TV Tower Lookout
- Difficulty: Easy
- Warnings: Stay away from the edge of the cliff. The lookout is eroding.
- Wheelchair accessible: yes, but gravel road is steep in sections. For just the viewpoint, the road is driveable in any vehicle
- High-clearance 4×4 advised to access trailhead? No
- Best seasons: spring, summer, fall, winter (ski/snowshoe)
- Distance (return): 3 km / 2mi
- Approx. time (return): 1 hour from Main St/Whiskey Fill
- Elevation gain: 105 ft/ 32 m
- Steepest grade: approx. 25%
- Viewpoints: Yes, from the TV towers
- Geocache points: yes/no
- Closest bathroom/outhouse: Valemount Learning Centre at 1201 5th Ave or Centennial Park (playground)
- Cell service? Yes
- Gear to bring: Bring 0.5L water/pp and binoculars/telephoto lens/moleskin/mosquito spray…
- How to access/where to park: 1) Head east on 5th ave and cross the train tracks. At the 3-way, turn right. Then take your next immediate left turn onto Hillside Dr. Follow this gravel road about 1km until you reach a fork. At the fork, take the steep road on your right. Follow the curve left, and you’ll immediately see a fenced area with TV towers. If you’re driving, park just off the road. There are no guardrails and there’s a steep cliff. Click here for Google Map Directions to the bottom of Hillside Dr. (1.5km from viewpoint)
- Best Parts: This is a great viewpoint that’s popular with locals. Enjoy a great view of the town and the Premier Range, minutes from town. Walkable or driveable. Watch out, bears are sometimes spotted along this trail during spring and summer. Be sure to make lots of noise so you don’t surprise them.
- Worst Parts: There are no guardrails and there’s a steep cliff. Most of the walk/drive to get there is along a logging road with few views. The mosquitoes can also be bad during the summertime – but nothing a little mosquito spray or net shirt can’t handle!
An easy after-dinner walk from 5th Ave, which will take 30-40mins one-way (walking from Whiskey Fill Rd) to a lovely viewpoint overlooking Valemount. On clear days, take in spectacular views of the Premier Range, Canoe Mountain and all the way to Tete Jaune’s Mica Mountain.
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