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 put together a list of suggestions for the best hikes to do at this time of year. These hikes should be free of snow and ice first 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
Paved, flat, and at the valley bottom, the River’s Trail that passes from Riverside park to Pioneer Park is a great early season trail.
McArthur Island is another flat, paved, valley bottom trail. The outer 3km loop is the perfect length and offers great view of the river. This trail does not allow dogs.
Peterson Creek’s newest trail connects Sahali and Downtown via a paved path. Although this trail is far from flat, it is maintained by the city and cleared of snow. This is a great early season trail to get your heart pumping (especially if you hike up from the bottom).
The West Highlands Park is now situated where the old Links golf course resided in the Aberdeen neighbourhood. The park now features a 1.8km loop that offers spectacular views of the Thompson Valley.
We checked this one out in early March and there was still a layer of packed snow on the trail. However, the snow has been melting like crazy the last few days so this trail should dry up quickly.
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 begins at the Westsyde Centennial Park.
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.
Panorama Trail in Kenna Cartwright Park
A short wander through the grasslands to a panoramic rocky outcrop to take in the sweeping views of the Thompson River Valley.
A great southern facing park with a variety of trails to explore.
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.
Another great trail for this time of the year as there is little shade and tons of sun. Can be quite muddy.
Another local favourite, Battle Bluff is often one of the first ones Kamloopsians climb in the spring. This trail offers great views of Kamloops Lake, but can have icy and muddy spots on the backside.
These are just a couple suggestions of trails that are facing the sun at this time of year and are likely to be the driest!
Disclaimer: As always, we cannot guarantee the condition of any of the trails. Use at your own risk.