Explore the most popular hiking trails near Kamloops with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

on Rivers Trail

23 days ago

Runners looking for the full 13k distance be warned! Nice country feel Single track for about 2-3km, then long stretch of gravel roads that eventually lead you through an off leash dog area (prepare to be chased if your running) followed by a path through a trailer park... it was pretty dodgy so I doubled back and cut the “trail” short. You might get a couple glimpses of the river through the fence and trees but that’s about it! Also, prepare to get eaten alive! Mosquitos are brutal!

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1 month ago

My family of 3 completed this trail yesterday. We absolutely loved it - the landscape is so unusual for Canada, being a (protected) grasslands. There was a great variety of salt bush, grasses, and wildflowers. One or two pine trees had once been growing there, but appear to have died in a fire. Their remains are very dramatic against the backdrop of the moors.

This is my favourite hike so far in Canada.

The trailhead is easy to find, once you’re there. Follow the All Trails directions through google maps - our car’s sat nav couldn’t find it. There is a small pull over near some cattle fencing, that can take around 4 cars. It’s very lightly used - we had the trail to ourselves - though there was always one or two other cars parked when we were there.

The trail itself is more rustic than we had expected. A narrow path that climbs steeply to a summit, which took us about 45 minutes to get to. But I was stopping often to take photos, so it would be much faster for most others. And then about the same amount of time to get down. In total the trail took us 90 minutes, with plenty of time to stop and admire the scenery. Veterans probably do this in half that time.

There wasn’t a great deal of wildlife around. We watched an eagle at the summit, which was very cool, and there was evidence to suggest that cows graze there.

There were hundreds of mosquitos - the size of dogs - that were really annoying until we got about half way up the hill. They were particularly bad on the roadside.

The climate has been wet in recent days, and so we found a lot of the trail to be very muddy. This was a bit tricky as we were travelling in a brand, new hire car, and we couldn’t get our shoes properly clean. It wasn’t a big deal, but I wish I’d been prepared in advance.

If you’re leaving Kamloops for Jasper, this is a nice hike to get the day started. We then took the scenic route to McLure and the ferry crossing to Highway 5. It added about 30 mins to the day’s drive, but we loved it.

one of my favorite hikes for spring and early summer! you go through forest, meadow, swamp areas. great camping. the lake itself is FULL of leeches though, not much for fishing.

Great Lake for fishing if you pack in a belly boat. Usually fairly quieter than most spots. Great place.

hiking
3 months ago

Variety of routes to explore. An expansive view of river and farmland to admire. New favourite!

hiking
3 months ago

Trail is easy to follow, although sign posts are in odd places. There is a bit of climbing at the beginning of the trail, with fairly flat and then easy downhill along a vehicle trail. A nice trail located close to Kamloops.

Beautiful walk, and easy for kids. We went at the end of April and it was quite snowy getting in, however, the trail was in excellent condition! Only a couple snowy patches that were easy to walk through.

walking
8 months ago

Nice flat walking trail

Very nice short easy hike close to town.

hiking
11 months ago

Not a bad close proximity trail that's easily accessible to Kamloops. Great if you need to get a good walk in and it offers a few interesting views of the town and the jail. Seems pretty popular with the locals using varied disciplines of physical activity.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Great hike for my pup and me!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Good trail, too much bear activity in the fall though.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Little steep on your way down (after half point) other than that it's a pretty easy trail with gorgeous views of the city from the viewing platform...

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Isobel Lake to be correct.

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Friday, January 25, 2013

!!worth it
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