Trail Name: Embleton Mountain
Time: 2 – 3 hrs
Cell Service: Unknown
Trail Conditions: Loose dirt, single track, fairly steep
Highlights: The views of Heffley a lake and surrounding hills from the summit are gorgeous. Once at the there, you’ll find a gazebo and picnic tables waiting for you. During the summer months, you’ll also enjoy a beautiful variety of mountain flowers.
To get there: Embleton Mountain is about 36 minutes from downtown Kamloops. From downtown Kamloops, head west down Lorne St. Turn left on Mt Paul Way and head over the Red Bridge. Continue 1.7km and turn left onto the Yellowhead Hwy. In 21km turn right onto Old Highway 5. Roughly 200m down the road, turn left onto Tod Mountain Rd. The trailhead will be on your left in 17km. You might see an earlier trailhead then this one. There are two. The second is a recommended starting point. Or get directions here.
The trailhead is well signed. There are many parking options. For this hike, we parked at the Heffley Lake recreation site on the other side of the road. Some people park at the cattleguard, just off the main road. Depending on what you’re driving, you can also drive over the cattleguard and head a little ways up the road. There are two well signed parking areas up the hill. Parking in either of these lots will shave 10 minutes or so off your ascent.
Because of the variety of trails in this network, it could be accessible by most. During our ascent we crossed paths with a group of 50 something ladies enjoying the hike and taking pictures of the flowers. The most challenging portion of the hike, which is completely avoidable to those who choose, is the steep slope along the ridge of the cliff. To avoid this section, keep to the right as much as possible during your ascent. The trails are extremely well signed with complete trail maps at nearly every major fork in the path. It would be difficult getting lost. The trail is very dog friendly. Just keep your eyes and ears open for coyotes in the area.