Greenstone Mountain Provincial Park
About This Park
Greenstone Mountain Provincial Park was created as a result of recommendations made in the Kamloops Land and Resources Management Plan. Hiking and nature study opportunities exist in the park. The mountain top, accessible by road, offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, lakes and dry valley environments of the Thompson Valley. In 1998 Greenstone Mountain had a major forest fire which burned only marginally into the northeast section of the park. Note that no camping or day-use facilities are provided at this park. Natural Feature: Series of high elevation grasslandsm and includes the most northerly occurrence of Vasey’s big sagebrush.
Park Size: 124 hectares
- There are no facilities or services available at this park. There are no developed or designated camping areas in this park. Backpackers need to practice no impact camping. This area is entirely user-maintained.
- Water sources are scarce in this area. Visitors should bring their own water. Any water taken from the park should be boiled, filtered or treated before consuming.
- There are no toilet facilities in the park. Visitors should exercise proper backcountry sanitation procedures. Deposit human waste in cat holes which are 6 to 8 inches deep and should be located at least 100 feet from any water source. Thoroughly cover and disguise cate holes when finished. Bury toilet paper as well Do not burn it.
- Campfires are not permitted. If a fire is used for an emergency, please keep it small and ensure it is completely out before you leave. Use a camp stove for cooking.
Wood ticks are most prevalent between March and June. These parasites reside in tall grass and low shrubbery and seek out warm-blooded hosts. Although they are potential carriers of disease, they are a natural part of the environment and can be easily avoided. Your legs should be protected by wearing trousers tucked into socks or gaiters. After outdoor activity, thoroughly examine yourself. Check your pets for ticks as well. For more information, view the Visitor Safety Information below.
Location and Maps
The park is located approximately 20 km southwest of Kamloops. Access is off Highway # 1 near Cherry Cr. via Greenstone Mountain Forest Service Road, or off of the Logan Lake (Meadow Creek) Road via the Dominic Forest Service Rd., then a service road for the communications tower.
Nature and Culture
- History - Greenstone Mt. was designated a Provincial Park in May 1996 through the Kamloops LRMP.
- Conservation - Within the park, high elevation grasslands are in excellent condition. At 1,793 meters this is one of the highest elevations which Vasey’s big sagebrush has been discovered growing., Bluebunch wheatgrass and various forbs are bordered by a mix of lodgepole pine, Douglas-fir, aspen and spruce. The talus and cliff faces add to the diversity of the local habitat.
Activities Available at this Park
Pets on Leash
Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.