Opax Mountain Loop – Kamloops Trails
We hiked from Lac du Bois up onto Opax Mountain, and on to the western side where cliffs overlook the Tranquille River Canyon. Usually we do this as an out-and-back hike, a great 15 km hike. Recently Al Budreau, the author of Kamloops Backcountry Hikes, has developed a trail from the viewpoint down to the end of Hanging Valley. He has marked it and he was kind enough to provide GPS coordinates to us. We did this hike as a loop route on a warm day at the end of May.
We hiked along the north side of Lac du Bois and into Hanging Valley. We turned off and started a longer, winding track up the mountain.
The new trail down the ridge to Hanging Valley is still being worked on. the upper end has some spots requiring a bit of scrambling. Most of the route requires a bit of route-finding, but Al has placed lots of flagging tape and markers. For the most part it follows the natural ridgeline for most of the way down. There is one sharp turn near the bottom where the route angles back to cross two gullies and another ridge before arriving at the bottom end of Hanging Valley.
We hiked back up Hanging Valley to Lac du Bois. The entire route was about 15.8 km and it took us 5.5 hours.
A few of the moments on this hike are found in this video:
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