Uplands Benchlands Loops – Kamloops Trails
On a cloudy and mild November morning we hiked the trails at the end of Uplands Drive in Barnhartvale. Single track trails wind along the benchlands, gullies, and ridges and there are some loop routes through the grasslands and open forests.
Gullies provide drainage from the hills down to the river. There are winding trails up, down, and across the gullies. None of the trails are marked, so hiking the area a few times helps to see how the tracks can be linked up.
The area above can also be hiked but it will be a more challenging route. The area farther to the east has trails too, but there is a working gravel pit to go around, requiring a route going up or down on single tracks to link to other routes. We can hike for about 1.25 – 1.5 hours on the benchlands for a moderate shoulder season hike.
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More information on these trails can be found on this website – Uplands Trails.
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