This week, we feature anther family-friendly hike with the Tower Trail at Kenna Cartwright Park. This is a gentle uphill hike that can be done by 4-5 year olds. The great thing about this trail is that if the kids find it too much, you just turn around and follow the trail back down to the parking lot!
Driving Time: Less than 10 minutes from Downtown Kamloops, right in city limits
Hiking Time: I forgot to check the exact time we began our hike and we had 5 children ranging from 9 months to 5 years of age and stopped often with one long stop for snacks. Took under 2 hours for the return trip, however!
Distance Travelled: 1.8 km to the top, so 3.6 km total
Stroller Friendly: No, but can easily be done with baby in a carrier or backpack.
Difficulty: The Tower Trail is rated as “easy” according to the City of Kamloops. Easily accomplished by 4 & 5 year olds with plenty of stops for water and taking in the awesome views!
How do you get there?
Kenna Cartwright Park is an 800 hectare municipal park located on Mount Dufferin within the city of Kamloops. To get there, take the Trans Canada Highway to Exit #366 north along Copperhead Drive and then west along Hillside Drive to the main entrance. Park your car and grab a map from the dispenser on your right as you begin your walk up to the trails. There’s also a washroom on your left for any last minute potty breaks. The Tower Trail starts a little up past the washroom and heads to the right. Just keep following it to the top.
Are there any difficult spots?
Not really, but the gradual uphill might be a little too much for some little ones.
What are some features to look for on the trail?
The fabulous views of the city of Kamloops as well as a little picnic table on your right just before reaching the top. Be sure to point out the sagebrush, pine trees and the various landmarks in the city as you make your way to the top.
Make sure to always bring plenty of water, snacks and sunscreen when hiking. I also carry a little mini-first aid kit at all times, to take care of any scrapes on the little ones. Enjoy!
For other family-friendly hikes in Kamloops, please check out: http://kamloopsparents.com/directory/attractions/outdoor-play/hiking-trails/
Jodi is originally from Montréal, Quebec but spent a few years in Northern New Brunswick after graduating from University. She moved to Kamloops in the Spring of 2010 with her family and works as an educational assistant. Her 7 and 8 year old keep her really busy as they love exploring the area and enjoying what Kamloops has to offer!