OverviewOne of the highest summits on the northwestern section of the Thompson Plateau, between Kamloops and Logan Lake and about 6 miles northwest of Lac Le Jeune. Chuwhels Mountain summit sits at 6,227 ft with a prominence of 2,250 ft. It is an easy hike on old rugged roads that are seldom used. It was Spelled "Tshoo-whels Mountain" in Geological Survey Report, 1894 which was a Shuswap Indian word meaning "many ravines". It's official name Chuwhels Mountain was adopted in 1927. There was a large fire in 2006 that burned many acres. I happened to be camping on Face Lake when many parts of the area were evacuated. The views from the summit are amazing. Dress proper for high elevation weather.
Drive towards Stake Lake on the Lac le Jeune Road. Turn right onto the Chuwhels Mountain FSR(sometimes called the Lodgepole Lake Road). You will be crossing Highway 5 (the Coquihalla Highway) via an underpass. This turn off can be found on your GPS at N 50 30.930 W 120 29.150. Once your on the west side of this you will pass Lodgepole Lake Recreational site and continue on a good forest service road until the 4.3 mile mark. You can park at this point and hike the next couple miles to the summit.
From this parking spot when the road forks, just follow the power line. There comes to a point when the road forks and there will be two power lines. Take the left fork up to the peak of Chuwhels. The right fork goes just a short bit up to a repeater tower on a north peak around 6,000ft.
If you are using a map, this will be very straight forward.
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