Hiking a Volcano at Camel's Hump, Okanagan, British Columbia
Camel’s Hump is a visual icon for the North Okanagan and can be spotted from many miles away while driving along Kalamalka Lake on Highway 97. If your an avid hiker such as myself then this mountain will be sure to draw you in from afar. It is well known for being an ancient extinct volcano and when you lay your eyes on in it you’ll understand why it got the name Camel’s Hump. It is situated in the lush green Creighton Valley, Okanagan, British Columbia on the edge of the vast back country wilderness.
On your way out there, just as you head into Lumby you will see the beastly volcano and this is when you realize what your up against. We headed to meet my dad, who would join us on our hike and also be our driver as we have no truck. In order to get to the trail head you will definitely need a truck with some clearance underneath. The roads are super rough and bumpy with sharp rocks everywhere, so getting a flat tire wouldn’t be that hard. On the way up, I was thinking “there is no way a car could get up here”, but to my surprise some crazy hippies managed to get there small car 3 quarters of the way up the mountain, so let’s just say they had an extra long trek that day.
As you drive around the back side of this 60 million year old mammoth, your excitement will start to build and you will get a sense of how high the cliffs actually are.
Here’s a shot of this cool little pioneer cabin at the base of the mountain and what’s interesting about it is that my dad once lived in that very cabin when he was a young lad.
Raspberries were all along the road, so we thought what better way to replenish our energy then with some wild fruits .
On the way up you will see Clier Lake, which is a small body of water that looks like it would be a great kayaking spot.
When you reach the parking area you will see the trail sign, which has been riddled with bullet holes courtesy of the local rednecks.
The hike is fairly steep and well as difficult in some spots, so falling to your death wouldn’t be hard if you weren’t paying attention.
There are two humps and when you arrive at the first one you get a nice view of the second hump. The only problem is, that by this point you’ll probably already be exhausted and you’ll still have to go down a steep decline and back up again, but that’s what you signed up for.
There are some pretty steep sections of the trail that may require all fours.
When you reach the second hump there will be a makeshift bench for your obligatory “Instagram Gold” shot.
It’s a pretty surreal feeling when your up there and you think about the fact that you are perched atop of a 60 million year old volcano.
The second hump provides you with a fantastic view of the valley looking towards the village of Lumby.
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Once you are done with your photo shoot on the first hump, take a walk around the backside and you will get a nice view of Mabel Lake off in the distance.
There is a platform that appears to either be for paragliding or for pitching a tent.
“That’s quite the pecker pole your grabbing onto, dad!”
This green cricket was pretty cool to get a shot of and they are fairly rare to see.
Off in the distance looking east you can you the Monashee Mountains, which is a massive Provincial Park with all kinds of hiking and beautiful alpine lakes.
Nothing like hydrating with some H2O after an arduous hike. The vodka is just and added bonus.
Camel’s Hump is a great day hike and and interesting place to visit given it’s unique geological history. I suggest packing a cooler and hiking up in the morning and afterwards heading down to the amazing Echo Lake and wash off all that sweat with a swim in it’s perfectly clear waters. The lake is only a few minutes down the road and will be the cherry on top of your day.
Just another warning you must have good set of wheels for this hike otherwise you will put your vehicle at risk of damage.
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