As winter turns into spring, the days get longer and warmer and we find ourselves wanting to get out on the trails! This time of year is difficult as there is often still snow or ice on the shaded parts of the trails. So we came up with a list of suggestions for the best hikes to do at this time of year! All the hikes should be free of snow and ice as they are south facing and covered in sunshine! Trails are sorted easiest to hardest, so be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to find a trail you might like!
Enjoy these early season trails and let us know what you think in the comments below!
Kamloops Spring Hiking Trails
We checked this one out in early March and most of the snow was gone off the main trail, but it was still drying up, so quite muddy! Should be completely clear within a couple days/week as long as this sun keeps up!
Flat, paved and low elevation, this path is one of the first that should be walkable! Keep in mind, no dogs allowed.
The Oak Hills trail is a great early spring trails as it is situated low in the valley and faces south, meaning it clears up quicker than most trails in our area.
This trail is paved, mostly in the sun and should drain off early in the season.
A unique natural landmark in our area, the Balancing Rock on Kamloops Lake is a must see! Directions can be found by clicking on the title.
Tower Trail in Kenna
A great south facing steady climb for a fantastic view overlooking the City.
A great park with a variety of trails to explore and is mainly open to the sunlight!
Right next door to the Blackwell trails, this park also gets a lot of early season sun, and should dry up quick.
This trail runs along the highway and has very little shade. It should dry up pretty quickly!
Sunset Trail in Kenna
A longer trek up to one of the best sunset spots in Kamloops!
Another great trail for this time of the year as there is little shade and tons of sun!
The trail that goes from the parking area directly to the lake should be clear at this time of year, although the loop itself on the backside of the hill may still be slippery and have snow. To head straight to the lake, don’t turn off to the right, continue straight up the hill instead.
Another local favourite, Battle Bluff is often one of the first ones Kamloopsians climb in the spring. This trail offers spectacular views of Kamloops Lake, and is a steady climb!