Joss Mountain East Approach Trail

Rating: 4 stars.

Use: Biking, Hiking.

Difficulty: Difficult.

Distance: 17 km return to the lookout.

Description: Some recent work has been done to this trail but, lots of work still needs to be done. The trail leads to the renovated fire lookout. The trail is now primarily being used by mountain bikers.

Directions: Drive east along the Trans Canada Highway. Just past Three Valley Gap Resort look for the Wap FSR. Reset the odometer at the start of the Wap FSR. Turn left off the Wap FSR at 4.7 km. Follow this road to the trailhead. There are a few forks along the way so best to punch in the GPS waypoints.

Trailhead GPS:

  1. Wap FSR: N50 55.906 W118 28.916
  2. Joss Mountain east approach turn off Wap FSR: N50 53.677 W118 29.242
  3. Joss Mountain east approach trailhead: N50 50.354 W118 24.829
  4. Joss Mountain and Joss Pass junction: N50 49.655 W118 24.581
  5. Joss Mountain and Tsuius Mountain Trail: N50 48.790 W118 24.823
  6. Joss Mountain Lookout: N50 49.842 W118 27.252

Useful Maps: Backroads Mapbook.

Joss Mountain lookout history PDF

Joss Mountain East Approach Trail Guide PDF (by Robert Nash)

Joss Mountain and Joss Pass Guide PDF (by Robert Nash)

Joss Mountain East Approach Trail Overview Map PDF

Joss Mountain East Approach Trail Detail Map PDF

Joss Mountain East Approach Trial KML file on Dropbox

Joss Mountain Lookout. Robert Nash Collection
Joss Mountain Lookout. Robert Nash Collection.
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Travis Wilkins is all smiles on the Joss Mountain East Approach Trail. Ben Wilkey Collection.
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Todd Fonteyne finally at the top of switchbacks. Ben Wilkey Collection.
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Taking a much needed break on the Joss Mountain East Approach Trail. Ben Wilkey Collection.
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Looking down at Joss Lakes. Ben Wilkey Collection.
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The final summit push. Ben Wilkey Collection.
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The crew on the summit. Joss Mountain Lookout.
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3 thoughts on “Joss Mountain East Approach Trail

  1. when you take iron road to the end then take the trail to the mountain top where the trail turns either north or south on the old fire guard that was put in about 1965 for what is known as the cottonwood fire that was across the valley to the east of the fireguard. When you head north does the trail from greenbush lake cross the old fire guard to joss lookout.Last year coming down iron road I put the binos on the rocky ridge to the north of me I think I could see the lookout from this position.The old fireguard goes as far as the head waters of cottonwood creek is this joss pass thank john

  2. Just a note that volunteer crew brushed the first few kilometres of the trail last year, making it much easier to ride during the summer. It’s growing back fast, but the trail is visible the whole way. It will probably need brushing every few years since the grass grows quickly around there.

  3. Active logging on road to East trailhead during week. Radios required. Fires near West trailhead so road closed at 8km for at least couple days. July 22.

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