The hills overlooking the south shore of Kamloops Lake have extensive slopes of sage and grasslands. The hilltops and north-facing areas have ponderosa and douglas fir trees, but it is open forest allowing easy passage in any direction. There are a few tracks/dirt roads too, all behind fence lines. Cattle will be on these ranges soon so we keep our exploration of the hills to late winter and early spring, going quietly and respectfully on foot.
Once out in the Dry Hills there are are rocky hills, facing south, dry for much of the year.
This is a quiet area, but like many areas surrounding Kamloops, it is fenced in for cattle grazing. Ranchers and lease holders don’t want dirt bikes, ATVs, and other vehicles on rangelands. They want fences to remain intact and to have their cattle undisturbed. Hunters are unwelcome. With all of this in mind, we walk in the off-season quietly, giving a wide berth to cattle (there weren’t any in February), taking nothing but photos, and leaving nothing but a fleeting footprint.