Sun, Jul 8, 2018 10:00 AM to Sun, Jul 8, 2018 2:00 PM
This event is suitable for all ages.
Required Fitness Level
Active - For Most Generally Active Adults
The Camels Hump is a notable geological feature towering over Lumby that is visible from kilometers around, including from Bluenose Mountain This is a fairly short hike with short steep climbs. This hike provides nice views of the surrounding valleys and travels through a couple different kinds of terrain. The hiking section is estimated at about 7km round trip with an elevation change of about 200-300 meters. Keep in mind that once we summit the first hump, we do travel into a valley and then back up the second hump.
During my scouting trip there was a significant amount of blow down on this trail and that was before our recent wind storms. I will be attempting to contact the Vernon Outdoors Club and see if have any guidelines regarding clearing some of the trail. If you have a chainsaw or even a reciprocating saw you could bring/lend to me, it would be appreciated.
Access begins via fairly good smooth forest service roads until 17.5km, where it turns to high clearance vehicle/4x4 territory. I did make it to the hike starting location in an average car but i have alot of forest service road experience and was at the very limits of what the car could do and was risking damage. I would not take a car like that up there again. I would recommend stopping at the fork at 17.5km from the Highway 6 turn off. If need be, I would be willing to take a couple trips up the hill to take people to the trail location that can't make it in their vehicles.
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High Clearence vehicle REQUIRED. 4x4 Recommended. (Read further for meeting location for low clearance vehicles)
Pass through Lumby East Bound. As you leave Lumby, you will pass through a flashing yellow traffic light. The next right is Creighton Valley Road. Turn onto it and RESET your odometer.
At 7.3 km, the road turns to gravel that is well taken care of. Continue on the road.
At 15.6 km you will turn LEFT at Cleir Lake Road (yellow 17km marker on the right side of Creighton Valley Road). Road becomes a little more rough but is passable by most cars that are driven sensibly at this point.
At 17.5 km, take fork to the left. There is a sign indicating Camels Hump trail that was obscured as of early June. LOW CLEARANCE VEHICLES STOP HERE. We will make this fork a group meeting location. Please be here for 9:40am. It would be appreciated if any high clearance vehicles that can take others up the last few kms could meet here.
At 19.1 km, stay left.
At approximately 21.5km there is a section that climbs a small hill that has deep ruts that alternate side to side and would be a serious test of a vehicles ground clearance and be trouble for long wheel base vehicles. We will be parking in the clearing beside the road BEFORE this and the hike will begin at this location.
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