Spend brisk autumn days exploring Kamloops' vibrant trails as they take on the season's golden colours. The month of October is the ideal time to experience these trails. Here are 5 distinct fall hikes with breathtaking scenery and colours.
Located within the Lac du Bois Protected Grasslands, Battle Bluff is a moderately difficult hike with breathtaking views overlooking Kamloops Lake. This 5 km return hike has you maneuver through diverse landscapes over low hills, open benches and climbing rocky bluffs. Be on the lookout for wildlife such as bighorn sheep, deer, coyotes, hawks and eagles. Make sure to sign your name in the notebook at the top to continue the hike’s story.
Rivers Trail - Waterfront Park
Following the bank of the South Thompson River, the tree-lined trail from Riverside Park to Pioneer Park is an ideal location to see the changing colours of fall. Experience art displays, gardens, deciduous trees, and views of Mt. Peter and Paul along the 2.8km roundtrip trail. This is a small section of the larger Rivers Trail network.
Gibraltar Rock at Paul Lake Provincial Park
This moderate 3.7 km single track hike meanders through trees as you make your way to the top of Gibraltar Rock. The trailhead begins at the end of the boat launch in the day use area, provides views of the Paul Lake community and includes a bench to enjoy a well-deserved snack.
For a stunning fall hike, visit Tranquille River; also perfect for hiking with the fur babies and a popular spot for gold panners. To get here, head past the Kamloops Airport and follow Tranquille Road until you get to a fork in the road. Turn right across the train tracks and follow for 1.2 km where a right-hand turn will lead to a small parking area. Tranquille River is an easy hike on a hard-packed gravel double track 4.2 km in length.
Deep Lake Loop
20 minutes from downtown Kamloops, follow Westsyde Road for 7.7 km where you will turn left onto Ida Lane and find the trailhead at the base of the Rockcliffe community. This medium to difficult hike is 6.9 km in length, taking hikers through trees and open fields that you follow to Deep Lake. In early fall months, you will be delighted with yellow rabbitbrush that is great for photo opportunities.
From golden grasslands, stunning sunsets, and wide open spaces, Kamloops' diverse trails await you this fall.