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West Kenna Wanderings – Kamloops Trails

West Kenna Wanderings – Kamloops Trails

by Doug Smith

West Kenna Wanderings – Kamloops Trails

Doug Smith  September 22, 2021 at 9:00 am

We hiked on trails that led west from the main parking lot in Kenna Carwright Park on a pleasant end-of-summer day.   After a long hot summer, the hillsides were dry and the colors were muted.  

We hiked along the Pondorosa Trail, then Big Pine and around the Lava Flow Lookout Trail to viewpoints overlooking the Thompson River Valley and west to Kamloops Lake.    

From the viewpoints, the dry hills slope down to the valley bottom on both sides.    The rugged hills of Red Plateau rise above to the northwest.  

At the top of the steep bluffs by the viewpoint, ravens were playing in the wind, doing aerial acrobatics.

A favorite game seemed to be to pick up an object and to drop it over other birds.    This raven dropped a pine cone.  

We did the loop route and started to work our way back.    The Mesa Trail was below on our right as we returned to the Big Pine Trail. 

Our hike to the west end of Kenna Cartwright Park and back was about 5 km.    This is one of our favorite hikes when the conditions are good.  

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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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