Trail Name: Cinnamon Ridge
Distance: 4.9 km
Time: 2 hours
Cell Service: Yes
Dog Friendly: On-leash (BC parks) – but beware as there is a ton of cactus in the area.
Trail: The trail starts off with a steep climb up loose clay and rocks and then drops down into the gorge and follows the dried riverbed heading north.
Highlight: Hoodoos, views, and a dried up slot canyon!
To get there: This trail is about a 17 minute drive from downtown Kamloops. Follow Tranquille Dr towards the Kamloops airport. Continue down the road past the airport and the golf course. Just past Sunset Valley Farms, turn right onto Ord Rd. At the train crossing, drive over the tracks and turn left. Follow this single track dirt road, driving slowly to not kick up dust for the nearby residents. Follow Ord Rd to the end where you’ll enter a cul-de-sac. Park here. Or get directions from Google here. (Please note the Google Map does not take you fully to the cul-de-sac. Continue down the dirt road until you reach it)
Once parked, take the trail heading off towards Cinnamon Ridge on the right (North) side of the cul-de-sac. In about 300m you’ll come to a 4-way intersection, continue straight. You’ll come to another 3-way intersection where you’ll want to keep right. From here the trail really starts to climb as you make your way up the ridge. About 650m in, you’ll have summited a clay mound where, on the other side, you will be able to descend into the riverbed. From here, the trail is very straight forward as you follow the dried riverbed through a slot canyon and then a little ways up Mt. Mara.
This trail is truly unique to Kamloops and offers a look back into our history. Be sure to dress and pack appropriately as this southern facing slope, where cactus thrive, can get very hot. The trail itself is often quite steep with loose gravel or clay. We do not recommend this trail for young children or those unstable on their feet. Be sure to bring your camera and share your images with us on Facebook or by tagging #hikekamloops on Instagram!