A Ramble in Peterson Creek
Posted on: July 5, 2018 4:58 pm
by: Doug Smith
When we moved to Kamloops in 1976, Peterson Creek was the first area we explored and hiked. There were few trail signs there and the park boundaries had not been defined. Some of the rails were only faint game tracks or scramble routes across the slopes. Over the years, more trails were added, some were decommissioned, and mountain bikers “excavated” more with their tires. Kamloops Parks now has a definitive sense of official trails and signage and maps now guide hikers, dog walkers, and bikers along the established routes.
On this day we hiked from the Whiteshield trailhead and followed the most direct route to the Tom Moore Trail and followed it upstream over the hill and across the sideslopes.
The Tom Moore Trail has many new improvements including a “boardwalk” covered in roofing material. When we first hiked this section it was all sand and dirt, but mountain bikers have created new routes down the slopes, eroding the hillsides so now we have fences and walkways. We call this a multi-use trail.
Peterson Creek offers a number of interesting trails accessible right from the City. We have hiked the trails now for 42 years and will return a few times each year to revisit other trails for as long as we can.