Trail Name: Battle Bluff
Distance: 4.8 km
Time: 1.5 hrs
Cell Service: Yes
Trail: Double track to begin then steep, rocky, single track the rest.
Highlight:Longer hike with amazing views to the top.
To get there: Head out towards the Kamloops airport along Tranquille Rd. Continue past the airport and golf course. When the road forks, head right over the train tracks. Follow that road until you reach the hairpin turn. Instead of following the road, head over the outer side of the corner on your left. Follow this road until you see a parking area with the BC Parks sign and a cement barrier. Get directions here.
Follow the trail forward into the trees. The trail is very well defined. When you emerge from the trees, you will be greeted with a view of Kamloops Lake and grasslands. The trail will fork just up ahead. You’ll want to take the right hand trail around the small hill. You’ll come to a second fork between which is an old rusted car. Here, you’ll want to take the left fork for the shorter, more direct route to the base of the bluff. Follow this trail down to the base of the bluff.
From here, follow the brown parks arrow to the right up the bluff. The trail gets significantly steeper here and the trail turns to single track, dirt and rocks. Follow the trail up the hill. Once you get to the rocks, you may find the trail a little harder to follow, but don’t worry as all trails lead to the top! Keep heading up and you’re almost there!
This trail is definitely doable by most! We made it to the top with a pair of 69 year olds and were joined by a family with a 5 year old! In the summer, be sure to being lots of water as there is very little shade. This trail is suitable for dogs as well, but make sure to keep an eye out for cactus and bring them some water. The trail is quite the climb, so don’t be afraid to take your time!