We spent almost 6 weeks with friends from Arizona this summer. They arrived the second of June and stayed and camped at our place in Merritt before we headed to one of my favorite places to camp with our horses in our area Lundbom Lake Grasslands.
|Here is a link to the bike/horse trails you can download an app for|
The riding in this area is fabulous. Beautiful grasslands, mountain views and lakes all around. Get your fishing license too because the trout are biting in Lundbom Lake.
|Heading out on the trail from Camp along side the lake|
|In June and July the wild flowers in the grasslands are just crazy!|
|Make sure you stay on the one track cow trails these grasslands are very sensitive|
|And the trout in Lundbom lake are tastie!|
If you get up to Merritt to camp with your horses and this campsite is full there are other campsites both public and private. Update Oct 2018 Lundbom Lake Forestry site has added 45 new campsites to the area but it is a little like a trailer park now everyone is camped close together and some sites are a little too small for our big rig. Not sure if we will be back but we will defiantly haul in for day riding.
Here are just a few
Kane Valley just up from Lundbom Lake where there are miles of crosscountry trails through the grasslands and forest of Merritt over looking many lakes. No corrals, bring your water.
Seven 1/2 Diamonds between Princeton and Merritt is another get private facility with lovely riding. They also have a Saloon for large gatherings for wedding, family get togethers or large groups. There are also cabins for rent.
Rainbow Trails- This area is just a huge field with 2 pit toilets you can highline or bring your own panels but haul your water up. Used for the BC Endurance Riders for some endurance events so the trails are well marked.
Tunkwa/Leighton Lakes 15k past Logan Lake both lakes have corrals for horse use. This is a Provincial park $18 a night. 10 corrals where added to Leighton lake in 2008 and in 2006 another 12 added at Tunkwa Lake. The fishing is one of the top 10 in BC for Rainbow trout.
For more info on camping in the British Columbia area visit Camping and Horses web site
At the end of June we packed up and headed to Alberta with our Arizona friends. We had never been there. So many camping areas in the Alberta Rockies the first area we stayed at was in
"The Hummingbird". There are large areas to camp you have to highline so bring your highline ropes. If you have corrals you can use your own corrals but "NO" hot wire.
The equestrian campground is 100km SW of Rocky Mountain House.Directions: Take Hwy 752 (60km, 40 paved/20 gravel), south west of Rocky to the Forestry Trunk Road 734, turn right (west) at that T-intersection (41km to camp). After crossing the South Ram River-steep hill, the road turns west for a mile or so then goes north. Look for the Hummingbird sign on the west side.
Turn left and follow the road to the staging area. Continue on the road past the information signs in the first parking lot (day use area). The road climbs a short hill then makes a sharp u-turn across a small creek then continues west. The equestrian loop camping area has a sign and an entrance, on the left (south).
|Riding to College Heights (Monument) above the hummingbird and Ram rivers|
|A ride to the trapper cabin on the Hummingbird river|
|A drive to Lower Ram Falls|
|Rams at Ram falls|
|Crossing the Hummingbird river leaving camp|
|Above the Ram river|
|Upper Ram Falls|
|Looking down at Upper Ram falls|