While the season for snowshoeing Merritt BC is winding down there is still time to enjoy the sport at the higher elevations near Merritt. If you can't make it this year be sure to file a "remember this activity" in your calendar for next year.
In general the season runs from December through March but can be a bit iffy on either side of this range so make sure you check out the conditions before you head out.
Merritt's climate is semi arid and the winters are reasonably mild therefore snowshoeing is relatively limited in town. However, we can be assured that we will receive enough snow to get in a few weeks snowshoe fun. For example, this year we had a very large snow storm that dumped 40 cm in one day. Clearly a great amount snow. The nice thing about it , it is light and fluffy. To get an idea of what this looks like, take a look at my backyard after the storm.
[caption id="attachment_18911" align="aligncenter" width="300"] After the snow storm
The best place for snowshoeing in Merritt, BC is on the Crown Land at the top of Pineridge Drive. Besides snowshoeing, this area is used for x-country skiing and snowmobiling as well.
I fortunately live at the edge of this great playground so it is very accessible to my wife and myself. We slap on our shoes and head out. It is so enjoyable tromping through the woods on a sunny day.
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Iron Mountain is just off highway 97C as you head to the Okanagan, about 2 kilometers from the intersection of highway 5 and 97C. The Nicola Valley Explorers will often spend an afternoon in this area. As part of the southern interior grasslands this area is quite flat and is great for all abilities.
[caption id="attachment_18914" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Hamilton Hill on Iron Mountain
Kane Valley is definitely a good place to snowshoe. However, at one time the trails were laid out by the Nicola Nordic Ski Club under an agreement with the Ministry of Forests. Now that snowshoeing has grown in popularity the ski trails were starting to get damaged, particularly the groomed portions of the trails.
To try and limit this problem the Nicola Valley Explorers have put in a number of trails just for snowshoeing. Technically these trails are available at no cost but the trails are situated to take advantage of the ski club's shelters and outhouses. Therefore it would be wonderful if you put money in the ski box to help offset their costs.
One of the snow shoe trails starts at the east end of Harmon Lake at the Forestry Interpretation site and follows Harmon Lake shoreline as it heads for Secret Lake(not really a secret, everybody knows about it).
[caption id="attachment_18915" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Secret Lake Trail
You can find other trails in Kane Valley that are accessed through the Ski Trails parking lots. Make sure that you follow the snowshoe trail signs to avoid damaging the ski trails.
There are many other places in the region to do this activity such as Helmer about 15 minutes north of Merritt. Also Check out Logan Lake. Check out Experience Nicola Valley Blogger, Kyle Schell for his take on snowshoeing in the area.
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