Mara Mountain Cliffs South is a 8.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length8.7 miElevation gain2,237 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingDog friendlyForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeRocky
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Lee Gates
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Mike George
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Afternoon hike to the top and back. Rain from the previous couple of days made the trail muddy in a couple of places in the middle.

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Andrew Barry
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Did this trail last Monday, August 31. Beautiful trail, was not too hot so did not get baked in the first 50% of the trail which is exposed to the sunlight. The first section with the rolling sage brush hills was incredibly scenic, just loved the open hills. The 2nd half once you get closer to the pond/lake is more wooded and quite beautiful as well, especially as you get closer to the top. Beautiful views of Kamloops once you get to the top. The 2nd half is more of an incline but I would not designate it difficult. More moderate. Tons of grasshoppers throughout the hike. Saw lots of bear dung but never came across one. 5 hours total which included a 30 minute break at the top.

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Lisanne de Vries
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Great trail. We saw nobody today (Saturday). But so much mosquitoes ! Carry lots of water with you because it gets hot. Some parts of the trail are over grown, so better wearing long pants for the ticks. We saw a snake on the path, so also pay attention to that. Not extremely difficult. There are moderate trails on Alltrails that are more difficult

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William Franquet
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Gwen Nguyen
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HikingBugsMuddyNo shadeOver grown

We did this yesterday in the late afternoon. There was no one else on the trail so we had it all to ourselves which was nice. The Mara loop is pretty mellow in terms of elevation but unshaded so it got pretty hot. We took frequent breaks and packed 1L of water each. Once you head onto the Mara Hill trail you get some respite from the sun since the trees are larger. The Mara Hil trail is overgrown about half way to the summit, but it's still easy to follow. Bugs were everywhere since there's a lot of still water around. I probably got 20+ bites. Trail is muddy in some parts but easily avoidable by walking around it. Views were spectacular at the summit so it was all worth it!

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Jimmy Jo
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Did this January 1, 2020. Great way to start the New Year! Muddy down below, but snow got deeper as I got higher. At the top, was about 2 feet. Double track from the bottom to the 4 way split, then I had to follow trail I could read by depressions in the snow. Do not go off the double track in winter without having the ability and equipment to handle winter conditions! I made it to the top to watch the sun sink down below the heavy clouds in the valley. Overall, a great hike, with lots of branching off points I will explore another time. I should add, this is definitely NOT a spring hike. It's a long (almost kilometer?) uphill and very steep at parts. In spring, it will be extremely muddy and slippery. Mud is much harder than snow to handle when going up steep hills.

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Leah Dawn
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one of the most beautiful hikes in Kamloops worth it for the view at the top

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Long Beard
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Beautiful trail The last 25% very muddy

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Michael MacDougall
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Great day out. Big trail and a few nasty little verticals towards the last 1/4 of the way. Well groomed enough but wouldn't want to do this trek after a significant rain fall. Saw a few deer, horses were friendly enough...nice breeze.

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Eric Spence
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Mara Mountain Cliffs South is both a hike and a extreme mountain bike ride. The route to the summit is a constant climb and in a lot of places, very steep and only an experienced biker should attempt it. Hikers will get a workout, but there is a view from the cliffs that go 100km in any direction, on a clear day. Mara Mountain Cliffs South is all desert at low-levels, treating visitors to cactus, sage, sunbaked rock and on occasion, snake(s). As you climb, you enter into a Ponderosa forest, and while still dry, the vegetation shifts from cactus and sage to forest and 'grassland'. Mara Mountain is part of the Lac Du Bois protected grassland area, but down at river level it is baking desert. Directions: From Kamloops, travel out Tranquille Rd towards the Airport. Just past the Airport entrance, measure 5.8km from the intersection of Tranquille and Ord Rd. Just across the tracks, the hike itself begins on the right. You may either take the trail to the right or the road to the left. For the purpose of the GPS track, I have taken the trail going up and the road back down. If you are taking the trail, continue up until it meets the road then go right up the road. If you are taking the road, just continue on. After a fair hike/ride, you will come to a large dried up pond. The road to the left is posted and closed. To the right, the road continues up a steep hill. Follow this road to the summit. The road does stay very steep to the summit. When I crested the summit, I was greeted by a loud “CRASH” in the trees to the side of the trail. Well, the bear spray was out right away! But, I wanted to log the whole route so I continued and once I got around the trees a bit, I discovered about 8 Mountain Sheep (sheep not goats) and they were crashing into each other like they do. Just before the cliffs, the same thing happened and I saw a good dozen more sheep. They generally ignored me except for moving off the trail a bit. Very beautiful animals and more impressive than the goats we see everywhere. On the road going back, I happened on a rattlesnake about 16” and maybe 4 years old. All good things to watch for, but add to the experience. My stats: Distance:15.12km Total time: 3:42 Moving time: 3:13 Average pace: 4.1km/h Total ascent: 679m (2228ft)

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Nicole Hamilton
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Layne Malm
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Tara Sales
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Edward Erickson
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Edward Erickson
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Deb Shea
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Nathaniel Gaylie
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Marguerite Mercier
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Rick Rhoades
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Brook Pearson
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Jordan Boulianne
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