Middle Grasslands Stomp – Kamloops Trails

Middle Grasslands Stomp – Kamloops Trails

Posted on: February 27, 2019 6:11 pm
by: Doug Smith

There is a small pullout and parking area in the middle grasslands on the right side of a curve (about 8.5 km up from the from the cattleguard). It is a good trailhead/start for a winter loop on the snow. We followed the track around the hills past Island Lake to the Grasslands Esker.

the GPS track of our route

All of the area has glaciated features with moraine ridges, kames, potholes, erratics, and eskers. The small potholes are marshy in spring.

grasslands ponds with lots of color

Some larger pothole trenches make shallow lakes in the collection spots between the hills.

Island Lake

One of the highlights of the area is a 1 km long esker. Eskers were created as under-the-ice glacial streams deposited silts and gravels over a long period in the last Ice Age (11 000 years ago). We usually hike along the esker on our middle grasslands loops.

The Grasslands Esker

This hike was on a sunny winter day.

A sunny day in the grasslands.

Our group created a shallow trench in the snow as we climbed over ridges and hills on our 4.7 km hike.

Hiking up to the top of the ridge.

We try to stop for lunch each time at a hilltop overlooking Long Lake. The Batchelor Range is on the east side, bove the middle grasslands.

Long Lake

Valley fog covered the Thompson River Valleys, creeping up into the hills below us on the south side, so we packed up our lunch and completed the loop back to the parking area.

The south end of the Long Lake Chain.

As we headed west we could see our track crossing the hills.

looking back at our track in the hills

This is such a superb route that we enjoy doing it about three times a year. We will return in the spring to enjoy the wildflowers on the hills and the waterfowl, birds, small mammals, and insects around the wet spots.

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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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