Trail Name: Savona Caves
Distance: 4.2 km
Time: 1.5-2.5 hours
Cell Service: Unknown
Trail Conditions: The first 600m or so is a relatively flat single track dirt trail. The remainder of trail is a steep single track path with numerous sections of loose rock and dirt.
Highlights: The views of the valley from the caves are amazing. Don’t forget to turn around and explore the depths of the caves too. There are numerous First Nations hieroglyphs on the rocks.
To get there: The drive is 45 minutes from Kamloops. From Kamloops, take the Coquihalla (Hwy 5) towards Vancouver. Take exit 362 to Hwy 97N towards Savona. In 30km, turn left onto Tunkwa Lake Road. In roughly 11km, look for a logging road with cattle guard your right. Turn right and head another 500 meters past the cattle guard. You’ll come to a leftward bend in the road. The trail head is marked with ribbon on the right side of the road at this bend. See it on Google Maps here.
We often park just off the road on the right. If your car has enough clearance to get through the ditch, there’s plenty of room to park here. Otherwise, there is a small pull out on the left of the road. Just be sure to get off the road as much as possible as it is narrow. The trailhead is well marked with ribbon. It’s a linear trail and has been marked with red ribbon so it should be fairly straight forward to follow.
This trail is perhaps one of the most challenging we’ve posted on this site so far. The first section is fairly flat and accessible. However, once the climb begins, it is fairly relentless with numerous sections of loose rock and dirt. A few sections will require use of your hands to get up. Although we did cross paths with a few grey haired hikers, I would suggest only those with good shoes, good balance and strong legs attempt this climb. The views from the top are worth it as you look back at the valley and explore the caves! This hike is dog friendly.