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Mara Mountain (Owlhead) Lookout
Sicamous & Area
A full day hike in alpine/subalpine terrain.This 8.2 km trail leads to a Forest Lookout Tower and features rugged mountain bluffs, alpine meadows, spectacular views of Mabel and Shuswap Lakes as well as the Monashee Mountains. Additional hiking and exploring is possible in the Mara Meadows.
The hiking trail passes an old cabin then continues climbing up into the sub-alpine and the Eagle Valley Snowmobile Club’s chalet, approx. 1.5 hr. from the trailhead. Some route finding is required when you meet up with the ATV tracks. An alternate road is at the 15 km marker, at the old Forestry Station. It provides access to a shorter hike, though it by passes the chalet. Beyond the chalet are multiple options to explore the meadows. The main route continues up to the Mara Mountain summit and old Forestry Lookout. This facility is now maintained by the Kingfisher Environmental Interpretive Centre.
Traveling east of Sicamous, turn right onto McLean-McPherson Rd and go to its end where the Owlhead Forest Service Rd starts. Drive to just before the 17 km marker where a sign (not highly visible) on the right/south side indicates the trailhead.
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CAUTION: There has been very active logging use of the road and so a sign at km 0 may indicate a temporary road closure. 2-way radio use is recommended. Contact the Ministry of Forests for road updates. Be well prepared, as this is remote backcountry and active Grizzly habitat.
Click on any image to enlarge it.A collection of trail photos taken by the public.