On the Sunset Trail – Kamloops Trails

by Doug Smith

On the Sunset Trail – Kamloops Trails

Doug Smith  April 23, 2022 at 9:00 am

The Sunset Trail is at the far west end of Kenna Cartwright Park.    We usually hike up there from Hillside Drive past the prison, but the work on the Trans Mountain Pipeline has cut off that access.    The hike from the main parking lot to the end of the Sunset Trail is about 3 km with a number of trail combinations, though I prefer the Big Pine Trail route.  

At the Pipeline there is fenced corridor across to the ridge where the Sunset Trail starts.

From the platform viewpoint at the far west end of the trail is a view out to Kamloops Lake, but there are 360 degree views from this windy spot.

This hike was an out-and-back on a cool and windy spring day.    Much of the north side of Mt. Dufferin Ridge still had muddy spots, but a return hike to the west end will include the Lava Point Loop next time.  

In spring the rotation of hikes follows the plan to hike whichever trails are dry before venturing onto higher trails or north-slope routes.    In this week, the hikes included Peterson Creek, the Barnes Lake Trails, and Painted Bluffs.    Higher elevation routes will follow in late April. 

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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).

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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