Special Event

Sun, Jul 21, 2019 10:00 AM to Sun, Jul 21, 2019 3:00 PM

This is an adults only (19+) event!

Required Fitness Level
Very Active - For Very Fast/Experienced Hikers

Due to social media and recent improvements, the Joss Mountain lookout is growing in popularity with more visitors coming to see the spectacular vistas each year. Don't mind the foggy pictures from last year, we are having good weather this year! Remember, this is a rigorous hike and this is Grizzly Bear territory.

The Canadian Pacific Railway built 4 fire lookouts in the Revelstoke region in the 1920's to help protect their trade route from potentially devastating fires. Since the railway was given ownership and responsibility of the areas within 20 miles of either side of the rail line, known as the railway belt, they had a large region they needed to be able to observe. The 4 lookouts were located at Eagle Pass Mountain, Mara Mountain, Mt. Cartier, and Joss Mountain.

The lookout on Joss Mountain was built in 1921, but was abandoned shortly afterwards in 1930. The Canadian Pacific Railway came to the realization that even with the communication lines being installed to the lookouts, by the time smoke could be spotted and reported, the fires were often too well established to be easily extinguished. After years of degradation, BC Wildfire Management and Columbia Helicopters banded together to restore this lookout in 2005, replacing the roof and the windows.

Hike Details:
Round Trip Distance 9km
Elevation Gain 850m
Approx Hike Time 4 Hours
Expect snow covered sections.

Directions - NOTE - THERE ARE TWO TRAIL HEADS. We will be leaving from the one listed, the details are approximate. meeting with the group to travel down the FSR is recommended. Do not follow the directions listed on Shuswap Trails.
-Head east out of Sicamous on Highway 1.
-Turn south off Hwy 1 onto the Three Valley/Mabel Lake Forest Service Road(Labeled Wap Lake Road on Google), just west of the rest stop on the south bend of Three Valley Lake. Reset your odometer here.
-At 2.8 km stay left.
-At 6.1 km, turn left. May be label WAP Spur or Bowman Road
-At 11.5km there is a major intersection that you can travel straight or turn left. TURN LEFT.
-From there, follow the main road to around 16.3 km. There is a well marked sign indicating the trail head.

There will be a carpooling/convoy available on this trip. We will leave my house in the north end of Kelowna at 7:15am. Call, text, or email for address. From there we will travel to the Superstore in Vernon on Anderson Way. We will leave there at 8:00 am. This should put us starting the trail at about 10 am. This road is much better and easier to travel than the one to Eagle Pass Mountain. I would recommend a higher clearance vehicle as it is located on a forestry road. To arrange rides a little better and for an aerial picture of our meeting spot in Vernon, please see the Hiking Addiction Facebook Forum (Kelowna).

Attendees (13)
Hosts (1)
  • Looks awesome! I'd love to go if I can catch a ride with someone. My car likes to bottom out on FSRs

    Wed, Jun 26, 2019 10:48 AM
  • I’m thinking of coming too. I’ll be out in Sicamous already, but could meet up. I have a 4x4 so people can jump in with me.

    Tue, Jul 2, 2019 8:01 AM
  • I'd like to come if I can hitch a ride with someone, heard it's an awesome hike!! I may have a friend that wants to come also

    Wed, Jul 3, 2019 10:21 AM
  • I would like to join you guys, but I’d need a ride. I am happy to share the gas. Thanks!

    Wed, Jul 17, 2019 9:00 AM
  • Those that are looking for a ride, make sure you message a driver post in the thread in the Facebook group! My vehicle is currently full though!

    Thu, Jul 18, 2019 10:06 PM

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