Contact the Nakusp & District Visitor Centre for more information.
The trail ascends Saddle Mountain to a rocky knob above the tree line. The knob was chosen as a Forest Service fire lookout because of the panoramic view of the surrounding peaks and valleys, also making it a fantastic alpine hike. The first part of the trail winds through moist, mature cedar/hemlock forests, typical of the area, which, with its substantial rainfall and fertile soils, is often called BC’s interior rain forest. Under the tall trees’ dense canopy, shade-loving plants flourish: mosses, Devil’s club, thimbleberry, lady fern, foamflower, and ginger.
A trail map and more details can be found on the Nakusp and Area Community Trails Society’s website.
From Nakusp, travel southwest on Highway 6 toward Burton for 21 kms. Take the Arrow Park cable ferry across the lake, making note of return crossing times. Turn right and follow the good 2wd Saddle Mountain Road for 9 km. Turn left onto Lookout Road, marked with a brown, wooden signpost, and follow the rough 2wd road for 8 km to the Branch 75 fork. Park to the side, as the road is well used. The trailhead is 20m further up the road.