Teresa the Traveler's Top Ten Day Hikes from Kamloops
Kamloops really is the Center of the Hiking Universe. Not only do we have some of the best hiking trails in the city, we are also a short day trip away from some of the most amazing trails the Southern Interior of British Columbia has to offer.
#10 - Savona Caves
This trail may start out gentle but it gets tough and is not for the weak at heart. But for those determined enough to scramble up the steep gravel faces the reward is great: two large caves with authentic native pictographs and a breath taking view of the surrounding area.
#9 - Enderby Cliffs
This long gruelling uphill hike will chew up the best part of your day. But the pat on the back you will give yourself when you reach the top will be well worth all the sweat off your forehead and the sore legs that may take a few days to recover.
#7 - Abandoned Mine Shaft in Hedley
British Columbia was formed during the gold rush to keep the Americans from taking over. No one is in a rush anymore and many of the mines have long since been abandoned waiting for adventurous hikers to explore them, like this one on the top of a mountain in Hedley.
#6 - The Painted Chasm
There is no need to go to the US to visit a grand canyon when we have one right in British Columbia just outside of Clinton. A heart-thumping trail follows the cliff-line giving hikers a guaranteed adrenaline rush!
#5 - Wapta Falls
Snow-capped rocky mountains, thick green forests, a pale green river and a rainbow...does it get more awesome than this. These falls are one of the highlights of Yoho National Park and I am sure you can see why.
#4 - Emerald Lake
Another one of Yoho National Park's gems, Emerald Lake (named for it's stunning green color) has one of the most beautiful hiking trails in the world circling the lake. The best part is the reward at the end, having lunch lakeside at the beautiful Emerald Lake Lodge.
#3 - The Monk's Cave
Well known to Headley locals, Leon the monk lived in isolation in this well fortified cave for years before being forced out by a flood. Nature is now reclaiming his little abode making it an interesting place to explore.
#2 - Albas Falls
Deadly and beautiful, these five falls cascading down Celista Creek are a sight to see. A trail follows them up one side of the creek, crosses a bridge then heads down the other passing through some fairy-tale inspiring landscapes.
#1 - Scotty Creek Slot Canyon and Waterfalls
A place that was no doubt well known to prospectors during the big gold rush, this beautiful canyon has been lost to time and is waiting for a new generation of adventurers to explore it.