The Otter Valley is an excellent spot for a hike through nature. There are miles of hiking trails through lush wilderness, with something for everyone whether you are a beginner or an avid hiker. Walk in the footsteps of fur traders and pioneers, trek through railway tunnels, view First Nations pictographs and ochre bluffs, climb to subalpine meadows and take in panoramic views of the Cascade Mountains. The local geography and terrain makes the area ideal for any hiking pursuits into the back country and along the Tulameen river.
Tulameen is the epicenter for many of the trails that can be accessed from the Tulameen River Forest Service Road. Tulameen Falls is a moderate 1 km trail that leads to a spectacular waterfall where you can also swim in the crystal clear river pools. Vuich Historic Trail is an easy 1 km return trip from the nearby Jacobson Lake Recreation Site. Rice Historic Trail is a moderate 4 km return trip following the old trail used by prospectors and trappers into lush grassy meadows dotted with tiny ponds. Grant Pond Trail is a moderate grade hike where you can explore the hunting grounds of legendary native hunter "Blackeyes". The hike is a 4 km return trip hike through sub alpine meadows along the base of Mt. Davis.
The Trans Canada Trail also provides another option for hikers. The Trans Canada Trail is a shared-use recreation trail that winds its way through every Province and Territory forming the longest trail of its kind in the world, spanning approximately 17, 898 kilometres. It accommodates five core activities: walking, cycling, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling (where possible/desired). It follows the Kettle Valley Railway line past Otter Lake on its way from Princeton to Merritt making it ideal for those wanting to experience nature at it’s finest.
Completed in 1849, the Heritage Trail was built by the Hudson’s Bay Company with the help of the local First Nations. They built the trail to link the Fraser River at Fort Hope with Fort Kamloops and other important fur forts farther north to Stuart Lake.
Since the fall of 2010, the Heritage Trail has been re-opened for non-motorized recreation provided hikers with amazing panoramas and history.
The options are almost limitless! To help you decide the most suitable hike for your party, please visit http://www.tulameenbc.com/trails.html website for a list of our many heritage trails. As with all activities taking place in wild, natural areas, please keep safety in mind. Make sure you are appropriate attired and that you have the proper safety equipment even for short distances. Always let someone know where you are going and for how long in the eventuality of an injury or accident.