The Golden Mile Stamp Mill Trail is located just south-west of Oliver, BC. The trail begins at the scenic Tinhorn Creek Winery. You can park at the wine shop and get a trail map from the friendly people there. From the parking area the trail goes through part of the Tinhorn Creek Vineyard. While this stretch through vineyard is picturesque it is a bit of a grind for young children. The trail is uphill and completely exposed to the sun making it quite hot even on a relatively cool day (20°C).
After passing through two gates, a low lying snake fence and a large wildlife gate, you are officially beyond Tinhorn Creek property. On the other side of the gate there is a well and then the trail veers right up a steep hill. As you climb higher up the hill the view gets better and better. Eventually the trail levels out as it reaches a plateau and just ahead the trail will fork. The trail going right is part of a longer hike (10 km) that meanders north towards the old Fairwiew Townsite. Part of this trail crosses over private property so it’s unclear if it is still accessible. The trail leading left leads you to the 1895 Stamp Mill Ruins. Long ago rocks were brought here in carts so that the mined metals and rocks could be separated. I imagine that this little spot would have been quite the hub of activity long ago. It is fun to explore the remaining walls and fireplace but the area is covered in poison ivy so be careful! There is also an old crab-apple tree nearby.
As you begin hiking back be sure to explore the path down to the creek. My children enjoyed taking off their shoes and discovering the little nooks and crannies along the creek. Cattle comes through here regularly so it smells a little, otherwise the cool gully makes for a lovely spot to relax before continuing the trek back. The way back is mostly downhill so it feel much quicker. On our return my children enjoyed sitting by little pond in front of the Tinhorn Creek Winery and looking for snails and fish. The length of the hike is roughly 2.5km. We did it at a very leisurely pace and enjoyed lunch along the way so it took us about two-and-half hours. Realistically, it could be done in about an hour or so with young children, less for older children.