We had planned to climb Livingstone Lookout but after assessing the long approach and the Oldman River fording we changed our plans to Sugarloaf Lookout. This lookout is higher than Livingstone Lookout and would provide a close look at some snow-covered peaks to the west including Tornado Mountain.
We lost a great deal of time searching for the trail. We drove up a number of back roads before finding the one leading to Sugarloaf Lookout. The trailhead starts at the main road, but Sonny was able to drive his SUV up the rough road a couple kilometres, making up for our late start. It also lobbed off 300 m elevation gain than if we had walked the length of the road.
We only hiked a short distance in the trees before they fell away to provide a view of the mostly treeless SE slopes of the mountain. Clearly we could ascend nearly anywhere, so we decided to leave the road and head up a ridge leading to the lookout.
It was a sunny day and the slope was free of snow until we gained the crest leading to the lookout. After spending half an hour looking at the nearby peaks, we mostly followed the road all the way back to the car.
Hiking up the road
We leave the road and head for the high point.
Cabin Ridge in the background
The first of a couple of minor rock bands
Dinah hikes up the slope to the rock band
Plenty of open space below
Sonny reaches a hump on the ridge just before the lookout.
Final walk to the lookout
Some facilities at the lookout
After the steep climb to the lookout we unwind
Sonny searches for a forest fire
Sign at the lookout
Design next to the lookout
Dinah looks to the NE. Coffin Mountain on the left.
Shortcut to reach the road below
Larch needles and snow cover the road
82 G/15 Tornado Mountain