Stein Valley Pictographs – Kamloops Trails

Stein Valley Pictographs – Kamloops Trails


Posted on: May 12, 2019 9:39 pm
by: Doug Smith

We hiked into Stein Valley from the trailhead near Lytton as a day hike covering about 17.5 km.   We enjoyed the river and the trail but also wanted to see the pictographs in this UNESCO Heritage Site.   The first pictographs were at Asking Rock, then we spotted some more on large boulders farther up the canyon.   There are 13 spots in the valley that are known.

We knew where the  junction for the unmarked side trail was for the largest archaeological site so we took some time to look at each panel on the rock faces above the river.      At this spot are almost over 200 examples of rock art.

Much of the rock art was done between 1800 and 1860.   They were made by mixing ochre with water.   Most of the images depict birds, animals, humans, and spiritual beings.   A few of the photos are shared here.  Click an image for a larger view.

 

It is the practice of Parks and heritage organizations not to publish the exact location of these spots so that guideline is respected here too.  Observant hikers will find the spots without too much trouble, but it will take a longer day of hiking to find the best 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.

The Kamloops Trails website has a massive number of interesting posts and would be of interest to anyone in Kamloops who enjoys the outdoors. Visit the Kamloops Trails website at: http://www.kamloopstrails.net/


 

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