Trail Name: Upper Flume Trail
Distance: 4.3 km
Time: 1-2 hrs
Cell Service: Unknown
Trail: Single track through the forest and over bridges
Highlight: The creek, bridges and a waterfall or two!
To get there: This hike is about an hour’s drive from Kamloops. Head East along the Trans-Canada Hwy. Continue on the highway for about 65kms. Just past Chase turn right onto Squilax-Anglemont Rd and head over the bridge. Continue for about 3.5km and then turn left onto Holding Rd. Continue up Holding Rd for 4.4km. At this point you should cross a small bridge over Bear creek. The parking area is just across the bridge on your left. Park here. Or get directions from here.
Park in the aforementioned parking area, and walk back towards the information board as the start of the trail is near there. You should see the trail sign and flume display at the beginning of the trail. There’s lots of interesting historic information on this display. From here, follow the trail into the forest. There are a couple of mini loops on this trail so choose to either stick to the right every time or to the left. This trail is not completely rebuilt after some flooding in recent years, so the last section of the trail is actually closed. By the looks of things, they have one more bridge to rebuild. (We chose to continue past the closed trail sign at our own risk. If you chose to not continue, you’re not missing much!)
This trail is great for the whole family. There’s bridges, small waterfalls, and lush green forest! What more could you want in a trail?! While in the area, you could also check out the Lower Flume trail whose trailhead is on the other side of the road on the other side of the bridge.