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Estekwalen Mountain

Falkland & Area
Distance: Approx. 11 km (round trip)
Difficulty: Expert Unlimited
Duration: 4-5 Hours (round trip)
Trail Access / Features
Walk / Hike

Trail Description:

A rigorous wilderness trail for fit, experienced hikers. Approx. 11km return trip to alpine at 1745 m, best in summer. Tremendous views of Paxton Valley and the Monashee Mountains to the east, forest, wildflowers, and very steep cliffs.

The start of the trail is well established heading north through the forest and then climbs steeply through switchbacks. Eventually the trail opens onto an area of loose rock and follows the ridgeline straight up (favoring the left side) to the edge of the summit ridge. Several exposed areas require comfort with scrambling and heights. Approx 100 m below the end of the ridge, another rough trail begins. This route is usually fairly well marked with ribbons and provides an alternate route back (though only recommended for those knowledgeable about the area and comfortable with steep scambling and route finding, if unfamiliar, return the way you came). Along the lower forestry roads there may be cattle in the area, so please remember to close cattle gates.

Additional Information: See a Vernon Outdoor Club Hiking Guide

 

Access:

From Falkland drive 1 km west on Hwy 97. Just past the Falkland Stampede grounds, turn right onto Wetaskawin Rd going to the landfill, and then turn left above the landfill site. Continue through switchbacks, going up hill for the next 7 km. The incline can be very slippery when wet, even for 4wd vehicles. At 7 km a sign indicates parking and the trailhead on your right.

Access Map: Google Maps

Warnings:

CAUTION: Route finding is required on the upper slopes and ridge, with some exposed scrambling. The round trip encounters serious rock hazards and route finding on the descent. The weather can change quickly so bring extra clothing and be prepared for wilderness travel.

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