Trail Name: Wade Road Trail
Distance: 5.1 kms
Time: 1 hour
Cell Service: Yes
Dog friendly: Yes, on-leash
Trail: Single track trail
Highlight: Beautiful view of the canyon area of the Adams River
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. Turn right onto Squilax-Anglemont Rd and head over the large bridge. Continue on this road for another 4.5km. After you cross another smaller bridge, turn left at the sign for Tsútswecw (pronounced choo-chwek) Provincial Park. Continue down the short drive and park. Or get directions from Google here.
From the parking area, head towards the river and through the yellow gate on your right. You’ll follow the wide, packed gravel trail as it heads up the Adams River Valley. When you come to a T in the trail, take the left trail and continued through the forest. When you come to another fork, take the signed River Trail and Canyon and continue to follow signs for the River Trail. As you follow the trail, it will take you to the top of a rock outcropping that overlooks the Adams River. From here, we followed the trail as it continued downstream alongside the river and back to the parking area.
This trail was lovely and the views from the rock outcropping are gorgeous, especially in the fall. At the bottom of the rock outcropping, you might even catch a glimpse of some Secwepemc pictographs. This trail would be suitable for most, although the section of trail near the canyon can be rocky and slippery. Dogs are welcome on leash. The Wade Road Trail continues another 5kms up the valley, all the way up to Nikwikwaia (Gold) Creek and would be great to explore either hiking or on bikes.
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