Rating: 4 stars.
Distance: Approximately 5.2 km return to the lookout. 11.6 km return to the summit.
Description: There are two ways to get to the Sproat Mountain Lookout. One is to take the ATV trail. The other is to take the hiking trail. This is the description for the hiking trail. If it weren’t for the long drive to get to the trailhead, this would certainly be a more popular trail. The firefighting crews used to maintain this trail on a regular basis. I am not sure as to the status of the trail these days. It is likely there may be some blowdown on the trail. Regardless, it would be worthy of a look. The lookout was actively used by the Forest Service about fifteen years ago. About ten years ago it was turned over to the ATV club to maintain. I personally flew most of the historically valuable artifacts down from the lookout when it was decommissioned. These contents were turned over to the Revelstoke Forestry Museum.
Directions: Follow Airport Way Road south past the airport. Continue past the end of the pavement. Turn left onto the Akolkolex FSR. 7.2 km from the start of the Akolkolex FSR you will come to a Y in the road. Turn right onto the ‘Hard’ way or keep on the Akolkolex FSR and take the ‘Long’ way. I wouldn’t suggest taking the Hard way unless you have a 4X4. Cross the Akolkolex River bridge and stay left. 4.7 kilometres from the bridge you will come to a Y. Stay Right. Turning left would take you to McCrae. From here it is still a long ways to the trailhead. Stay on the main road until just before the trailhead you will see another Y. Go left for the hiking trailhead, right for the ATV trailhead. They are only about a half a kilometre apart.
- Akolkolex FSR: N50 52.725 W118 05.857
- Hardway Y: N50 50.439 W118 02.824
- Akolkolex Bridge: N50 49.731 W118 01.862
- Sproat Mountain Hike Trailhead: N50 42.974 W117 55.048
- Sproat Mountain ATV Trailhead: N50 42.765 W117 55.045