Above Sun Rivers - Kamloops Trails

Above Sun Rivers – Kamloops Trails

Doug Smith  April 11, 2020 at 8:47 am

In March the south-facing slopes above Sun Rivers were dry so we hiked up the Water Tower Trail to the plateau above, enjoying the views of Sun Rivers below.

There is a wide bowl between the minor summit of Mt. Paul and the higher summit of Mt. Peter.

Much of the plateau is a grassy meadow with a few pockets of trees in sheltered areas.  To the north are the upper slopes of the Dome Hills with Strawberry Hill beyond.

A herd of semi-wild horses lives on the upper plateau year-round.   They see lots of hikers so they ignored us.

On the west side there were wide views of the North Thompson River, North Kamloops, the Thompson River, and Kamloops Lake.

There are a series of hills on the plateau so we crested each one of them, going in a counter-clockwise loop.  Some snow lingered on north-facing slopes and in gullies.

We enjoyed watching the 5 horses on the plateau.   We also spotted a hawk, 2 rams, some chipmunks, and various other birds

It takes about an hour to climb the trail and the views are worth the effort.   If you decide to go up above Sun Rivers (it is a well-hiked trail), please practice respectful leave-no-trace hiking.

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