Embleton Mtn: Main Loop


This moderately sized trail network offers phenomenal mountain-top vistas of Heffley lake. The trail is often double-wide and marked with signage at nearly every fork. At the top, which features a picnic table and gazebo, follow the short trail to the left for a bench overlooking the valley and Heffley Lake. This viewpoint is not to be missed and is the highlight of the entire trip! Suggest that hikers not trek this trail until mid-May due to the elevation and snow-pact. Trail is not marked with ribbon in many areas, so it may be difficult to follow in the winter.

There are two main trailheads off of Heffley Louis Creek Rd, and we recommend beginning at the second one on the left (18 km from the intersection of Todd Mountain Rd/Old Highway 5), as there is the option of continuing to drive across the cattle-guard a few hundred meters up the mountain to a second parking lot.
  • Short
  • Average
  • Loop
  • 8.31 km round-trip
  • 2 hr solo
  • 3 hr group
  • 666 m gain
Kids & Pets
  • On-Leash
  • Child-Friendly


1818-1834 Heffley Louis Creek Rd, Heffley Creek, BC V0E 1Z1

Driving Time

From Downtown Kamloops, approximate travel time by car is 35 min.

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Detailed Directions

1) Begin at the "red bridge" on Lorne St, and north head cross the South Thompson River.
2) Turn LEFT onto Highway 5 towards Clearwater & Sun Peaks.
3) After about 20.5 km, turn RIGHT onto Old Highway 5.
4) Immediately turn LEFT onto Todd Mountain Rd at the Heffley General Store/Gas Station.
5) Todd Mountain Rd becomes Heffley Louis Creek Rd, follow this for 18.4 km until reaching the trailhead parking lot on the left hand side of the road. There is signage and map. This is at the eastern tip of Heffley lake just past Golden Horn Rd.

Google Directions

Use our written directions in preference to the Google directions below as they are likely more accurate.

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  • Starting Elevation: 966 meters
  • Ending Elevation: 966 meters
  • Maximum Elevation: 1451 meters
  • Minimum Elevation: 966 meters
  • Elevation Gain: 666 meters
  • Elevation Loss: -666 meters
  • Slope Up: 14.00%
  • Slope Down: -16.00%

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GPS Notes
We have often color-coded our GPX tracks. While it is not always the case, we have tried to use the following convention on our newer maps:

Green/Blue: human-verified by our volunteers.
Purple: overgrown trail, bushwhack, or on private property.
Red: default color or not reality-checked
Yellow: Road
Other Colors: May have been satellite traced or imported from third party sources.

While we strongly believe our GPS are accurate, please be aware that no logging system is perfect and to be aware of potential errors. Use at your own risk.
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