Only half-an-hour drive from Kamloops, this hike takes you through a pleasant mix of forest--Douglas-fir trees, pine trees and aspen. Once you reach the rocky bluff, you are rewarded with spectacular views over Paul Lake and Harper Mountain, as well as a bird’s eye view of ospreys, swallows and the rare white-throated swift. Paul Lake Provincial Park also provides habitat for a variety of wildlife, including bald eagles, falcons, white-throated swifts, coyotes and mule deer.
Total elevation gain on your trip is about 900m. Once you come back down, Paul Lake and its 400m of sandy beach are perfect for relaxing. Also, there’s a popular campground directly at the lakeshore, offering sites for 90 vehicles. Note that the above stated distance is for the round trip.
From Hwy #5, go five km north of Kamloops, and then go east onto Paul Lake Rd for about 19 km. There are signs to Paul Lake Provincial Park. The campground is located on the north side of Paul Lake, about 15-20 minutes driving distance.
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Posted By: RedRocker07
- Fri Sep 10 23:53:23 UTC 2010
UpsideVery well maintained path, it is uphill basically the whole way and steep at the end but definitely worth it with a gorgeous view as reward. It took me about 45 minutes with a few stops along the way
Posted By: LostCargo
- Wed Mar 04 23:09:38 UTC 2009
UpsideEasy short hike with a great pay off. The view from the top is fantastic. There are two access points, one from parking lot and the other from the camp grounds. the camp grounds route is very serene. I prefer this route. DownsideThe last bit of it is kind of a slog, but well worth the presperation. CommentDid this in summer of 2008, near the bench (on the north side/parking lot side) there is an rock climbing anchor. No face to climb, but suspect it may be for search and rescue workers or something. If you rock climb at all you will probbably be scratching your head. lol. Awesome view of the lake. Will do this one again and again.
Posted By: Stoely
- Sat May 24 02:50:55 UTC 2008
CommentVery good hike. From the boat launch to the summit took about 35 minutes.