On a sunny-cloudy day in September we drove into the Dewdrop Range to hike the Frederick Bluffs. There are no signed trailheads, nor any trails to follow. Before the area was included in the Lac du Bois Protected Areas there were some single and double tracks through the valleys between the bluffs but nature has reclaimed the land and we need to navigate our way to the tops of the bluffs. We parked just off the Frederick Road and picked routes that were not too grown over, nor too rough. We usually wind out over 3 hills to the rocky bluffs overlooking Kamloops Lake and the hamlet of Frederick far below.
By late summer and early fall, the greens have given way to browns, except in a few low wet spots. The Dewdrop Range is an arid benchland below the Red Plateau Escarpment.
Our loop was about 5.4 km. Any hike in this area is slow, going up and down rocky slopes, with options to scramble. There are many viewpoints to climb to and explore. We will return to the Frederick Bluffs again in the spring.