Moonscaped – Kamloops Trails

Moonscaped – Kamloops Trails


Posted on: January 30, 2019 5:30 pm
by: Doug Smith

The Moonscape Trail winds along the benchlands east of Sun Rivers.   It is not an official trail, but it it used frequently by locals and area mountain bikers, dog walkers, runners, and hikers.    Anyone choosing to use the trail should heed posted signage if there is any.   On a day at the start of winter we hiked out and back on the trail, leaving nothing but footprints.

The first section of the trail stays above the gullies, bearing east through the sagebrush.

A brush fire burned up from below (link) and fire suppression crews had to extinguish the fast-moving fire before it reached the forested upper slopes.  Sagebrush and trees were burned for about 2 km of the trail.   Grasses and herbaceous plants are returning already, but at this time the trail has been “moonscaped” by fire.

On December 23rd, we spotted a sagebrush buttercup in bloom beside the trail.

Life is returning to the moonscaped benchland.

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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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