Estekwalan Mountain

Estekwalan Mountain near Kamloops, BC


This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars
5 kms
5hours
moderate
Hiking
Summer
Kamloops, BC
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From Falkland, head WEST on Highway 97, towards Kamloops. Just past the rodeo grounds, turn right onto the road going to the landfill, and turn left above the landfill site. Continue through the switchbacks, going uphill for the next 7km. A sign here indicates parking. The incline can be very slippery when wet, even for four-wheel drives. The trail is well maintained but is moderately difficult. An area of loose shale poses navigation difficulties for some hikers, and it is quite close to the edge up top. Four to five hours return. Views are tremendous! One can see Paxton Valley north of Falkland and the Monashee Mountains far to the east on a clear day. Many wild flowers, fir, pine and deciduous trees. About 100 metres below the ridge, another rough trail begins. This route is fairly well marked with ribbons and provides an alternate route back (only recommended for those knowledgeable about the area). The weather can change quickly. Bring extra clothing. There may be a cattle gate. Please close it, coming and going.






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By wejansenPosted By: wejansen  - Fri Oct 12 06:40:07 UTC 2012 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside Great views of the valleys surrounding Falkland in several directions. Can be done as a loop (but see cautions below), which is nicer than an out and back in my opinion. Downside If you make it a loop (yes it can be done as a loop unlike previous post suggests) the downhill portion is very steep with ropes to assist you in some sections. Had I not had hiking poles I would have been in trouble. Also not advisable to make it a loop in wet conditions as it would be too slippery. The loop is fairly well marked with flagging tape, just keep your eyes open for it.
By spry-guyPosted By: spry-guy  - Fri Oct 08 23:08:19 UTC 2004 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside Great variety of terrain and grade.Views from the top are wide and gorgeous.Well-maintained trail with clearly posted trailhead at km7 Downside At the top a sign says roundtrip.Not true.This route takes you quite a ways further, but deposits you on top of a cliff. That's it, the trail ends there.My friend and I searched and searched yet there's a cairn crowned with a flagging-taped stick; that's all.This is not a loop trail.So, unless you wish to backtrack a very significant distance, turn around once you reach the summit or continue on but remember, the trail ends.You will have to turn back.


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