Tuktakamin 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.

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Tuktakamin Hike Description

© Vernon Outdoors Club 2020

Statistics

Hike distance                     6.5 km round trip                             Altitude gain                      512 m

Hiking time                         3.5  hrs round trip                            Max altitude                      1755m

Govt of Canada topo map  82 L/5                                              Difficulty                            Moderate

This trail accesses an old forest service lookout , forested trail for the most part . The lookout is an active communications site. Some of the trail has steep sections and passes through logged areas. There are several view points.

Tuktakamin Mountain is the high point on the long ridge which forms the south side of the Salmon River Valley at Falkland. As much of the high elevation at Tuk is exposed and windy, dress in layers for warmth and rain. There are a number of communication towers on the summit which can be seen for the highway as you approach Falkland and from Vernon. The south trailhead begins in a young tree plantation where there is room for parking. The hiking trail follows up a ridge, winding its way to the tower. There is no distinguishable trail, so just follow the ridge. The summit affords views of the surrounding country in all directions. In early spring, there is a profusion of wildflowers. If you wish to continue and do a round trip, follow the ridge approximately 300-400 metres down the hill in a South, SW direction until you come back to the gravel road. Look for a trail sign on your left. Follow the ribbons until you get back to the gravel road. Look for a trail sign on your left. Again, follow the ribbons which traverse along the ridge. The trail will keep turning right in a NW direction to lead you back to the main road and your vehicle.

Notes:

  1. Use these directions at your own risk
  2. Updated fall 2020:  This trail has not been cleared or flagged by the VOC for 2 years.   Be prepared for some bushwacking and route finding as flagging may be missing in sections.

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Driving Directions to the Tuktakamin Mtn Trailhead (Falkland Area)

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Note:  Use these directions at your own risk

 

  1. To reach the hiking trail from Vernon, drive north on Highway 97 to Falkland and continue on through the village towards Westwold. At 14 km beyond the Falkland Stampede Grounds, on the left (Ingraham Creek Forest Service Road), a large sign points the way to Pinaus Lake.
  2. Take this turn left and reset your odometer to zero as you turn onto the FSR.  It is now 18.7km to the trail head.
  3. At 7.2 km stay to the left
  4. At 8.8 km stay to the left
  5. At 12.4 km stay left
  6. At 12.9 km stay left
  7. 13.4 km stay right
  8. 14.7 km stay left
  9. 15.2 km stay right from here the road noticeably degrades in quality and can be muddy
  10. Stay to the main road till 18.7 km.  Trailhead parking is beside a clear cut area that was logged approx. 4 years ago.

 

 (On the return journey, at about 6.5 km from where you parked, beware! Keep left at the triangle. If you take the other road, you’ll end up on an unmaintained and very rough road.)

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