Jag Hill via the Southeast Ridge

by Doug Smith

Jag Hill via the Southeast Ridge

Doug Smith  November 6, 2021 at 9:00 am

Jag Hill is a prominent high ridge that juts out in a southeast direction from the Red Plateau Escarpment.    Hikers can drive up the Red Plateau Forest Service Road and hike to the viewpoint, but there is no established trail.   With some navigation and some help with flagging tape, a good place to start is at N50° 46.320′ W 120° 32.828′.   Alternately hikers can climb up the Dewdrop Traverse Trail, then traverse to the summit.    On a grey, stormy fall day we hiked up the bike trail, then veered out to the open south slopes, ascending to the top by a rocky ridge.  

A single track winds up the southeast side of the hill.  

Rain and wind came in while we climbed the southeast ridge, and at the top, there were wide views through the stormy weather. 

Jag Hill has one of the best viewpoints in the whole area.    Kamloops Lake and the Dewdrop Range stretched to the southwest.  

We followed the ridge of Jag Hill to another viewpoint with views west to the Red Plateau Escarpment.  

The main access track around Jag Hill was only 0.25 to 0.3 km below the hilltop so any route bearing east will link up for a loop route.   We dropped down through the forest to pickup the double track.    The open forest on the east slopes is mostly douglas firs, with a few douglas maples in drainages, providing some fall color.  

We hike Jag Hill every year, each time using different routes.    It never disappoints.  

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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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