Hummingbird Plume Lookout is an easy firelook out hike. The lookout was probably constructed around 1915 and has been abandoned for a long time. It was used by POW's in the area during WW II, while they were gather wood from the fire of 1936.
The lookout itself is completely surrounded by trees now and has no view but just few meters further along the trail there is an overlook with fantastic views to the east of the Kananaskis Valley.
There are a number of ways to access the trail, finding a trail sign which shows a route to the Sunburst trail is the easiest.
Mostly this is a walk, ride or ski in the forest. Trails are marked for X country skiers.
Length of trail depends where you start one option is north end of Nakiska parking area. Another which we chose was the powerline access parking just off the road to Kananaskis village just after the turn off Highway 40.
Following any of the trails in the area to the Sunburst trail viewpoint will get to the lookout.
From the powerline parking trail was just over 6km with 400 meters of elevation.
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Posted By: longleggedhiker
- Wed May 26 00:38:57 UTC 2010
UpsideA good easy hike to a stunning viewpoint with a historical cabin. DownsideIt is pretty much straight uphill followed by straight downhill. CommentThis is an OK hike in the summer. I personally find this to be a much beter cross country ski trip in winter. The ski from the lookout down is lots of fun.
Posted By: natalielouise1
- Mon Jul 07 18:38:09 UTC 2008
UpsideNice easy hike with a great little historical cabin at the top. Not a very busy trail either in the summer with lots of pretty wild flowers in early June. And the view just beyond the cabin is not bad either. DownsideFollowing the power lines for part of the hike. CommentI liked this hike. Make the side trip on your way down to see the falls too.