When Red Plateau dries out (in May) and before the heat of late spring we climb from the Dewdrop Range up the Red Plateau Escarpment to the rim. The best trail is the Dewdrop Trail which winds up a gully, then a ridge, climbing 611 m of elevation (2000+ feet) in 3 km. An alternate route with no established trail is up a continuous steep parallel ridge on the other side of Red Canyon. Although there is no trail, with repeated use by a few adventurous hikers, there is now a faint trail, winding up the best route on the spine of the ridge.
The approach to the Ragged Red Ridge is the Dewdrop Trail. We hike up the trail for 0.7 km to where the trail crosses a fenceline on a style. Instead, we turn left following an old double track up Red Canyon. Before the trail enters the canyon we turn west and start to climb the ridge. The ridge climb is 1.5 km of continuously-steep hiking.
The view below is of the Dewdrop Range, a grassland-benchland above Kamloops Lake.
On the way up are a series of rugged rock bluffs, all of which have good routes through or around the steep sections. A bit of light scrambling is required and there are also some sections of loose footing.
The Dewdrop Range lies at the foot of the escarpment and Kamloops Lake is at the bottom of the valley, 3.5 km away.
Along the trail were lots of wildflowers, including phacelia, paintbrush, sandwort, fameflower, balsam root, jacob’s ladder, fairyslipper, western spring beauty, sagewort, brown-eyed Susan, and the star of the show, shrubby penstemon.