Hiking the Savona to Sabiston Creek Trail in January

Hiking the Savona to Sabiston Creek Trail in January

Doug Smith  February 2, 2023 at 8:55 am

January was mild and the bottom of the Thompson River Valley dried enough to allow ice-free hiking.    We drove to the west end of Kamloops Lake and parked at the Savona Cemetary on the north side of the lake.   We hike the single track trail above the railway to the beach just before Sabiston Creek.  There was a bit of mist on the lake when we started.

The south-facing slopes are mostly treeless.    The trail is mostly single-track winding across the grassland and sagebrush slopes. 

The trail was dry and easy to hike, but it is a 9.6 km return hike, taking about 3 hours.  Click an image for a lightbox view.  

The trail continues past the beach that we usually use as our end point.   The trail passes the beach area, climbing up the ridge above Sabiston Creek, but we prefer to go to the lakeshore and have lunch sitting on logs on the beach.    There is also an old cabin just above the high water mark to check out.  

This is an out-and-back route, one we often do at the end of winter.    This was the first time we have done the hike in mid-winter. 

This is a trail we really enjoy, but we would not do it in hot weather.    It is a great choice for the early season.   A video shares some of the moments on the hike. 


View the original source

No conversations yet

Doug Smith

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.

The Kamloops Trails website has a massive number of interesting posts and would be of interest to anyone in Kamloops who enjoys the outdoors. Visit the Kamloops Trails website at: http://www.kamloopstrails.net/

My Blog Posts