Trail Name: Oak Hills trail
Time: Under 1 hr
Trail Conditions: This hike was done as a loop along two parallel trails. One was a wide hard packed gravel trail, the other a looser dirt, narrow single track trail with a couple of wash outs. Both trails are almost perfectly flat.
Highlights: The narrower loose dirt path runs along the edge of the North Thompson River. A petting zoo at the parking area.
To get there: The parking area is at Westsyde Centennial Park. From downtown, head towards the overlander bridge. Stay on Fortune Dr for 2.3km before turning right onto 8th street. Continue on 8th for 1.4km and turn right onto Westsyde Rd. In 4.8km turn right on Franklin Rd. The parking lot will be in 400m at the very end of the road. Or see it on Google maps here.
There’s a large parking area surrounded by a petting zoo, a dog park, and baseball diamonds in Centennial park. The trailhead is at the far left corner of the parking lot. It’s hard to miss.
This trail appeared to be a popular trail for locals. It was being used by walkers of all ages with their dogs. The wider, hard packed trail runs along the river dike and is suitable for strollers, however, the loose dirt trail along the rivers edge is not. In some sections the trail on the rivers edge is a few feet above water level and with the loose dirt, it could be easy to slip and fall. However, it would be perfectly safe for any hiker as long as they are careful and cautious of their footing.