Buse Hill Loop – Kamloops Trails

by Doug Smith

Buse Hill Loop – Kamloops Trails

Doug Smith  April 29, 2022 at 8:30 am

Every year we enjoy the hike up Buse Hill.    The trailhead is on Robbins Range Road (link to more information) and the trail climbs up open slopes to the forest above.   The upper part of the ridge is part of a provincial park.    We hike on a double track first, across lands owned by the Buse Creek Ranch.   Signs are posted asking us to stay on the designated track.   There are several branches of the tracks, but the usual route is to go up the right side toward the pond. 

The pond sits below the highest part of Buse Hill, but that hill is on private land.   We angle off to the left at this point.    The pond had some snow in the sheltered forest (1028 m elevation).   Ducks were busy on the far end of the pond.  

At the top of the ridge we approach the rim of cliffs looking down toward Buse Lake.    The trail follows this rim trail with views east and west. 

The view to the west looks down to Hidden Valley and beyond the hills of Barnhartvale to the South Thompson River Valley. 

At the end of the regular trail there are views to the west, but there is a partly-hidden single track down to a lower ridge, and from there we can continue farther along the ridge toward the Buse Pinnacle. 

On this day, I scrambled down steep slopes to a spot below the pinnacle, then looped back through the forest for a wider off-trail route. 

On a future exploration I hope to scramble down the right side of the cliffs and traverse under the cliffs east to west.   That is planned for the fall. 

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Doug writes for Kamloops Trails, a not-for-profit (and ad free) website, offering information on trails, waterways, routes, featured spots, viewpoints, and explorations in the outdoors in the Kamloops area (and beyond).

Doug started exploring this area in 1976 and continues to follow tracks and routes wherever they lead, with the aid of map, compass, GPSr and camera. After many dead-ends, but also many discoveries, he chose to share this information.

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