We travel down to the Merritt area from time to time to hike on the area trails. Our favorite is the Lundbom area, but we have also hiked the other areas, like the Swakum Mountain Trails. On previous occasions we have gone up and back from the flagpole parking area, but this time we tried a loop route, returning by lower slopes.
At the east end of the trail system, we encountered some junctions and we chose a clockwise loop. We did not enjoy any of the route choices that descended steeply down the hills.
Once we got down the steep eroded slopes, we tried to work our way back through a maze of unsigned trails. At one point we came to a fence so we dropped down to the streets and worked our way back to the flagpole.
We liked the Upper Scenic Trail. and so if we return, we would do a counter-clockwise loop, returning on a higher parallel track, returning back to the flagpole parking area from above.