Camels Hump Hike

Hiking Trail Information

Use of this information is entirely at your own risk and the VOC accepts no liability whatsoever for your use of any trail information on this website.   VOC clears and flags trails to facilitate group hikes lead by a VOC member.   Hazards may exist on the trails and route finding skills and navigation aids such as a GPS and/or map and compass may be required.   You must assess your own ability and readiness to hike any trail mentioned on this website.

Camels Hump Hike Description

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Statistics

Hike distance                     8 km round trip                                 Altitude gain                      516 m

Hiking time                         3.75-4.25  hrs round trip                Max altitude                      1315m

Govt of Canada topo map 82 L/2                                               Difficulty                              Moderate

 

Camels Hump refers to the ‘two-humped’ mountain that can be seen looking East from Lumby. Camels Hump is the core of an ancient volcano from approx. 40 million years ago.

VOC volunteers installed orange trail markers and a new trailhead sign in 2020, which makes the trail easy to follow. The trail is mostly forested. It goes through minor dips and climbs close to 200m up to the first hump, where there is a green communication structure, and the first viewpoint. From here the trail descends a good 75m in elevation into the saddle between the humps. There are several trails leading into the saddle but they all head to the same place.

The trail emerges onto a four-wheel drive road at the start of the ascent up the second hump. Follow the old road for 100m to where you will see the trail leave the road again. Closer to the top the trail switches back to a small rockface that is a bit of a scramble to climb. At the top of the rockface the trail splits as it circles around the summit of the second hump. The trail markers continue on the left (South) side as this provides the best views. Continue along the rocky ridge until the end, and enjoy the great views over Lumby and towards Lavington. From the end of the ridge the trail continues into the trees to the right (North) where shortly you come to another great viewpoint towards the Mabel Lake valley to the North and Silverstar.

A well-defined trail continues and takes you slightly uphill to another green communication structure and helicopter landing pad. Looking East you can see the Monashee mountain range. Continue around the helipad and you will shortly join back into the trail that got you there. Follow the same trail back to the vehicles.

Note: Use of this hike description is entirely at your own risk

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Driving instructions for Camels Hump Trail

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  1. Drive east from Vernon on Hwy. 6 towards Lumby.
  1. At the traffic lights for Hwy.6 and 15 Street/Middleton Rd, set your trip odometer to zero.
  1. Continue east on Hwy. 6 through Lumby.
  1. At 24.5 km turn right onto the Creighton Valley Road.
  1. At 40.2 km turn left onto Clier Lake FSR.
  1. At 42.1 km turn left onto Camels Hump FSR.
  1. At 43.6 km stay left at a fork in the road.
  1. At 45.4 stay left at a fork in the road. The road is good for SUV type vehicles up to this point. Beyond here is the start of a steep hill where 4x4 and high clearance is required. There is also a swampy section in the road to be crossed.  If you don’t have a 4x4 park here and walk 1.6 km up the road to the trailhead.
  1. At 47.0 km is the Camels Hump trail head.

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