The trail begins as a wide, exposed path lined with beautiful alders. While it appears that the trail persists on this wide path, it does not. Within 4–5 minutes, the trail to the canyon rim juts off to the left as a narrow path through the trees. This is marked by an unmistakable green arrow on a tree, as well as an old plank sign saying TRAIL with an arrow pointing to the left. Hard to miss.
The now single-track path gently undulates as it follows a slope.
After the first kilometre (15 minutes), the path comes close to the canyon edge, and the cliffs of the other side of the canyon become visible. These cliffs are your ultimate destination.
Five minutes later the trail drops slightly to cross one of the narrow tributaries of Attenborough Creek. Then two more small creeks are crossed in succession within 5–7 minutes.
One-half hour, or about 2 km, into the hike the trail presents magnificent, though brief, views down the canyon.
For the next 20 minutes, the trail alternates between steep climbs and plateaus until it presents a stunning viewpoint. You have hiked approximately 3 km.
For almost 2 km beyond this, the path climbs off and on as it delivers occasional panoramas of the canyon and surrounding mountains, but nothing is as fulfilling as reaching the impressive summit of the canyon rim.
There are a couple of false summits as you climb, and even when the maximum elevation is gained, there is still more to see with another 10 minutes of level walking beyond the summit. This additional 10 minutes provides tremendous rewards.
Terrace Mountain is the standout, 5.6 km due south. Glimpses of Okanagan Lake can be seen to the southeast (left) and Shorts Creek Canyon is directly beneath you. Making this trek gifts you with an immense day. This is truly one of the best hikes in the North Okanagan.