Hiking is Cooler in the Fall for Anyone in Kamloops and the Okanagan | iINFOnews

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October 11, 2021 – 10:34 AM

Cool fall temperatures are ideal for hiking in Kamloops and the Okanagan.

For anyone who enjoys hiking, this time of year is much less sweaty and smoky than the summer months. And the colors of the changing leaves, along with the earthy smells of the world preparing for hibernation, are fleeting qualities that cannot be enjoyed for long.

Below is a list of hikes in Kamloops and the Okanagan that most people can do with nothing more than a pair of running shoes and a bottle of water.

Fight bluff in Kamloops

A 4.8 kilometer trail that challenges hikers with some inclines and rewards them at the top with panoramic views of Kamloops Lake, the city, and the region’s vast hilly landscape.

BX Creek & Falls Trail in Vernon

Months have passed since the spring runoff, so it’s a quiet time of year in this stream. The 3.7-kilometer hikes last from 1 to 1.5 hours and offer several scenic vantage points, as well as evidence of historic logging operations in the area.

Angel Springs Trail at KLO Regional Park in Kelowna

This 10.3 kilometer trail takes hikers through largely shaded trails. This trail was first built by high school students, but was destroyed by forest fires in 2003. It was restored in 2010. A point of interest along the way is a rock cairn village.

Mont Boucherie in West Kelowna

For a clear, wide view of the central Okanagan, this 5.6-kilometer trail is worth the hike to the summit, and its starting point is close to downtown. Hikers are presented with a mix of tree cover and exposure, while circling the mountain for views from all angles.

Giant’s Head East Ridge Loop to Summerland

Giant’s Head Mountain was improved last year in 2020, offering hikers new ways to reach the top. The East Ridge Loop is a scenic trail that offers great views of Trout Creek and Okanagan Lake that were not accessible from the traditional trail to the summit. The East Ridge portion of the trail is approximately 3 miles and hikers must first start the trail on the paved trail to reach it.

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