffs were formed during the tertiary age, millions of years ago when the volcanic lava field became carved by glacier ice.
Offering picturesque views of the Shuswap River and the Northern Okanagan Valley and enjoyed by both locals and visitors to the Okanagan Valley, this popular hike will leave you breathless and speechless by its beauty.
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Hiking Enderby Cliffs
The tplaquin trail that leads to the top of Enderby Cliff is 6.5 km in length each way, making for a total hike of 13 km. This hike is linear, meaning the trail inward is the same as your return path.
Note: I stopped after approximately 5.5 km, as that’s where the best view is. I cannot say anything regarding the last 1 km of the trail, as I did not experience it.
The hike takes 1.5 – 2.5 hours each way, depending on your fitness level, with a moderate difficulty level.
There is a steady incline up to reach the top with very few flat sections along the way. Take your time and pause to view the scenery as often as you wish to as you hike to approximately 1000 m elevation.
When you reach the top of Enderby Cliff, please be careful. Do not get too close to the rock edge. The drop is steep, and it is common for rocks to fall off. Please be safe and hike at your own risk.
The tplaquin trail is well-marked, which makes it easy to follow. There is only partial shade available on the trail. Avoid hiking mid-day whenever possible. I hiked in the mid-afternoon to early evening to avoid the sun at its peak intensity.
Tip: Make sure you head back before it gets dark. Enderby Cliffs is a Provincial Park in the wilderness, and there are no artificial lights in the park, so it will get very dark once the sun sets.
When To Visit
Enderby Cliffs Provincial Park is open year-round, with the best time to visit between April and October. Spring and fall are especially great times to visit as a result of slightly cooler temperatures, which make hiking more comfortable. My visit was in late March, and I enjoyed the spring weather for my hike.
What To Pack
Comfortable hiking/running shoes: A necessity for a hike, I recommend Keen boots
Backpack: To carry around your hiking essentials, I recommend a packable day bag
Hiking poles: To help climb, especially in muddy or wet weather, like these hiking poles
Camera: Capture the panoramic mountain views, bring or purchase a camera
Remember to Leave No Trace: Please bring out of the park whatever items you bring in with you. Leave no garbage or food behind. The Enderby Cliffs are on First Nations Territorial Lands, so please respect the land and keep the animals wild by not leaving them food.
How To Get To Enderby Cliffs
From Downtown Enderby
Turn East onto Cliff Avenue, drive 550 m
Make a left onto Enderby Grindrod Road, drive 1.8 km
Turn right onto Mowat Road, drive 400 m
Turn left onto Brash Allen Road, drive 1.6 km
The parking lot will be on your left
The Tplaquin trail begins from the parking lot
What It’s Like – Hiking Enderby Cliffs
It was a beautiful sunny March afternoon. My father had told me about the Enderby Cliffs and how much he enjoyed them, so I was excited to be able to hike it together with him and P.
I planned to take my time hiking up as I’m not in the best physical shape, but I know that I can hike slow and steadily.
We hopped into the truck and drove to the parking lot of Enderby Cliffs Provincial Park, where the trail begins. Looking up at the cliffs, they looked so far away, but I knew I could make it. We had brought hiking poles and were ready to get started.
There were still small areas with snow along the dirt trail through the forest section, the hiking poles came in handy, for those slightly muddy areas where the snow and dirt met.
While we were walking through the forest, we spotted very few people hiking the trail, which was nice and made it even more enjoyable. It made the experience feel more personal like it was just for us.
Walking through the forest, I anticipated for the first moment I could peek out and see how high up we were. At first sight of the valley, I paused. The view was incredible from up here! I could see so far out, which made me so happy. Look how high up I am! Let’s keep going to the top as it must be even better!
Continuing onward, I was excited to reach the finish line. The steady incline was tiring on my calves, but I kept going.
Once at the top, we stopped to relax and take in the scenery. And of course, take lots of photos! From up here, you could see the Shuswap River and the Northern Okanagan Valley. It was a beautiful sight, even in spring before all of nature wakes up from its winter slumber. I can only imagine how lovely it would be to view the Okanagan valley in summer or early fall.
Taking it all in, we would rest here for a while. I opened my backpack and pulled out the sandwich I had packed with me. Talk about munching on a sandwich while enjoying a beautiful view!
When it was time to go, we headed back down the trail the same way we hiked up. Only this time it was a steady decline. The hiking poles helped ensure my boot didn’t slide in the mud and resulted in me slipping. Plus, I felt pretty awesome hiking with the poles.
On our descent, we spotted a couple more people heading up to the top, and near the very end of our hike, we saw a few people heading up at dusk. That definitely would not be me leaving to go hiking this late in the day. I need a lot of light outside to ensure that I don’t trip and injure myself.
Having reached the parking lot, I looked back up at the cliffs. We had just successfully hiked the Enderby Cliffs. We did it! I hope you caught my reference there.
Seeing such beauty made me feel so lucky that I am fortunate to live in such a gorgeous country. I can’t wait to explore more of Canada, and I hope everyone will find some beauty in their home country.
Hope this information helped you plan your Enderby Cliffs hike, in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada. Happy travelling!