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.

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

Cinnamon Ridge Hoodoos

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  • A variety of interesting volcanic features exposed on the slope and one of the canyons
  • Narrow slot-like character of the canyon and hoodoo spires

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

  • Endless series of trails exploring behind Batchelor Heights
  • Ideal for bird watching
  • Upper grasslands in bloom during June and July

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

Mara Mountain

  • Hoodoo hiking in this area
  • Vegetation ranges from cactus, sage, forest and grasslands

McConnell Lake Provincial Park:

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

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

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

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.

Tranquille Marsh/Dew Drop Range Trail

  • Off Tranquille Road past the airport
  • Great for bird watching

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
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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.