Peterson Creek Trails
Peterson Creek Park within the City of Kamloops
Driving Directions and Trailheads:
There are several access points into the trail system. The main trailhead is at the lower end of the creek at the end of Glenfair Road.
- There are also 6 upper trailheads in Sahali using Summit Drive as the main corridor. The trailheads are shown on the map – Peterson Creek Map (pdf)
- The lower entrance continues up the creek valley to Bridal Veil Falls, though the last section is in a narrow gorge with a danger of falling rocks from above.
- From the end of the lower route, trails go up both sides of the gorge with a vertical climb of about 126 m (400 feet). Both sides go up to a benchland above the gorge. As we hike south, the trails continue to climb.
- One of the better trailheads to minimize the steep climb, with good views and good trails is found at the corner of Summit Drive and Whiteshield Crescent. Trail signs can be found at this parking lot.
- An aerial shot of Peterson Creek looking south:
- Peterson Creek Park
- An aerial shot of upper Peterson Creek looking south:
The main trailheads have good parking areas.
At the trailhead is probably easiest
Optimal Group Size
For single track trails, keep the groups smaller (6 to 15)
Trails can be icy in late winter.
3 to 10km, depending on the route chosen.
Moderate to More Difficult, depending on the route chosen.
Most routes are hilly, but it is possible to do more moderate shorter hikes too.
1 to 2 hours, depending on the route chosen.
Average fitness for most routes.
There are some steeper routes that are more demanding though.
Ok for dogs, but limit numbers on the single tracks.
Generally the trails are sandy single tracks overlooking the canyon. There are some drop-offs here and there that require caution.
Peterson Creek has cut a deep gorge through the hills south of Kamloops. Trails follow the benchlands and sidehills of the creek gully from the City into the hills. The park area is 94 ha and has 30km of hiking trails. Trails going north-south are more gradual. All east-west trails have to descend into the gully and back out again making them steep choices. The trails are along interesting routes and are fun to explore.
- Peterson Creek Map (pdf)
- compiled by D. Smith; send updates and corrections to firstname.lastname@example.org