Length: 7.7 km
Condition: In summer it is an old road.
General Route: Goes to Windy Joe summit, where there is an old forest fire lookout in a good state of preservation.
How to Find: The official start is from the Gibson's Pass road, just past the bridge over the Similkameen River. There is a sign and parking area.
Trail Description: the current Windy Joe trail has two parts:
(1) Backcountry Route from Gibsons Pass road to old Windy Joe Fireroad
(2) Actual climb on old Windy Joe Fireroad
Details: From the Gibson's pass road, hike east along well-gravelled trail which runs along the south side of the Similkameen River. There are several footbridges, and after 2 km you intersect with the old Windy Joe fireroad that used to start at highway 3. I call this "Jct 57" see waypoints below.
Once past Jct 57 you are on the old jeep road that will take you all the way to the summit of Windy Joe.
The old fire tower is right on the summit. It is a two story building with a ladder leading to the second story. It has giant protractor sighting device for reporting fires upstairs. There is no stove. The hut is in very good shape.
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