Hike Cinnamon Ridge in Lac du Bois Grasslands Park

Cinnamon Ridge Trailhead

This hike within the Lac du Bois Grasslands Protected Area features Hoodoos; giant sandstone structures naturally carved out by centuries of erosion. In addition to the Hoodoos, you can hike up the mountain and see the amazing views of the surrounding area, or stay along the riverbed and see the sights from below.

There was some confusion getting to the trailhead, as there are several points along Tranquille Road that lead off to Ord Road. Drive out of Kamloops north on Tranquille, just past the airport is Ord Road, ignore that one. Pass the Kamloops golf and country club, turn right on the next Ord Road, cross the train tracks and take a left. It will seem like you're on someones private property because there is lots of junk(or treasure) along the dirt road. Keep going until the road loops. The north part of the loop is the trailhead. The dirt road may be muddy if it has just rained, so depending on your vehicle, you might have to park away.To keep the instructions simple, go to these coordinates:50.7188717, -120.4735067 which lead right to the trailhead. 

Approximately 60m from the trailhead, keep right. When the trail splits again keep left. Not long after that you will see a sign marking Cinnamon Ridge Trail and from there it gets steep. After about 10-15 minutes you can clearly see the riverbed below to your left, and if the river is dried up you can go this way. Another option is continuing to the right, up the mountain. Standing from this point you can see there will be hoodoos both ways. We went the riverbed way. It was a little muddy because it had rained the day before so be careful. We don't know what we were missing from the other option, but we really enjoyed the riverbed way. The rock formations looked like they were part of the grand canyon on a (much) smaller scale. It was also much cooler and shaded down this way so that was nice. There was some climbing up rocks along the way, but it was easy for us and our dog (large breed) managed just fine. The hoodoos were really neat, a lot taller than what I had expected. The river keeps going so it is hard to say how long the trail is. I'd say we hiked a total of 6km out and back, but it could be shorter or longer depending on the river. At one point we went up the mountain because it looked like there was a trail, it was steep and didnt actually connect to a trail but the view was incredible. More experienced hikers could definitely find a way up. It was a great hike and we will definitely be going back to check out the other route. 

Pack List

  • Good hiking shoes/boots
  • Lots of water
  • Snacks
  • Camera
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RT Distance 3.7 Miles
Elevation Gain 1900 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Forest
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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Great Hike

Beautiful view, cool riverbed to hike through


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