NOTE: The route from Canoe Meadows is no longer viable. The logging company has obliterated the north-south logging road, chewing it up so it is uncomfortable to walk on. We have not been able to find an alternative due to severe blowdown in the forest below the cutblock. The recommended route up Horton Hill now is the ridge route from Lusk Creek Day-use Area.
Horton Hill, the forested hill above Tim Horton’s Children Ranch has a marked trail all the way to the summit. It’s moderately steep in places, not quite the doddle you might suppose it is, so it makes a good conditioning hike in early spring. But it’s also good in fall when the weather is iffy. The trail starts from the ranch, but of course the manager doesn’t want people tramping through the grounds, so at her suggestion, this is the alternative start.
Park at Canoe Meadows parking lot on Hwy. 40. Walk out to the highway and turn right. At the K Country boundary sign, climb the grassy bank on the opposite side of the road and follow the powerline right-of-way a short distance to the right. Just past a broken-down fence turn left and shortcut up to a logging road. Turn left and follow this road up a long hill to a T-junction. Turn right on another logging road that climbs into the cutblock on the west slope of the hill. In the cutblock is a T-junction where the main logging road turns left. Go right here. In a few metres, just before the road ends, you intersect the Horton Hill Trail. It can be identified by parallel rows of guillotined pines and yellow arrows.
Turn left and follow the trail up the west slope of the hill. Once out of the cutblock, it winds through pine forest onto the south ridge of the hill at a saddle, then turns left and follows the south ridge to the top. En route, look back for a surprise view of Barrier Lake from a natural clearing. At the top turn right along the ridge line to an opening with cairn. Here the view is of the Fisher Range and the cutblocks below Mt. Baldy .
Distance one way 3.1 km