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    Drifter and Cowpoke Loop

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    10.6 km
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    235 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    The Drifter and Cowpoke Loop is a 10.6 km hiking circuit south of Kamloops that winds through the forests and meadows of McConnell Lake Provincial Park and the Stake Lake Recreation Site. Along the trail, you will hike along the edge of Stake Lake and pass through some beautifully scenic terrain on the way to the southern portion of the loop that borders Lac Le Jeune Provincial Park. Although the trail is very well maintained, a high number of intersecting trails in the area can make navigation a bit tricky. Be sure to bring a trail map or GPS to avoid getting lost.

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    Route Description for Drifter and Cowpoke Loop

    Hiking the Drifter and Cowpoke Loop is a fun adventure that will allow you to explore several different types of terrain and experience the charming scenery that makes up the beautiful landscape of the Kamloops area. Setting out from the trailhead, follow the path to the east on a route that meanders through a marshy area before turning south through beautiful stretches of forest and meadow towards Lac Le Jeune Provincial Park. Reaching the edge of the park, the trail will turn back to the north and follow closely alongside Cowan Creek until you arrive at the shores of Stake Lake. Enjoy the amazing views across the clam waters of the lake, as you hike along its peaceful wooded shores to return back to the trailhead where you began your hike.

    Getting to the Drifter and Cowpoke Loop Trailhead

    To find the parking area for the Drifter and Cowpoke Loop from Kamloops, head to the southwest for 3.4 km along BC-1 and exit the highway using exit 366. Turn left after 300 m onto Copperhead Drive and keep on it for 190 m. Turn right on Lac Le Jeune Road, following it for 21.5 km before making a left onto Stake Lake Ski Trail. After 290 m you will arrive at the trailhead.

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      Yes - On Leash

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      Older Children only

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