On Harper Mountain in July

On Harper Mountain in July

Harper Mountain has fine trails for mountain biking, but some of the trails can be hiked in summer or snowshoed in winter too.   Most of the trails are forested but there are some limited views at the top.   On a warm day the shaded trails are a good choice for a summer hike.   On this particular day I chose to follow the main cross-country and snowshoeing routes to the top of the mountain.

 

The primary access route is an old road which winds toward the peak.   At the end of the road, single tracks continue up the mountain.

One trail leads out to the open ski slopes.   There are some nice views down to the base and beyond to the Dome Hills across the Paul Creek Valley.

There were lots of wildflowers out along the way, including tiger lilies in open glades.

I hiked to the top and did a loop to check out other views (very limited by the forest), then followed a mountain bike track down the hill.   All of the trails are signed and rated.    The more challenging biking trails do not make good hiking trails, but the moderate ones are fine for hiking.

Mostly I followed the snowshoe route (Powder High Way) down the hill.   I will return in winter to do this track on the snow.

For hikers, the cross country and snowshoe trails are better options than the mountain bike trails and Harper Mountain has produced a map to help us out.

When I was on the mountain there were no other hikers about.   Most of the mountain bikers were in the lower areas so it was a quiet day in the forest, with some open hiking on ski-run meadows.   This is a once-a-year hike with different route choices each time, one more location for area hikers.

 

 

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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).

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