Mt. Rose Swanson is one of the most picturesque hikes in the Okanagan, and later this month all eyes will turn skyward for a special event.
The Summer Solstice Hike at the popular Spallumcheen mountain is planned for June 26.
The Armstrong Spallumcheen Trail Society (ASTS) has teamed up with Friends of Rose Swanson for the event that starts at 7 p.m. at the Chamberlaine Road parking lot.
The hike begins at 7:30 p.m. and is described as a “slow and leisurely, guided hike through the trails on the north side of Mt Rose Swanson.”
The 4.2-km hike to the viewpoint on Lynx Loop is expected to take about 60 minutes.
The spot looks north to Hullcar Mountain, Enderby Cliffs, Hunters Range and on a clear day the Monashee Mountains in the Revelstoke area can be seen.
“At this viewpoint, we have Raffaele from Vernon Telescope Nature and Science confirmed,” said a post on the ASTS Facebook page. “He will be bringing a 300+ pound telescope plus night vision goggles for viewing if it is cloudy, and will talk about the stars and the universe.”
Participants will stay a the viewpoint until dusk and then hike back down the mountain using headlamps and flashlights.
“Volunteer guides will be at both front and back so everyone stays together. We don't want to lose anyone. An ATV from the Vernon ATV Club will transport coolers with ice cream bars, Raffaele's gear.”
The ATV will also be safety transportation in the event of an emergency.
Participants must register and sign a liability waiver before the hike.
Hikers are asked to bring their own water, snacks, flashlight/headlamp and binoculars if desired.
And, of course, participants should dress for conditions.
Rose Swanson has been the source of discussion recently with selective logging proposed for the area.