Our Trail System
Come out and enjoy the Trails of the North Thompson Valley. Relax in the splendor of the scenery, explore old homesteads, and in some areas, see how Mother Nature is rebuilding the landscape after the 2003 wildfires.
From valley bottoms to alpine meadows, the trails will provide breathtaking scenery and rugged wilderness. The Trails section is intended to provide a wide variety of trails, some that are relatively new and many that the pioneers of the area established.
These trails vary from easy to difficult. Some of the trails featured on this site require experience due to elevation and terrain changes.
Using these maps
Many logging roads have signage. Throughout the site, when the narrative reads ‘km 42’, it can be interpreted that there is a sign. If the narrative reads ‘42 km’ it should be interpreted that odometer tracking will be necessary.
ONE — Logging trucks and other industrial traffic are common on area roads.
TWO — Drive with your lights on.
THREE — Watch for variable road conditions particularly in early Spring and late Fall.
FOUR — Obey all road signs, do not speed and do not block the road.
FIVE — Carry emergency supplies.
SIX — In case of an emergency, stay with the vehicle. Generally, cell phones do not work in the area.
SEVEN — Do not leave garbage or litter behind.
EIGHT — Respect all wildlife.
NINE — Horses should be shod.
TEN — Mountain bikers must have bells on bike if using horseback trails.
First Nations Heritage
Many of the trails in the North Thompson Valley are within the shared areas of the Kamloops Indian Band (KIB) and Simpcw First Nations Territories. From the trails you may experience a variety of cultural heritage values of the First Nations People such as culturally modified trees, rock formations or cultural depressions.
Many culturally modified trees were pine trees which were stripped for the inner cambium which had important food and medicinal values to local First Nations People. With this in mind, the onus is on the recreational trail users to help preserve and manage cultural heritage sites. The Heritage Conservation Act has very strict penalties for knowingly disturbing or destroying cultural heritage sites.
If you are interested in knowing more about this, please refer to the Heritage Conservation Act, www.tsa.gov.bc.ca.