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Hiking the Aberdeen Columns, B.C

Updated: Oct 13, 2022

Exploring Basalt Columns in the Okanagan

Girl walking towards yellow basalt columns
Hiking the Aberdeen Columns

Hiking the Aberdeen Columns is an absolute must if you're exploring the Okanagan area! Not far from Vernon, BC, you get to see these unique, beautiful columns up close. Make sure you save this post and add it to your Okanagan Bucketlist!

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Yellow rock columns
Aberdeen Columns

Quick Glance

Time: ~1 hr

Distance: 1 km return

Trail: There and back

Difficulty: Moderate

What to bring: water, snacks, sun protection, bug spray, and hiking sticks (optional)

Road conditions: Accessible by car

Other information: The trailhead is just before km 18 and there's a little area to park after the curve.

Bonus tip: Hit up Bluenose Mountain Trail as it is on the same road.

Aberdeen Columns Hike Close-up

Close up of the Aberdeen Columns
Close up of the columns

Aberdeen Columns are well known for climbing but it's still worth the quick hike around the area. They are polygonal basalt originating from volcanic activity and raise to 22m from the ground.

If you're looking for a bit more adventure, the Bluenose Mountain trail is on the same road (you will drive by it first) and you'll get spectacular views over Lavington/Vernon area as well as the Monashee Mountains. You can do both of these on the same day but if hiking the Aberdeen Columns is what you want to see, do those first!



How to Get There:

Located about a 45-minute drive from Vernon, B.C. Travel on BC HWY 6 towards Lavington, turning right on Learmouth Rd and then right on Reid Rd. Continue on Bluenose Rd (which turns into Aberdeen Lake Rd) for about 10kms. Keep straight on Buck Hills Rd and a small pullout/parking area is just after the curve before the 18km mark. Alternatively, type "Aberdeen Columns" into Google Maps.

Aberdeen Columns Hiking Trail

Directly across from the parking area, there will be a sign for the trailhead leading you through a marsh area (bring bug spray), over a few bridges before opening up to a field of rocks and columns. Continue left at the field of rocks to follow the trail up to the Columns.

There's a sign at the start of the trailhead; the trail goes through a marsh

Rock formations on a hike
Exploring both sides of the Aberdeen Columns

Once at the columns, you can continue exploring on either side or along the lava rocks.

If you liked this Blog Post, feel free to check out my Canada Hikes page for more hiking inspiration or my Hiking page if you're looking for tips or gear recommendations!

Check out my Youtube video for more information!

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Hiking the Aberdeen Columns in the Okanagan


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