from May, 2016:
The trail into Mara Canyon changes every year. The narrow canyon is an erosion channel and the snowmelt and summer thundershowers change the route each season. The trail starts in the sagebrush, then climbs over some rocky hills before the sharp turn which takes us down to the streambed at the bottom of the canyon.
As the gully widens higher up the mountain, a number of orange slopes (Cinnamon Ridge) with carved rock flanks the west ridge.
I have done this hike every year for decades (twice this year already), but never get tired of it. We often do different loops to mix it up or we scramble up various sidehills. On this day in April, we came down the East Ridge Trail which is an easier route, but a slippery one. The distance is not long (about 5km), but it takes about 2 hours since the going is slow. This is deservedly one of the best hikes in the Kamloops area.
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