Joss Mountain


elevation: 2,386 m.
height gain: 900 m.
area: Three Valley Gap,BC
map 82 L/16
2021-Sep-26


Ref: Recreation Sites and Trails BC

trailhead


Trailhead.
Hike: RT 3.5. We elected to do a short hike somewhere close due to dismal weather. The old Dominion Lookout on Joss Mountain was the perfect candidate; it grants good access to a trailhead above 1,500 meters and a fine 4-kilometer trail. The lookout is in good condition; windows all around guarantee great views while sheltered. We left the truck with our rain gear on as it was drizzling. The trail is easy to follow offering fast access to the treeline. The surrounding mountains come into view in the open terrain; Revelstoke's classic peaks unfold upon reaching the ridge. A pleasant hike to the lookout ensued despite the rain but once on the ridge, the wind increased. We were pleased to take shelter at the top. We signed the registry while eating our snacks. There isn't much in the lookout other than a table and a chair; still, it would be a cool place to spend the night. After a good break; we started our descent. The light rain didn't stop; we arrived at the truck damp and chilled. We drove home with the heater on full blast!




top of cutblock

At the top of the cutblock, the trail enters mature forest.

rope on a rocky bit

A rope assists on a steep rocky section.


nice trail


The trail is easy to follow.


near treeline


Near treeline, the upper mountain is in sight.


two ascent variations


Two variations exist to ascend to the ridge, we went climber's right of the bluffs.


on the ridge


On the broad ridge.


dominion lookout


The Dominion Lookout comes into view.


blanket glacier


Great view towards Blanket Glacier.


pleasant walk


Pleasant walk to the lookout.


view east


Eastern view from the lookout.


blanket glacier


Blanket Glacier to the south-east.


the lookout


The lookout grants shelter in inclement weather.


signing the registry


Signing the registry and snacking.


leaving the top


Leaving the top.


lovely tarns


These lovely tarns warrant a visit on a warm sunny day.


dreary weather


Dreary weather on this nice hike.


alternate trail


Returning via the alternate trail option.


re-entering the forest


Re-entering the forest.
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