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    Embleton Mountain Loop

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    8.4 km
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    467 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    The Embleton Mountain Loop is an 8.4 km lollipop hiking route northeast of Kamloops that climbs uphill through a beautiful forest to several lookouts with views across the valley and the calm waters of Heffley Lake below. Along the trail, you will make your way under the shade of the tree canopy and across several bubbling streams to a scenic viewpoint with a small hilltop picnic area and gazebo. The well-maintained nature of the trail and fairly easy terrain make this a great day-hike for both casual and experienced hikers.

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    Route Description for Embleton Mountain Loop

    While there are a few steeper sandy sections, overall the Embleton Mountain Loop is a fun hiking route that the whole family will be able to enjoy, and with the hilltop picnic area and gazebo, what better way is there to spend a fun afternoon outdoors! Setting out from the parking area, head north along the road for a few hundred meters to reach a small fence crossing. Make your way over the fence and continue along the trail to the west as it heads into the thick cover of the forest. Continue following the trail signs to make your way uphill to the northwest as you work in and out of the tree cover. Eventually, you will pass by the picnic area on your left and reach the top of the trail where it intersects a road. After reaching this highpoint, head back to the picnic area to take in some amazing views overlooking the North Thompson Valley and the waters of Heffley Lake far below. After spending some time enjoying the views and having a nice picnic at the gazebo, follow the trail to the southeast. When you hit a fork in the trail, follow the path to the right for an alternate route back to the trailhead that will take you through the forest and over several charming streams.

    Getting to the Embleton Mountain Loop Trailhead

    To get to the trailhead for the Embleton Mountain Loop from Kamloops, head north for 23.6 km along BC-5 and make a right turn onto Old Highway 5. Follow this for 200 m and make a left onto Tod Mountain Road. Continue on for 18.4 km and turn left, where you will find the trailhead on the left in 300 m.

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    • Backcountry Campsites

      Heffley Lake Northeast Campground

    • Pets allowed


    • Family friendly

      Older Children only

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