Cornwall Hills Fire Lookout is located at an elevation of 6600 feet or 2036 meters in the Cornwall Hill Provincial Park near Ashcroft, BC . The Park is famous for its incredible bloom of wildflowers in July and August, and 360-degree view of the surrounding areas from the Cornwall Hills.
“Historical records show that there has been a fire lookout station on the top of Cornwall since the 1980s, although the current building only dates to the late 1950s. It was regularly manned each summer until the early 1990s, after which it was only used if there was a fire risk in the area.
By 1999 it was the only active forest service lookout tower in the Kamloops fire district, and the last time it was used was during the 2003 wildfire in the Cornwall Hills.” (Source: Ashcroft Cache Creek Journal)
In 2015, BC Parks announced plans to dismantle the historic fire lookout at the top of Cornwall Mountain. So, the Four Wheel Drive Association of BC stepped up to voluntarily take over the management of the tower. As of 2016, the Province of BC has entered in to a Partnership Agreement with the Four Wheel Drive Association of BC to assist in managing the most recently active fire lookout tower in the Kamloops District.
How to get there:
There are two ways to get to the lookout: First, the access is from TransCanada Hwy #1. When you are 17 km south of Cache Creek turn at Oregon Jack FSR. Second, is via Hat Creek FSR that branches off Highway 99, and then head East on Oregon Jack FSR.
At 13 km take the turn to the Three Sisters Forestry Recreation site and continue up the forestry road.
Note: Cornwall FSR is a wilderness Forest Service Road, which is not maintained; 4×4 capable vehicles only. The section of road near the forestry recreation site can be impassable during rainy periods due to deep mud holes.
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Tip: If you plan to drive back via Hwy 1 West towards Hope. On your way, you should plan a quick stop at Alexandra Historic Bridge. Read more on our other post.
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