Hiking in Kamloops, British Columbia

 

Kamloops' vast, rugged landscape lends itself perfectly to being a great hiking destination. The terrain varies from semi-arid desert to lush, green forests of birch, poplar, spruce and ponderosa pine. There are many exciting areas to hike in Kamloops for people of all abilities.

Click here for the City of Kamloops Parks and Trails Map.

For more information on any of the hikes below, recommendations and/or directions, please contact the Kamloops Visitor Centre


Recommended Hiking Areas in Kamloops, BC

 

Peterson Creek Park

  • Located downtown
  • Several entrances
  • Parking available
  • Range of trail difficulties
  • Waterfall * Please exercise caution around fast moving water
  • Great for a family picnic

For a Peterson Creek Park Trail Map, click here

Kenna Cartwright Park

  • Outstanding views of Kamloops
  • Well marked
  • Suggested trails for every ability
  • Sagebrush, forested areas and grassland terrain

For a Kenna Cartwright Trail Map, click here

Battle Bluff

  • Northwest of Kamloops off Frederick Road
  • Stunning views of Thompson River and Kamloops Lake
  • Read more on this hike on our blog here

Embleton Mountain

  • Moderately steep trail
  • Various side trails leading to summit
  • This is a moderately steep trail that leads to the summit with a network of side trails

Isobel Lake Interpretive Trail: 

  • Northwest of Kamloops on Lac Du Bois Road
  • Enjoy interpretive trail footpaths around the lake
  • Learn about the different uses of the forest

 

Lac Du Bois

  • Mara Trail, Cinnamon Ridge Trail, Dewdrop Trail & Grasslands Community Trail.
  • Endless series of trails exploring behind Batchelor Heights
  • Ideal for bird watching
  • Upper grasslands in bloom during June and July
  • Click here for more information on hiking in Lac Du Bois.

Lac le Jeune/Ross Moore Lake

  • 25km circuit starting in the day use area of the Provincial Park
  • Last 2 km before Ross Moore Lake are challenging but rewarding

McConnell Lake Provincial Park:

  • South of Kamloops, just past Stake Lake
  • Easy 1.5km trail
  • Small parking area
  • Picnic tables
  • Fishing lake
  • Click here for more info

Paul Lake Provincial Park Circuit

  • 2.3 km hike starting in the day use area parking leading to the summit of Gibraltar Rock
  • Strenuous hike at times
  • Benches along the way
  • Rewarding view
  • Click here for more info

Pinantan Lake Mountain Ascent Park

  • West end of Pinantan Lake
  • Nice views
  • Opportunities for wildlife viewing

Rivers Trail

  • Begins in Pioneer Park and continues through Riverside Park, Overlander Bridge, Schubert Drive and into Westsyde
  • 16km
  • Pathways are paved and flat
  • Click here for map

Stake Lake Trails

  • Hiking trails in the summer, not overly difficult
  • Cross country trails in the winter

Sun Peaks Resort

  • Variety of walking/hiking trails 
  • Alpine Blossom Festival in July and August
  • Website
  • Read our blog entry on Alpine Hiking here.

Valleyview

  • Trail begins behind the arena in Valleyview on Highland Road
  • Variety of easy trails with great views
  • Ideal place to watch the sunset

 

Hiking tours

Paddle/Hike Copper Island with Unique Adventure Tours
An invigorating early morning wake up call!  You will launch on on inflatable boats at Shuswap Provincial Park and paddle the 2 km across to Copper Island Provincial Park (approximately 1/2 hour paddling).  Then you will hike about an hour around the loop trail with exquisite panoramic views on Copper Island.  You will return to Shuswap Park with a satisfying paddle across the lake.  Snack and drinks provided.
This tour is weather dependant!  They only operate in calm lake conditions, therefore may postpone or cancel that same morning.  Allow 3 hours round trip.

Cost: $75 plus hst Four people per tour
Who Can Go: This tour requires moderate fitness.  Ages 14 and up is recommended.
Footwear: Solid Hiking Shoes for hiking.  Although they do try and avoid getting the feet wet on the paddle over, it is possible.  You may wish to wear secure sandals (no flip flops) and change to hiking shoes afterwards. 
Clothing: Wear weather appropriate clothing and bring a sweater or light jacket.
Optional: Small camera, water bottle, sunscreen, bug repellent in spring.  You may bring a small lightweitght backback.

Contact Unique Adventure Tours

Phone: 1-250-955-0073
Website
Email
 

ACT Adventure Tours

Our professionally guided tours provide an intimate experience with nature,  while emphasizing the need for environmental stewardship.  This will ensure that future generations are able to enjoy the great outdoors as much as we do.
 
The Hoodoos: Day Trip:  Approx. 6kms roundtrip
A glorious hike through the arid grasslands of Kamloops passing by natural rock formations known as The Hoodoos.  Amazing views of the Thomson River and Kamloops Lake. Follow up the hike with a visit to a local brewery for a taste of what Kamloops has to offer.
 
Lakeside Hike: Day Trip: Approx. 7kms roundtrip
Travel to the forests north of Kamloops, along the lakeshore and to the top of Gibralter Rock. Catch some amazing vista views with a scenic drive to and from and finish the tour with a visit to a local brewery for some sampling of Kamloops brews.
 
Clay Cliffs: Day Trip: Approx. 7kms roundtrip
Enjoy a hike through the Clay Cliffs of the Thompson Valley. With easy to moderate options there is something for everyone. Finish up with a brewery visit to sample some of Kamloops local brews.
 
Snowshoe:
Now offering day trips. If you're a beginner or experienced snowshoer, we have a tour that will fit your day.
Starting at $125 per person (min. 2 ppl).
 
Multi-Day Trips:
 
If a little more adventure is what you seek we offer two and three day trips. From car camping to pack in/pack out,  overnight excursions into the backcountry. Contact us for more details
 

Contact ACT Adventure Tours

Phone: 1-250-574-1615
Website
Email

 

Hiking Trail Maps for Kamloops, British Columbia

Check with the Kamloops Visitor Centre on local area hiking maps and for recommendations on the gear needed for hiking excursions.