Pincushion Mountain Park

Pincushion Mountain Park

Pincushion Mountain is an unmaintained/undesignated Crown Land trail.

Location: The trailhead is at the very top of Ponderosa Drive, at the Chateau on the Ridge Entrance

  • Wilderness
  • Hiking trails
  • Dogs allowed
  • Elevation at the gate (start): 570 m (1875 ft)
  • Elevation at the summit: 815 m (2682 ft)
  • Average time to walk up: 40-60 min
  • Distance to the top: 1.8 km
Click here to view photos of a hike to the top.

Important: Click here for details on the trailhead, distances and difficulty.

It is said by local old-timers that you cannot call yourself a true Peachlander unless you have climbed Pincushion Mountain. A walking stick is advisable. There is some very steep trail and footing can be slippery, especially on the way down due to loose gravel. Hiking boots are preferred. Be sure to take water with you. Oh, and a camera as well. The trek up can take 40-60 minutes. A fit person on a mission to create a personal best can go from the trailhead gate at Chateau on the Ridge to the summit in under 40 minutes. But why rush? There are rest stops along the way and absolutely beautiful views. You might even see some deer, a garter snake or grouse. If you picnic at the summit, pack out what you pack in. The trail in spring can be hard to see if there is patchy snow still on the ground. If the area is still cold/icy, the trail will be slippery and in spring the mud will be slippery. In summer when the trail is dry the gravel is slippery. Be careful. The trail is well trod and there are trail markers - either bits of pink ribbon or old red signs high up on trees. Stay on trail as much as possible. Be observant. It's a totally worthwhile trek!