Hiking Opportunities in Lac du Bois Grasslands Protected AreaThere are countless opportunities for exploring the park on foot, whether for any easy stroll through the grasslands or a strenuous day hike in the hills. Most trails do not have any signs, so a good map is essential. There is a designated trail that follows the edge of Dewdrop Range in the western section of the park. Expansive views of Kamloops Lake, the Thompson Valley and distant mountains are the reward for the exertion of the hike. There is a parking area at the beginning of the trail.
Grasslands are very fragile. Tread lightly wherever you go. Use established trails only to help minimize disturbance and prevent the spread of unwanted plant species.
For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure.
Mara Trail [PDF 1.72MB] – Interpretive 3.5 km loop trail
- Recommended to walk in a counter-clockwise direction.
- Overlooks Kamloops Lake and Thompson River.
- Plants include cactus, sagebrush, pine trees, assorted grasses – lower grasslands plants.
- Thank you to Kamloops and District Fish and Game Club for trail construction.
- Moderate trail.
- Directions: Approx 15 minutes from downtown Kamloops. Follow Tranquille Rd. to the west, turn right onto Red Lake Rd, cross the train tracks and parking is on the right hand side of the road.
- Features hoodoos.
- Ascends up a ridge and part way up Mara hill.
- Desert plants, little grassland.
- Moderate to hard trail (hills).
- Directions: Approx 15 minutes from downtown Kamloops, Follow Tranquille Rd to the west, turn right on Ord Rd. cross over the train tracks, parking at the end of Ord Rd.
- Spectacular views overlooking Kamloops Lake and the underlying valley.
- May encounter California Bighorn Sheep.
- Moderate trail (steep climb).
- Directions: Approximately 25 minutes form downtown Kamloops. Take Tranquille Rd. west, turn left onto Red Lake Rd. At approx. 4 km mark (at the switchback ) on Red Lake Rd, turn left onto Frederick Rd. The parking area is approx. 700 meters down the road (2nd pullout to the right). Look for signs at the parking area.
- Multi use (mountian bikes, horseback, hikers, trail runners) no motorized sports!
- Stop by Deep lake to fish (rainbow trout and brook trout)
- Moderate to hard trail (hills)
- Trail runs from Westsyde to McQueen Lake. There are a few signs along the way but a good map of the area is strongly recommended. There is one pit toilet part way along this trail.
- Directions: South trailhead starts off Ida Lane, approx. 20 minutes from downtown Kamloops. Access by turning west off westsyde Rd. onto Ida Lane and continuing up Ida Lane to a black arch, look for trailhead sign. North Trailhead access off of McQueen Creek FSR. Approx 25 min from downtown Kamloops. Drive to the top of Bachelor Road North and it will turn into Lac du Bois Road. Turn right just after km 16 on Lac du Bois Rd, onto McQueen Creek FSR. Trailhead begins at approximately 3 km on McQueen Creek FSR. Look for trailhead sign on your right.