• Melanie Adair

Hiking the Aberdeen Columns, B.C

Updated: Sep 15, 2021

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.

Hiking the Aberdeen Columns are out of this world! If you're not into climbing, there's a good chance you haven't heard of these. I saw a picture on social media and ended up Googling where it was.

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 up to 22m from the ground.

Aberdeen Columns, Vernon, hiking, hike, Okanagan
Aberdeen Columns


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.

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.

Aberdeen Columns, Vernon, hiking, hike, Okanagan
Start of the trailhead

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


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