The whole range of hills from Lafarge to Lions Head above Shuswap Road are rocky, steep, and seldom-visited. The steep slopes from the valley floor have no trails or tracks. The route in from the north is a long and complicated one. Private property lines the foot of the hills and fringes the northwest and eastern sides. In this hiking day, I went straight up into the hills above Rivershore.
This approach is relentlessly steep, climbing 1500+ feet in one kilometer. The going was slow indeed, but there were a few distractions along the way – cactus, poison ivy, bald eagles, bighorn sheep, a mama bear and two cubs, a kangaroo rat, a pine snake, scats from coyotes, bears, sheep, and deer, woodpeckers, a few late-flowering plants,
Once I was at 825 m (2700 feet), there were some gentler slopes among rocky bluffs. The highest point is at 1100 m (3610 feet), only 800 m above.