Spruce Canyon - Kamloops Trails

Spruce Canyon – Kamloops Trails

Doug Smith  March 16, 2022 at 8:50 am

On a mild late-February day, we decided to stomp the new snowshoe trails at Stake Lake.   The Cow Creek, Spruce Canyon, and Rattler Lookout trails are top-notch routes to try.    In years past, I had explored this area on foot, but the terrain and the windfall was difficult so I opted to stay on the trails.     The new trails were cleverly designed (thanks to Tim) and were cleared of windfall.    We went along the edge of the lake, then worked our way down the Cow Creek Trail (Cowan Creek drainage), then followed signs to the Spruce Canyon route, a winding route through a narrow canyon.   At the north end of the canyon, we took the right fork to wind up to the top of the hill where there were wide views and a great place to have lunch.    We returned back to the start for a 7.84 km snowshoe route.

This will be my favorite snowshoe of the year and is highly recommended.    A few of the highlights are captured here in video:


We will be hiking this route in summer too.    Spruce Canyon is a bit of an unique route well worth your time. 





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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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