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In the Battle Creek Hills

In the Battle Creek Hills

by Doug Smith

In the Battle Creek Hills

Doug Smith  June 20, 2021 at 1:00 pm

I explored the hills above Battle Creek in the Cache Creek Hills, watching for shale slopes (fossils), wildflowers, interesting rocks, and wildlife.   There were no trails and I picked an eclectic route.    I spotted more hills to explore, so I will return again this year to climb through the hills.

The Thompson River wound through the valley bottom towards Ashcroft.  

And, off to the east Juniper Beach Campground was in the foreground with the Thompson River winding its way down from Savona. 

There were some white shale deposits on the slopes, and I looked through various piles and outcrops for fossils.  

I climbed to a hilltop only because it was there. 

From the viewpoint I looked at new areas to explore up the Battle Creek Canyon.   In the distance were the Arrowstone Hills.    I hiked to the top of the hill on the left side of the photo last year.  

In the unfenced areas were some free-range horses who watched me with a bit of caution.

I will return to explore more hills in the area this year.   As always, I proceed with Leave No Trace practices, taking nothing but photos, leaving nothing but ephemeral footprints. 

  • My rating for this hike –

    3.0 out of 5.0 stars



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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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