Trail Name: Doc Findlay Loop
Distance: 3.3 kms
Time: 1 hr
Cell Service: Yes
Trail: Single track through the park with various ups and downs.
Highlight: A gorgeous trail through our local park that features some great views of Kamloops.
To get there: From downtown, take the Trans Canada Highway west towards Vancouver and take Exit #367 keeping to the right onto Pacific Way. Continue straight through the lights on Hillside Drive for another 1 km. You should see the parking area for Kenna Cartwright Park on your right, just after the turnoff for Rockcress Drive.
Park in the parking area or on the side of the street if it’s full. From here, we took the Upper Doc Findlay trail from the park entrance. From here the trail passes behind some of the new development in the area. Follow the signed trail until you come to the big break in the trail where it crosses the Reservoir trail. While there are Doc Finlay signs pointing up the slope in front of you, we kept to the right and looped down to the gazebo following the Reservoir trail. From here, continue following the Reservoir Trail trail down until you come to a trail sign on your right for the Lower Doc Findlay trail. Follow this trail as you continue downhill. We found this section of the trail not as well signed as other parts, but if you continue on the trails that go off to the left, you will stick on the proper trail and you’ll eventually find yourself hugging the ridge with all the good views. Once you come upon the Doc Findlay memorial plaque, take the trail to the right to finish up the hike. Follow the trail back through the development to the parking area.
This trail is a great loop! It is the perfect length for a good workout, features some small climbs and some fantastic views of the city! Kenna Cartwright park is an off-leash dog park so dogs are more than welcome to join you as long as they are under control. Unfortunately, some people have lost their dogs in Kenna. Be aware of other users on the trail as we came across other hikers, joggers, as well as mountain bikers on the trail. Another great thing about this park and trail is that there are outhouses at the parking area as well as at the gazebo on the Reservoir trail should you need them. There is also a picnic table at the gazebo making it a great spot for a break or snack before continuing on down the trail.
See you on the trails!