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    • The Low Winter Sun by: Kamloops Trails

      January 24, 2015, 09:00

      While snowshoeing and hiking in the middle of winter, we find ourselves in low-light minimal-chromatic environments.   White snowbanks, brown-grey trunks,…

    • Red Mountain Scramble by: Kamloops Trails

      January 20, 2015, 09:00

      Snow Canyon State Park near St. George, Utah is a great place for outdoor-minded people.   It has paved trails, hiking trails, and many rugged areas to…

    • In Search of Winter Snags by: Kamloops Trails

      January 16, 2015, 09:00

      When snows blanket the hills, we can still hike.   In fact, it is a good time to explore new areas, especially rarely-visited hills, grasslands, and…

    • West Rim Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      January 12, 2015, 09:00

      Our favorite (official) hiking trail in Zion National Park is the West Rim Trail.   We have not chosen to do it from the top down (one way) yet, but it is on…

    • Over the Shoulder on Sugarloaf Hill by: Kamloops Trails

      January 8, 2015, 16:00

      The trail to the top of Sugarloaf Hill is a good one for shoulder season.   We usually wait and do the hike on a bit of snow in December.   The route…

    • Lower Rose Trails in Shoulder Season by: Kamloops Trails

      January 5, 2015, 09:00

      Some trails should be done in shoulder season.   In late fall, the high country gets blanketed in snow, but the hills just above the City can still be hiked…

    • Dufferin Ridge by: Kamloops Trails

      January 1, 2015, 09:00

      When fog fills the valley, some of our hills stand above the mists and we can hike out in the sunshine.   Dufferin Ridge is a good choice on a cool Winter…

    • Many Pools Route by: Kamloops Trails

      January 1, 2015, 09:00

      The Many Pools route is not a designated trail in Zion National Park, but it is an interesting route that is easy to follow.   The start is at a pullout on…

    • Double Tracks, Single Tracks, and Snowshoe Tracks by: Kamloops Trails

      December 28, 2014, 09:00

      Designated (user-pay) snowshoe trails usually have no issue with competing users (snowmobiles, ATV's, 4WD trucks, etc.) because they are usually signed and on…

    • Stubby-Mine Loop by: Kamloops Trails

      December 24, 2014, 09:00

      With the new "official" bike trails in the Pineview-Ironmask Hills area, we have been recently hiking the single (bike) tracks in the off-season.   Although…

    • Ironmask Hills in December by: Kamloops Trails

      December 20, 2014, 09:00

      In our area, the snows mantle the hills in early December and we shift from hiking to snowshoeing and cross country skiing.   For the first snowy hikes of…

    • The Narrows from the Top Down by: Kamloops Trails

      December 12, 2014, 09:00

      The route down The Narrows from the top is a 15.4 mile trek in the Virgin River Canyon to  Zion Canyon.    A backcountry permit is needed to do the route…

    • Barnes Trails by the Back Gate by: Kamloops Trails

      December 7, 2014, 09:00

      The Barnes Lake Trail system was developed by a horse riders group in the Barnhartvale area, but these are fine hiking trails for all seasons.  There are 4…

    • East Rim by: Kamloops Trails

      December 5, 2014, 09:00

      The East Rim Trail in Zion National Park goes through a more remote area of the park away from the main corridor.   It can be hiked from the East Gate area…

    • Big Springs Loop by: Kamloops Trails

      November 27, 2014, 09:00

      The trails of the Needles District in Canyonlands National Park can be combined in many ways to create loops.   We chose to follow these trails - Lost Canyon…

    • A Grasslands Loop by: Kamloops Trails

      November 25, 2014, 09:00

      Lac du Bois Grasslands Protected Area has 15 712 hectares of grassland and forest.   The lower grasslands are more arid with an abundance of sagebrush, but…

    • Chesler Park by: Kamloops Trails

      November 23, 2014, 09:00

      Chesler Park is a 600 acre open area of grass and sand dunes inside the towers, fins, pinnacles, cliffs, and spires of the Needles District in Canyonlands…

    • Half-Frozen Flora by: Kamloops Trails

      November 21, 2014, 09:00

      On a cold fall day we hiked on the Mt. Hilliam Trails.   A skiff of snow covered the edge of the trail at higher altitudes and many of the summer flowering…

    • Mt. Hilliam by: Kamloops Trails

      November 19, 2014, 09:00

      The Mt. Hilliam trail system is a network of old backroads on the south-facing slopes overlooking Skimikin Lake.   The trailhead can be accessed by going…

    • The Joint Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      November 17, 2014, 09:00

      In the maze of trails within the Needles District in Canyonlands National Park is a 2 mile  trail worth the effort to get out there (at least 9 miles,…

    • Lyons Lake Lope by: Kamloops Trails

      November 15, 2014, 08:54

      The route into Lyons Lake is a fine walk/hike, but has been out-of-sight-out-of-mind for  many years.   We have hiked and biked to the end of the lake a few…

    • Druid Arch by: Kamloops Trails

      November 13, 2014, 09:00

      The Druid Arch Trail in the Needles District (Canyonlands National Park) may be Kamloops Trails best trail of 2014 (of about 200 outdoor routes completed this…

    • Grasslands Community Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      November 11, 2014, 09:00

      We hike the Grasslands community Trail every year, but we vary the route each time.   The upper end of the trail starts by going along the south edge of the…

    • Upheaval Dome by: Kamloops Trails

      November 9, 2014, 09:00

      On the Island in the Sky Mesa in Canyonlands National Park is an impact crater measuring 5km across.   The impact was about 65 million years ago.   The…

    • Syncline Loop by: Kamloops Trails

      November 7, 2014, 09:00

      The Syncline Loop Trail is an 8.3 mile loop that goes around Upheaval Dome in Island in the Sky District in Canyonlands National Park.   There are no…

    • To the Top by: Kamloops Trails

      November 5, 2014, 09:00

      We hike to the top of our local skyline every year. The trailhead is on the Paul Lake Road at a small pullout. A sign at a person-gate calls this the Paul…

    • Neck Spring by: Kamloops Trails

      November 3, 2014, 09:00

      Most hikes in the Island in the Sky District in Canyonlands National Park are either short or go steeply down to the bench (White Rim) below, then steeply back…

    • Puebloan Granaries by: Kamloops Trails

      October 30, 2014, 13:34

      While hiking on the high mesa on Island in the Sky District in Canyonlands National Park at 6300 feet, we hiked a short trail (1.5 miles) to Aztec Butte. &…

    • Fairyland Loop by: Kamloops Trails

      October 29, 2014, 09:00

      Bryce Canyon is a special place to visit and the Fairyland Loop is the best of the hiking trails of the Park   We have chosen to hike the Fairyland Loop…

    • Savona Caves Revisited by: Kamloops Trails

      October 27, 2014, 09:00

      Our first hike to the Savona Caves was in the mid 1970's and we returned there again from time to time over the years, but we had not been there for at…

    • Hiking Canyonlands National Park by: Kamloops Trails

      October 25, 2014, 09:00

      Canyonlands is one of the five National Parks in Utah and certainly one of the best for hiking anywhere.   It is divided into three "districts",…

    • Mount Morrisey Loop by: Kamloops Trails

      October 23, 2014, 09:00

      The lower trails in the valley and the upper slopes of Mount Morrisey at Sun Peaks are best hiked in late summer-fall.   The nordic trails dry out by…

    • Arches in Arches by: Kamloops Trails

      October 21, 2014, 09:00

      Arches National Park has over 2000 arches within its boundaries.   Many are on the maps and on designated trails, but many are unnamed and are found…

    • Zoa Peak Hike by: Kamloops Trails

      October 17, 2014, 09:00

      The peaks in the Coquihalla Summit area offer a number of steep hikes starting off the highway.   One of the most forgiving trails of the area is the…

    • The Fiery Furnace by: Kamloops Trails

      October 15, 2014, 08:50

      The Fiery Furnace is a labyrinth of slots, dead-ends, slickrock ramps, and surprises in Arches National Park.   There is no designated trail, but there is at…

    • The Devil's Garden by: Kamloops Trails

      October 13, 2014, 09:00

      The Devil's Garden Trail is the best hike in Arches National Park.   It starts at the end of the road and heads north through the fins. Eight arches can…

    • Exploring Painted Bluffs by: Kamloops Trails

      October 11, 2014, 09:00

      It would be rare to meet someone at Painted Bluffs.   It is a remote and quiet spot on the north side of Kamloops Lake.   For those who do visit the site,…

    • Painted Bluffs: Textures and Hues by: Kamloops Trails

      October 7, 2014, 09:00

      Painted Bluffs Provincial Park offers unique views for our area and visit offers different perspectives, depending on the weather, the season, the light, and…

    • Sun Peaks Nordic Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      October 5, 2014, 09:01

      Although we ski on the Nordic Trails in winter, we leave the trails for hiking or biking until late in summer.   we find the entire area wet ad buggy…

    • First Canyon Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      October 1, 2014, 09:00

      The First Canyon to Spahats Falls Trail drops from the Wells Gray Road down to the river, winds through the forest, then comes up beside Spahats Creek.   The…

    • Lac le Jeune Lookout Loop by: Kamloops Trails

      September 27, 2014, 09:00

      From Lac le Jeune Provincial Park or from a short drive up the Ross Moore Lake Forest Service Road, a loops follows double tracks up to a scenic viewpoint.  …

    • Deception Falls by: Kamloops Trails

      September 21, 2014, 08:00

      The Mahood Lake area is a great place to camp and explore.   The Deception Falls Trail is a short drive on a narrow, rough road.   From the…

    • Skoatl Point 2014 by: Kamloops Trails

      September 17, 2014, 08:00

      We returned to hike the Skoatl Point Trail in September this year.   We have hiked this fine trail every year and there are several articles already on the…

    • Sylvia Falls Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      September 13, 2014, 07:28

      The trail to Sylvia and Goodwin Falls starts at the end of the Clearwater River Road.   Take the left turn into Clearwater and follow the road over the river…

    • Mount Huntley by: Kamloops Trails

      September 3, 2014, 07:52

      Mt. Huntley stands above three lakes - Clearwater Lake, Hobson Lake, and Azure Lake.   The trailhead is on Azure Lake at Four and a Half Mile…

    • Eva Lake Camp by: Kamloops Trails

      August 31, 2014, 07:49

      From the top of Mount Revelstoke the Jade Lakes Trail winds through sub-alpine forests, meadows and rock slopes to a junction.   To the right is a…

    • Joss Mountain by: Kamloops Trails

      August 25, 2014, 08:00

      Joss Mountain is a fine hike in the Monashees.     It features alpine meadows, open ridges, and impressive scenery.   Driving…

    • Jade Pass by: Kamloops Trails

      August 21, 2014, 08:25

      Drive up to the top of Mount Revelstoke on the Meadows in the Sky Parkway, then take the trail over the hill above, and then choose the Jades Lakes Trail. …

    • Guanaco and Vicuna by: Kamloops Trails

      August 15, 2014, 09:02

      A year after hiking Guanaco Peak in the Coquihalla, we returned to do it again.   This time we chose to mountain bike the 5.5km km on the overgrown…

    • Wild Horse Ridge by: Kamloops Trails

      August 11, 2014, 09:06

      The Marble Range offers some of most interesting, rugged, and remote hiking in our area.  Two trails lead all the rest - Mt. Bowman and Wild Horse…

    • Oyster River Nature Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      August 7, 2014, 09:02

      The Oyster River Nature Trails follow the Oyster River down to the estuary, then continue along the seaside to Salmon Point and back, a 6km walk with fine…

    • Turtle Valley by: Kamloops Trails

      August 5, 2014, 09:05

      The back valleys behind Chase, Sorrento, and Tappen are ideal for mountain biking on quiet backroads.   There are 3 potential roads/starting points,…

    • Estekwalan by: Kamloops Trails

      August 3, 2014, 08:20

      One of the best hiking routes of our area can be found on Estekwalan Mountain, but the trail also has its challenges: the road up from Falkland is rough…

    • July Meadows by: Kamloops Trails

      July 29, 2014, 08:00

      As the snows clear off the upper slopes of our mountains, perennials, annuals, and flowering shrubs make a brief appearance in a short growing season. …

    • Long Hill by: Kamloops Trails

      July 27, 2014, 09:03

      The road to the Trophy Mountains clears up by the end of May, but the hike to the meadows is not worthwhile until later in June.   As the snow melts,…

    • Paddle Heffley by: Kamloops Trails

      July 25, 2014, 09:05

      One of the best spots for paddling in our area is Heffley Lake.   If we follow the shoreline (including the bays), we can cover 13 km in all. &nb…

    • Sunburst to Summit by: Kamloops Trails

      July 23, 2014, 09:05

      When the chairlift opens at Sun Peaks Resort, we hike from mid-station at the top of the Sunburst Express to the summit of Tod Mountain.  This is a steady…

    • Mount Bowman by: Kamloops Trails

      July 15, 2014, 09:41

      The Marble Range has a number of first-class hikes that are not well-known.   They are accessed off the Jesmond Road, a two hour+ drive from…

    • McConnell Wildflower Loop  by: Kamloops Trails

      July 13, 2014, 08:40

      The Stake Lake system has 60km of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and exploring afer the snows melt.   From mid-June through August, we choose…

    • Basalt Bluffs Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      July 11, 2014, 09:44

      A snowshoe trail within the Stake Lake Trails system crosses an interesting geological feature, the basalt bluffs of McConnell Hill.  On both the north…

    • Sugarloaf by Lundbom by: Kamloops Trails

      July 7, 2014, 09:00

      A hike we return to each year is the Sugarloaf Mountain hike from Lundbom Lake.   Lundbom Commonage is reached by driving on the Okanagan Connector…

    • Dominic Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      July 5, 2014, 08:51

      The road to Paska and Face Lake is paved and both lakes see frequent use, but a backroad heads northwest on the upland plateau over to Dominic Lake to an area…

    • Over Wheeler by: Kamloops Trails

      July 1, 2014, 09:33

      We can hike or bike double tracks all the way from Lac du Bois to Tranquille.  The route goes around the east side of Lac du Bois at an elevation of 882m…

    • Sunrise for Lunch by: Kamloops Trails

      June 27, 2014, 08:13

      Sunrise Mountain rises steeply above Barnharvale and makes a good hike in any season.   Previous articles detail some of the seasons and routes: …

    • West Fraser Historic Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      June 23, 2014, 09:00

      This trail was a traditional route for First Nations people of the area, connecting the villages at Cayoosh (Lillooet) and Big Bar.  The section of the…

    • Roche Lakes Ride by: Kamloops Trails

      June 21, 2014, 09:03

      Last fall we hiked a 5 lakes loop in (link to previous story).   We returned to bike the same loop this time, but extended our ride to include the…

    • Red Canyon, Dewdrop Lookout, and the Trolls by: Kamloops Trails

      June 19, 2014, 09:21

      Three short hikes are side-by-side, but separated by deep gullies.   They can be combined, but only with a lot of up and down.   All 3 can…

    • Okanagan Mountain Circuit: Over the Top by: Kamloops Trails

      June 17, 2014, 08:01

      After a long day of backpacking through Wild Horse Canyon, we were left with the second leg of the loop, a 13 km route, most of it uphill.  The day was…

    • Okanagan Mountain Circuit: Wild Horse Canyon  by: Kamloops Trails

      June 15, 2014, 09:00

      Okanagan Mountain Park was burned by the wildfires of 2003, and there are only patches of trees that were not incinerated, but the understory has now grown up…

    • Bute Lakes by: Kamloops Trails

      June 13, 2014, 08:00

      This area is mostly unknown, except to a few snowmobilers, quadders, or hunters.   The lakes lie in an area east of Lac le Jeune (4 km as the crow…

    • The Homesteads Route in May by: Kamloops Trails

      June 11, 2014, 08:23

      We enjoy hiking the old tracks above Lac du Bois in every season and we returned to the Homesteads Hike in May this year.   Details on the…

    • Upper Grasslands Flower Meadows by: Kamloops Trails

      June 7, 2014, 08:05

      At the top of the Lac du Bois Grasslands, right where the open areas meet the forest at 1000m elevation are outstanding flower meadows in spring.  …

    • Jackson Road by: Kamloops Trails

      June 5, 2014, 09:10

      Jackson Road runs from Highway 5A South up to the Long Lake Road, a total of 9 km each way.  We drive to the turn-off and park at the bottom.  …

    • Lower Rose Trails  by: Kamloops Trails

      June 3, 2014, 08:03

      Some trails that are not well known are right within the City. The Lower Rose Trails are a combination old double tracks and newer single tracks.  …

    • Delicate Arch by: Kamloops Trails

      May 31, 2014, 10:15

      This trail is a nice one, but there will be lots of people along the route and at the arch.   In Arches National Park, take the Delicate Arch Road…

    • Elephant Hill by: Kamloops Trails

      May 29, 2014, 09:00

      This steep hill stands above Ashcroft.   It is entirely within Elephant Hill Provincial Park (link) and is designated as a natural dry grasslands…

    • Bitterroot Bloom by: Kamloops Trails

      May 27, 2014, 09:00

      Bitterroot (lewisia rediviva) is more commonly found in eastern Wahington, Eastern Oregon, Idaho, and Montana, but can also be found in a couple of pockets in…

    • Arches National Park by: Kamloops Trails

      May 25, 2014, 08:00

      We traveled to Moab, Utah and spent 15 days hiking in the area.   Three of those days were spent in Arches National Park, completing most of the…

    • Mara Scramble Route by: Kamloops Trails

      May 23, 2014, 09:40

      A little-known route on Mount Mara takes the hiker/scrambler above the main trail past hoodoos and sculpted rocks of the front side up to the base of the…

    • Horseshoe Canyon by: Kamloops Trails

      May 21, 2014, 08:00

      Horseshoe Canyon is a unit of Canyonlands National Park, situated in a remote part of the high desert in Utah.  We came into the site from Moab, a 2.5…

    • Warner Philip Conservation Area by: Kamloops Trails

      May 20, 2014, 17:29

      This story has been taken down because it had some errors.   The most important of these is that the property is still a working ranch and is not…

    • Hidden Valley by: Kamloops Trails

      May 17, 2014, 08:35

      Moab, Utah lies at the bottom of a fault in the Colorado Plateau.  Red cliffs, buttes, and hills rise up on every side.   On the west side are…

    • Porcupine Rim by: Kamloops Trails

      May 13, 2014, 11:23

      We drove to the entrance to Castle Valley on the Colorado River northwest of Moab and enjoyed the views. The…

    • Mara North Highlights by: Kamloops Trails

      May 11, 2014, 11:43

      Every year we hiked up the northeast side of Mount Mara from the Pruden Pass Road.   The route has bits of a trail, but it is mostly open forest and…

    • Corona Arch by: Kamloops Trails

      May 9, 2014, 09:19

      The area around Moab, Utah is surrounded by hiking trails and one of the most satisfying is the corona Arch Trail.   To get to the trailhead, go…

    • Kuilau Ridge Hike by: Kamloops Trails

      May 5, 2014, 09:25

      Kauai has good hiking routes all over the island.   When we venture from Wailua-Kapa'a up into the highlands, we approach the Wai'aleale Crater, under the…

    • Secret Beach by: Kamloops Trails

      May 3, 2014, 15:00

      Secret Beach on Kauai is only a secret to visitors.   Locals know this wonderful beach (also called Kauapea Beach) on the northeast corner of the island.  …

    • Lumahai Beach by: Kamloops Trails

      May 1, 2014, 11:07

      Kauai has many trails to hike, but it also has many fine beaches to hike/walk.   Lumahai Beach is not a safe swimming beach with no protecting reef,…

    • Makawehi Bluffs Hike by: Kamloops Trails

      April 29, 2014, 10:27

      We usually stay in Popiu on Kauai and this is the hike we do most often.   We enjoy walking paths around Keoniloa Bay to Shipwreck Beach, then we climb up to…

    • Sliding in the Alakai'i Swamp by: Kamloops Trails

      April 27, 2014, 09:20

      We returned to the Alakai'i Swamp Trail one year after our previous hike (link to the previous story).   The winter of 2013-2014 was a wet one so all of…

    • Kamloops Trails Update by: Kamloops Trails

      April 25, 2014, 20:15

      New stories are published every two days focusing on Kauai while I am away in Moab. On return, more local stories are in the works, but also articles on…

    • Ha'ula Bay Hike by: Kamloops Trails

      April 25, 2014, 11:34

      On Kauai, we can hike all the way from Po'ipu to the last shoreline area before the Hoary Head Range at Ha'ula Bay.   The whole distance is a long and rugged…

    • Makuawahi Cave by: Kamloops Trails

      April 23, 2014, 09:36

      Each year we return to Kauai and we hike the Maha'ulepu Trail from Popiu to the cave and back.   (Link to a previous article) On this last…

    • Nukoli'i Beach Walk by: Kamloops Trails

      April 21, 2014, 11:56

      There are many hiking trails on Kauai, but there are also superb beach walks too - Polihale, Lumahai'i, Koloa Bay, Maha'ulepu and many more.   One of our…

    • Neskonlith Meadows by: Kamloops Trails

      April 19, 2014, 07:52

      The area in the hills to the north of Chase is generally referred to as Neskonlith Meadows.   Much of the area is part of the Adams Lake Band…

    • The Trackless Way by: Kamloops Trails

      April 17, 2014, 10:09

      The ridge that runs along the Dewdrop Range overlooking Kamloops Lake has no trail, but the route is open forest and grassland with fine views for the the…

    • Kukui Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      April 11, 2014, 11:38

      Waimea Canyon has been nicknamed "the Grand Canyon of the Pacific" and though it is definitely on a smaller scale, it is still an impressive…

    • Ironmask Lollipop by: Kamloops Trails

      April 9, 2014, 07:35

      The Ironmask Hill area is a series of hills, meadows, grasslands, ponds, and forested slopes found between Coal Hill and the Lac le Jeune Road.   I have been…

    • Salsola-Saltwort Hills by: Kamloops Trails

      April 7, 2014, 09:08

      The area above the south shore of Kamloops Lake has grassland-covered slopes, rounded hills, bluffs, alakali lakes, and few tracks for exploration.   We come…

    • Rambles in Valleyview Nature Park by: Kamloops Trails

      April 5, 2014, 11:07

      From Valleyview Arena, a number of trails follow the gullies to the grassland benchlands in the Valleyview Silt Cliffs area.   The trails extend up toward…

    • Snow Dome by: Kamloops Trails

      April 2, 2014, 09:40

      Snow Dome Mountain is the snow-capped massif standing on the Continental Divide in the Columbia Icefield.   It stands 11 400 feet and is considered the…

    • Sage - Redtailed Hawk Loop  by: Kamloops Trails

      March 31, 2014, 09:30

      A loop trail can be hiked in the northeast corner of Kenna Cartwright Park.   The two trails were featured in earlier articles: Sage Trail Red-tailed…

    • Maccarib Pass by: Kamloops Trails

      March 29, 2014, 11:19

      Maccarib Pass in Jasper is usually hiked (skied, or snowshoed) as part of a loop route into Tonquin Valley.   For years, though, we skied this as a long…

    • Dale's Antique Beach by: Kamloops Trails

      March 27, 2014, 09:30

      When the river floods, Dale's Antique Beach is not very accessible, but in early spring this is a nice walk.   Start on the River's Trail from the end of…

    • Polihale by: Kamloops Trails

      March 25, 2014, 11:17

      On Kauai, we can drive around 3/4 of the island, but there are no roads around the Na Pali Coast.   Cliffs run right down to the ocean for 23 km.   If we…

    • Batchelor Ridge by: Kamloops Trails

      March 23, 2014, 09:30

      This area is the domain of motorcycles and ATVs.  Even though it is now in the provincial park, the hills were heavily used for motorized recreational…

    • Barren Buttercups by: Kamloops Trails

      March 21, 2014, 09:30

      In March the hills take a while to dry out, so we look for south-facing lower elevation routes.   The hills north of Brocklehurst offer us a series of…

    • Rabbit Island by: Kamloops Trails

      March 19, 2014, 09:00

      When spring starts to arrive, the hills become icy and muddy so we have to find lower routes that dry up early.   Rabbit Island is a 4km beach-island walk…

    • Kahili Mountain Ridge by: Kamloops Trails

      March 17, 2014, 09:29

      All upslopes lead to the central peak of Kauai, but there a few outlier peaks too that rise 3000 - 4000 feet, all connected to Mt. Waialeale by ridges, but…

    • Cooney Winter Walk by: Kamloops Trails

      March 15, 2014, 10:30

      Near the end of winter the winter snows turn to ice, then mud.   We have to go higher to hike on the snow or we can walk on the low-altitude open beaches…

    • Mission Flats Winter Beach by: Kamloops Trails

      March 11, 2014, 09:00

      When the hills are blanketed in snow and the lower travels turn icy, we can still go to the shorelines of the river and walk on the long, wide, sandy beaches. …

    • Lodestone Mountain by: Kamloops Trails

      March 8, 2014, 09:30

      Lodestone Mountain is accessed from Coalmont.   Drive into Coalmont and go south on the west side of the Tulameen River past Granite City, and follow the…

    • Tropical Highlights by: Kamloops Trails

      March 6, 2014, 09:33

      Kauai is nicknamed "The Garden Isle."   Flowers, flowering shrubs, flowering trees, and luxuriant growth can be found everywhere.   Public places, private…

    • Sandstone Steps by: Kamloops Trails

      March 4, 2014, 09:11

      The Navajo sandstone buttes, mesas, hills, and mountains of the southern Colorado Plateau are really hardened sand dunes, weathered into skickrock slopes…

    • Mount Mara Moments by: Kamloops Trails

      March 2, 2014, 09:59

      The south face of Mount Mara clears of ice and snow early because it has a south-facing aspect.   On a mid-February day, we chose to explore gullies and…

    • Blakeburn by: Kamloops Trails

      February 28, 2014, 09:15

      High above the town of Coalmont sits the ghost town of Blakeburn.   Coal was mined 6 kilometres up the Lodestone Mountain Road and the town grew to over 500…

    • Monument 83 by: Kamloops Trails

      February 26, 2014, 09:24

      Most of the posts on this site are from recent outings, but in mid-winter, I sometimes go back to fill in the gaps reporting on past hikes.   Monument 83 is…

    • Polypores by: Kamloops Trails

      February 24, 2014, 11:12

      In the world of fungi there are many similar species, so it is best to start with the common names for groups of similar types.   We call polypores shelf…

    • Glacier Crest by: Kamloops Trails

      February 21, 2014, 10:54

      The Glacier Crest Trail is a steep hike up a forested slope to an open ridgetop that lies between the Sir Donald - Perley Rock Cirque and the Asulkan Valley.…

    • Wheeler Winter by: Kamloops Trails

      February 15, 2014, 08:30

      Mount Wheeler is the middle mountain in a the north-south series (Opax, Wheeler, Mara) dividing the grasslands from the Tranquille River Valley.   There are…

    • Balu Pass by: Kamloops Trails

      February 13, 2014, 10:00

      There are so many good hiking trails in Glacier National Park that it is hard to  choose which ones to do for each trip.  The very "best trails list", though…

    • Illecillewaet Rock by: Kamloops Trails

      February 9, 2014, 10:31

      When Glacier House was opened in Rogers Pass, tourists could take the trail and stay in the hotel.   Swiss guides took visitors out to climb the peaks and…

    • Perley Rock by: Kamloops Trails

      February 7, 2014, 11:00

      The Perley Rock Trail starts at the Campground then follows the east side of the Illecillewaet River at the stone trestle.  The first section is shared with…

    • Sir Donald Col by: Kamloops Trails

      February 1, 2014, 10:00

      The trail up to the col between Mount Uto and Sir Donald is very steep, but the views are spectacular.   Sir Donald stands high above Rogers Pass, a pyramid…

    • Verdant Pass by: Kamloops Trails

      January 27, 2014, 10:02

      Verdant Pass is a lesser-know hike in Jasper, but it is a pleasing day hike to a remote spot.   The trail starts on the Edith Cavell Road, at the Astoria…

    • Edith Cavell Meadows by: Kamloops Trails

      January 23, 2014, 11:27

      We have been up to the base of Edith Cavell several times since it is the start of a few hikes - Astoria River Trail to Tonquin Valley, Verdant Pass (behind…

    • Embleton Mountain in Winter by: Kamloops Trails

      January 21, 2014, 11:11

      One of our favorite hikes is Mount Embleton.   The trails are well-marked, there are nice views on the west side, and the system has many route options.  …

    • Return to Observation Point by: Kamloops Trails

      January 19, 2014, 10:45

      On our first trip to Zion National Park, we were thrilled with the Observation Point Trail.   It was one of our favorites (previous article).  Since then we…

    • Mount Thynne by: Kamloops Trails

      January 15, 2014, 09:30

      Rising above the Coquihalla stands Mount Thynne.   There is a road to the top and when the snows have left 4x4's and quads climb to the summit, but in later…

    • Zion Narrows by: Kamloops Trails

      January 13, 2014, 09:13

      The Virgin River comes off the heights of the Colorado Plateau through a deep canyon.   Visitors to Zion National Park can go to the end of the road and then…

    • Many Pools by: Kamloops Trails

      January 9, 2014, 09:00

      In Zion National Park, many of the best routes are not trails.   They follow canyons or are traverses across the upper slickrock slopes.   The Many Pools…

    • Snowshoe Tracks in Hanging Valley by: Kamloops Trails

      January 7, 2014, 09:00

      As snowshoeing expands, we see more and more people looking for good snowshoe routes in our area.   One of the best is Hanging Valley.  Park at Lac du Bois…

    • Our Pickleweed Ponds by: Kamloops Trails

      January 5, 2014, 09:00

      Many of the ponds in the hills of our area are quite alkaline, salts discourage plant growth around the edges.   As the ponds dry out, a fringe of white…

    • East Temple by: Kamloops Trails

      December 30, 2013, 09:25

      Each year, I try to save my favorite hike of the year for the final post of the year.   In 2013, this was the East Temple Loop in Zion National Park. The…

    • Bitterroots of the Elephants by: Kamloops Trails

      December 28, 2013, 11:14

      In a spring trip to explore Elephant Hill Provincial Park (link to Parks info) a previous article on this site (link) explained access to these barren hills…

    • False Morels by: Kamloops Trails

      December 27, 2013, 09:23

      While exploring a hill between Stake Lake and McConnell Lake in June, I came across a hillside of false morels.   They are fairly easy to identify.   Ugly,…

    • Bush Lake South Loop by: Kamloops Trails

      December 26, 2013, 11:00

      This is the third article on the Bush Lake Trails detailing access and routes for snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and hiking.   Links to the two previous…

    • Bush Lake - North Loop by: Kamloops Trails

      December 23, 2013, 08:02

      A recent article (link) provided details about access to the Bush Lake Trails.   Further exploration north and south is an ongoing process, taking several…

    • Alakai'i Swamp Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      December 21, 2013, 08:00

      Kauai has one large central mountain, Mt. Wai'ale'ale.   The dormant volcano's interior has partly collapsed and a high jungle swampland has filled the huge…

    • Deep Lake Loop by: Kamloops Trails

      December 19, 2013, 13:43

      At the end of Ida Lane, the trail climbs into Lac du Bois Grasslands Protected Area (parklands) to Deep Lake.   Some of the finest grasslands in the province…

    • Middle Fork of Taylor Creek by: Kamloops Trails

      December 17, 2013, 08:59

      Most visitors to Zion National Park follow the main road into the Virgin River Canyon, but there are other access routes into the park and one of them is off…

    • Bush Lake Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      December 15, 2013, 16:16

      When Kamloops was awarded the first BC Winter Games, organizers had to develop a cross country ski facility for the competitions.   Working with the Ministry…

    • Angels, Turn Right by: Kamloops Trails

      December 13, 2013, 09:42

      We hiked the Angels Landing Trail for the first time in 2012 (link to the article), then returned twice more in 2013.   Every time it has been a very busy…

    • Pussywillow Lane by: Kamloops Trails

      December 11, 2013, 14:14

      Pussywillow Lane is the trail at the lower entrance into Dallas-Barnhartvale Nature Park. There are actually two trail systems, side-by-side, with a fence and…

    • Fairyland Revisted by: Kamloops Trails

      December 9, 2013, 09:53

      We first hiked Bryce Canyon National Park in October of 2012 and at that time we decided that the Fairyland Trail was our favorite hike of the whole year (link…

    • Upper Grasslands Track by: Kamloops Trails

      December 7, 2013, 07:38

      An old double track goes south from Lac du Bois just below the treeline of Wheeler Mountain and works its way across the upper grasslands hills before…

    • Orderville Canyon by: Kamloops Trails

      December 5, 2013, 08:46

      British Columbians think of hiking as routes up ridges to hilltops.   Part of the reason for this is that we have to hike up through miles of forests to get…

    • Cold, Quiet Hills by: Kamloops Trails

      December 3, 2013, 08:20

      In November, we hike in the local hills of the area, staying at lower elevations while the snowfall builds up at higher elevations.   This month we have…

    • Wilcox Pass by: Kamloops Trails

      December 1, 2013, 07:32

      We have been hiking Wilcox Pass for about 37 years and we hope to continue to hike it as long as we can.  The trailhead is at the Icefields Summit area on the…

    • Snow Canyon by: Kamloops Trails

      November 29, 2013, 08:30

      Snow Canyon State Park is located just on the north side of St. George, Utah.   With Utah's 5 high-profile National Parks and numerous State Parks, we had…

    • Maligne Reflections by: Kamloops Trails

      November 27, 2013, 07:26

      We paddle down Maligne Lake and then set up camp at the two marine campsites.   At the end of the day or early in the morning, an alpenglow comes over the…

    • Maligne Lake (Part One) by: Kamloops Trails

      November 23, 2013, 08:18

      One of the very best paddling destinations anywhere is Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park.   The launch spot is at the end of the road and the far end of…

    • Mouse's Tank by: Kamloops Trails

      November 21, 2013, 08:25

      Mouse's Tank is a short trail in Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada.    It is sometimes called Petroglyph Canyon.   Prehistoric people occupied the area…

    • North Rim by: Kamloops Trails

      November 19, 2013, 08:15

      After a week of hiking and backpacking the Grand Canyon from the South Rim in 2013, I was interested in visiting the North Rim, and this fall we took a day…

    • Sunset Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      November 17, 2013, 08:08

      Although there are 4 official entrances into Kenna Cartwright Park, there are others too, and the one we often use is on the road between the Correctional…

    • Long Lake in November by: Kamloops Trails

      November 15, 2013, 08:36

      Long Lake lies in a basin in the grasslands, 100 vertical metres lower than the grasslands hills on each side.   The lake is 2 km long, but the chain of ponds…

    • The Upper Grasslands in November by: Kamloops Trails

      November 13, 2013, 14:54

      There is a designated parking area for the Lac du Bois Grasslands area for hikers to explore the upper grasslands environment.   This elevation is at the…

    • Wilcox Rams by: Kamloops Trails

      November 11, 2013, 08:28

      One of our favorite hikes in the Rockies is Wilcox Meadows.   It starts near the highest point on the Jasper - Banff Parkway and climbs to a high viewpoint…

    • Brookmere - Brodie - Coldwater Crossing by: Kamloops Trails

      November 8, 2013, 09:21

      We returned (link to the previous article) to this route in the fall to enjoy a moderate route along the Trans Canada Trail and the Coldwater Corridor, a total…

    • Coronet Creek by: Kamloops Trails

      November 6, 2013, 14:44

      The Coronet Creek Trail should be a very popular hike, but not many people know it because its a challenge to get to the trailhead.   It starts at the far…

    • Grafton, Ut by: Kamloops Trails

      November 2, 2013, 08:54

      This little ghost town sits on the south shore of the Virgin River, off a backroad in the desert hills, on the way to Zion National Park. The original town was…

    • Coral Pink Sand Dunes by: Kamloops Trails

      November 1, 2013, 09:03

      Most hikers go to the 5 National Parks when they visit Utah, for good reason.   There is a lifetime of hiking just to go these spectacular parks, but there…

    • Six Mile Hills by: Kamloops Trails

      October 29, 2013, 16:14

      We have been hiking, orienteering, and exploring the hills near Six Mile Lake for many years.   Much of the land is private, owned by the Haywood Farmer…

    • Echo Canyon by: Kamloops Trails

      October 27, 2013, 12:51

      Three trips to Zion National Park in a year and we continue to find new trails and routes.   One of our favorite hikes is to Observation Point (link to…

    • Lac du Bois to Tranquille by: Kamloops Trails

      October 25, 2013, 14:49

      This one-way route has much merit, but requires a little more field work to find the best route.   It is possible to go over Wheeler Mountain, but we wanted…

    • Checkerboard Mesa by: Kamloops Trails

      October 23, 2013, 11:46

      The road from the east into Zion National Park is stunning.   Some drivers rush through this narrow,w inding road and then through the tunnel, but if…

    • Nualolo Cliffs by: Kamloops Trails

      October 20, 2013, 07:00

      We have continued to return to Kauai to hike and explore, sometimes finding new routes and sometimes enjoying favorites from past years.   There are…

    • Watching Hill by: Kamloops Trails

      October 17, 2013, 09:00

      Hiking trails were established near the confluence of the Watching Creek and the Tranquille River and are still used by a few people.   The area…

    • Black, Bog, Ernest, John Frank, and Roche by: Kamloops Trails

      October 15, 2013, 16:00

      The Roche Lake area has a group of lakes separated by hills, forest, and grasslands.   Some of the lakes are easy to get to, but many are accessed only by…

    • Mt. Vicars by: Kamloops Trails

      October 12, 2013, 14:13

      Mt. Vicars is a minor mountain on the edge of the Campbell Range.   It stands above the north shore of Sciutto Lake.  It is not a classic hike, but is a…

    • Guanaco Peak by: Kamloops Trails

      October 9, 2013, 15:25

      Guanaco Peak and Vicuna Peak stand at the head of the Upper Coldwater River Valley in the Coquihalla Summit Recreational Area.   They are not visible from…

    • Eagle Pass Mountain by: Kamloops Trails

      October 6, 2013, 07:35

      Eagle Pass Mountain is one of the finest hikes of our area.   Drive east on the Trans-Canada Highway through Malakwa and Craigellachie, then watch for the…

    • Skoatl Point 2013 by: Kamloops Trails

      October 1, 2013, 07:34

      We hike to Skoatl Point almost every year.   The road in to the trailhead and the trail has changed a lot over the years.   The good news is that the trail…

    • Peek-A-Boo Canyon by: Kamloops Trails

      September 28, 2013, 09:25

      The locals call it Peek-A-Boo Canyon, but the mappers name it Red Canyon.   It is in the sand hills,  a side canyon off Kanab Creek, 8.6 miles north of…

    • Escarpment Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      September 26, 2013, 12:25

      The cliffs of Red Plateau rise 623m (2044 feet) above the Dewdrop Range.   The well-establihsed Dewdrop trail climbs up a ridge to the rim and…

    • Cwem Cwem Lake Loop by: Kamloops Trails

      September 21, 2013, 17:12

      The trail into Trophy Meadows is the finest trail of our area, but anywhere beyond the end of the trail (Plateau of the Lakes under Trophy 2) is a rough,…

    • Asulkan Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      September 19, 2013, 08:32

      We try to stay for a rew days of hiking in Glacier National Park each year and we hike the Asulkan Trail almost every time.   The first half of the…

    • Previews by: Kamloops Trails

      September 14, 2013, 15:00

      When I travel, I am finding new locations and collect new photos and tracks for maps, but while I am away, the website will still have some scheduled posts,…

    • Mt. Fleet  by: Kamloops Trails

      September 12, 2013, 12:12

      Mt. Fleet lies between Louis Lake and Mt. Lolo.   It rises steeply above the Paul Lake-Pinantan Lake Road.   From below, I have looked up…

    • Bridge Lake Ice Caves  by: Kamloops Trails

      September 9, 2013, 12:11

      The words "ice caves" are a little misleading.  These cracks, holes, and small canyons on the edge of he bluff receive melting snows and ice…

    • Abbott Ridge Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      September 6, 2013, 18:44

      In my opinion, this is the finest trail in the province.   The trail starts at the south end of the Glacier House National Heritage site and turns…

    • Hermit Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      September 4, 2013, 13:46

      The Hermit Trail starts at a pull-off on the Trans Canada Highway in Rogers Pass and climbs to a high meadows at the foot of the Hermit Range.   When we…

    • Blackwell Lake Trail  by: Kamloops Trails

      September 2, 2013, 07:23

      The trail from Pratt Lake to Blackwell Lake is shown on recreational maps and is listed in the Vernon Outdoor Club's book so it was added to our list of…

    • Raft Traverse by: Kamloops Trails

      August 29, 2013, 08:26

      Raft Mountain stands above Clearwater, a pyramid-shaped peak when seen from the valley.    We have hiked this 8000 foot mountain a few times, but…

    • Lower Mount Revelstoke Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      August 28, 2013, 16:23

      Most visitors to Mt. Revelstoke National Park drive the 25 km to the top of the mountain, then hike one of the trails in the sub-alpine meadows. This 100…

    • Limestone Ridges by: Kamloops Trails

      August 26, 2013, 09:09

      The northern end of the Marble Range has a number of fine hiking opportunities.   The best hike is Mt. Bowman, but there are also routes up Pocupine…

    • The Toe of the Great Glacier by: Kamloops Trails

      August 19, 2013, 06:44

      The Illecillewaet Glacier covered 9.3 square kilometres in 1850.   By 1978, it was reduced to 6.8 sq. km.   It is still shrinking and most…

    • Deadman's Walk by: Kamloops Trails

      August 13, 2013, 19:25

      The Bonaparte Plateau is not an easy place to explore.   The backroads to 5000 feet are long and not well marked.   The trailheads are…

    • Yak Peak by: Kamloops Trails

      August 11, 2013, 12:27

      Yak Peak is the rockslab-faced peak directly oerlooking the Coquihalla.   It has been a climber's destination for some time, but the climbers…

    • Loop Brook by: Kamloops Trails

      August 8, 2013, 16:37

      A historic trail in the Rogers Pass area is worth an hour of easy hiking. The Loop Brook trailhead is next to the Trans Canada Highway a few kilometres west of…

    • Traversing the Slot Canyons by: Kamloops Trails

      August 8, 2013, 10:08

      The Tranquille Slot Canyons have been one of our favorite areas to explore for a few years.   We usually go down to the slots each year, but often in…

    • 500 and Beyond by: Kamloops Trails

      August 7, 2013, 07:06

      The 500th article was published to this site.   At the same time, about 920 000 separate visits were logged.   Then the database was…

    • Tod Time by: Kamloops Trails

      July 24, 2013, 12:08

      We try to take the chair up Tod Mountain each July to hike the trails and see the wildlfower display.   We chose Twoonie Tuesday this year, which is…

    • The Guardsmen by: Kamloops Trails

      July 21, 2013, 13:27

      Although we have visited the Guardsmen many times, we often take different routes in and out.   Details on how to get to the area are already…

    • Painted Bluffs on Kamloops Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      July 19, 2013, 12:10

      We try to visit Painted Bluffs every year.   It can be done by driving the Sabiston Creek Road and then down to Copper Creek. but this is a long and…

    • Mt. Bowman by: Kamloops Trails

      July 14, 2013, 11:39

      The Marble Range extends from Spences Bridge to Jesmond.   The highest peaks are at the northern end and there are a number of hiking trails from the…

    • Nicola Cave by: Kamloops Trails

      July 11, 2013, 14:06

      I had heard about a cave near Monck Park on Nicola Lake, but waited for better location information.   Recently a geocache was placed inside the cave…

    • Vertical Wildflower Landscapes by: Kamloops Trails

      July 4, 2013, 10:49

      Hiking from 7000 feet into the Grand Canyon took me through millions of years of geological history, but the route down from Rim to River also brought me…

    • Page Slickrock by: Kamloops Trails

      June 28, 2013, 08:00

      Page, Arizona is the city on the Glen Canyon Reservoir in the northwest part of the state.   It is located along the highway for anyone wanting to explore the…

    • Grandview Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      June 26, 2013, 09:00

      The best hiking trails in Grand Canyon National Park go down into the canyon and back up again.   All the way to the river and back up is a big challenge,…

    • Mara Northeast by: Kamloops Trails

      June 22, 2013, 12:00

      The best view in the Kamloops area is from the south side of Mount Mara.   There are 3 routes to this spot. The best known route is up Mara Canyon and at…

    • Tonto Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      June 20, 2013, 08:03

      The third day of my 4 day Grand Canyon backpack was along the Tonto Trail from Monument Creek to Indian Gardens.   I started early in the morning to try to…

    • Monument Creek by: Kamloops Trails

      June 13, 2013, 11:07

      On a 4 day backpack through the Grand Canyon, I went down the 8 mile Hermit Creek Trail on the first day, then backpacked east across the Tonto Trail to…

    • Hermit Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      June 11, 2013, 13:16

      In April, I did a 4 day solo backback through the Grand Canyon.   I chose the Hermit Trail for its reputation of being rough, scenic, and uncrowded.&n…

    • Revelstoke Rivershore Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      June 7, 2013, 11:31

      While in Revelstoke, we found our way down to Centennial Park and then we hiked two connected trail systems along the Columbia and Illecillewaet Rivers. &n…

    • Marcus-Myanth Falls Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      May 30, 2013, 09:40

      The final part of the road up the Wells Gray corridor follows the Clearwater River to Clearwater Lake.   Beyond is wilderness, only accessible by…

    • Watchman Views by: Kamloops Trails

      May 27, 2013, 11:54

      In my last trip to Zion, I camped at the Watchman Campground, right at the entrance, next to the Virgin River.   After a long day of hiking, I sat in…

    • Chalforchie Loop by: Kamloops Trails

      May 26, 2013, 08:55

      We returned to the Orchard Lake Trails for a hike in the rain.   Everything was very green and there were lots of puddles and some muddy sections,…

    • West Rim Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      May 23, 2013, 12:11

      Each time we return to Zion National Park, we try to pick new routes.   The main trails are all worth doing over, but some of the extended routes,…

    • Chain Meadows Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      May 21, 2013, 12:32

      When we drive the Wells Gray corridor, we arrive at the end of the road at Cleawater Lake.   Beyond the campground and boat launch there are no…

    • Grand Canyon South Rim Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      May 15, 2013, 09:09

      In April, I camped at Mathers Campground at the South Rim Village for a couple of nights.   At 7000 feet, it was cold at night (only 29 F).  …

    • Dewdrop Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      May 9, 2013, 09:57

      The Dewdrop trail has long been a favorite, the best of the trails in our area.   It was originally built by Forestry when they had Outdoor Recreation…

    • South Thompson Paddling by: Kamloops Trails

      May 6, 2013, 10:16

      The river from Chase to Kamloops has excellent paddling before the power boat season.   Once the powerful boats hit the river, the wakes and noise overwhelms…

    • Pratt Hills by: Kamloops Trails

      May 2, 2013, 11:22

      The hills above Barnhartvale are remote and challenging   All of the approaches are steep and hard to figure out.   One of the routes we take starts at the…

    • Tales from the Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      April 29, 2013, 10:17

      Recently, I traveled to the southwest where I backpacked and hiked a number of trails in the Grand Canyon, Grand Staircase-Escalante, and Zion National…

    • (Kamloops) Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      April 24, 2013, 16:51

      The primary focus of this site has always been trails and routes in the Kamloops area, but over the last year has also included feature articles on hiking,…

    • Moalepe Ridge Hike by: Kamloops Trails

      April 20, 2013, 09:04

      While on the Island of Kauai, we were pleasantly surprised by the Moalepe Ridge Trail.   The trailhead was at the upper edge of the upper Waipoili…

    • Seabird Watch by: Kamloops Trails

      April 17, 2013, 09:00

      When we go to Kauai each year, we always go to Moloa'a Bay.   This quiet spot has a few vacaction homes near the beach or along Moloa'a…

    • Fly to Backpack by: Kamloops Trails

      April 14, 2013, 11:53

      Packing for a airplane flight to a backpacking and tent camping destination brings some new challenges.    It would be nice if everything fit…

    • Dewdrop and the Trolls by: Kamloops Trails

      April 11, 2013, 14:26

      Two little-know spots in the Dewdrop-Red Plateau area are rewarding locations that can be linked in a single hike.   Red Canyon is an easy hike…

    • Silt Cliff Hiking by: Kamloops Trails

      April 7, 2013, 12:19

      The Valleyview Silt Cliffs area is one of our favorite spring hikes.   Because it is mostly treeless, the whole area tends to clear of snow early and…

    • Westyde Bench by: Kamloops Trails

      April 4, 2013, 08:22

      The Westsyde Bench trail starts in Batchelor Heights and follows the benchlands above Westsyde all the way to Deep Lake.   Before the Batchelor…

    • Spring Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      April 1, 2013, 19:35

      We were out on three local trails this last week and short updates and links are provided on all three. Moonscape Trail This wonderful shoulder season…

    • Moonscape by: Kamloops Trails

      March 30, 2013, 07:16

      For many years, hikers, runners, and bikers have been using a single track trail high on the bench above Shuswap Road.   We came from below, going up…

    • Kaapoko Tunnels by: Kamloops Trails

      March 19, 2013, 09:45

      Some hiking routes fall into the adventure category.   By rights, the route should not exist and over time may not be viable.  For now, the Kaapoko…

    • For Your 2013 Adventure List by: Kamloops Trails

      March 8, 2013, 15:38

      In 2013, get into the outdoors and find those special spots.  Find a slot canyon, look through a natural arch, climb a volcanic plug, scramble eroded…

    • Barren Hills in March by: Kamloops Trails

      March 4, 2013, 13:36

      The first trails to dry out and be good for hiking and biking are the lower Barren Hills, above the North Shore.   These slopes are south-facing,…

    • Valley of Fire by: Kamloops Trails

      February 13, 2013, 15:04

      In the desert hills east of Las Vegas is Valley of Fire State Park.  We spent the day exploring the park hiking some of the short trails.  We liked…

    • Red Reef Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      February 5, 2013, 09:23

      Just outside St. George, Utah is an area called Red Cliffs Recreation area.   The slickrock canyons, ragged bluffs, canyons, and mesas of the area sit on the…

    • Cirque Peak by: Kamloops Trails

      February 2, 2013, 14:45

      We had hiked to Dolomite Pass a number of times and had looked up to Cirque Peak at the end of the valley.   This time, we planned to scramble to the…

    • Snowshoe Routes: Hanging Valley by: Kamloops Trails

      January 31, 2013, 09:23

      Hanging Valley is a fairly level, but longer snowshoe in a quiet part of Lac ud Bois Provincial Protected Area/Nature Conservancy Lands.   The route…

    • Redtailed Hawk Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      January 27, 2013, 08:12

      This trail is proably the least hiked in Kenna Cartwright Park.   While the new road went in to connect the end of McGill, construction cut off…

    • Kalalau Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      January 20, 2013, 07:53

        This trail is the bucket list for people world-wide.   It is on a number of "best" and "most" lists from most dangerous…

    • Snowshoe Routes: Clay Lake - Stony Lake Tour by: Kamloops Trails

      January 17, 2013, 13:35

      On a foggy day in town, we climbed above the cloud layer to snowshoe in the upper grasslands.   We followed the old grass-dirt track into the meadows, then…

    • Zion Canyons and Slickrock Slopes by: Kamloops Trails

      January 8, 2013, 19:06

      Zion Canyon is surrounded by sheer red sandtone walls.   A few trails precariously wind up into canyons or onto slickrock ridges.   Roads…

    • Hidden Canyon by: Kamloops Trails

      January 6, 2013, 11:38

      In British Columbia, we mostly hike ridges to high points,   In Utah, many hikes are through canyons, especially on the Colorado Plateau.  …

    • Observation Point by: Kamloops Trails

      December 26, 2012, 16:45

      This was our first hike in Zion National Park.   It was 98 degrees (F) and I had a fever from a cold that had hit me the night before.   I took some…

    • Zilch Loop by: Kamloops Trails

      December 23, 2012, 07:51

      The hills and gullies between Barnhartvale and Juniper mostly have no names, except for Sunrise (Middle) Mountain and the Rio mountain bike trail.  …

    • Kolob Finger Canyons by: Kamloops Trails

      December 21, 2012, 08:35

      In the northwest corner of Zion National Park is an area of easy access to a cluster of hiking trails in canyons.   Highway 15 connects St. George…

    • The Narrows by: Kamloops Trails

      December 18, 2012, 18:32

      The Narrows is one of the most famous "hikes" on the continent.   For day-hikers, it starts at the end of the road.   The Zion…

    • Angel's Landing by: Kamloops Trails

      December 15, 2012, 10:16

      The Angels' Landing Trail in Zion stands apart from other trails in many ways.   First of all, it is very popular and it can have hordes of people going up…

    • Zion by: Kamloops Trails

      December 12, 2012, 08:28

      Mukuntuweap National Moument become Zion National Park in 1919.   Part of the Colorado Plateau, the park's forested northern areas sit at 8700…

    • Mt. Peter by: Kamloops Trails

      December 10, 2012, 08:28

      Mt. Peter and Mt. Paul are both on the Kamloops Indian Reserve and a permit is needed to hike up the mountain, as noted in this sign: The sign is at the…

    • Upper Grasslands Track by: Kamloops Trails

      December 7, 2012, 09:37

      In the early spring this route has many seasonal marshes and ponds.   Ducks and grassland birds can be seen along the whole route, 3.7 km each…

    • Barren Hills Loop by: Kamloops Trails

      December 4, 2012, 09:49

      A series of tracks between Lac du Bois Road and Mount Mara can be linked up to create a hiking or biking loop.   It is an area best suited to…

    • Fairyland Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      December 1, 2012, 07:06

      Without question, this hike is our favorite for 2012, and that is saying something.   In this year, we also hiked the Kalalau Trail, Cirque Peak,…

    • Queen's Garden by: Kamloops Trails

      November 28, 2012, 14:47

      The most hiked trail below the rim of Bryce Canyon is the Queen's Garden Trail, and for good reason.   The trail starts at Sunrise Point …

    • Bryce Canyon  by: Kamloops Trails

      November 25, 2012, 16:11

      Even after reading the books beforehand, everything about Bryce Canyon surprised us.   It is high and remote.   If not for the road section…

    • Valleyview to Uplands by: Kamloops Trails

      November 22, 2012, 10:24

      A single track route has been in place all the way from Peterson Creek to Barnhartvale for many years, long before the first house was built in Juniper. &n…

    • Barnes Lake Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      November 19, 2012, 16:06

      Few people know about this excellent trail system in Barnhartvale.   About 12 km of trails can be found just off Barnhartvale Road.   The lower trails are…

    • Sunrise, Sunset by: Kamloops Trails

      November 14, 2012, 03:50

      On the first day of hiking on the snow, we chose to climb Sunrise Mountain, sometimes called Middle Mountain.   This steep ridge looms over the west…

    • Sage Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      November 11, 2012, 12:06

      For many years, we hiked in behind the University, following the bench as it wound through the hills above Mission Flats.     Most of this…

    • Coal Hill, For Now by: Kamloops Trails

      November 8, 2012, 09:07

      I have been hiking the area above Pineview Valley for 35 years. In the 1970s, there was little development below and the Pineview Valley had a horse corral at…

    • Red Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      November 4, 2012, 13:54

      Red Lake is a scenic drive of 40 km from Tranquille, following the Tranquille River through the canyon and then into the uplands area near Criss Creek. Take…

    • Lower Flumes Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      November 1, 2012, 11:39

      The Upper and Lower Flumes Trails both start at the same parking area.   The Upper Flumes Trail follows Bear Creek upstream, through the creek gully…

    • Upper Flumes Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      October 30, 2012, 14:35

      On a litter of fall leaves, we followed the Flumes Trail from the parking lot up the left side of Bear Creek.    Small waterfalls rush down the…

    • Battle Bluff in the Fall by: Kamloops Trails

      October 28, 2012, 08:24

      Battle Bluff three times this year... When conditions are marginal, this is always a good choice. The trailhead is much easier to spot now. BC Parks has…

    • Mara Canyon by: Kamloops Trails

      October 25, 2012, 17:23

      The Mara Canyon Trail (sometimes referred to as the Hoodoos Trail or the Cinnamon Ridge Trail) is one of the favorites of our area.   Even though we…

    • Tranquille Rim Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      October 22, 2012, 13:39

      From the Watching Creek Forest Service site, there used to be two bridges, one below the site and another farther downstream, at the bottom of a gully. &nb…

    • Playing the Slots by: Kamloops Trails

      October 20, 2012, 11:42

      A return trip to the Tranquille Canyon Slot Canyons was the result of a last minute decision when the weather cleared up.   In our last visit to the…

    • Dewdrop Arch by: Kamloops Trails

      October 17, 2012, 20:18

      After years about hearing about the arch up on the Dewdrop Escarpment, the clues were sufficient enough to go look for it.   We couldn't spot it…

    • Zoa Peak by: Kamloops Trails

      October 13, 2012, 13:40

      The peaks in the Coquihalla Summit area offer good hiking opportunities for hikers in the summer and cross country.snowshoe activities in the winter.  …

    • Estekwalan Loop by: Kamloops Trails

      October 2, 2012, 16:48

      We hiked Estekwalan Mountain a year after our first time on the mountain.   The first trip last year was in late fall on the snow (link to previous…

    • Stoyama Mountain by: Kamloops Trails

      September 28, 2012, 09:46

      Stoyama Mountain is the last big mountain in the north Cascades.   It can been seen from the Coquihalla Highway as you drive between Merritt and the…

    • Mount Temple by: Kamloops Trails

      September 26, 2012, 07:25

      Mount Temple, at 11 760 feet looms above all the other mountains of the Lake Louise-Moraine Lake area. I had been to Sentinel Pass below Temple more than a…

    • Og Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      September 13, 2012, 08:30

      If you go in to the Assiniboine area, there are 3-4 main dayhikes.   The way in and back out can take 1-2 days each way.   We once went…

    • The Nub by: Kamloops Trails

      September 10, 2012, 13:11

      We hiked all the main trails in the Assiniboine Mountain area and the Nub hike was our favorite.   The peak of the Nub at 9000 feet  stands out…

    • Sunburst and Cerulean Lakes by: Kamloops Trails

      September 5, 2012, 08:22

      In the Mount Assiniboine area, most hikers basecamp from Lake Magog and do day hikes on a number of trails and just about everyone does the lakes loop past…

    • East Trophy Ridges by: Kamloops Trails

      September 2, 2012, 18:31

      There are at least seven Trophy Peaks and the eastern ones are not easily accessible from the Trophy Mountain Trail.   Fortunately, there is a good…

    • Wonder Pass by: Kamloops Trails

      August 26, 2012, 20:31

      Backpackers to Assiniboine often come to the core via Assiniboine Pass, then exit through Wonder Pass, creating a partial loop route, but Wonder Pass is a…

    • Assiniboine and Back by: Kamloops Trails

      August 23, 2012, 10:45

      After many years we returned to Assiniboine Provincial Park for some hiking and exploration.   On our previous trip, we started at Bryant Creek and…

    • Silvertip Falls by: Kamloops Trails

      August 16, 2012, 09:27

      Silvertip Falls has more of a vertical fall than Helmcken Falls, but it cascades, rather than falls straight down.   It comes down from the Trophy…

    • White Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      August 12, 2012, 20:12

      The Kamloops area has many lakes and rivers to paddle but some are much better for the self-propelled enthusiast.   We try to get to them all, from tiny…

    • Cirque of Tarns by: Kamloops Trails

      August 9, 2012, 16:21

      The Cirque of Tarns route is a challenging route up to a hidden spot on the north side of Raft Mountain.   The final destination is perfect. &nbs…

    • Painted Perspectives by: Kamloops Trails

      August 7, 2012, 09:27

      After a number of years visiting Painted Bluffs Provincial Park, we now only visit by boat.   The land route is not easy, nor pleasing.   After a…

    • Painted Bluffs Preview by: Kamloops Trails

      August 2, 2012, 09:14

      Painted Bluffs Provincial Park is a very special place, one that we try to visit every year.   Our favorite route is to kayak across the lake from…

    • Lac Le Jeune Lookout Loop by: Kamloops Trails

      July 30, 2012, 09:17

      There are many trails in the Lac le Jeune area that lead through the upland forests, but few offer good viewpoints.    A series of trails from…

    • Jedediah Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      July 24, 2012, 19:43

      All of Jedediah Island is a provincial park and trails link up the various landing points.    Although we landed in Home Bay we could have…

    • Jedediah Island by: Kamloops Trails

      July 20, 2012, 14:51

      For those who love to kayak, Jedediah Island is a destination for exploration.    Most kayakers launch from the Sunshine Coast.   …

    • Backside Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      July 11, 2012, 19:51

      Some of the finest alpine meadows in the country can be found on Tod Mountain.   From the top of the chair, the hike over the "top of the…

    • Cu Is by: Kamloops Trails

      July 9, 2012, 18:38

      The Copper Island route has been featured in a past post (link).   This time, we left Shuswap Lake Park in flood.   All of the beaches were under water.  …

    • Red Plateau Loop by: Kamloops Trails

      July 5, 2012, 19:36

      The Dewdrop Rim Trail on Red Plateau has long been my favorite trail of our area.   But it is a long and demanding route, as noted in an earlier post…

    • The Loops by: Kamloops Trails

      June 26, 2012, 13:15

      The nearest section of the Trans Canada Trail goes through Brookmere and beyond through the Coquihalla Lakes to Hope.   The TCT is the old Kettle…

    • Top 10 Reasons to Hike Embleton Mountain by: Kamloops Trails

      June 22, 2012, 13:01

      We try to hike the Embleton trails in all 4 seasons and there are different rewards each month.   Our most recent venture was in June, planned for a…

    • Sunrise Mountain by: Kamloops Trails

      June 16, 2012, 18:05

      The steep mountain overlooking Barnhartvale is called Sunrise Mountain by locals.   In older hiking books, it was also called Middle Mountain. &n…

    • Lower Rose Hill Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      June 11, 2012, 07:54

      There is a large area of trails on the east side of Rose Hill Road extending for a few kilometers east toward Juniper Ridge Road, but below the Juniper-Rose…

    • Upper Grasslands Ramble by: Kamloops Trails

      June 8, 2012, 13:11

      A favorite route starts at Lac du Bois and follows a dirt/grass double track south under the flank of Wheeler Mountain.   Go through the gate on the…

    • Majerus Falls Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      June 1, 2012, 15:44

      The trail is long, but the destination is worth the effort.   Some caveats first.    Do this hike before or after the mosquito…

    • Boulder Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      May 29, 2012, 10:46

      The main parking lot to access Okanagan Mountain  Park from Kelowna is in an awkward spot.   There is a good parking lot and a trail goes down to the beach…

    • Wild Horse Canyon by: Kamloops Trails

      May 23, 2012, 12:54

      After the wildfires of 2003, the trail system on Okanagan Mountain Park has been slow to recover.   One trail is permanently closed.   Several others have…

    • White Horse Bluff by: Kamloops Trails

      May 21, 2012, 17:21

      Wells Gray Corridor hikes start off the main road into Wells Gray.   Most follow the Murtle Plateau to waterfalls, along rivers, or to lookouts. …

    • Knitting Opax by: Kamloops Trails

      May 13, 2012, 12:31

      Opax Mountain is a sprawling high plateau sitting northwest of Lac du Bois.    The sides are steep and a lava cliff fringes the south, west, and…

    • Watching Hill by: Kamloops Trails

      May 3, 2012, 09:49

      As we travel northwest along the Tranquille Canyon, we can see a line of rugged mountains/hills overlooking the river.   Volcanic cliffs and eroded bluffs…

    • Stein Valley Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      April 25, 2012, 09:31

      One of the first snow-free backpacking or day-hiking areas of our area is the Stein Valley Heritage Trail.   To reach the trailhead, drive two hours…

    • Cache Creek Hills by: Kamloops Trails

      April 20, 2012, 09:29

      The northeast side of Cache Creek rises gently with treeless slopes, then  higher to aspen habitat, and forest up high on the way to the Arrowstone Hills.…

    • Trail Mis-Management by: Kamloops Trails

      April 16, 2012, 13:33

      A local hiker contacted us about some changes that have occurred in Mara Canyon recently.   His comments are provided here: "I have a very…

    • Lyons Lake Revisited by: Kamloops Trails

      April 13, 2012, 21:13

      We hiked into Lyons Lake over the winter and provided information on  the route and its merits (link).   We returned today by another route,…

    • Walk the Spine by: Kamloops Trails

      April 3, 2012, 18:09

      If you just like to explore, the Valleyview Silt Cliffs are rich with ridges, gullies, sinkholes, and spines.  The ridges come down from Juniper to the…

    • Long Lake Route by: Kamloops Trails

      March 28, 2012, 16:52

      Deep in Lac du Bois Park sits Long Lake.   It is in the bottom of a trench, draining both the McQueen hills and the Batchelor Range.   The…

    • Strawberries and Soot by: Kamloops Trails

      March 23, 2012, 16:45

      The fires of 2003 turned much of Strawberry Hill into a burned landscape.   We were crossing the Bonaparte Highlands during the first part of the…

    • Moloa'a Bluffs by: Kamloops Trails

      March 20, 2012, 18:05

      Hiking on Kauai has many variations - ridges, beaches, jungle, volcanic cones, sinkholes, pali (cliffs), scrambles, and shoreline walks.   There are…

    • Makauwahi Cave Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      March 4, 2012, 18:37

      On the southeast coast of Kauai is a shelf of lava that reaches out into the windward shores where sand dunes have built up for millions of years.   The…

    • Garibaldi Hikers and Artists by: Kamloops Trails

      February 25, 2012, 12:31

      A few years ago, we backpacked to Garibaldi Lake, camping at the Battleship Islands campground and hiking the trails above the meadows.   We took a…

    • Kamloops Thompson Trail Alliance by: Kamloops Trails

      February 22, 2012, 16:05

      Shuswap Trail Alliance has had 7 years of success in promoting, planning, developing, and maintaining trails (link).   We have often remarked that…

    • Valleyview Silt Cliffs by: Kamloops Trails

      February 16, 2012, 07:59

      We have been hiking these trails for over 30 years and many of the trails are the same, though mountain bikes have made new trails and widened others. &nbs…

    • Timber Lake to Outer Inks Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      February 9, 2012, 16:20

      There are many trails between the Coquihalla Highway and Greenstone-Chuwhels Mountains, but there is so much terrain, it is hard to link the trails and routes.…

    • Lyons Lake Link by: Kamloops Trails

      February 3, 2012, 10:01

      The Lyons Lake trail is a pleasant forest walk along a double track on a fairly level route to a grasslands forest at the end of Sullivan Valley.  &nb…

    • A Suite of Sinkholes by: Kamloops Trails

      January 28, 2012, 09:16

      The Valleyview Silt Cliffs separate Juniper from Valleyview.   A number of trails go up the gullies, ridges, and across the treeless benchlands. …

    • Bryns Mesa  by: Kamloops Trails

      January 22, 2012, 14:25

      There are so many good hikes in the Sedona (Arizona) area, and many of them link together.  A number of the trails through passes, going around the steep…

    • Cathedral Rock by: Kamloops Trails

      January 18, 2012, 12:06

      We hiked as many trails as we could in the Sedona area and we found Cathedral Rock to be one of the most interesting.   From the parking lot to the…

    • Sedona Hiking by: Kamloops Trails

      January 15, 2012, 13:33

      As the winter snows cover all of our trails, we shorten our hikes, we put on cross country skis or snowshoes,and we plan ahead for our spring hikes.  …

    • Cooney-Battle Bluff Fossils by: Kamloops Trails

      January 13, 2012, 20:25

      We were up in the hills past Cooney Bay exploring fossil beds. Most of our previous activity had been in the long gullies closer to Cooney Bay. We have…

    • Altius Hills by: Kamloops Trails

      January 9, 2012, 16:59

      Barnhartvale is separated from Kamloops by an steep-sided  mountain which local residents refer to as Sunrise Mountain, but is really a series of hills…

    • Outer Inks Lakes Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      January 1, 2012, 10:36

      There is a maze of old roads and ATV tracks in the hills west of the Coquihalla Highway and below the flanks of Greenstone Mountain.   The trails…

    • Opax in the Snow by: Kamloops Trails

      December 27, 2011, 16:53

      Opax is the steep and wide mountain between Lac du Bois, Pass Lake, and Tranquille Canyon.   There are three good routes to the top and they can be…

    • Zilch Loop by: Kamloops Trails

      December 23, 2011, 13:56

      A well-hiked trail/corridor is the flat pipeline road from Barnhartvale to Juniper.    The trailhead can found at the end of McLeod-Uplands…

    • Dam Lake Loop by: Kamloops Trails

      December 20, 2011, 18:20

      Starting in the Inks Lake Exit area, backroads and trails expand through the forested slopes, linking over to Greenstone Mountain southwest, to the Timber…

    • Late Cold Shoulders by: Kamloops Trails

      December 15, 2011, 20:24

      When you live at N50 latitude, winters stretch from early December to the first part of March. Higher elevations become blanketed in snow. It takes a…

    • Barren Hills Hike by: Kamloops Trails

      December 12, 2011, 12:36

      The hills above the north shore of Kamloops rise steeply above the flood plain,  but the hills beyond are mostly rolling and treeless   …

    • Agate Country by: Kamloops Trails

      December 4, 2011, 09:05

      Kamloops area rockhounds have uncovered many locations where agates can be found.  Agates have been used for ornamental purposes, carving, and display…

    • Finding Fossils by: Kamloops Trails

      December 1, 2011, 07:37

      Kamloops and area has a number of fossil sites nearby.   There was once an inland sea over the area and plant and animal life became trapped in…

    • After and Before by: Kamloops Trails

      November 27, 2011, 13:44

      For many years we have been quietly hiking to the top of Coal Hill and Sugarloaf Hill in the area to the southwest of Kamloops.    There are…

    • Hudson Bay Mountain by: Kamloops Trails

      November 23, 2011, 12:05

      The chain of mountains to the south of Smithers dominates the skyline.    Hudson Bay Mountain looms above the town.    A gravel…

    • Malkow Lookout by: Kamloops Trails

      November 20, 2011, 07:29

      While we were in the Smithers area, we tried several of the hikes and we were very pleasantly surprised by the Malkow Lookout hike.   The hike starts…

    • Glacier Gulch by: Kamloops Trails

      November 18, 2011, 07:19

      While we were in Smithers we tackled Hudson Bay Mountain from two sides.   Our first hike was up Glacier Gulch.   Hudson Bay Glacier sits…

    • Driftwood Canyon by: Kamloops Trails

      November 16, 2011, 21:47

      KamloopsTrails normally features outdoor explorations in the Kamloops area, but when we travel and find hikes, we include them into the site. Driftwood Creek…

    • Long Lake Loop by: Kamloops Trails

      November 13, 2011, 18:09

      In the middle of the Lac du Bois Grasslands lies a long, narrow lake.     Long Lake sits at the bottom of a trench between the Bachelor…

    • Bearcat Caves Report by: Kamloops Trails

      November 9, 2011, 09:15

      A year after our first trip to Bearcat Caves, we returned to expand our explorations of the caves and the area.    The Kamloops Search and…

    • Estekwalan Mountain by: Kamloops Trails

      November 6, 2011, 10:21

      This hike has been in our sights for a number of years.   All references to the hike stated to not attempt it in wet conditions so it was bypassed in…

    • Orchard Lake Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      November 1, 2011, 21:25

      Orchard Lake Road climbs the hill from McLure on its way to Badger Lake.    The road pass by three small lakes called the Struthers (Loon)…

    • Watching Creek Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      October 30, 2011, 13:46

      Watching Creek drains the hills to the northeast and runs into a canyon before meeting Tranquille River.    Near the confluence of the creek and…

    • The Battle at the Bluff by: Kamloops Trails

      October 26, 2011, 21:58

      Thanks to Russ Walton for his research and for his company as we did the field work  on this exploration. "In 1877, G. M. Dawson surveyed the area…

    • Skoatl Point by: Kamloops Trails

      October 23, 2011, 20:51

      The high country on the Bonaparte Plateau is heavily forested with many lakes.   The higher elevation means an early winter and late snows in the…

    • Around Battle Bluff by: Kamloops Trails

      October 19, 2011, 21:16

      We had time to do two separate outings - one on the cliffs and hills to the east, north, and west of Battle Bluff and another on the water around the foot of…

    • Mara Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      October 17, 2011, 17:02

      A trail loop can be found in the south-facing hills to the west of Mount Mara.   Drive just past the junction with Tranquille on the Lake.  …

    • West Opax by: Kamloops Trails

      October 15, 2011, 19:48

      Opax Mountain lies north of Wheeler Mountain, in the area between McQueen Lake and Tranquille Canyon.   There are 3 routes to the top, but our favorite has…

    • Trail Report: The Guardsmen  by: Kamloops Trails

      October 12, 2011, 08:31

      The double track up from Tranquiulle is the old wagon road to the Wheeler Mountain homesteads (1906-1918).    The route winds up the hills on a…

    • Red Canyon by: Kamloops Trails

      October 9, 2011, 08:31

      Red Plateau was formed from a large lava flow.    The towering cliffs form a line over the Dewdrop Range.   On first glance it appears to…

    • Petrified Forest by: Kamloops Trails

      October 6, 2011, 11:19

      We have heard about the Petrified Forest in the hills above Barnhartvale for a long time, but we never had the exact location.    Roland Neave…

    • Gus Johnson Trail Report by: Kamloops Trails

      October 3, 2011, 10:11

      The Gus Johnson-Lac le Jeune Loop Trail is a four-season trail.   This week we biked around the lake,  but we have also hiked it, run it, and…

    • Garden of the Trolls by: Kamloops Trails

      September 30, 2011, 23:19

      There are a few places that warrant an off-trail route to a unique spot.   The Garden of the Trolls is a small area on a bench between the Dewdrop…

    • Coal Hill Report by: Kamloops Trails

      September 26, 2011, 17:16

      Coal Hill routes seem to change each time we climb to the top.    As the area becomes better known, new bike trails appear and replace old…

    • Skyline Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      September 24, 2011, 17:15

      Manning Park has a lot of great hiking trails but only 3-4 of all the hikes can be called the premier routes of the area.   One of these is the…

    • Pratt Highlands by: Kamloops Trails

      September 22, 2011, 18:39

      The area above Pratt Road in Barnhartvale is a a rugged area with surprisingly-remote hiking for the intrepid.    Access has changed as new…

    • Tranquille to Pruden Pass by: Kamloops Trails

      September 20, 2011, 21:27

      The old wagon route from Tranquille to Pruden Pass was used to connect the Wheeler Mountain homesteaders community with the sanitorium and homes in the…

    • Castle Butte Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      September 18, 2011, 11:26

      The Dewdrop Trail starts at the flats in the Dewdrop Range and climbs 2000 feet to the top of Red Plateau, then follows a route along the rim, skirting the…

    • Just for the Hill of It by: Kamloops Trails

      September 16, 2011, 12:34

      The Interior Plateau area is a series of mountains and valleys with many hills and ridges between. Many of our mountains have backroads or trails to the top.…

    • Along the Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      September 13, 2011, 07:21

      While we hiked the South Helmcken Trail, we made our way along a forest path to the falls, but on our way back, we kept our eyes open, carefully noting what…

    • South Helmcken Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      September 11, 2011, 13:50

      So many of the hikes in Wells Gray Park are challenging, but there are a few easier trails too.   The South Helmcken trail is a fairly flat,…

    • Trophy One by: Kamloops Trails

      September 6, 2011, 21:25

      Most hikers go to Trophy Meadows and perhaps Plateau of the Lakes. More ambitious hikers go to the top of Trophy 2.  But, how do we approach Trophy 1? The…

    • Trophy Meadows at Twilight by: Kamloops Trails

      September 5, 2011, 21:27

      Coming out of the mountains at last light on a summer day provides unique light on the landscape. From Trophy Meadows, Raft Mountain is bathed in yellow-orange…

    • Finding Fungi by: Kamloops Trails

      August 31, 2011, 21:32

      Images along the trail:

    • Forest Capital Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      August 30, 2011, 20:08

      This trail connects the McQueen Lake area trails to the Isobel Lake trails.    It was designed as a forestry interpretative trail and an…

    • Dunn Peak Route by: Kamloops Trails

      August 29, 2011, 19:33

      Map:    Location   Coordinates Harper Creek FSR Junction N51 19.633 W119 53.260 Dunn Peak…

    • Dunn Peak by: Kamloops Trails

      August 28, 2011, 13:42

      Dunn Peak is the highest mountain of our area and stands overlooking the North Thompson Valley, clearly visible from Kamloops on a clear day.   It is…

    • Murtle Lake North Arm by: Kamloops Trails

      August 26, 2011, 16:54

      Following the last post are coordinates and distances for each spot noted. Spot Coordinates Distance Boat launch …

    • Wavy Crest Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      August 21, 2011, 20:37

      One of the premier hikes in our province is the hike from Murtle Lake to the top of Wavy Crest Ridge.   It is a very remote spot that takes some…

    • Ridge Lakes Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      August 12, 2011, 14:17

      Many years ago, we used to hike up above the Lac le Jeune Ski Hill to get the first day of cross country skiing on the Ridge Lakes and Mildred Lake Trail.  …

    • Trail Report: McConnell Hill by: Kamloops Trails

      August 2, 2011, 07:33

      In the center of the Stake Lake Trail system is a volcanic hill/mesa.    Four double track trails go over the shoulders of the hill and a rough…

    • Trail Report: Tod Mountain by: Kamloops Trails

      July 24, 2011, 20:53

      On July 1st, it snowed all morning and I waded through snow drifts towards the peak.   On July 24th, the trails were mostly dry, the sun was shining,…

    • Heather Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      July 22, 2011, 07:16

      One of the finest hikes in the Southern Cascades starts at treeline and continues through alpine meadows along ridges for 21 km.    In Manning…

    • One Mile - Nairn by: Kamloops Trails

      July 20, 2011, 08:51

      Most of the focus of this site has been on Interior routes, trails, and waterways, but along our major transportation routes, there are opportunities for a…

    • Scotch Creek Lookout by: Kamloops Trails

      July 15, 2011, 07:42

      Shuswap Trail Alliance has developed a new trail to a viewpoint high above Scotch Creek.   The route in is well-marked. Watch for the rectangular…

    • Albas by: Kamloops Trails

      July 10, 2011, 19:48

      Albas Provincial Park is located far out in the Seymour Arm of Shuswap Lake.   Traveling along the North Shore, pass St. Ives to start the Seymour…

    • Heritage Cairns by: Kamloops Trails

      July 8, 2011, 10:30

      The Lac du Bois area was used by ranchers back in the 1870s, but it was homesteaded starting in 1896 and quarter sections were claimed by homesteaders between…

    • Trail Report: Tod Mountain by: Kamloops Trails

      July 5, 2011, 06:54

      Now that the chairlift is open at Sun Peaks Resort, the weather is also warming up to melt the last of the lingering snow on the top of the mountain.The front…

    • Chutes, Falls, and Lakes by: Kamloops Trails

      July 3, 2011, 11:57

      There are numerous hikes off the Wells Gray Corridor road.   Many are not destination hikes, but if you are comping in the area, there are rewarding…

    • Dragons Tongue and Sticta Falls by: Kamloops Trails

      June 27, 2011, 19:37

      At the end of the Wells Gray corridor, the road ends at Clearwater Lake.   Progress beyond this point requires a boat.   Two campgrounds…

    • Frosty Mountain by: Kamloops Trails

      June 23, 2011, 13:23

      One of our favorite hikes in the Cascades is Mount Frosty.   The trailhead is at the east end of Lightning Lake.   It switchbacks up…

    • Lightning Lakes Loop by: Kamloops Trails

      June 22, 2011, 11:12

      Although we rarely go to Manning Park to do the Lightning Lakes trails, we inevitably do this route almost every time.    Manning Park is in a…

    • Manning Park Hikes by: Kamloops Trails

      June 21, 2011, 12:00

      We have been visiting Manning Park for a few decades and have enjoyed the trails and routes in all 4 seasons.   It is a large park with a number of…

    • Trail Report: Geronimo-Sidewinder by: Kamloops Trails

      June 19, 2011, 12:05

      The Stake Lake trails sytem between McConnell Lake and Lac lu Jeune has over 60km of forested trails for hikers and bikers.   Most people park at…

    • Trail Report: Reinecker Creek by: Kamloops Trails

      June 13, 2011, 14:19

      The Reinecker Creek Trails were featured on May 9th (link).   We led a group from the Kamloops Hiking Club on these trails recently.   We…

    • Lac du Bois Homesteads Hike by: Kamloops Trails

      June 9, 2011, 10:01

      A video on the Dumont Homestead can be seen on You Tube (link). In the 1890's the Government of Canada realized that in order to populate the west, assert…

    • The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly by: Kamloops Trails

      June 7, 2011, 22:53

      Spring flowers abound.   The Good Fairyslippers, chocolate lilies, larkspur, arnica, spring beauties, and many more grace our hikes.  &nbs…

    • Chuwhels Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      June 1, 2011, 09:08

      Although the hike in to Chuwhels Lake is not a destination in itself, it is a good choice when combined with a short hike on the top of Greenstone Mountain.&nbs…

    • In the Rain, McArthur Island by: Kamloops Trails

      May 27, 2011, 09:11

      When it rains so much, we sometimes walk on McArthur Island Park.    Inevitably, an association with the pop song McArthur Park comes to mind…

    • CocoBonk Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      May 25, 2011, 08:32

      The CocoBonk Trail climbs through the grasslands from Lundbom Lake towards Hamilton Lake, then up a grass track to join a dirt double track all the way to Tent…

    • Trail Report: Sugarloaf Mountain (Lundbom) by: Kamloops Trails

      May 24, 2011, 10:22

      An earlier post/map on this rewarding hike was posted last year (link).   To get to the trailhead, drive south from Merritt up the Okanagan…

    • Trail Report: McConnell Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      May 19, 2011, 10:23

      A previous article was posted on McConnell Lake (link).  This is a quiet and pleasant walk.   It starts at the parking lot: All of the trail…

    • Stony Lake Grasslands Hike by: Kamloops Trails

      May 17, 2011, 15:03

      The Lac du Bois area was settled and homesteaded by pioneers between the 1870's and the 1920's.   By the 1920's, drought had driven out…

    • Mount Revelstoke by: Kamloops Trails

      May 12, 2011, 08:43

      Good information on trails on Mount Revelstoke is not readily available on-line.   There are a number of books and pamphlets available from the…

    • Reinecker Creek Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      May 9, 2011, 14:48

      Herald Park is one of the nicest parks in our area.   The Margaret Falls Trail is an easy walk from the campground.   For a few years there…

    • The Owl Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      May 5, 2011, 09:56

      The official name for this trail in Kenna Cartwright Park is the Mesa Trail.   For us, it has become the Owl Trail over many years because in most…

    • Surprises for Explorers by: Kamloops Trails

      May 2, 2011, 13:39

      If you expand your hiking to areas beyond the established trails, you can choose to explore and you may find some surprises.    Here are a…

    • A Flurry of Wildflowers by: Kamloops Trails

      May 1, 2011, 11:59

      After the first earliest wildlfowers emerged over the last 5 weeks, all at once there are wildflowers appearing everywhere on south-facing slopes.  …

    • Wildflower Succession by: Kamloops Trails

      April 27, 2011, 07:10

      In our semi-desert grasslands and above in the montane zone, a succession of wildflowers comes each spring.   First to come out were the sage…

    • Saltwort Pond by: Kamloops Trails

      April 25, 2011, 09:14

      The benchlands surrounding the Kamloops area have many small lakes and ponds, many of which are alkaline.    These ponds can be described as…

    • Mount Mara from the Northeast by: Kamloops Trails

      April 20, 2011, 11:42

      The route up to the top of Mount Mara from the south is very interesting, but the top section is very steep.   The route from the west is more…

    • Abbey Road to Saltwort Hills by: Kamloops Trails

      April 17, 2011, 09:42

      There is a very large area of green space between the Trans Canada Highway and Kamloops Lake, bounded on the west by Cherry Bluffs and on the east by Afton and…

    • Batchelor Gold Mine by: Kamloops Trails

      April 13, 2011, 19:57

      In 1899, a claim was staked on Batchelor Hill by two brothers from Paris, France, but by 1901 the claim was owned by Owen Batchelor.   He worked the…

    • Barnes Lake Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      April 10, 2011, 18:57

      This is a lovely trail system.   We hiked the outer loops, logging 12km.   Recommended:

    • Mara Scuptures by: Kamloops Trails

      April 6, 2011, 16:40

      When the Stone Giants met at Mount Mara, they left behind many sculptures: Shapes and layers vary depending on where you go: There are many scuptures to…

    • Mara Scramble - Up the Ridge by: Kamloops Trails

      April 5, 2011, 14:56

      Following the route described in Mara Scrambles (Mar. 31), the route continues upwards and is much easier, but still very rewarding.    …

    • Mara Scramble by: Kamloops Trails

      March 31, 2011, 14:49

      One of the most interesting hikes/scrambles of our area is to go up the front hill on Mount Mara, above the cliffs.   The route is easy at the…

    • Ram Scrambles by: Kamloops Trails

      March 29, 2011, 11:50

      While out following game trails and ridge routes on Mount Mara, a herd of rams followed my progress and kept an eye on me:

    • Bird Songs Along the Trail - Part 5 by: Kamloops Trails

      March 28, 2011, 08:49

      We usually hear bird calls and songs before we spot the birds.    Knowing the song/call helps us to identify the birds.   Here are…

    • Rockface Mountain by: Kamloops Trails

      March 25, 2011, 11:14

      The route to the top ridge of Rockface Mountain is relatively easy, depending on where you start your hike.   If you can drive the back roads, you…

    • Grasslands Loop by: Kamloops Trails

      March 24, 2011, 08:29

      Kamloops is very lucky to have such a large tract of hikable/bikable grassland so close to town.   A large expanse of open terrain is found beyond…

    • Sugarloaf Hill by: Kamloops Trails

      March 23, 2011, 10:15

      The prominent hill overlooking the Coquihalla Highway as you leave town is Sugarloaf.   Most of the approaches to Sugaloaf involve crossing private…

    • Ticks for Dinner by: Kamloops Trails

      March 21, 2011, 15:53

      Since we are in the grasslands and off trail so much, we have picked up many ticks over the years.   We don't worry too much about having them on…

    • Maha'ulepu Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      March 20, 2011, 17:31

      Some of the most interesting hikes on the Hawaiian Islands are shoreline walks.   This one starts at a headland, goes along a beach, climbs another…

    • Early Season Hiking by: Kamloops Trails

      March 18, 2011, 11:27

      Another good choice in March is to go up the Red Lake Road, turn onto the Dewdrop Range Road, then take the lower (Frederick) Road, then park near the junction…

    • Dry Hiking - Batchelor West by: Kamloops Trails

      March 16, 2011, 09:08

      Every spring we return to hike this area since it is the first to clear of snow and dry out.   it has a south exposure, no trees, and well-defined double…

    • Geotagging Photos by: Kamloops Trails

      March 15, 2011, 15:50

      An article from Jeremy Markel is featured here: "Geotagging photos is a fun and easy way to enhance your photo experience. Essentially GPS  data is…

    • Early Hiking Options by: Kamloops Trails

      March 14, 2011, 21:11

      Several trails are now dry enough to hike.     Moonscape Trail Bachelor Hills West Dewdrop Front Ridges Valleyview Benchlands T…

    • The First Wildflowers of the Spring Melt by: Kamloops Trails

      March 11, 2011, 11:28

      The first wildflowers actually appear before the first day of spring, even in this area.   As the snows start to melt in early March, we take to the…

    • KT Notes by: Kamloops Trails

      March 9, 2011, 12:10

      While hiking overseas, new posts to this site have been rare.    New items will be seen in a week. As spring approaches, check the Kamloops…

    • Rockface Cave by: Kamloops Trails

      March 5, 2011, 13:19

      There is a large (but not deep) cave near the foot of the rockwall on Rockface Mountain, not far from Pinantan Lake.    The route into the pass…

    • Awa'awapuhi to Nualolo Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      March 3, 2011, 12:14

      This trail had an easy start.    The route starts at the highest point and goes down to the lowest point over 5km.   The first half of…

    • Pihea - Alakai'i Hike by: Kamloops Trails

      March 1, 2011, 11:51

      On Kauai, start at the highest point you can drive to.   Hike along the rim of the caldera, following a narrow ridge that drops off 3000 feet on one…

    • Kokee by: Kamloops Trails

      February 27, 2011, 10:02

      There a few trail systems in the world that have their own unique quality.    Kokee State Park is on of those.    Is location is on top of…

    • Louis Ridge by: Kamloops Trails

      February 24, 2011, 12:33

      This is an unnamed ridge that rises above Paul Lake, west of Gibraltar Rock.   There is no trail and it requires a steep climb  through forest…

    • A Complaint by: Kamloops Trails

      February 22, 2011, 15:08

      National Parks Maps BC Parks produces decent trail maps.   They are not detailed but have reasonable graphics for planning hikes and routes. &n…

    • Bestwick Hill by: Kamloops Trails

      February 21, 2011, 17:58

      Bestwick Hill is a rocky knob of a hill overlooking Campbell Range.   If there were no fences in the area, it would be fast hike from the Campbell…

    • Trekking Poles by: Kamloops Trails

      February 20, 2011, 19:16

      Hiking on icy tracks all winter has been so much safer using trekking poles.   They add stability, take pressure off the knees, and are great for…

    • Mount Vicars by: Kamloops Trails

      February 18, 2011, 11:33

      Mount Vicars sits above Scuitto Lake.   There is no trail to the top, but hikers can get halfway up on double tracks, and the rest is a "route&qu…

    • Trails and Routes by: Kamloops Trails

      February 17, 2011, 11:40

      When you live in the Interior of B.C., there are numerous unnamed hills, ridges, mountains and high spots to explore.   Some have backroad access,…

    • Watching Creek by: Kamloops Trails

      February 14, 2011, 11:25

      Many years ago there were some bridges across the creek near the confluence of the Tranquille River and Watching Creek.   We could drive down to the…

    • Point Prospect Park by: Kamloops Trails

      February 13, 2011, 11:48

      This is a long way from the Interior of B.C., but when in Halifax, hikers walk the trails of Point Pleasant Park.    The point is at the south…

    • East Pratt Hills by: Kamloops Trails

      February 11, 2011, 11:28

      We have been exploring hills in Barnhartvale this winter, even in the snow.   Lower areas can sometimes be a bit icy, but we either walk in the snow…

    • Central Mountain by: Kamloops Trails

      February 8, 2011, 11:11

      The two arms of Murtle Lake wind around Central Mountain (see the map in the previous post).    From a number of viewpoints, hikers can look…

    • Murtle Lake West Arm by: Kamloops Trails

      February 7, 2011, 08:51

      Once you have launched your canoe or kayak, you will pass through a lagoon for 1.5 km.   At this point, you will emerge into Murtle Lake.  …

    • Citius, Fortius, Altius by: Kamloops Trails

      February 3, 2011, 09:20

      These hills to the west of Middle Mountain on the west edge of Barnhartvale are unnamed (until now), but they are steep climbs to great viewpoints.  &…

    • Your Personal Trip Computer by: Kamloops Trails

      February 2, 2011, 08:37

      Bring your GPS with you when you go for a hike/bike/paddle and it can record how far you have traveled, how much actvity time you had, your average speed or…

    • Upper Barnes Lake Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      February 1, 2011, 09:55

      The hills bounded on 3 sides by Barnhartvale Road, the Campbell Range -Scuitto Road, and the Campbell Creek Road have a well-established trail system designed…

    • Barnhartvale-Blackwell Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      January 31, 2011, 12:00

      A trail network connecting Barnhartvale and Dallas has developed over last decade, with hikers using either the Eliza Road trailhead or the Dallas Drive…

    • Track Your Hikes by: Kamloops Trails

      January 30, 2011, 12:00

      You can go out for a hike and bring your GPS and then come back home and download your track onto your computer.   You can create an elevation plot,…

    • Kw'as Park by: Kamloops Trails

      January 28, 2011, 09:23

      Hiking on the Gulf Islands has a long season - from March through November.   We traveled to Cortes Island in the summer, paddling and hiking for a…

    • Salt Spring Hiking by: Kamloops Trails

      January 27, 2011, 09:13

      Salt Spring is the biggest of the Gulf Islands and we have not yet made the time to explore it fully enough.   We enjoyed our paddling in Ganges…

    • Galiano Explorations by: Kamloops Trails

      January 26, 2011, 09:23

      Paddlers can base out of Montague Harbor or can launch from many sites on the island.    Routes down to shoreline offer explorations.  …

    • Galiano Hiking by: Kamloops Trails

      January 25, 2011, 13:57

      We were impressed by the hikes on Galiano Island.   Good trails, excellent viewpoints, and a variety of terrain. Bodega Ridge Provincial Park Near…

    • Montague Park on Galiano Island by: Kamloops Trails

      January 24, 2011, 08:35

      We will continue to return to Galiano Island for a late winter retreat to hike and explore, and in summer to camp and paddle.  Galiano is the first stop…

    • Saturna Hiking and Paddling by: Kamloops Trails

      January 23, 2011, 10:17

      In two previous posts, Mount Warburton Pike and East Point Park were featured.    There are lots of opportunities to hike and paddle on Saturna…

    • Saturna's East Point by: Kamloops Trails

      January 22, 2011, 08:06

      Although the Mount Warburton Pike route is the premier hike on Saturna, there are several other hikes, walks, and bikes.    One of our…

    • Atop Saturna  by: Kamloops Trails

      January 21, 2011, 14:27

      Much of Saturna Island is National Park or Protected Area.    We have found the hiking and explorations here to be top-notch.   Our…

    • Island Hiking by: Kamloops Trails

      January 20, 2011, 12:14

      At the end of winter, Interior Mountains and all high terrain is still blanketed in snow.   Well-used trails have ice until mid March then mud…

    • Google Earth and Custom Maps by: Kamloops Trails

      January 19, 2011, 15:51

      Those of us who have been exploring the backwoods for many years spent the majority of our time having poor map information.    Topo maps were…

    • Painting the Bluffs by: Kamloops Trails

      January 18, 2011, 06:25

      If you travel to Painted Bluffs Provincial Park on the north shore of Kamloops Lake, you can hike into the bluffs, and when you do, you will be stunned by the…

    • Bird Songs along the Trails and Waterways - part 4 by: Kamloops Trails

      January 17, 2011, 08:19

      Wood Duck (click to hear the call) Mallard

    • Silver Star Hiking  by: Kamloops Trails

      January 16, 2011, 08:11

      Although we have enjoyed skiing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing at Silver Star, we have never found the summer hiking here to be memorable.  …

    • Grasslands Esker by: Kamloops Trails

      January 14, 2011, 09:34

      We live in an area molded by geological processes.   The last major events of our area were the Ice Ages.    While the ice was on the…

    • A Snow Stomp in the Grasslands by: Kamloops Trails

      January 13, 2011, 09:36

      The Upper Grasslands of Lac du Bois Provincial Park are a wonderful place to hike in the snow, snowshoe, or cross country ski.   Your choice will be…

    • Hudson Bay Company Brigade Trail  by: Kamloops Trails

      January 12, 2011, 08:19

      This was an article I wrote for Gold Country: Moving goods through the Interior of B.C. was never easy. High mountains, steep canyons and raging rivers…

    • Finding Information on the Site by: Kamloops Trails

      January 11, 2011, 08:34

      As of today, there are 156 posts on this site.   Over the next year, it will grow to over 300.   How do you find information on this…

    • Barnhartvale Horse and Hiker Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      January 10, 2011, 08:48

      The Barnhartvale Horse and Hiker Trail Preservation Society has been successful in establishing  a number of trail systems in Barhnartvale.  …

    • Lakeview Mountain by: Kamloops Trails

      January 9, 2011, 07:36

      If you only have two days of hiking, choose the Cathedral Rim Trail, but if you have an extra day, try the Lakeview Mountain Loop.   Take the Pyramid…

    • Giant Cleft Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      January 7, 2011, 08:20

      In Cathedral Provincial Park. start from Quiniscoe Lake, take the Pyramid Lake Trail and continue to climb to Ladyslipper Lake.   Wildlfowers cover…

    • Cathedral Rim by: Kamloops Trails

      January 6, 2011, 08:20

      Once established at Quiniscoe Lake, there are two premier hikes, although they can be combined into one long day (14 km) and can be done in either direction.&nb…

    • Cathedral Provincial Park by: Kamloops Trails

      January 5, 2011, 08:55

      The first of a series on Cathedral Park.... Cathedral Provincial Park lies southwest of Keremeos high in the Cascade Range.   Access is by the…

    • Monashee Park - Valley of the Moon by: Kamloops Trails

      January 4, 2011, 08:32

      If you have the opportunity to stay one extra day at Peters Lake in Monashee Provincial Park and you have already hiked Mt. Fosthall, then another good hike is…

    • Mount Fosthall by: Kamloops Trails

      January 3, 2011, 08:27

      A hike into Monashee Provincial Park must be well-planned and good weather is important.   It is a long drive, a long hike to Peters Lake, and a good…

    • Monashee Provincial Park by: Kamloops Trails

      January 2, 2011, 11:51

      Monashee Provincial Park is approached from the west side of the Monashee Divide.   Almost all of the approaches to the Monashees are difficult. …

    • Resolutions and Musings by: Kamloops Trails

      December 31, 2010, 13:30

      If you don't set goals and targets for your efforts, you won't set aside the time and effort to explore new areas.    A new area takes…

    • Tunkwa Snowshoeing by: Kamloops Trails

      December 30, 2010, 08:24

      The Tunkwa Lake area is well-suited to snowshoeing. the road in is kept plowed in winter the road to both campgrounds is well-used and there is plenty of…

    • Sovereign Lakes by: Kamloops Trails

      December 28, 2010, 10:18

      One of the best cross-country ski networks is at Sovereign Lakes on Silver Star Mountain.   It lies within Silver Star Provincial Park so it has a nice…

    • Silver Star Nordic by: Kamloops Trails

      December 27, 2010, 08:05

      The cross-country ski trails on Silver Star Mountain have been a bit of a mecca for cross-country skiers for a number of reasons.   First, the road goes to…

    • Deer Run Tracks by: Kamloops Trails

      December 26, 2010, 09:35

      With GPS technology, we can record our routes and then make them available to others.   On Christmas Day, we hiked 7.5 km through the snow, and used the…

    • Wapta Traverse (5) - Yoho Traverse by: Kamloops Trails

      December 24, 2010, 11:38

      Another route onto the Wapta Icefields is from the Yoho Valley.   This is also a challenging route and also should be attempted in good conditions.   We…

    • Wapta Traverse (4) - Balfour Hut to Bow Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      December 23, 2010, 09:22

      Most skiers will do this trip in reverse and we have hiked into Bow Hut from Bow Lake this way too.   One one of our trips, though, we found ourselves at…

    • Wapta Traverse (3) - Diablaret Ridge and Balfour Col  by: Kamloops Trails

      December 22, 2010, 08:22

      With Balfour Hut as basecamp, an interesting ski is to travel west through Balfour Pass, rounding Mount Balfour on the north side.   Follow the moraines…

    • Wapta Traverse (2) - Peyto to Balfour by: Kamloops Trails

      December 21, 2010, 10:12

      In a previous post, the trip from the Peyto Lookout to Peyto Hut was featured.   The next leg is to bear south toward either Bow Hut or Balfour Hut.    If…

    • The Wapta Traverse - Peyto Glacier by: Kamloops Trails

      December 20, 2010, 08:12

      Outdoor enthusiasts world-wide keep the Wapta Traverse on their "bucket list."   It is a high altitude route traversing a number of glaciers on the Great…

    • McConnell Hill Loop by: Kamloops Trails

      December 17, 2010, 09:16

      This is a favorite route in summer and winter.   It is very unlikely you will see anyone along the trail, but watch for wildlife.   We have seen lynx,…

    • Winter Corridors: Hull Hill Northeast by: Kamloops Trails

      December 16, 2010, 12:10

      We talked about backroads as winter corridors into the forest and how little information is available.   A series of posts will offer a few routes over the…

    • Lower (West) Batchelor by: Kamloops Trails

      December 13, 2010, 11:26

      Immediately to the north of Kamloops lies a sloping plateau area with very few trees.   It is on the border between lowland sagebrush and grasslands and also…

    • Endless Landscapes and Too Little Information by: Kamloops Trails

      December 12, 2010, 11:24

      There are a few guidebooks out there that help us with routes, trailheads, junctions, and some route descriptions.   There are also a few websites that…

    • Aylmer Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      December 10, 2010, 11:22

      Aylmer Lake (sometimes called Star Lake) sits on the high, open ridge above Little Shuswap Lake.    Cross the bridge over the South Thompson River at Chase…

    • Skimikin Trails in Winter by: Kamloops Trails

      December 5, 2010, 12:50

      The Skimikin Trail system is used by hikers, equestrian clubs, mountain bikers, and in winter, snowshoers and cross country skiers.   The campground has been…

    • Six Mile Upper Viewpoints by: Kamloops Trails

      December 4, 2010, 19:33

      On Nov. 12, we featured how to access Six Mile Lake and offered a lower loop option.    This post offers a higher route to viewpoints looking out to…

    • Upper Outer Dewdrop by: Kamloops Trails

      December 2, 2010, 08:35

      In order to do these hikes/explorations, a hiker will need to drive the Upper Dewdrop Road and continue to stay high.   The road is a bit rough, but not…

    • Great Divide Trail to Lake O'Hara by: Kamloops Trails

      November 28, 2010, 20:51

      There are a number of sections of the Great Divide Trail and hiking most of them is a multi-year challenge.    One summer, we backpacked from the Kootenay…

    • Through Opabin Pass to Lake O'Hara  by: Kamloops Trails

      November 27, 2010, 07:54

      The easy way to Lake O'Hara is to book the bus and ride up to the parking area.   But there are other ways to get there.... Wenkchemna Pass to Opabin…

    • Cathedral Basin Lakes by: Kamloops Trails

      November 26, 2010, 08:44

      Another quieter, less visited area of Lake O'Hara are the trails over to Morning Glory, Linda Lake, and the upper Cathedral Lakes.   Either of two trails can…

    • Lake McArthur and the Odaray Highline by: Kamloops Trails

      November 25, 2010, 11:29

      Another magical area is to hike up from Lake O'Hara through the meadows to Lake McArthur. The trail is  only about 3.6 km and climbs through alpine…

    • Lake Oesa - Opabin Plateau Loop by: Kamloops Trails

      November 24, 2010, 11:10

      A continuation of posts on the Lake O'Hara area ....    One of the premier hikes in the Rockies is the hike up to Wiwaxy Gap, down to Lake Oesa, around…

    • Lake O'Hara by: Kamloops Trails

      November 23, 2010, 11:53

      Some of the finest hiking trails anywhere in North American can be found at Lake O"Hara in Yoho National Park.    The trail system sits high in the…

    • Bird Songs Along the Trails - Pt. 3 by: Kamloops Trails

      November 22, 2010, 19:58

      A continuation of a series on the calls and songs of birds you may encounter along the trails, waterways, and explorations of our area: Tundra Swan…

    • Eagle Point - Buse Flats by: Kamloops Trails

      November 21, 2010, 14:29

      Just outside of City limits in Barnhartvale is an area of trails and tracks in a relatively flat area.   Not far past Eagle Point Golf Course is a side road…

    • Roche Lake Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      November 18, 2010, 11:58

      The Roche Lake area is not really known as a hiking or biking area, but there are routes and trails everywhere.    The area can be linked over to Scuitto…

    • Outer Dewdrop Routes - Part 1 - Peregrine Bluffs by: Kamloops Trails

      November 17, 2010, 08:20

      The Dewdrop Range Road has deteriorated a great deal over the last 20 years so that now it is better suited to a high clearance vehicle or quad.    All the…

    • Dewdrop Hill  by: Kamloops Trails

      November 16, 2010, 08:32

      A pleasant hike in interesting terrain is show on the map below.   Drive up the Red Lake Road and at the hairpin, turn left onto the Dewdrop Range Road,…

    • Bighorn Bluff by: Kamloops Trails

      November 15, 2010, 10:50

      Drive up the Red Lake Road, then turn onto the Dewdrop Range Road. At the junction, take the lower Frederick (left road) and proceed to the parking area (at N…

    • Embleton Trails in the Shoulder Season by: Kamloops Trails

      November 13, 2010, 12:49

      A good trail system supports hiking in 3 seasons and a few even offer 4 seasons of hiking with opportunities for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.   We…

    • Six Mile Lake Loop by: Kamloops Trails

      November 12, 2010, 08:20

      The original Trans-Canada Highway climbed the hill behind the current route past the lookout and went along the shores of Six Mile Loop, coming down to the…

    • Ross Moore Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      November 11, 2010, 08:46

      Ross Moore Lake lies to the east of Lac le Jeune.   It is visited as a fishing destination in the summer or by snowmobilers or cross country skiers…

    • Johnson Lake Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      November 10, 2010, 10:10

      An extensive trail/backroad/track network extends between Johnson Lake and South Barriere Lake.   To access the trails, take the Agate Bay Road from Louis…

    • Joyce Gulch by: Kamloops Trails

      November 9, 2010, 09:42

      Special Note - Frolek Cattle Company does not appreciate anyone writing about access to their lands so I have edited this post accordingly.   &nb…

    • Deep Lake Loop by: Kamloops Trails

      November 8, 2010, 10:10

      My friend Russ Walton introduced us to this hike.   Park at the top of Ida Lane at the black gate and proceed toward Deep Lake.   As you start to veer left…

    • Shelley Lake Loop by: Kamloops Trails

      November 7, 2010, 21:08

      The route down to Shelley Lake and beyond is a well-established trail.    The route to the trailhead is the same as for the Jolly-Tsintsunko Lake trail.  …

    • JAG Hill by: Kamloops Trails

      November 5, 2010, 12:17

      When you drive out to Tranquille, you look up to the northwest and the last hill of Red Plateau towers over the area.    It would be a long climb up, but…

    • Bird Songs Along the Trails - Pt. 2 by: Kamloops Trails

      November 4, 2010, 09:17

      Along the river or in the forest, we heard many songs and calls from birds.   Over time, we learn to recognize them: Song Sparrow: Song Sparrow (click…

    • Flourmill Volcanoes by: Kamloops Trails

      November 2, 2010, 11:10

      This is a very remote spot in the NW corner of Wells Gray Provincial Park.    There are two ways to get to the site and both involve a long drive on…

    • Pratt Hills by: Kamloops Trails

      November 1, 2010, 13:04

      From the end of Pratt Road in Barnhartvale, hikers can access a number of hills, routes, and viewpoints.    The end of Pratt Road continues to change as new…

    • Top 10 Trails  by: Kamloops Trails

      October 31, 2010, 09:14

      Which Trails are in Your Top Ten for the Greater Kamloops Area?   Mine are listed here.   You can find articles on each trail in the Archives. 1.…

    • Lime Ridge by: Kamloops Trails

      October 29, 2010, 09:34

      Lime Ridge is in the Marble Range, northwest of Clinton.  It is just outside Marble Range Provincial Park, but it is slated to be included in the park once…

    • Mahood Lake Hikes by: Kamloops Trails

      October 28, 2010, 09:44

      Mahood Lake isn't easy to get to from the Kamloops area.   The east end is buried deep in Wells Gray Park.   You can get to the east end of the lake by…

    • Mara Canyon by: Kamloops Trails

      October 27, 2010, 08:31

      Most hikers call this the Hoodoos Trail.    It is one of the premier hikes of our area, but it has a number of sections that require a bit of a scramble.  …

    • Jolly-Tsintsunko Lake Loop by: Kamloops Trails

      October 26, 2010, 08:09

      Many of the trails on the Bonaparte Plateau are old roads, logging skid tracks, or fishing routes, but there also a few established trails.   The Tsinsunko…

    • Bear Bells Blues by: Kamloops Trails

      October 25, 2010, 08:29

      When we are hiking along the trails, we often hear (before we see) people with bear bells ringing.      We are always interested in who wears bear…

    • Mayson - Bogmar - Allan - Scott Lake Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      October 23, 2010, 17:31

      All trails in the Bonaparte Plateau area are surrounded by true wilderness.   The trails/routes near these fly-fishing lakes sit at 1250m.    The area can…

    • Skoatl Point by: Kamloops Trails

      October 22, 2010, 08:55

      Hiking up on the Bonaparte Plateau is a quiet ramble amongst the lakes, forest, and low-rolling hills.   Views are limited.   In the middle of the plateau,…

    • Porcupine Ridge by: Kamloops Trails

      October 21, 2010, 11:38

      The hike from Tranquille Lake up to Porcupine Ridge is a hike that is listed in many sources - in hiking books, on websites, on recreational maps, and in…

    • Skull Mountain Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      October 19, 2010, 08:23

      The Skull Mountain Trail system is really a horseback trail network, but the trails can be hiked or biked also.   It is accessed off the Westsyde Road, which…

    • Orchard Lake Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      October 17, 2010, 21:09

      The Orchard Lake Trail system is primarily used for horseback riding, but it is well suited to hiking and mountain biking too.  Trails are in an area of open…

    • Scott Road Loops by: Kamloops Trails

      October 15, 2010, 08:28

      Scott Road runs from Rose Hill Road to a junction of fences to the southeast of Juniper (3km one way).   This is a very enjoyable walk or mountain bike as an…

    • Bearcat Caves by: Kamloops Trails

      October 13, 2010, 08:23

      Bearcat Caves are a fairly recent discovery in our area and the details cannot be found in any book nor on any website.   We heard about it about a…

    • Batchelor Pass by: Kamloops Trails

      October 12, 2010, 12:09

      This loop is well-suited to a shoulder season hike.   We often use this route in early March since most of the area is south-facing and has no trees.   …

    • Bird Songs along the Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      October 9, 2010, 21:13

      You are out for a hike and hear a bird song or call and you say to yourself, which bird is that? Here are some well-known ones: Common loon: Common…

    • Poison Ivy along the Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      October 8, 2010, 09:57

      If you are overly concerned about bears, ticks, and poison ivy, then you may never get out.   You will probably encounter them if you choose to hike the…

    • Enderby Cliffs by: Kamloops Trails

      October 7, 2010, 08:34

      The Enderby Cliffs are now part of a provincial park  (website).    The trailhead has a good parking lot and is well-signed.    The hike follows a…

    • Burgess Pass by: Kamloops Trails

      October 5, 2010, 10:01

      Aside from being a UNESCO World Heritage (Fossil) Site, Burgess Pass is also one of the finest hikes in the Rockies.   Much of the hike is at altitude at or…

    • Peterson Creek - Upper Waterfall Route by: Kamloops Trails

      October 4, 2010, 20:34

      There are 3-4 separate access points to get onto the Upper Waterfall.   The map above shows routes in from Summit Drive and lower down in the area behind…

    • Opax Mountain from Hanging Valley by: Kamloops Trails

      September 30, 2010, 11:16

      Opax Mountain lies northwest of Lac du Bois.   It is a sprawling, forested hill with volcanic bluffs on various flanks, wet areas on the upper plateau, grass…

    • Chuwhels Mountain by: Kamloops Trails

      September 29, 2010, 12:56

      Chuwhels Mountain is a rounded ridge-shaped peak that sits between the Lac le Jeune Road and Greenstone Mountain.   It can be accessed from every side, but…

    • Peterson Creek Park - East Rim Loop by: Kamloops Trails

      September 28, 2010, 14:15

      With multiple access points and steep trails it is hard to get to know which trails are best to combine for a hike.   Rather than do one post on this area,…

    • Painted Bluffs Provincial Park by: Kamloops Trails

      September 27, 2010, 09:56

      This site feels prehistoric, other-worldy, unique. The combination of shapes and colors makes this a very special place.   Its quite close to home, but…

    • Sunshine Meadows by: Kamloops Trails

      September 26, 2010, 09:36

      We have been to Sunshine Meadows in 3 seasons.   It is a good ski hill and a rewarding cross-country ski area in winter.   As a section of the backpack all…

    • Greenstone Mountain by: Kamloops Trails

      September 24, 2010, 08:49

      For the most part, Greenstone Mountain and the surrounding hills are used by off-road bikes, quads, and snowmobiles, but the area is accessible to hikers,…

    • C Level Cirque by: Kamloops Trails

      September 22, 2010, 08:35

      This hike surprised us.   It starts on the Lake Minnewanka Road.   Turn off to the Upper Bankhead parking area.   Start at the trailhead sign.   The…

    • The 3 B Seasons by: Kamloops Trails

      September 21, 2010, 10:42

      There are no bug issues in the winter.    Wise hikers stick to unplowed backroads, low-level trails or do their trekking on cross-country skis or snowshoes.…

    • Dolomite Pass by: Kamloops Trails

      September 20, 2010, 12:05

      One of the best hikes in the Rockies is the trail up to Helen Lake and beyond to Dolomite Pass. The trailhead starts on the Jasper-Banff Parkway, 33 km…

    • Grasslands Community Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      September 17, 2010, 09:09

      This trail is 13 km long and runs from the McQueen Lake areato Deep Lake.   We recommend traveling west to east since there is a net drop in…

    • McQueen Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      September 16, 2010, 13:21

      The McQueen Lake Environmental Education Center is run by SD73.   School groups use the Overnight Center all year.   There are a number of…

    • Isobel Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      September 15, 2010, 11:18

      This is a low-key hike, but a pleasant one nonetheless.  If you are looking for additional distance, you can climb to the lookout or hike the Forestry…

    • Rabbit Island by: Kamloops Trails

      September 13, 2010, 10:47

      Rabbit Island sits out in the middle of the Thompson River not too far away from McArthur Island.    Deer overwinter on the island, boaters land here in the…

    • Trophies - East Ridges and Tarns by: Kamloops Trails

      September 10, 2010, 09:27

      We took another route into the Trophies and stayed at the Trophy Mountain Chalet.   We then explored the ridges and lakes of the east side.   It was a hot…

    • Cwem Cwem and Beyond by: Kamloops Trails

      September 9, 2010, 10:32

      From Trophy meadows another route (not a trail) is to contour around a gully and then up and over to Cwem Cwem Lake.   This alpine tarn is the largest in the…

    • Long Hill and Trophy 2 by: Kamloops Trails

      September 8, 2010, 14:25

      If the time is available to go beyond Plateau of the Lakes, then a climb to Long Hill and/or Trophy 2 is recommended, especially for the added views and just…

    • Trophy Meadows by: Kamloops Trails

      September 7, 2010, 14:18

      This is one of the premier hikes in our area and should be on everyone's schedule for next year.   We have been to the meadows to hike, to camp, to ski, and…

    • Irony on the Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      September 7, 2010, 11:01

      A long-time personal tradition has been to pick up any found trash along the trail and bring it back to a garbage can or recycling bin.    On the way to…

    • Gibraltar Rock by: Kamloops Trails

      September 6, 2010, 08:59

      Greg Gordon contributed this article: Although the system of trails at Paul Lake is not extensive, they do make for some great all-weather hiking close to…

    • Upper Grasslands Walk by: Kamloops Trails

      September 3, 2010, 08:48

      Start at Lac du Bois.   Travel south along the double track.    Go past an upland lake.   A junction to the right climbs up the flank of Wheeler…

    • Long Lake Loop by: Kamloops Trails

      September 2, 2010, 09:59

      This route through the Lac Du Bois Grasslands is a favorite route in the spring when all of the migrating ducks and waterfowl nest in the upland lakes of the…

    • Sentinel Pass by: Kamloops Trails

      September 1, 2010, 10:02

      This is one of the classic hikes in the Canadian Rockies.   It starts at Moraine Lake in the Valley of the Ten Peaks.   This is a busy spot, but the hike…

    • Bestwick Hill by: Kamloops Trails

      August 31, 2010, 11:23

      This is a hike that won't have many takers, but its a nice area, especially if you are looking for a new hike.   Bestwick Hill is the spreading summit which…

    • Buse Hill by: Kamloops Trails

      August 30, 2010, 14:15

      One of the most rewarding hikes in our area is Mount Buse.   It is not a long hike, but the views are great and the route is all double track. Go out…

    • Sugarloaf Hill (Not Recommended) by: Kamloops Trails

      August 29, 2010, 21:06

      Although I do recommend Sugarloaf Hill south of Merritt, I do not recommend Sugarloaf Hill in Kamloops (near the start of the Coquihalla).   First of all, all…

    • The Rockies by: Kamloops Trails

      August 25, 2010, 18:26

      Ten days of hiking and biking in the Banff/Yoho area will result in some new posts.   Although the site is called KamloopsTrails, this is just the epicenter…

    • Tunkwa Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      August 25, 2010, 18:07

      Tunkwa is a mecca for fishermen, quads, motorcycles, and for camping, but is not known for hiking, biking, or paddling.    The hike around either (or both…

    • Larch Hills by: Kamloops Trails

      August 14, 2010, 12:58

      The shoulder seasons are not the best time to hike the XC Trail networks, but the summer is great for hiking and biking.   An extensive trails ystem that is…

    • Clearwater Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      August 13, 2010, 08:23

      In addition to the Clearwater River Trail, two other trails systems are noted here. Candle Creek Trails Go north 2 km on Highway 5 from the Info Center…

    • Stevens Lakes by: Kamloops Trails

      August 12, 2010, 10:34

      Although I have only been to Stevens Lakes once, I hope to get back there again soon.   It can be done in one long day, but it also takes some preparation. …

    • Raft Mountain by: Kamloops Trails

      August 11, 2010, 11:43

      The advantage of hiking Raft Mountain is that you can drive to a very high point before starting your hike.    Directions are provided below.   Disadvantag…

    • Clearwater River Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      August 10, 2010, 18:49

      We didn't have very good information on this trail, but thanks to Roland Neave's book we had enough to find the trailhead and make some decisions along the…

    • Clearwater River Road by: Kamloops Trails

      August 9, 2010, 14:36

      Few of the rivers of the Interior are as interesting as the Clearwater.   Clear, clean water, rapids, waterfalls, lava flows, volcanic dikes, small beaches,…

    • Sugarloaf Mountain by: Kamloops Trails

      August 6, 2010, 11:25

      The Lundbom Lake area is just to the southeast of Merritt.   Climb the hill on Highway 5A south and look for the turn not far past the crest of the hill.  …

    • Hiking and Biking the XC Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      August 4, 2010, 12:26

      When the summer heat arrives, its nice to hike or bike the XC ski trail networks: higher elevations so they are usually cooler often treed so shade can…

    • Scouting the Slot Canyons by: Kamloops Trails

      July 28, 2010, 15:48

      The slot canyons of the Tranquille River can be explored by intrepid souls.    We traversed both the south and north canyons on a hot day.   More details…

    • Skmana Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      July 27, 2010, 13:33

      Trails near Skmana Lake are maintained by the cross-country ski club in Chase.   In the off-season, they make a pleasant walk, hike, or bike.    It is not…

    • Lower Flumes Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      July 26, 2010, 11:16

      The previous post describes the Upper Flumes Trail.   From the same parking spot, there are also trails below the road.   There are really 3 trailheads and…

    • Flumes Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      July 23, 2010, 09:17

      To get to these trails, drive north towards Adams Lake and just past the Loakin/Bear Creek Road, look for a sign on the left (upper side) and turn into the…

    • Lower Adams River by: Kamloops Trails

      July 22, 2010, 09:35

      So many of us have been to the Salmon Run on the Adams River, but we forget that there is good trail system there for hikes in all 4 seasons.   A good hike…

    • Adams River by: Kamloops Trails

      July 21, 2010, 13:16

      There are 4 trail systems adjacent to the Adams River.   All 4 are now part of the Roderick Haig Brown Provincial Park system, in 2 pair trail systems.  …

    • Balmoral Bluffs by: Kamloops Trails

      July 20, 2010, 08:25

      This trail system has many features to recommend: A trailhead parking lot Posted maps and signs at junctions Varied terrain and vegetation zones A…

    • Shaw Hill by: Kamloops Trails

      July 19, 2010, 10:28

      Shaw Hill is another one of those wooded mountains which has no established hiking trails, but is still a good spot to go up for the exercise and the view.  …

    • Tranquille Slot Canyon by: Kamloops Trails

      July 16, 2010, 10:51

      We have a few slot canyons in our area, but this one is one of the most interesting.   It can be hiked in low water by wading up the creek.   It is darker…

    • Middle Mountain by: Kamloops Trails

      July 15, 2010, 09:04

      This mountain has more than one name but we have always called it Middle Mountain.   There are three distinct hilltops overlooking the west flank of…

    • Crowfoot Mountain by: Kamloops Trails

      July 14, 2010, 12:07

      A drive high up into the Shuswap Highlands followed by a hike along a good track to alpine meadows...  Wildflowers in bloom and views in every direction... …

    • Kentucky Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      July 9, 2010, 11:38

      Kentucky Lake Loop an easy, pleasant loop around the lake bike or walk Viewpoint its not easy to know where to start, but park in a good spot…

    • The Alpine Display by: Kamloops Trails

      July 8, 2010, 08:54

      Right from March through October, wildflowers bloom at different altitudes.   At this time, the prime alpine displays are on, particularly at 5000' and…

    • Hanging Valley by: Kamloops Trails

      July 7, 2010, 15:18

      Hanging Valley sits out of sight, but it is a worthwhile hike or bike in all 4 seasons.   Park near Lac du Bois and follow the road around the north side. …

    • Gregson Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      July 5, 2010, 20:09

      A hidden trail along the South Thompson River was created by the Gregson Family at the end of East Lorne Street.   Many years ago the trail was in excellent…

    • Moonscape Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      July 4, 2010, 18:11

      A popular mountain biking and walking trails starts at the fenceline on the northeast corner of Sun Rivers.   Cyclists usually start in the gully where it…

    • Rabbit Island by: Kamloops Trails

      July 2, 2010, 19:38

      Paddling out from McArthur Island in high water means paddling vigorously upsteam, but it is quite doable, even past the confluence of the rivers and beyond. …

    • Tod Mountain by: Kamloops Trails

      July 1, 2010, 20:57

      We hiked over the top of Tod Mountain today.   For most of the day it snowed, rained or sleeted, but the views were still excellent.   All of the wet…

    • Harper Mountain by: Kamloops Trails

      June 30, 2010, 09:14

      You can take the lift to the top of Harper in the winter and there are cross-country and snowshoe trails on the south side that go near the top of the…

    • Sun Peaks Nordic Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      June 28, 2010, 12:05

      The Nordic Trails at Sun Peaks have been around a long time.    The Kamloops Outdoor Club has a series of ungroomed trails between McGillivray Lake and…

    • Peter Hope Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      June 25, 2010, 13:23

      Various side roads off Highway 5A south yield some interesting spots.   The road up to Peter Hope Lake climbs the grasslands hills into the forest just south…

    • The Guardsmen by: Kamloops Trails

      June 24, 2010, 09:57

      This is a unique spot.   The route starts at the gate on the Tranquille Red Lake Road and follows the rough road up onto the Mara Bench.   This road…

    • Surrey Lake Area by: Kamloops Trails

      June 23, 2010, 10:38

      Although this is not a hike per se, there is some pleasant and fairly level walking along the shoreline of two lakes and some side trails to explore.    …

    • TukTrail by: Kamloops Trails

      June 22, 2010, 11:58

      Tuktakamin Mountain towers over Falkland.   Another route up to the top can be found by following these directions: Between Westwold and Falkland, turn…

    • Tuktakamin Mountain by: Kamloops Trails

      June 21, 2010, 15:44

      Lying west of Falkland, this mountain towers over the valley below.   There are two possible access routes, one from down in the valley near Falkland and one…

    • Inner Shuswap Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      June 17, 2010, 09:50

      The Shuswap Trail Alliance has done a lot of work to link existing trails, upgrade trails, and build new ones.   These trails vary a lot in quality.    On…

    • Bear Creek by: Kamloops Trails

      June 15, 2010, 13:50

      Another nice set of well-constructed trails not too far south of Fintry is found at Bear Creek.   I find this area a little too congested for me - campers,…

    • Fintry Falls by: Kamloops Trails

      June 14, 2010, 22:22

      A nicely-developed set of trails starts at Fintry Provincial Park.  Trails climb the hillside up to Westside Road, following Shorts Creek.   There are 3…

    • Lions Head by: Kamloops Trails

      June 10, 2010, 10:32

      These impressive bluffs overlook the South Thompson River east of Rivershore.  Take the Shuswap Road and pass underneath Lions Head and then follow the road…

    • Chuwhels Mountain by: Kamloops Trails

      June 8, 2010, 14:25

      Hike Summary Location - from Stake Lake up to the top of Chuwhels Mountain Elevation – From the 7 km mark at 5000' to the top at 11.5 km at 6235' Dist…

    • Red Plateau to Castle Butte by: Kamloops Trails

      June 7, 2010, 13:40

      The traditional route to the edge of Red Plateau and beyond to Castle Butte is to start down on the Dewdrop Range trailhead and then hike up the ridges to the…

    • Red Plateau Rambles (1) by: Kamloops Trails

      June 4, 2010, 13:27

      The Red Plateau Forest Service Road breaks off the Red Lake Road near the parking area for the Pimple (N50 45.327 W120 31.440).   It climbs the hill and has…

    • Copper Island by: Kamloops Trails

      June 2, 2010, 10:37

      This hike is on an island.   For most of us, we have to use a boat from the Scotch Creek Campground, but access is also available from other points,…

    • Community Grasslands Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      June 1, 2010, 15:08

      This is one of our best hikes.   It is 14 km long, but if you can plan a two-car system and start high, much of the hiking is easy.   It starts at the edge…

    • Mt. Buse by: Kamloops Trails

      May 31, 2010, 14:01

      Mt. Buse Trail: • Go south on Barnhartvale Road for about 8.5 km past the corner store at Barnhartvale Road and Todd Rd.   Turn right onto the…

    • McConnell Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      May 30, 2010, 19:16

      Hike Summary: Location - McConnell Lake is on the Lac le Jeune Road Elevation – 4200 ft. Distance – 3 km Time – about 1 hour Type – a gentle…

    • Coal Hill by: Kamloops Trails

      May 29, 2010, 17:22

      This is not an easy area to describe or to offer route information. There are: lots of private property fences here and there with different and changing…

    • Valleyview Silt Cliffs by: Kamloops Trails

      May 27, 2010, 17:57

      A wonderful collection of trails and routes starts at Valleyview Arena. Cross the road across from the parking lot and follow the double track up the gully…

    • Battle Bluff by: Kamloops Trails

      May 26, 2010, 17:20

      Hike Summary: Location - Dew Drop Range Road (Frederick Road) down to Battle Bluff Elevation – Start at 610 m; descend to 550m and climb up he bluff to…

    • Elephant Hills Provincial Park by: Kamloops Trails

      May 24, 2010, 20:18

      Elephant Hills may be the driest grasslands park in the province.   The hills are south-facing and treeless.   The hike up is steep and will be not your…

    • Kane Valley Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      May 23, 2010, 18:20

      Kane Valley is about 20 minutes south of Merritt.   A bit of a longer drive, but it a good destination for a longer hike on well-marked, pleasant rolling…

    • Mount Paul by: Kamloops Trails

      May 21, 2010, 21:59

      Mount Paul/Mt. Peter Notes You will need a permit from the KIB office to hike Mt. Paul.   They may or may not give you one.   You may also be…

    • Red Plateau Geocaching by: Kamloops Trails

      May 19, 2010, 16:52

      Drive onto the Dewdrop Range Road (Frederick Rd.) for a short distance and park at the posted coordinates.   Start your hike up the trail.   There is a…

    • Mount Rose by: Kamloops Trails

      May 18, 2010, 20:25

      The Rose-Swanson Trails above Armstrong are one of my favorite trail systems to visit every year.    This not really a mountain; it is a prominent ridge…

    • Gus Johnson Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      May 18, 2010, 19:36

      A favorite summer-time trail is the route around Lac Le Jeune.    Usually we start at the campground and follow the lakefront trail until it exits the…

    • McQueen Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      May 18, 2010, 15:50

      The McQueen Lake Environmental Center has some well-established trails that invite hikers in every season.   It is important, though, to be sensitive…

    • Wheeler Mountain by: Kamloops Trails

      May 17, 2010, 21:01

      Wheeler is the middle mountain in the 3 that run north south from the Thompson River towards the plateau to the north. Mara Mountain is divided from Wheeler in…

    • Sabiston Viewpoint by: Kamloops Trails

      May 17, 2010, 20:46

      This is not a hike in any book, nor could we call this a trail, per se. The route follows a good dirt road, but since there is a gate at the junction…

    • McConnell Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      May 17, 2010, 20:16

      Hike Summary Location -  McConnell Lake is on the Lac le Jeune Road Elevation –  4200 ft. Distance – 3 km Time – about 1 hour Type – a…

    • Bastion Mountain by: Kamloops Trails

      May 17, 2010, 20:05

      At the head of the Salmon Arm of Shuswap Lake, Bastion Mountain's cliffs loom over the lake.       From the top of the bluffs there is an unimpeded view…

    • Herald Park Hikes by: Kamloops Trails

      May 17, 2010, 14:56

      The Upper Canyon Trail in Herald Park.

    • Embleton Mountain by: Kamloops Trails

      May 11, 2010, 14:39

      Embleton Mountain Hikes One of my favorite trails systems can be found near Heffley Lake.   Drive past Heffley Lake and look for the trailhead sign on the…

    • Savona Caves by: Kamloops Trails

      May 6, 2010, 15:33

      Savona Caves Trail Hike Summary Location - from the Tunkwa Lake Road to the base of cliffs on the east side of Mt. Savona Elevation – the final…

  • Category: Mountain Bike Routes  (126)
    • Mt. Hilliam by: Kamloops Trails

      November 19, 2014, 09:00

      The Mt. Hilliam trail system is a network of old backroads on the south-facing slopes overlooking Skimikin Lake.   The trailhead can be accessed by going…

    • Oregon Jack to Blue Earth by: Kamloops Trails

      September 7, 2014, 09:00

      This long (46-49km) bike ride is a very nice one, but pre-scouting of the area and permission to cross a private ranch is required.   Nevertheless, parts of…

    • Guanaco and Vicuna by: Kamloops Trails

      August 15, 2014, 09:02

      A year after hiking Guanaco Peak in the Coquihalla, we returned to do it again.   This time we chose to mountain bike the 5.5km km on the overgrown…

    • Kirkland Ranch Road Ride by: Kamloops Trails

      July 19, 2014, 09:04

      Our friends Steve and Darcy took us on a drive and mountain bike ride from Ashcroft to Spences Bridge.   We took turns with one driving and two…

    • Pokeist on the Thompson by: Kamloops Trails

      July 17, 2014, 09:18

      The abandoned Village of Pokeist stands on the bench above the Thompson River halfway between Ashcroft and Spences Bridge.   At one time, the village…

    • Dominic Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      July 5, 2014, 08:51

      The road to Paska and Face Lake is paved and both lakes see frequent use, but a backroad heads northwest on the upland plateau over to Dominic Lake to an area…

    • Robbins Range Ride by: Kamloops Trails

      June 9, 2014, 08:11

      Although the backroads of Campbell Range and Robbins Range are perfect for riding, the long hill up to the top is a big challenge, a big 625m (2000 feet)…

    • Jackson Road by: Kamloops Trails

      June 5, 2014, 09:10

      Jackson Road runs from Highway 5A South up to the Long Lake Road, a total of 9 km each way.  We drive to the turn-off and park at the bottom.  …

    • Stump Lake Biking by: Kamloops Trails

      May 15, 2014, 08:05

      The backroads by Stump Lake provide moderate and scenic riding.   We started at the south end of the lake where the Planet Mine Road meets the…

    • Porcupine Rim by: Kamloops Trails

      May 13, 2014, 11:23

      We drove to the entrance to Castle Valley on the Colorado River northwest of Moab and enjoyed the views. The…

    • Dewdrop Range Ride by: Kamloops Trails

      April 15, 2014, 09:04

      The old double tracks out the Dewdrop Range make a fine route for biking.   We turn onto the Frederick (Dewdrop) Road then follow it west for 3.5 km…

    • The Goose Lake Road in April by: Kamloops Trails

      April 13, 2014, 08:56

      As winter snows melt, some backroads open up for early season biking.   Goose Lake Road is a favorite.   From Knutsford, turn onto the Long…

    • Ironmask Lollipop by: Kamloops Trails

      April 9, 2014, 07:35

      The Ironmask Hill area is a series of hills, meadows, grasslands, ponds, and forested slopes found between Coal Hill and the Lac le Jeune Road.   I have been…

    • Lodestone Mountain by: Kamloops Trails

      March 8, 2014, 09:30

      Lodestone Mountain is accessed from Coalmont.   Drive into Coalmont and go south on the west side of the Tulameen River past Granite City, and follow the…

    • Monument 83 by: Kamloops Trails

      February 26, 2014, 09:24

      Most of the posts on this site are from recent outings, but in mid-winter, I sometimes go back to fill in the gaps reporting on past hikes.   Monument 83 is…

    • Dewdrop - Red Plateau Loop Ride by: Kamloops Trails

      February 11, 2014, 10:15

      This interesting ride is 32 km of backroads, with one long 5km hill.   It can be done in either direction, but for this article, it is described in a…

    • Mount Thynne by: Kamloops Trails

      January 15, 2014, 09:30

      Rising above the Coquihalla stands Mount Thynne.   There is a road to the top and when the snows have left 4x4's and quads climb to the summit, but in later…

    • Snowshoe Tracks in Hanging Valley by: Kamloops Trails

      January 7, 2014, 09:00

      As snowshoeing expands, we see more and more people looking for good snowshoe routes in our area.   One of the best is Hanging Valley.  Park at Lac du Bois…

    • Brookmere - Brodie - Coldwater Crossing by: Kamloops Trails

      November 8, 2013, 09:21

      We returned (link to the previous article) to this route in the fall to enjoy a moderate route along the Trans Canada Trail and the Coldwater Corridor, a total…

    • Black, Bog, Ernest, John Frank, and Roche by: Kamloops Trails

      October 15, 2013, 16:00

      The Roche Lake area has a group of lakes separated by hills, forest, and grasslands.   Some of the lakes are easy to get to, but many are accessed only by…

    • 500 and Beyond by: Kamloops Trails

      August 7, 2013, 07:06

      The 500th article was published to this site.   At the same time, about 920 000 separate visits were logged.   Then the database was…

    • Chalforchie Loop by: Kamloops Trails

      May 26, 2013, 08:55

      We returned to the Orchard Lake Trails for a hike in the rain.   Everything was very green and there were lots of puddles and some muddy sections,…

    • Badger Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      May 14, 2013, 16:56

      Badger Lake is a fine paddling destination, one of the forty lakes of our area within an hour's drive.    To get to Badger Lake, turn off…

    • Westyde Bench by: Kamloops Trails

      April 4, 2013, 08:22

      The Westsyde Bench trail starts in Batchelor Heights and follows the benchlands above Westsyde all the way to Deep Lake.   Before the Batchelor…

    • Moonscape by: Kamloops Trails

      March 30, 2013, 07:16

      For many years, hikers, runners, and bikers have been using a single track trail high on the bench above Shuswap Road.   We came from below, going up…

    • Cane Field Tracks by: Kamloops Trails

      March 27, 2013, 15:52

      The Island of Kauai is not particularly suited to biking, unless you have a mountain bike and are willing to use the backroads. No one is going to give you a…

    • Barren Hills in March by: Kamloops Trails

      March 4, 2013, 13:36

      The first trails to dry out and be good for hiking and biking are the lower Barren Hills, above the North Shore.   These slopes are south-facing,…

    • Snowshoe Routes: Hanging Valley by: Kamloops Trails

      January 31, 2013, 09:23

      Hanging Valley is a fairly level, but longer snowshoe in a quiet part of Lac ud Bois Provincial Protected Area/Nature Conservancy Lands.   The route…

    • Redtailed Hawk Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      January 27, 2013, 08:12

      This trail is proably the least hiked in Kenna Cartwright Park.   While the new road went in to connect the end of McGill, construction cut off…

    • Zilch Loop by: Kamloops Trails

      December 23, 2012, 07:51

      The hills and gullies between Barnhartvale and Juniper mostly have no names, except for Sunrise (Middle) Mountain and the Rio mountain bike trail.  …

    • Upper Grasslands Track by: Kamloops Trails

      December 7, 2012, 09:37

      In the early spring this route has many seasonal marshes and ponds.   Ducks and grassland birds can be seen along the whole route, 3.7 km each…

    • Barren Hills Loop by: Kamloops Trails

      December 4, 2012, 09:49

      A series of tracks between Lac du Bois Road and Mount Mara can be linked up to create a hiking or biking loop.   It is an area best suited to…

    • Valleyview to Uplands by: Kamloops Trails

      November 22, 2012, 10:24

      A single track route has been in place all the way from Peterson Creek to Barnhartvale for many years, long before the first house was built in Juniper. &n…

    • Red Plateau Loop by: Kamloops Trails

      July 5, 2012, 19:36

      The Dewdrop Rim Trail on Red Plateau has long been my favorite trail of our area.   But it is a long and demanding route, as noted in an earlier post…

    • The Loops by: Kamloops Trails

      June 26, 2012, 13:15

      The nearest section of the Trans Canada Trail goes through Brookmere and beyond through the Coquihalla Lakes to Hope.   The TCT is the old Kettle…

    • Lower Rose Hill Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      June 11, 2012, 07:54

      There is a large area of trails on the east side of Rose Hill Road extending for a few kilometers east toward Juniper Ridge Road, but below the Juniper-Rose…

    • Knitting Opax by: Kamloops Trails

      May 13, 2012, 12:31

      Opax Mountain is a sprawling high plateau sitting northwest of Lac du Bois.    The sides are steep and a lava cliff fringes the south, west, and…

    • Cache Creek Hills by: Kamloops Trails

      April 20, 2012, 09:29

      The northeast side of Cache Creek rises gently with treeless slopes, then  higher to aspen habitat, and forest up high on the way to the Arrowstone Hills.…

    • Goose Lake Road by: Kamloops Trails

      April 18, 2012, 16:09

      The Goose Lake Road is a favorite early season bike route.   Start at the lower end and park your vehicle near the junction with the Long Lake Road.   The…

    • Strawberries and Soot by: Kamloops Trails

      March 23, 2012, 16:45

      The fires of 2003 turned much of Strawberry Hill into a burned landscape.   We were crossing the Bonaparte Highlands during the first part of the…

    • Kamloops Thompson Trail Alliance by: Kamloops Trails

      February 22, 2012, 16:05

      Shuswap Trail Alliance has had 7 years of success in promoting, planning, developing, and maintaining trails (link).   We have often remarked that…

    • Valleyview Silt Cliffs by: Kamloops Trails

      February 16, 2012, 07:59

      We have been hiking these trails for over 30 years and many of the trails are the same, though mountain bikes have made new trails and widened others. &nbs…

    • Timber Lake to Outer Inks Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      February 9, 2012, 16:20

      There are many trails between the Coquihalla Highway and Greenstone-Chuwhels Mountains, but there is so much terrain, it is hard to link the trails and routes.…

    • Lyons Lake Link by: Kamloops Trails

      February 3, 2012, 10:01

      The Lyons Lake trail is a pleasant forest walk along a double track on a fairly level route to a grasslands forest at the end of Sullivan Valley.  &nb…

    • Outer Inks Lakes Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      January 1, 2012, 10:36

      There is a maze of old roads and ATV tracks in the hills west of the Coquihalla Highway and below the flanks of Greenstone Mountain.   The trails…

    • Zilch Loop by: Kamloops Trails

      December 23, 2011, 13:56

      A well-hiked trail/corridor is the flat pipeline road from Barnhartvale to Juniper.    The trailhead can found at the end of McLeod-Uplands…

    • Dam Lake Loop by: Kamloops Trails

      December 20, 2011, 18:20

      Starting in the Inks Lake Exit area, backroads and trails expand through the forested slopes, linking over to Greenstone Mountain southwest, to the Timber…

    • Orchard Lake Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      November 1, 2011, 21:25

      Orchard Lake Road climbs the hill from McLure on its way to Badger Lake.    The road pass by three small lakes called the Struthers (Loon)…

    • Watching Creek Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      October 30, 2011, 13:46

      Watching Creek drains the hills to the northeast and runs into a canyon before meeting Tranquille River.    Near the confluence of the creek and…

    • West Opax by: Kamloops Trails

      October 15, 2011, 19:48

      Opax Mountain lies north of Wheeler Mountain, in the area between McQueen Lake and Tranquille Canyon.   There are 3 routes to the top, but our favorite has…

    • Gus Johnson Trail Report by: Kamloops Trails

      October 3, 2011, 10:11

      The Gus Johnson-Lac le Jeune Loop Trail is a four-season trail.   This week we biked around the lake,  but we have also hiked it, run it, and…

    • Coal Hill Report by: Kamloops Trails

      September 26, 2011, 17:16

      Coal Hill routes seem to change each time we climb to the top.    As the area becomes better known, new bike trails appear and replace old…

    • Tranquille to Pruden Pass by: Kamloops Trails

      September 20, 2011, 21:27

      The old wagon route from Tranquille to Pruden Pass was used to connect the Wheeler Mountain homesteaders community with the sanitorium and homes in the…

    • Ridge Lakes Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      August 12, 2011, 14:17

      Many years ago, we used to hike up above the Lac le Jeune Ski Hill to get the first day of cross country skiing on the Ridge Lakes and Mildred Lake Trail.  …

    • CocoBonk Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      May 25, 2011, 08:32

      The CocoBonk Trail climbs through the grasslands from Lundbom Lake towards Hamilton Lake, then up a grass track to join a dirt double track all the way to Tent…

    • The Owl Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      May 5, 2011, 09:56

      The official name for this trail in Kenna Cartwright Park is the Mesa Trail.   For us, it has become the Owl Trail over many years because in most…

    • Duck Range Rides by: Kamloops Trails

      April 30, 2011, 08:02

      The Duck Range Road runs from Prithcard to Highway 97.   It is paved at the east end, but is dirt/gravel at the west end.   It is suitable…

    • Saltwort Pond by: Kamloops Trails

      April 25, 2011, 09:14

      The benchlands surrounding the Kamloops area have many small lakes and ponds, many of which are alkaline.    These ponds can be described as…

    • Abbey Road to Saltwort Hills by: Kamloops Trails

      April 17, 2011, 09:42

      There is a very large area of green space between the Trans Canada Highway and Kamloops Lake, bounded on the west by Cherry Bluffs and on the east by Afton and…

    • Grasslands Loop by: Kamloops Trails

      March 24, 2011, 08:29

      Kamloops is very lucky to have such a large tract of hikable/bikable grassland so close to town.   A large expanse of open terrain is found beyond…

    • Dry Hiking - Batchelor West by: Kamloops Trails

      March 16, 2011, 09:08

      Every spring we return to hike this area since it is the first to clear of snow and dry out.   it has a south exposure, no trees, and well-defined double…

    • Bestwick Hill by: Kamloops Trails

      February 21, 2011, 17:58

      Bestwick Hill is a rocky knob of a hill overlooking Campbell Range.   If there were no fences in the area, it would be fast hike from the Campbell…

    • Trails and Routes by: Kamloops Trails

      February 17, 2011, 11:40

      When you live in the Interior of B.C., there are numerous unnamed hills, ridges, mountains and high spots to explore.   Some have backroad access,…

    • Citius, Fortius, Altius by: Kamloops Trails

      February 3, 2011, 09:20

      These hills to the west of Middle Mountain on the west edge of Barnhartvale are unnamed (until now), but they are steep climbs to great viewpoints.  &…

    • Your Personal Trip Computer by: Kamloops Trails

      February 2, 2011, 08:37

      Bring your GPS with you when you go for a hike/bike/paddle and it can record how far you have traveled, how much actvity time you had, your average speed or…

    • Track Your Hikes by: Kamloops Trails

      January 30, 2011, 12:00

      You can go out for a hike and bring your GPS and then come back home and download your track onto your computer.   You can create an elevation plot,…

    • Google Earth and Custom Maps by: Kamloops Trails

      January 19, 2011, 15:51

      Those of us who have been exploring the backwoods for many years spent the majority of our time having poor map information.    Topo maps were…

    • Silver Star Hiking  by: Kamloops Trails

      January 16, 2011, 08:11

      Although we have enjoyed skiing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing at Silver Star, we have never found the summer hiking here to be memorable.  …

    • Hudson Bay Company Brigade Trail  by: Kamloops Trails

      January 12, 2011, 08:19

      This was an article I wrote for Gold Country: Moving goods through the Interior of B.C. was never easy. High mountains, steep canyons and raging rivers…

    • Finding Information on the Site by: Kamloops Trails

      January 11, 2011, 08:34

      As of today, there are 156 posts on this site.   Over the next year, it will grow to over 300.   How do you find information on this…

    • Resolutions and Musings by: Kamloops Trails

      December 31, 2010, 13:30

      If you don't set goals and targets for your efforts, you won't set aside the time and effort to explore new areas.    A new area takes…

    • Deer Run Tracks by: Kamloops Trails

      December 26, 2010, 09:35

      With GPS technology, we can record our routes and then make them available to others.   On Christmas Day, we hiked 7.5 km through the snow, and used the…

    • McConnell Hill Loop by: Kamloops Trails

      December 17, 2010, 09:16

      This is a favorite route in summer and winter.   It is very unlikely you will see anyone along the trail, but watch for wildlife.   We have seen lynx,…

    • Lower (West) Batchelor by: Kamloops Trails

      December 13, 2010, 11:26

      Immediately to the north of Kamloops lies a sloping plateau area with very few trees.   It is on the border between lowland sagebrush and grasslands and also…

    • Endless Landscapes and Too Little Information by: Kamloops Trails

      December 12, 2010, 11:24

      There are a few guidebooks out there that help us with routes, trailheads, junctions, and some route descriptions.   There are also a few websites that…

    • Aylmer Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      December 10, 2010, 11:22

      Aylmer Lake (sometimes called Star Lake) sits on the high, open ridge above Little Shuswap Lake.    Cross the bridge over the South Thompson River at Chase…

    • Skimikin Trails in Winter by: Kamloops Trails

      December 5, 2010, 12:50

      The Skimikin Trail system is used by hikers, equestrian clubs, mountain bikers, and in winter, snowshoers and cross country skiers.   The campground has been…

    • Roche Lake Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      November 18, 2010, 11:58

      The Roche Lake area is not really known as a hiking or biking area, but there are routes and trails everywhere.    The area can be linked over to Scuitto…

    • Outer Dewdrop Routes - Part 1 - Peregrine Bluffs by: Kamloops Trails

      November 17, 2010, 08:20

      The Dewdrop Range Road has deteriorated a great deal over the last 20 years so that now it is better suited to a high clearance vehicle or quad.    All the…

    • Dewdrop Hill  by: Kamloops Trails

      November 16, 2010, 08:32

      A pleasant hike in interesting terrain is show on the map below.   Drive up the Red Lake Road and at the hairpin, turn left onto the Dewdrop Range Road,…

    • Six Mile Lake Loop by: Kamloops Trails

      November 12, 2010, 08:20

      The original Trans-Canada Highway climbed the hill behind the current route past the lookout and went along the shores of Six Mile Loop, coming down to the…

    • Ross Moore Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      November 11, 2010, 08:46

      Ross Moore Lake lies to the east of Lac le Jeune.   It is visited as a fishing destination in the summer or by snowmobilers or cross country skiers…

    • Johnson Lake Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      November 10, 2010, 10:10

      An extensive trail/backroad/track network extends between Johnson Lake and South Barriere Lake.   To access the trails, take the Agate Bay Road from Louis…

    • Joyce Gulch by: Kamloops Trails

      November 9, 2010, 09:42

      Special Note - Frolek Cattle Company does not appreciate anyone writing about access to their lands so I have edited this post accordingly.   &nb…

    • Deep Lake Loop by: Kamloops Trails

      November 8, 2010, 10:10

      My friend Russ Walton introduced us to this hike.   Park at the top of Ida Lane at the black gate and proceed toward Deep Lake.   As you start to veer left…

    • Shelley Lake Loop by: Kamloops Trails

      November 7, 2010, 21:08

      The route down to Shelley Lake and beyond is a well-established trail.    The route to the trailhead is the same as for the Jolly-Tsintsunko Lake trail.  …

    • JAG Hill by: Kamloops Trails

      November 5, 2010, 12:17

      When you drive out to Tranquille, you look up to the northwest and the last hill of Red Plateau towers over the area.    It would be a long climb up, but…

    • Bird Songs Along the Trails - Pt. 2 by: Kamloops Trails

      November 4, 2010, 09:17

      Along the river or in the forest, we heard many songs and calls from birds.   Over time, we learn to recognize them: Song Sparrow: Song Sparrow (click…

    • Flourmill Volcanoes by: Kamloops Trails

      November 2, 2010, 11:10

      This is a very remote spot in the NW corner of Wells Gray Provincial Park.    There are two ways to get to the site and both involve a long drive on…

    • Bear Bells Blues by: Kamloops Trails

      October 25, 2010, 08:29

      When we are hiking along the trails, we often hear (before we see) people with bear bells ringing.      We are always interested in who wears bear…

    • Mayson - Bogmar - Allan - Scott Lake Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      October 23, 2010, 17:31

      All trails in the Bonaparte Plateau area are surrounded by true wilderness.   The trails/routes near these fly-fishing lakes sit at 1250m.    The area can…

    • Skull Mountain Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      October 19, 2010, 08:23

      The Skull Mountain Trail system is really a horseback trail network, but the trails can be hiked or biked also.   It is accessed off the Westsyde Road, which…

    • Orchard Lake Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      October 17, 2010, 21:09

      The Orchard Lake Trail system is primarily used for horseback riding, but it is well suited to hiking and mountain biking too.  Trails are in an area of open…

    • Scott Road Loops by: Kamloops Trails

      October 15, 2010, 08:28

      Scott Road runs from Rose Hill Road to a junction of fences to the southeast of Juniper (3km one way).   This is a very enjoyable walk or mountain bike as an…

    • Bearcat Caves by: Kamloops Trails

      October 13, 2010, 08:23

      Bearcat Caves are a fairly recent discovery in our area and the details cannot be found in any book nor on any website.   We heard about it about a…

    • Batchelor Pass by: Kamloops Trails

      October 12, 2010, 12:09

      This loop is well-suited to a shoulder season hike.   We often use this route in early March since most of the area is south-facing and has no trees.   …

    • Bastion FSR by: Kamloops Trails

      October 10, 2010, 09:26

      The Bastion area fills the whole space between two arms of the Shuswap.   White Lake sits in a bowl at the western end.   All of the area to the east is…

    • Bird Songs along the Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      October 9, 2010, 21:13

      You are out for a hike and hear a bird song or call and you say to yourself, which bird is that? Here are some well-known ones: Common loon: Common…

    • Poison Ivy along the Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      October 8, 2010, 09:57

      If you are overly concerned about bears, ticks, and poison ivy, then you may never get out.   You will probably encounter them if you choose to hike the…

    • Opax Mountain from Hanging Valley by: Kamloops Trails

      September 30, 2010, 11:16

      Opax Mountain lies northwest of Lac du Bois.   It is a sprawling, forested hill with volcanic bluffs on various flanks, wet areas on the upper plateau, grass…

    • Chuwhels Mountain by: Kamloops Trails

      September 29, 2010, 12:56

      Chuwhels Mountain is a rounded ridge-shaped peak that sits between the Lac le Jeune Road and Greenstone Mountain.   It can be accessed from every side, but…

    • Peterson Creek Park - East Rim Loop by: Kamloops Trails

      September 28, 2010, 14:15

      With multiple access points and steep trails it is hard to get to know which trails are best to combine for a hike.   Rather than do one post on this area,…

    • Greenstone Mountain by: Kamloops Trails

      September 24, 2010, 08:49

      For the most part, Greenstone Mountain and the surrounding hills are used by off-road bikes, quads, and snowmobiles, but the area is accessible to hikers,…

    • Sun Peaks Backroads Loop by: Kamloops Trails

      September 19, 2010, 12:53

      This route makes a large loop around Mount Morrisey.   It is an interesting drive taking in several lakes and some areas to hike, but it is best suited to…

    • Grasslands Community Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      September 17, 2010, 09:09

      This trail is 13 km long and runs from the McQueen Lake areato Deep Lake.   We recommend traveling west to east since there is a net drop in…

    • Isobel Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      September 15, 2010, 11:18

      This is a low-key hike, but a pleasant one nonetheless.  If you are looking for additional distance, you can climb to the lookout or hike the Forestry…

    • Community Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      September 11, 2010, 08:31

      Community Lake is known as an excellent fishing lake in the high country.   A 10-site BC Forest Service Recreation site  on the southwest corner gives good…

    • Upper Grasslands Walk by: Kamloops Trails

      September 3, 2010, 08:48

      Start at Lac du Bois.   Travel south along the double track.    Go past an upland lake.   A junction to the right climbs up the flank of Wheeler…

    • Long Lake Loop by: Kamloops Trails

      September 2, 2010, 09:59

      This route through the Lac Du Bois Grasslands is a favorite route in the spring when all of the migrating ducks and waterfowl nest in the upland lakes of the…

    • Bestwick Hill by: Kamloops Trails

      August 31, 2010, 11:23

      This is a hike that won't have many takers, but its a nice area, especially if you are looking for a new hike.   Bestwick Hill is the spreading summit which…

    • Buse Hill by: Kamloops Trails

      August 30, 2010, 14:15

      One of the most rewarding hikes in our area is Mount Buse.   It is not a long hike, but the views are great and the route is all double track. Go out…

    • Larch Hills by: Kamloops Trails

      August 14, 2010, 12:58

      The shoulder seasons are not the best time to hike the XC Trail networks, but the summer is great for hiking and biking.   An extensive trails ystem that is…

    • Sugarloaf Mountain by: Kamloops Trails

      August 6, 2010, 11:25

      The Lundbom Lake area is just to the southeast of Merritt.   Climb the hill on Highway 5A south and look for the turn not far past the crest of the hill.  …

    • Hiking and Biking the XC Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      August 4, 2010, 12:26

      When the summer heat arrives, its nice to hike or bike the XC ski trail networks: higher elevations so they are usually cooler often treed so shade can…

    • Skmana Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      July 27, 2010, 13:33

      Trails near Skmana Lake are maintained by the cross-country ski club in Chase.   In the off-season, they make a pleasant walk, hike, or bike.    It is not…

    • Balmoral Bluffs by: Kamloops Trails

      July 20, 2010, 08:25

      This trail system has many features to recommend: A trailhead parking lot Posted maps and signs at junctions Varied terrain and vegetation zones A…

    • Shaw Hill by: Kamloops Trails

      July 19, 2010, 10:28

      Shaw Hill is another one of those wooded mountains which has no established hiking trails, but is still a good spot to go up for the exercise and the view.  …

    • Crowfoot Mountain by: Kamloops Trails

      July 14, 2010, 12:07

      A drive high up into the Shuswap Highlands followed by a hike along a good track to alpine meadows...  Wildflowers in bloom and views in every direction... …

    • Hanging Valley by: Kamloops Trails

      July 7, 2010, 15:18

      Hanging Valley sits out of sight, but it is a worthwhile hike or bike in all 4 seasons.   Park near Lac du Bois and follow the road around the north side. …

    • Moonscape Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      July 4, 2010, 18:11

      A popular mountain biking and walking trails starts at the fenceline on the northeast corner of Sun Rivers.   Cyclists usually start in the gully where it…

    • Sun Peaks Nordic Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      June 28, 2010, 12:05

      The Nordic Trails at Sun Peaks have been around a long time.    The Kamloops Outdoor Club has a series of ungroomed trails between McGillivray Lake and…

    • Chuwhels Mountain by: Kamloops Trails

      June 8, 2010, 14:25

      Hike Summary Location - from Stake Lake up to the top of Chuwhels Mountain Elevation – From the 7 km mark at 5000' to the top at 11.5 km at 6235' Dist…

    • Valleyview Silt Cliffs by: Kamloops Trails

      May 27, 2010, 17:57

      A wonderful collection of trails and routes starts at Valleyview Arena. Cross the road across from the parking lot and follow the double track up the gully…

    • Kane Valley Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      May 23, 2010, 18:20

      Kane Valley is about 20 minutes south of Merritt.   A bit of a longer drive, but it a good destination for a longer hike on well-marked, pleasant rolling…

    • Gus Johnson Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      May 18, 2010, 19:36

      A favorite summer-time trail is the route around Lac Le Jeune.    Usually we start at the campground and follow the lakefront trail until it exits the…

    • Bastion Mountain by: Kamloops Trails

      May 17, 2010, 20:05

      At the head of the Salmon Arm of Shuswap Lake, Bastion Mountain's cliffs loom over the lake.       From the top of the bluffs there is an unimpeded view…

  • Category: On the Snow  (122)

    Cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and winter trudges

    • The Low Winter Sun by: Kamloops Trails

      January 24, 2015, 09:00

      While snowshoeing and hiking in the middle of winter, we find ourselves in low-light minimal-chromatic environments.   White snowbanks, brown-grey trunks,…

    • In Search of Winter Snags by: Kamloops Trails

      January 16, 2015, 09:00

      When snows blanket the hills, we can still hike.   In fact, it is a good time to explore new areas, especially rarely-visited hills, grasslands, and…

    • Snowshoeing 102 by: Kamloops Trails

      December 16, 2014, 09:00

      Snowshoeing areas are found in the hills surrounding Kamloops, but access varies according to the month and snow conditions. In December we usually have to…

    • First Tracks by: Kamloops Trails

      December 3, 2014, 09:00

      The first snowshoe outing of the season usually happens before the snows have built up to a depth actually requiring snowshoes.   At 4000 feet+ the snow gets…

    • Snowshoeing 101 by: Kamloops Trails

      December 1, 2014, 10:23

      In Kamloops we are surrounded by hills that offer an opportunity to snowshoe, but few people know where to go or how to make the best of these areas.   Some…

    • Bush Lake Snowshoeing by: Kamloops Trails

      November 29, 2014, 09:00

      For abut 3 years I have been exploring the area around Bush Lake, linking up sections of trails and routes mainly for snowshoeing in winter.  There is a good…

    • Bush Lake Trailwork by: Kamloops Trails

      August 27, 2014, 07:50

      The Bush Lake - Timber Lake trails were designed and built for the 1979 (first) BC Winter Games in Kamloops.   They became our "home trails"…

    • Maccarib Pass by: Kamloops Trails

      March 29, 2014, 11:19

      Maccarib Pass in Jasper is usually hiked (skied, or snowshoed) as part of a loop route into Tonquin Valley.   For years, though, we skied this as a long…

    • Sunset Hill Snowshoe by: Kamloops Trails

      March 10, 2014, 09:56

      We have gone to the top of Sunset Mountain (3800 feet) from the Uplands area quite a few times and it is now part of our winter schedule to go along the track…

    • Monument 83 by: Kamloops Trails

      February 26, 2014, 09:24

      Most of the posts on this site are from recent outings, but in mid-winter, I sometimes go back to fill in the gaps reporting on past hikes.   Monument 83 is…

    • A Melba Toast by: Kamloops Trails

      February 19, 2014, 09:00

      One of our better snowshoeing areas starts at the Melba Lake trailhead.     It was described in the article - Melba Lake Area (link).   Our return trip…

    • Asulkan Pass by: Kamloops Trails

      February 17, 2014, 11:05

      Many of us have hiked the Asulkan Trail which ends at the Asulkan (ACC) Hut.   This is a favorite route and has been described before (Asulkan Trail - Sept.…

    • Sagittata Hill by: Kamloops Trails

      February 5, 2014, 11:00

      Arrow-leafed balsam root is balsamorhiza sagittata.   In spring, the extensive south-facing slopes of this hill are covered in this member of the sunflower…

    • Stony Lake Loop by: Kamloops Trails

      February 3, 2014, 10:00

      When the winter snows accumulate, we like to go to the upper end of the grasslands to snowshoe in the area to the south of McQueen Lake.   There are some old…

    • Ridge Lakes Loop by: Kamloops Trails

      January 29, 2014, 12:03

      We have hiked, run, biked, cross country skied, and snowshoed this route over many years.   A description of the route was provided in a summer hike post…

    • Upper Timber Tour by: Kamloops Trails

      January 25, 2014, 10:33

      The Upper Timber Lake area is one of our favorite areas to snowshoe.   In winter, there is rarely anyone around, but the backroads are fine for stomping.  …

    • Melba Lake Area by: Kamloops Trails

      January 17, 2014, 11:00

      Although it is possible to snowshoe in any higher elevation area in perfect conditions, the reality is that we need good road access, a place to park, a route…

    • Walloper Creek Loop by: Kamloops Trails

      January 11, 2014, 09:15

      One of the best places to snowshoe in our area are several routes off the Chuwhels Mountain Road.   Drive on the Lac le Jeune Road and just before Stake…

    • Snowshoe Tracks in Hanging Valley by: Kamloops Trails

      January 7, 2014, 09:00

      As snowshoeing expands, we see more and more people looking for good snowshoe routes in our area.   One of the best is Hanging Valley.  Park at Lac du Bois…

    • Bush Lake South Loop by: Kamloops Trails

      December 26, 2013, 11:00

      This is the third article on the Bush Lake Trails detailing access and routes for snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and hiking.   Links to the two previous…

    • Bush Lake - North Loop by: Kamloops Trails

      December 23, 2013, 08:02

      A recent article (link) provided details about access to the Bush Lake Trails.   Further exploration north and south is an ongoing process, taking several…

    • Bush Lake Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      December 15, 2013, 16:16

      When Kamloops was awarded the first BC Winter Games, organizers had to develop a cross country ski facility for the competitions.   Working with the Ministry…

    • Upper Grasslands Track by: Kamloops Trails

      December 7, 2013, 07:38

      An old double track goes south from Lac du Bois just below the treeline of Wheeler Mountain and works its way across the upper grasslands hills before…

    • Cold, Quiet Hills by: Kamloops Trails

      December 3, 2013, 08:20

      In November, we hike in the local hills of the area, staying at lower elevations while the snowfall builds up at higher elevations.   This month we have…

    • Black, Bog, Ernest, John Frank, and Roche by: Kamloops Trails

      October 15, 2013, 16:00

      The Roche Lake area has a group of lakes separated by hills, forest, and grasslands.   Some of the lakes are easy to get to, but many are accessed only by…

    • 500 and Beyond by: Kamloops Trails

      August 7, 2013, 07:06

      The 500th article was published to this site.   At the same time, about 920 000 separate visits were logged.   Then the database was…

    • Grasslands Snowhoeing by: Kamloops Trails

      March 17, 2013, 09:00

      A post told with photos.  Snow blankets the grasslands: Lakes and ponds are frozen and snow-covered flat spaces: Wind and sun sculpt the snow…

    • Island Lake Loop by: Kamloops Trails

      February 28, 2013, 10:59

      The Lac du Bois Grasslands provide many opportunities for winter exploration.   A parking lot is established on the east side of the Lac du Bois Road…

    • Bushwacker on Snowshoes by: Kamloops Trails

      February 22, 2013, 10:06

      The Bushwacker Trail was first established when the Stake Lake Trail system was built following the decision to run the Coquihalla Highway through the existing…

    • Iago Summit by: Kamloops Trails

      February 18, 2013, 13:50

      Iago Mountain stands to the west of the Coquihalla Summit area.   It is really a horseshoe-shaped peak at the headwaters of the Anderson River and Boston Bar…

    • Sunset Hill in Winter by: Kamloops Trails

      February 10, 2013, 14:32

      Sunset Hill is the highest of the three hills that make up Middle Mountain which stands high above Barnhartvale.      The trail up Sunrise Mountain is one…

    • Snowshoe Routes: Ross Moore Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      February 7, 2013, 14:20

      The trails out to Ross Moore Lake are becoming grown-in over the last 40 years.    Back in the 1970's, there was a cross-country ski race (loppet) along this…

    • Snowshoe Routes: Hanging Valley by: Kamloops Trails

      January 31, 2013, 09:23

      Hanging Valley is a fairly level, but longer snowshoe in a quiet part of Lac ud Bois Provincial Protected Area/Nature Conservancy Lands.   The route…

    • Snowshoe Trails: Snopax by: Kamloops Trails

      January 25, 2013, 14:14

      We have climbed Opax Mountain in the winter now for a few years.   The route is a good one and the views are outstanding.    It is a…

    • Snowshoe Routes: Buse Creek Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      January 22, 2013, 09:55

      We were pleasantly surprised by the trails above Buse Creek.   We followed both snowshoe tracks and cross country ski tracks along backroads and side…

    • Snowshoe Routes: Hull West by: Kamloops Trails

      January 13, 2013, 14:54

      We have used the backroads of Hull Hill for snowshoeing for a while now, but since there are many sideroads, each one is a separate day of exploration.   On…

    • Snowshoe Routes: Outer Inks Lake Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      January 10, 2013, 11:25

      Although we wanted to head out on higher trails, a heavy snowfall made us reconsider vehcile access and parking.   We thought about trailheads that…

    • Snowshoe Routes: Chuwhels Mountain Road by: Kamloops Trails

      January 2, 2013, 18:54

      We have been going up Chuwhels Mountain in winter for a few years and returned again recently.   It is still one of the best access routes to the…

    • Snowshoe Routes: Upper Timber Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      December 30, 2012, 12:45

      The second in a series of articles on Snowshoe Routes in the area. Vehicle access to Upper Timber Lake: Drive south on the Lac le Jeune Road Turn…

    • Snowshoe Routes: Hull Hill North by: Kamloops Trails

      December 28, 2012, 07:48

      A series of articles will be posted to this site featuring snowshoe routes of the area.   Some of the prerequisites for a good snowshoe route…

    • Zilch Loop by: Kamloops Trails

      December 23, 2012, 07:51

      The hills and gullies between Barnhartvale and Juniper mostly have no names, except for Sunrise (Middle) Mountain and the Rio mountain bike trail.  …

    • Spur Snowshoe Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      November 15, 2012, 19:30

      Our area doesn't have many well-established snowshoe trails.   Sun Peaks has developed some trails (link), but we find these trails so stomped in…

    • Knitting Opax by: Kamloops Trails

      May 13, 2012, 12:31

      Opax Mountain is a sprawling high plateau sitting northwest of Lac du Bois.    The sides are steep and a lava cliff fringes the south, west, and…

    • Kamloops Thompson Trail Alliance by: Kamloops Trails

      February 22, 2012, 16:05

      Shuswap Trail Alliance has had 7 years of success in promoting, planning, developing, and maintaining trails (link).   We have often remarked that…

    • Timber Lake to Outer Inks Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      February 9, 2012, 16:20

      There are many trails between the Coquihalla Highway and Greenstone-Chuwhels Mountains, but there is so much terrain, it is hard to link the trails and routes.…

    • Lyons Lake Link by: Kamloops Trails

      February 3, 2012, 10:01

      The Lyons Lake trail is a pleasant forest walk along a double track on a fairly level route to a grasslands forest at the end of Sullivan Valley.  &nb…

    • Altius Hills by: Kamloops Trails

      January 9, 2012, 16:59

      Barnhartvale is separated from Kamloops by an steep-sided  mountain which local residents refer to as Sunrise Mountain, but is really a series of hills…

    • Outer Inks Lakes Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      January 1, 2012, 10:36

      There is a maze of old roads and ATV tracks in the hills west of the Coquihalla Highway and below the flanks of Greenstone Mountain.   The trails…

    • Opax in the Snow by: Kamloops Trails

      December 27, 2011, 16:53

      Opax is the steep and wide mountain between Lac du Bois, Pass Lake, and Tranquille Canyon.   There are three good routes to the top and they can be…

    • Zilch Loop by: Kamloops Trails

      December 23, 2011, 13:56

      A well-hiked trail/corridor is the flat pipeline road from Barnhartvale to Juniper.    The trailhead can found at the end of McLeod-Uplands…

    • Dam Lake Loop by: Kamloops Trails

      December 20, 2011, 18:20

      Starting in the Inks Lake Exit area, backroads and trails expand through the forested slopes, linking over to Greenstone Mountain southwest, to the Timber…

    • Orchard Lake Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      November 1, 2011, 21:25

      Orchard Lake Road climbs the hill from McLure on its way to Badger Lake.    The road pass by three small lakes called the Struthers (Loon)…

    • Gus Johnson Trail Report by: Kamloops Trails

      October 3, 2011, 10:11

      The Gus Johnson-Lac le Jeune Loop Trail is a four-season trail.   This week we biked around the lake,  but we have also hiked it, run it, and…

    • Ridge Lakes Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      August 12, 2011, 14:17

      Many years ago, we used to hike up above the Lac le Jeune Ski Hill to get the first day of cross country skiing on the Ridge Lakes and Mildred Lake Trail.  …

    • Trekking Poles by: Kamloops Trails

      February 20, 2011, 19:16

      Hiking on icy tracks all winter has been so much safer using trekking poles.   They add stability, take pressure off the knees, and are great for…

    • Trails and Routes by: Kamloops Trails

      February 17, 2011, 11:40

      When you live in the Interior of B.C., there are numerous unnamed hills, ridges, mountains and high spots to explore.   Some have backroad access,…

    • Ridge Mountain by: Kamloops Trails

      February 16, 2011, 13:19

      Friends (Jeremy and Raegan) snowshoed from Lac Le Jeune Resort to the top of Ridge Mountain.   This is the account of their route and experience"…

    • Point Prospect Park by: Kamloops Trails

      February 13, 2011, 11:48

      This is a long way from the Interior of B.C., but when in Halifax, hikers walk the trails of Point Pleasant Park.    The point is at the south…

    • Microspike Magic by: Kamloops Trails

      February 12, 2011, 12:27

      There are no product reviews on this site.   Until now.   It is not the intention of the author to review and recommend products.  …

    • East Pratt Hills by: Kamloops Trails

      February 11, 2011, 11:28

      We have been exploring hills in Barnhartvale this winter, even in the snow.   Lower areas can sometimes be a bit icy, but we either walk in the snow…

    • Your Personal Trip Computer by: Kamloops Trails

      February 2, 2011, 08:37

      Bring your GPS with you when you go for a hike/bike/paddle and it can record how far you have traveled, how much actvity time you had, your average speed or…

    • Upper Barnes Lake Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      February 1, 2011, 09:55

      The hills bounded on 3 sides by Barnhartvale Road, the Campbell Range -Scuitto Road, and the Campbell Creek Road have a well-established trail system designed…

    • Barnhartvale-Blackwell Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      January 31, 2011, 12:00

      A trail network connecting Barnhartvale and Dallas has developed over last decade, with hikers using either the Eliza Road trailhead or the Dallas Drive…

    • Google Earth and Custom Maps by: Kamloops Trails

      January 19, 2011, 15:51

      Those of us who have been exploring the backwoods for many years spent the majority of our time having poor map information.    Topo maps were…

    • Grasslands Esker by: Kamloops Trails

      January 14, 2011, 09:34

      We live in an area molded by geological processes.   The last major events of our area were the Ice Ages.    While the ice was on the…

    • A Snow Stomp in the Grasslands by: Kamloops Trails

      January 13, 2011, 09:36

      The Upper Grasslands of Lac du Bois Provincial Park are a wonderful place to hike in the snow, snowshoe, or cross country ski.   Your choice will be…

    • Finding Information on the Site by: Kamloops Trails

      January 11, 2011, 08:34

      As of today, there are 156 posts on this site.   Over the next year, it will grow to over 300.   How do you find information on this…

    • Barnhartvale Horse and Hiker Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      January 10, 2011, 08:48

      The Barnhartvale Horse and Hiker Trail Preservation Society has been successful in establishing  a number of trail systems in Barhnartvale.  …

    • Resolutions and Musings by: Kamloops Trails

      December 31, 2010, 13:30

      If you don't set goals and targets for your efforts, you won't set aside the time and effort to explore new areas.    A new area takes…

    • Tunkwa Snowshoeing by: Kamloops Trails

      December 30, 2010, 08:24

      The Tunkwa Lake area is well-suited to snowshoeing. the road in is kept plowed in winter the road to both campgrounds is well-used and there is plenty of…

    • Sovereign Snowshoe Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      December 29, 2010, 09:58

      When given a choice between a pair of skating skis on tracked trails and and snowshoes on marked trails, both feet end up in ski boots.    But, when the…

    • Sovereign Lakes by: Kamloops Trails

      December 28, 2010, 10:18

      One of the best cross-country ski networks is at Sovereign Lakes on Silver Star Mountain.   It lies within Silver Star Provincial Park so it has a nice…

    • Silver Star Nordic by: Kamloops Trails

      December 27, 2010, 08:05

      The cross-country ski trails on Silver Star Mountain have been a bit of a mecca for cross-country skiers for a number of reasons.   First, the road goes to…

    • Deer Run Tracks by: Kamloops Trails

      December 26, 2010, 09:35

      With GPS technology, we can record our routes and then make them available to others.   On Christmas Day, we hiked 7.5 km through the snow, and used the…

    • Wapta Traverse (5) - Yoho Traverse by: Kamloops Trails

      December 24, 2010, 11:38

      Another route onto the Wapta Icefields is from the Yoho Valley.   This is also a challenging route and also should be attempted in good conditions.   We…

    • Wapta Traverse (4) - Balfour Hut to Bow Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      December 23, 2010, 09:22

      Most skiers will do this trip in reverse and we have hiked into Bow Hut from Bow Lake this way too.   One one of our trips, though, we found ourselves at…

    • Wapta Traverse (3) - Diablaret Ridge and Balfour Col  by: Kamloops Trails

      December 22, 2010, 08:22

      With Balfour Hut as basecamp, an interesting ski is to travel west through Balfour Pass, rounding Mount Balfour on the north side.   Follow the moraines…

    • Wapta Traverse (2) - Peyto to Balfour by: Kamloops Trails

      December 21, 2010, 10:12

      In a previous post, the trip from the Peyto Lookout to Peyto Hut was featured.   The next leg is to bear south toward either Bow Hut or Balfour Hut.    If…

    • The Wapta Traverse - Peyto Glacier by: Kamloops Trails

      December 20, 2010, 08:12

      Outdoor enthusiasts world-wide keep the Wapta Traverse on their "bucket list."   It is a high altitude route traversing a number of glaciers on the Great…

    • Morrisey Backcountry Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      December 18, 2010, 12:26

      All the trails on Mount Morrisey can be linked up, but practically speaking, they fall into two groups.  All of the Upper Trails are best accessed by taking…

    • McConnell Hill Loop by: Kamloops Trails

      December 17, 2010, 09:16

      This is a favorite route in summer and winter.   It is very unlikely you will see anyone along the trail, but watch for wildlife.   We have seen lynx,…

    • Winter Corridors: Hull Hill Northeast by: Kamloops Trails

      December 16, 2010, 12:10

      We talked about backroads as winter corridors into the forest and how little information is available.   A series of posts will offer a few routes over the…

    • Winter Corridors by: Kamloops Trails

      December 16, 2010, 11:43

      Surrounding our cities are tens of thousands of hectares of forested lands.   Backroads penetrate into the bush everywhere.   Some are gravel roads used as…

    • Lower (West) Batchelor by: Kamloops Trails

      December 13, 2010, 11:26

      Immediately to the north of Kamloops lies a sloping plateau area with very few trees.   It is on the border between lowland sagebrush and grasslands and also…

    • Aylmer Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      December 10, 2010, 11:22

      Aylmer Lake (sometimes called Star Lake) sits on the high, open ridge above Little Shuswap Lake.    Cross the bridge over the South Thompson River at Chase…

    • Harper Mountain Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      December 9, 2010, 11:20

      There are extensive mountain biking downhill trails at Harper Mountain, but limited cross country skiing and snowshoeing opportunities.   The longest trail…

    • Sun Peaks Snowshoe Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      December 8, 2010, 08:32

      The trails in this area cross the forested sections between groomed cross country trails.    The make a nice day's outing if you are staying up at the…

    • Stake Lake Snowshoe Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      December 7, 2010, 09:34

      Although we prefer unmarked snowshoe trails, this route has some nice terrain to cross. We can't recommend Loop A much since the lake is too close to the…

    • Skimikin Trails in Winter by: Kamloops Trails

      December 5, 2010, 12:50

      The Skimikin Trail system is used by hikers, equestrian clubs, mountain bikers, and in winter, snowshoers and cross country skiers.   The campground has been…

    • Lake O'Hara in Winter by: Kamloops Trails

      November 30, 2010, 08:17

      Lake O'Hara is a popular destination for cross-country skiers and snowshoers in the winter.   As a day trip, it is 12 km each way just to get to the lake and…

    • Through Opabin Pass to Lake O'Hara  by: Kamloops Trails

      November 27, 2010, 07:54

      The easy way to Lake O'Hara is to book the bus and ride up to the parking area.   But there are other ways to get there.... Wenkchemna Pass to Opabin…

    • Eagle Point - Buse Flats by: Kamloops Trails

      November 21, 2010, 14:29

      Just outside of City limits in Barnhartvale is an area of trails and tracks in a relatively flat area.   Not far past Eagle Point Golf Course is a side road…

    • Roche Lake Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      November 18, 2010, 11:58

      The Roche Lake area is not really known as a hiking or biking area, but there are routes and trails everywhere.    The area can be linked over to Scuitto…

    • Ross Moore Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      November 11, 2010, 08:46

      Ross Moore Lake lies to the east of Lac le Jeune.   It is visited as a fishing destination in the summer or by snowmobilers or cross country skiers…

    • Scott Road Loops by: Kamloops Trails

      October 15, 2010, 08:28

      Scott Road runs from Rose Hill Road to a junction of fences to the southeast of Juniper (3km one way).   This is a very enjoyable walk or mountain bike as an…

    • Batchelor Pass by: Kamloops Trails

      October 12, 2010, 12:09

      This loop is well-suited to a shoulder season hike.   We often use this route in early March since most of the area is south-facing and has no trees.   …

    • Chuwhels Mountain by: Kamloops Trails

      September 29, 2010, 12:56

      Chuwhels Mountain is a rounded ridge-shaped peak that sits between the Lac le Jeune Road and Greenstone Mountain.   It can be accessed from every side, but…

    • Sunshine Meadows by: Kamloops Trails

      September 26, 2010, 09:36

      We have been to Sunshine Meadows in 3 seasons.   It is a good ski hill and a rewarding cross-country ski area in winter.   As a section of the backpack all…

    • McQueen Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      September 16, 2010, 13:21

      The McQueen Lake Environmental Education Center is run by SD73.   School groups use the Overnight Center all year.   There are a number of…

    • Isobel Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      September 15, 2010, 11:18

      This is a low-key hike, but a pleasant one nonetheless.  If you are looking for additional distance, you can climb to the lookout or hike the Forestry…

    • Upper Grasslands Walk by: Kamloops Trails

      September 3, 2010, 08:48

      Start at Lac du Bois.   Travel south along the double track.    Go past an upland lake.   A junction to the right climbs up the flank of Wheeler…

    • Long Lake Loop by: Kamloops Trails

      September 2, 2010, 09:59

      This route through the Lac Du Bois Grasslands is a favorite route in the spring when all of the migrating ducks and waterfowl nest in the upland lakes of the…

    • Bestwick Hill by: Kamloops Trails

      August 31, 2010, 11:23

      This is a hike that won't have many takers, but its a nice area, especially if you are looking for a new hike.   Bestwick Hill is the spreading summit which…

    • Buse Hill by: Kamloops Trails

      August 30, 2010, 14:15

      One of the most rewarding hikes in our area is Mount Buse.   It is not a long hike, but the views are great and the route is all double track. Go out…

    • Larch Hills by: Kamloops Trails

      August 14, 2010, 12:58

      The shoulder seasons are not the best time to hike the XC Trail networks, but the summer is great for hiking and biking.   An extensive trails ystem that is…

    • Clearwater Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      August 13, 2010, 08:23

      In addition to the Clearwater River Trail, two other trails systems are noted here. Candle Creek Trails Go north 2 km on Highway 5 from the Info Center…

    • Hiking and Biking the XC Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      August 4, 2010, 12:26

      When the summer heat arrives, its nice to hike or bike the XC ski trail networks: higher elevations so they are usually cooler often treed so shade can…

    • Skmana Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      July 27, 2010, 13:33

      Trails near Skmana Lake are maintained by the cross-country ski club in Chase.   In the off-season, they make a pleasant walk, hike, or bike.    It is not…

    • Balmoral Bluffs by: Kamloops Trails

      July 20, 2010, 08:25

      This trail system has many features to recommend: A trailhead parking lot Posted maps and signs at junctions Varied terrain and vegetation zones A…

    • Lac le Jeune by: Kamloops Trails

      July 18, 2010, 20:41

      Every year we paddle Lac le Jeune.   The far shore is quiet and forested.  There is an extensive marsh in the northeast corner which can be partly paddled. …

    • Hanging Valley by: Kamloops Trails

      July 7, 2010, 15:18

      Hanging Valley sits out of sight, but it is a worthwhile hike or bike in all 4 seasons.   Park near Lac du Bois and follow the road around the north side. …

    • Tod Mountain by: Kamloops Trails

      July 1, 2010, 20:57

      We hiked over the top of Tod Mountain today.   For most of the day it snowed, rained or sleeted, but the views were still excellent.   All of the wet…

    • Harper Mountain by: Kamloops Trails

      June 30, 2010, 09:14

      You can take the lift to the top of Harper in the winter and there are cross-country and snowshoe trails on the south side that go near the top of the…

    • Sun Peaks Nordic Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      June 28, 2010, 12:05

      The Nordic Trails at Sun Peaks have been around a long time.    The Kamloops Outdoor Club has a series of ungroomed trails between McGillivray Lake and…

    • Chuwhels Mountain by: Kamloops Trails

      June 8, 2010, 14:25

      Hike Summary Location - from Stake Lake up to the top of Chuwhels Mountain Elevation – From the 7 km mark at 5000' to the top at 11.5 km at 6235' Dist…

    • Valleyview Silt Cliffs by: Kamloops Trails

      May 27, 2010, 17:57

      A wonderful collection of trails and routes starts at Valleyview Arena. Cross the road across from the parking lot and follow the double track up the gully…

    • Kane Valley Trails by: Kamloops Trails

      May 23, 2010, 18:20

      Kane Valley is about 20 minutes south of Merritt.   A bit of a longer drive, but it a good destination for a longer hike on well-marked, pleasant rolling…

    • Heffley Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      May 19, 2010, 22:04

      When you live in the Kamloops area, you have to paddle on the rivers or the lakes.    Both rivers are great but loop routes are not as easy when you have to…

    • Gus Johnson Trail by: Kamloops Trails

      May 18, 2010, 19:36

      A favorite summer-time trail is the route around Lac Le Jeune.    Usually we start at the campground and follow the lakefront trail until it exits the…

    • McQueen Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      May 18, 2010, 15:50

      The McQueen Lake Environmental Center has some well-established trails that invite hikers in every season.   It is important, though, to be sensitive…

    • McConnell Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      May 17, 2010, 20:16

      Hike Summary Location -  McConnell Lake is on the Lac le Jeune Road Elevation –  4200 ft. Distance – 3 km Time – about 1 hour Type – a…

    • Embleton Mountain by: Kamloops Trails

      May 11, 2010, 14:39

      Embleton Mountain Hikes One of my favorite trails systems can be found near Heffley Lake.   Drive past Heffley Lake and look for the trailhead sign on the…

  • Category: Paddles  (125)
    • South Thompson River in the Fall by: Kamloops Trails

      October 31, 2014, 09:00

      The South Thompson River is a well-used and busy river from June through mid-September, but there is very little activity on the river after October 1st. &…

    • Shuswap River Run by: Kamloops Trails

      October 19, 2014, 09:00

      Paddling down the Shuswap River is a delight at any time, but it is a special experience during the peak of the salmon run.   The sockeye spawn in…

    • Exploring Painted Bluffs by: Kamloops Trails

      October 11, 2014, 09:00

      It would be rare to meet someone at Painted Bluffs.   It is a remote and quiet spot on the north side of Kamloops Lake.   For those who do visit the site,…

    • Tunkwa Lake Paddle by: Kamloops Trails

      October 9, 2014, 09:00

      Tunkwa Lake is reached on the the Tunkwa Lake Forest Service Road from Logan Lake (15km) or from Savona (km).   The lake lies entirely within Tunkwa Lake…

    • Peregrine Bluffs to Painted Bluffs by: Kamloops Trails

      October 3, 2014, 09:00

      From Tobiano we can launch our kayaks and canoes into Kamloops Lake and then paddle across the lake for 2.2km to Peregrine Bluffs.   This rocky rib…

    • Mamit Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      September 29, 2014, 09:10

      Mamit Lake borders the road that goes from Logan Lake to Merritt (Highway 97).   From the juction west of Logan Lake, drive 11.5km south.   There are 3…

    • Emar Lakes Provincial Park by: Kamloops Trails

      September 25, 2014, 09:00

      Emar Lakes Park was created in 1996 as a wilderness area of small lakes, potholes, and wet areas in a forested area off Highway 24.  The lakes are used by…

    • Mahood Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      September 23, 2014, 09:00

      Mahood Lake lies in the western edge of Wells Gray Park, but must be approached from the west, so from Kamloops we drive to Little Fort (95km), then west on…

    • McLure to Kamloops River Run by: Kamloops Trails

      September 19, 2014, 08:30

      Each year, we paddle the 36 km route down the North Thompson River from the McLure Ferry to Westsyde Road.   It is different experience each time,…

    • Eagle River Run by: Kamloops Trails

      September 15, 2014, 09:00

      The Eagle River runs west from Eagle Pass in the Monashees down to Sicamous and into Shuswap Lake.   There is really not enough water in the upper end of the…

    • Janice Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      September 11, 2014, 09:00

      Janice Lake (sometimes called Long Island Lake) lies next to Highway 24 (Interlakes) at the McDonald Summit.   The turn-off to the Recreation Site on the…

    • Frogmoore Fens by: Kamloops Trails

      September 9, 2014, 06:40

      One of our favorite lakes to paddle is East Frogmoore Lake.   It is not easy to get into the lake which makes it seldom-visited and it feels remote. …

    • On Azure Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      September 5, 2014, 07:54

      Azure Lake has been the subject of several stories on this website (links below), but we continue to return to paddle the lake and explore the northern areas…

    • Back to Badger by: Kamloops Trails

      August 29, 2014, 07:51

      Badger Lake is one of our favorite lakes to paddle.   To launch your boat in Badger Lake, take the road to Sun Peaks, then turn onto the Knouff Lake…

    • A Tour of East End of Kamloops Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      August 23, 2014, 09:00

      On a windy day, Kamloops Lake is not the best choice for paddlers, but on a nice day, a tour of the east end of the lake is a rewarding outing.   Launch…

    • Johnson Lake Paddling by: Kamloops Trails

      August 19, 2014, 09:00

      One of the best area lakes to paddle is Johnson Lake.   Go north on Highway 5, and at Louis Creek, take the Agate Bay Road.   Turn…

    • Paddling the Miracle Beach Shoreline by: Kamloops Trails

      August 17, 2014, 09:00

      We brought our kayaks to paddle the shoreline of Vancouver Island.   Since we were camping at Miracle Beach, we launched from that beach.  …

    • North Barriere Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      August 13, 2014, 09:00

      North Barriere Lake is a 100km drive from Kamloops, but it is a good destination for a day of paddling.   From the Barriere Lakes Road, turn north at…

    • Mayson Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      August 9, 2014, 08:00

      Three lakes lie near the 50km mark on the Jamieson Creek Forest Service Road on the Bonaparte Plateau.   Mayson Lake is a short drive down a BC…

    • Pinantan Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      July 31, 2014, 09:02

      We have so many lakes to paddle that it will take a decade to get to them all, but each year I add a few more, paddling the shoreline of the lakes.  …

    • East Barriere Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      July 21, 2014, 08:03

      The multi-year goal is to paddle all of the lakes in the area and East Barriere Lake was well overdue for a day in the kayak.   The road to the lake…

    • Hyas Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      July 9, 2014, 08:38

      There are hundreds of lakes to explore in our area and anything with a shoreline perimeter of 3km or more is on our list to paddle.   We have hiked…

    • Dominic Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      July 5, 2014, 08:51

      The road to Paska and Face Lake is paved and both lakes see frequent use, but a backroad heads northwest on the upland plateau over to Dominic Lake to an area…

    • Spillman Beaches Marine Park by: Kamloops Trails

      July 3, 2014, 09:00

      On the east side of Adams Lake, accessible only by boat is a strip of land designated as a provincial park.   It is user-maintained and usually in…

    • Freshet Reflections by: Kamloops Trails

      June 29, 2014, 09:22

      Every spring the snows melt from distant mountain ranges and the lands at the head of Kamloops Lake are flooded.   We can paddle in the bays and…

    • Kayaking the Floodlands by: Kamloops Trails

      June 25, 2014, 09:00

      In June each year, we can launch our boats from the Tranquille Wildlife Management area and paddle out into the flooded lands at the head of Kamloops Lake. …

    • Paul Paddling by: Kamloops Trails

      May 7, 2014, 07:33

      When spring comes, the ice melts off the lakes and we can start to paddle some of the larger lakes of the area.   In May, Paul Lake has a few people…

    • Four Bridges by: Kamloops Trails

      April 10, 2014, 07:31

      Kamloops' two rivers provide fine early season paddling.   The South Thompson flows more slowly, has fewer shallows/sandbars, and has less…

    • Upstream in March by: Kamloops Trails

      April 3, 2014, 09:12

      In Kamloops, we can paddle on our rivers in 9 of the 12 months of the year.   With a cool spring, the first day of paddling on the river this year was the…

    • The Pelicans of Tranquille by: Kamloops Trails

      January 3, 2014, 09:12

      White pelicans have been spotted in the Tranquille Wildlife Protected area and in Cooney Bay over the past 3 years.   These large birds migrate to the BC…

    • Paddling with Salmon by: Kamloops Trails

      January 1, 2014, 09:00

      Downriver paddling is one of the best outdoor experiences, but paddling in a shallow river with the salmon migrating upstream to spawn is a special experience.…

    • Maligne Marine by: Kamloops Trails

      November 25, 2013, 08:44

      Maligne Lake is a prime spot to paddle.   Information for paddlers follows. Launch Spot Drive past the Maligne Lodge and continue across the Maligne…

    • Bridge Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      November 4, 2013, 07:37

      We have been planning to paddle the larger lakes off the Highway 24 corridor and we chose a late summer day to spend the day on Bridge Lake.   The lake is…

    • East Frogmoore by: Kamloops Trails

      September 23, 2013, 12:46

      In a long-term quest to paddle all of the area's lakes, I picked the Frogmoore Lakes for an afternoon of exploration. This chain of 4 lakes sit at the same…

    • Roche Lake and Jacko Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      August 31, 2013, 16:27

      These are popular fishing lakes so if you want to paddle around the shoreline, pick a weekday or go there in shoulder season. Both have interesting shorelines…

    • Lac le Jeune, Stake, and McConnell Lakes by: Kamloops Trails

      August 29, 2013, 16:52

      We set a target of paddling on 40 lakes in our region, but the number will probably be closer to 60 by the time we finish. The lakes have to be big enough to…

    • Monte Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      August 28, 2013, 16:29

      I made a list of 40 local lakes to paddle and have chosen to do the shoreline of all of them. Monte Lake is accessed off a short side road on the way to…

    • Pat Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      August 24, 2013, 16:48

      We have enjoyed the Six Mile area for quite a few years, orienteering, running, and hiking through the hills. In the middle of the area are 3 smaller lakes.…

    • Pavilion Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      August 22, 2013, 16:34

      Pavilion Lake sits in Marble Canyon between Cache Creek and Lillooet. It is at the southern end of the Marble Range which runs north to Jesmond. It is in a…

    • Face Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      August 19, 2013, 16:45

      If you have stayed at Mile High Lodge, you may have been on Face Lake, but if not, it is hard to get to. Drive up the Paska Lake Road and not far past, the…

    • 500 and Beyond by: Kamloops Trails

      August 7, 2013, 07:06

      The 500th article was published to this site.   At the same time, about 920 000 separate visits were logged.   Then the database was…

    • Paska Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      August 6, 2013, 16:39

      Paska Lake is a higher plateau lake, attracting more fishermen in the middle of summer when the lower lakes are not very productive.   To reach Paska, take…

    • North Thompson Run  by: Kamloops Trails

      July 23, 2013, 06:55

      The run down the North Thompson River from McLure to Kamloops is about 36 km.   We launched from the McLure Ferry on the west side in our ocean-going…

    • Painted Bluffs on Kamloops Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      July 19, 2013, 12:10

      We try to visit Painted Bluffs every year.   It can be done by driving the Sabiston Creek Road and then down to Copper Creek. but this is a long and…

    • Freshet Flapping by: Kamloops Trails

      July 16, 2013, 13:19

      The floodlands out from Tranquille invite paddlers an opportunity to paddle for about 10km through channels, bays, and lagoon-like mazes of wetland vegetation.&…

    • Among the Broken Islands by: Kamloops Trails

      July 8, 2013, 10:08

      We spent 5 days in the Broken Islands Group in June.   Lauching out of Toquaht Bay, we overnighted on the Stopper Islands, then proceeded to tuck in…

    • To the Brokens  by: Kamloops Trails

      July 6, 2013, 13:08

      Our goal was to be camping in the Broken Islands in the same day we left Kamloops.   We evaluated the various options and decided to try a less-known…

    • Clearwater Lake Channel by: Kamloops Trails

      July 1, 2013, 08:07

      The launch for Clearwater Lake is 3 km up the road past the campground.  Part of the reason for this is Osprey Falls.   The Dragon Tongue lava flow blocked…

    • River Run by: Kamloops Trails

      June 17, 2013, 12:50

      We launched our kayaks at the McLure Ferry and paddled to Kamloops.   We had dropped off a a vehicle at the end of Harrington Drive in Westsyde and we were…

    • Battle Bluff Reflections by: Kamloops Trails

      June 7, 2013, 10:45

      From Tranquille Bay or Cooney Bay, paddlers can follow the shoreline to Battle Bluff, which is a sheer face rising 1150 feet from the lake.   The…

    • Tranquille Bay by: Kamloops Trails

      June 5, 2013, 08:55

      As the rivers reach freshet, the floodland near the mouth of the Thompson River can be paddled.   A small launch spot next to the Y in the road…

    • Badger Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      May 14, 2013, 16:56

      Badger Lake is a fine paddling destination, one of the forty lakes of our area within an hour's drive.    To get to Badger Lake, turn off…

    • 40 Lakes by: Kamloops Trails

      May 11, 2013, 11:30

      Paddlers in the Kamloops area are blessed to have many paddling destinations within an hour's drive.   There are more than 40 lakes within that…

    • Clearwater Marine (Part 3) by: Kamloops Trails

      March 15, 2013, 09:15

      A photoblog on Clearwater Marine sites, featuring the photos of Ian Hyslop from Prince George.   Here is why we paddle camp on Clearwater Lake: …

    • Clearwater Marine Campsites (Part Two) by: Kamloops Trails

      March 12, 2013, 13:50

      Part Two in a series on paddle camping on Clearwater Lake. From the boat launch to most of the marine campsites we will paddle north, but Caribou Beach…

    • Marine Campsites on Clearwater Lake (Part 1) by: Kamloops Trails

      March 11, 2013, 11:38

      At the end of the Wells Gray corridor, the road ends at Clearwater Lake.   Further progress is marine access only.   The lake runs for 24km…

    • Kamloops Lake in the Fall by: Kamloops Trails

      November 6, 2012, 09:18

      Even in November, we can paddle on Kamloops Lake.   It remains a wild spot, with rocky shorelines and steep slopes, hard to access.  A …

    • Campbell Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      October 11, 2012, 09:32

      A popular fishing lake, Campbell Lake is also a nice paddle.    Grasslands surround two sides of the lake and forest on the other sides. &nb…

    • North Adams Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      October 9, 2012, 07:28

      Holdings Road runs the length of Adams Lake along the west shore.   It is an active logging road, but much improved.   I would be happy to…

    • Edith Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      October 6, 2012, 08:00

      Edith Lake is small enough that it will take two loops around the lake to get a good paddle, but it has an interesting shoreline, with grasslands, a north-aspec…

    • Walloper Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      October 4, 2012, 18:22

      We try to paddle every lake in our area, following the shoreline, exploring bays, watching for wildlife, waterfowl, and aquatic plants.   We have to…

    • Azure Marine by: Kamloops Trails

      September 23, 2012, 18:18

      Paddling on any large lake is a transit from one marine campsite to the next.   There are 4 backcountry campgrounds on Azure Lake.   …

    • Rainbow Falls by: Kamloops Trails

      September 20, 2012, 09:53

      At the end of Azure Lake is a magical spot.   Rainbow Falls Campground sits about 5km from the east end of the lake.   Angus Horne River…

    • To Azure Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      September 16, 2012, 08:00

      Azure Lake lies deep within Wells Gray Park.   At the end of the Wells Gray Corridor Road, Clearwater Lake starts, extending  24 km north. &…

    • Neskonlith Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      August 17, 2012, 13:41

      When the weather bakes up, we try to get on the water (or hike to altitude).   Our rivers and lakes become destinations and we are situated right in…

    • Johnson Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      August 14, 2012, 11:30

      Johnson Lake sits high in the hills above Adams Lake.   The best road up to the 3800 foot lake is from the Agate Bay Road.   The road is…

    • Painted Perspectives by: Kamloops Trails

      August 7, 2012, 09:27

      After a number of years visiting Painted Bluffs Provincial Park, we now only visit by boat.   The land route is not easy, nor pleasing.   After a…

    • Painted Bluffs Preview by: Kamloops Trails

      August 2, 2012, 09:14

      Painted Bluffs Provincial Park is a very special place, one that we try to visit every year.   Our favorite route is to kayak across the lake from…

    • Sabine Channel Islands by: Kamloops Trails

      July 26, 2012, 10:15

      While basecamping out of Jedediah Island, we paddled out into the Sabine Channel and explored around most of 30 islands in the area.   All of the…

    • Jedediah Island by: Kamloops Trails

      July 20, 2012, 14:51

      For those who love to kayak, Jedediah Island is a destination for exploration.    Most kayakers launch from the Sunshine Coast.   …

    • Cu Is by: Kamloops Trails

      July 9, 2012, 18:38

      The Copper Island route has been featured in a past post (link).   This time, we left Shuswap Lake Park in flood.   All of the beaches were under water.  …

    • Tranquille Wildlife Management Area by: Kamloops Trails

      June 30, 2012, 13:19

      The area immediately east of Tranquille floods each year and becomes the home to wildlife in channels and riparian zone on both sides of the river.  …

    • Thompson River Channels by: Kamloops Trails

      June 13, 2012, 07:59

      When the Thompson River is in flood, the flat lands near Kamloops Lake become part of the river.   The Wildlife Management area on the north side is…

    • Poplar Point by: Kamloops Trails

      June 7, 2012, 17:56

      On a kayaking trip on Adams Lake, we camped at Spillman Beaches, but the next day we took a long paddle up the lake to a green spot on the map, listed as…

    • Spillman Beaches by: Kamloops Trails

      June 5, 2012, 15:38

      Kamloops Trails usually provides fairly specific directions to each trail, route, or site, but there have been a few exceptions.   When an article on…

    • Influence of the Confluence by: Kamloops Trails

      April 29, 2012, 16:06

      In a single week, the rivers have risen a great deal, but the North Thompson is ahead of the South Thompson, so much so that it has backed up the South…

    • South Thompson Sojourn by: Kamloops Trails

      April 10, 2012, 22:32

      We have a green corridor right down the middle of Kamloops   Whenever we get out to paddle the South Thompson River, we are amazed by the amount of…

    • Kamloops Thompson Trail Alliance by: Kamloops Trails

      February 22, 2012, 16:05

      Shuswap Trail Alliance has had 7 years of success in promoting, planning, developing, and maintaining trails (link).   We have often remarked that…

    • Around Battle Bluff by: Kamloops Trails

      October 19, 2011, 21:16

      We had time to do two separate outings - one on the cliffs and hills to the east, north, and west of Battle Bluff and another on the water around the foot of…

    • Murtle Lake North Arm by: Kamloops Trails

      August 26, 2011, 16:54

      Following the last post are coordinates and distances for each spot noted. Spot Coordinates Distance Boat launch …

    • A Guide to Murtle Lake, North Arm by: Kamloops Trails

      August 25, 2011, 18:54

      Murtle Lake is the largest canoe/kayak-only lake in North America.   it is also a remote spot that takes a lot of time, effort, and planning to…

    • Hand-Launch Sites by: Kamloops Trails

      July 29, 2011, 12:57

      Kamloops has two major rivers and a large lake but very few access points.    We have some fully-developed boat launches - Valleyview, Pioneer…

    • A Tale of Two Lakes by: Kamloops Trails

      July 12, 2011, 21:34

      On back-to-back days, we paddled the Seymour Arm of Shuswap Lake and  the southern end of Adams Lake.   The contrast was amazing.   Al…

    • McGillivray Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      July 6, 2011, 20:49

      When the summer heats up the valley, some of the highland lakes make a nice retreat for exploration, a workout, and some paddling.   Two lakes worth visiting…

    • Clearwater Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      June 29, 2011, 10:05

      There is something magical about driving to the end of lake, then paddling out into wilderness.   There are no roads beyond the boat launch and the…

    • Flood Channels by: Kamloops Trails

      June 15, 2011, 22:20

      When the North and South Thompson Rivers reach their peak from mid May to mid-July, islands are flooded and new channels open up, providing opportunities to…

    • "Trail" Report - North Thompson Channel  by: Kamloops Trails

      June 2, 2011, 08:25

      A channel that floods in high water on the North Thompson River was featured in a post last summer (link).   In May and June, the river expands and…

    • The Flooded Riparian Zone by: Kamloops Trails

      May 26, 2011, 13:42

      We have wilderness and wildlife corridors right through the middle of our City.   The North and South Thompson Rivers are transformed as the waters…

    • Kamloops Lake to Tobiano (South Shore) by: Kamloops Trails

      May 16, 2011, 11:14

      We launched out of Cooney Bay on a sunny, blustery day in October.   Cooney Bay Road is a bit rough and it is a bit of a haul down to the muddy beach…

    • Scuitto Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      May 4, 2011, 07:26

      The Scuitto Lake Road starts a short ways up the Campbell Range Road.    After winding through Tree Flats, it starts to climb through the forest…

    • Clearwater Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      February 10, 2011, 05:15

      One of our favorite paddling destinations is Clearwater Lake.   The launch is at the very end of the Wells Gray Corridor.  There is a good…

    • Central Mountain by: Kamloops Trails

      February 8, 2011, 11:11

      The two arms of Murtle Lake wind around Central Mountain (see the map in the previous post).    From a number of viewpoints, hikers can look…

    • Murtle Lake West Arm by: Kamloops Trails

      February 7, 2011, 08:51

      Once you have launched your canoe or kayak, you will pass through a lagoon for 1.5 km.   At this point, you will emerge into Murtle Lake.  …

    • Murtle Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      February 5, 2011, 08:24

      Paddlers from all over the world travel to North America's largest non-motorized lake.   In British Columbia, we sometimes take such special…

    • Your Personal Trip Computer by: Kamloops Trails

      February 2, 2011, 08:37

      Bring your GPS with you when you go for a hike/bike/paddle and it can record how far you have traveled, how much actvity time you had, your average speed or…

    • Track Your Hikes by: Kamloops Trails

      January 30, 2011, 12:00

      You can go out for a hike and bring your GPS and then come back home and download your track onto your computer.   You can create an elevation plot,…

    • Cortes Island Paddling by: Kamloops Trails

      January 29, 2011, 12:10

      Desolation Sound is not far from Cortes, but if you don't want an expedition, you can day paddle out and back at various spots with safe conditions and…

    • Salt Spring Hiking by: Kamloops Trails

      January 27, 2011, 09:13

      Salt Spring is the biggest of the Gulf Islands and we have not yet made the time to explore it fully enough.   We enjoyed our paddling in Ganges…

    • Galiano Explorations by: Kamloops Trails

      January 26, 2011, 09:23

      Paddlers can base out of Montague Harbor or can launch from many sites on the island.    Routes down to shoreline offer explorations.  …

    • Montague Park on Galiano Island by: Kamloops Trails

      January 24, 2011, 08:35

      We will continue to return to Galiano Island for a late winter retreat to hike and explore, and in summer to camp and paddle.  Galiano is the first stop…

    • Saturna Hiking and Paddling by: Kamloops Trails

      January 23, 2011, 10:17

      In two previous posts, Mount Warburton Pike and East Point Park were featured.    There are lots of opportunities to hike and paddle on Saturna…

    • Painting the Bluffs by: Kamloops Trails

      January 18, 2011, 06:25

      If you travel to Painted Bluffs Provincial Park on the north shore of Kamloops Lake, you can hike into the bluffs, and when you do, you will be stunned by the…

    • Finding Information on the Site by: Kamloops Trails

      January 11, 2011, 08:34

      As of today, there are 156 posts on this site.   Over the next year, it will grow to over 300.   How do you find information on this…

    • Resolutions and Musings by: Kamloops Trails

      December 31, 2010, 13:30

      If you don't set goals and targets for your efforts, you won't set aside the time and effort to explore new areas.    A new area takes…

    • Bird Songs Along the Trails - Pt. 2 by: Kamloops Trails

      November 4, 2010, 09:17

      Along the river or in the forest, we heard many songs and calls from birds.   Over time, we learn to recognize them: Song Sparrow: Song Sparrow (click…

    • Kamloops Lake  by: Kamloops Trails

      November 2, 2010, 10:28

      We chose to paddle from Cooney Bay to Savona at the end of October.   The forecast looked good, but at the last minute there was a warning about winds from…

    • Reflections on Paddling Upriver by: Kamloops Trails

      October 20, 2010, 10:03

      The North Thompson River rises in the glaciers of the Premiers Range west of Valemount, flows east to the Monashees, then is steered south and down the North…

    • North Mabel Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      October 14, 2010, 09:17

      The best (paved) road into the north end of Mabel Lake heads east from Enderby, following the Shuswap River upstream.   Be sure to stop to at various points…

    • Shuswap River  by: Kamloops Trails

      October 6, 2010, 09:03

      The Shuswap River rises high in the Monashee Range on the west side of the Monashee Divide behind Mt. Begbie, Blanket Mountain, and the Greenbush Basin.   It…

    • Painted Bluffs Provincial Park by: Kamloops Trails

      September 27, 2010, 09:56

      This site feels prehistoric, other-worldy, unique. The combination of shapes and colors makes this a very special place.   Its quite close to home, but…

    • Paddling the Lakes by: Kamloops Trails

      September 23, 2010, 08:30

      The Kamloops area is blessed to have so many lakes and rivers.   Paddling the rivers is always great because they are close and there are a number of good…

    • One Hour on the River by: Kamloops Trails

      September 14, 2010, 08:51

      Our two rivers run through the heart of the city, natural wilderness corridors, watery trails complete with wildlife.   On the river today, dead salmon…

    • Rabbit Island by: Kamloops Trails

      September 13, 2010, 10:47

      Rabbit Island sits out in the middle of the Thompson River not too far away from McArthur Island.    Deer overwinter on the island, boaters land here in the…

    • Community Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      September 11, 2010, 08:31

      Community Lake is known as an excellent fishing lake in the high country.   A 10-site BC Forest Service Recreation site  on the southwest corner gives good…

    • Tunkwa Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      August 25, 2010, 18:07

      Tunkwa is a mecca for fishermen, quads, motorcycles, and for camping, but is not known for hiking, biking, or paddling.    The hike around either (or both…

    • Stevens Lakes by: Kamloops Trails

      August 12, 2010, 10:34

      Although I have only been to Stevens Lakes once, I hope to get back there again soon.   It can be done in one long day, but it also takes some preparation. …

    • Kamloops Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      August 3, 2010, 11:00

      Every year we paddle Kamloops Lake and are surprised to see so few boats.    Its mostly a problem of access.   Any boat can travel downstream from…

    • Lac le Jeune by: Kamloops Trails

      July 18, 2010, 20:41

      Every year we paddle Lac le Jeune.   The far shore is quiet and forested.  There is an extensive marsh in the northeast corner which can be partly paddled. …

    • Rabbit Island by: Kamloops Trails

      July 2, 2010, 19:38

      Paddling out from McArthur Island in high water means paddling vigorously upsteam, but it is quite doable, even past the confluence of the rivers and beyond. …

    • Okanagan Lake (NW) by: Kamloops Trails

      June 16, 2010, 20:45

      The thought of paddling in Okanagan Lake brings up images of hundreds of power boats, seadoos, waterskiers, fishing boats, and party boats.   If you get too…

    • McLure to Kamloops Paddle by: Kamloops Trails

      June 9, 2010, 11:34

      A long, but very rewarding paddle is to start at the McLure Ferry Boat Launch (either side) and paddle to Kamloops.     This is a long day paddle and there…

    • Copper Island by: Kamloops Trails

      June 2, 2010, 10:37

      This hike is on an island.   For most of us, we have to use a boat from the Scotch Creek Campground, but access is also available from other points,…

    • North Thompson Channel by: Kamloops Trails

      May 31, 2010, 19:52

      This is a paddling spot that few people know, partly because it is mostly invisible from roads and partly because it can only be paddled at high water.   Put…

    • Heffley Lake by: Kamloops Trails

      May 19, 2010, 22:04

      When you live in the Kamloops area, you have to paddle on the rivers or the lakes.    Both rivers are great but loop routes are not as easy when you have to…

    • Paddling the South Thompson River by: Kamloops Trails

      May 13, 2010, 14:31

      One of the easiest put-in points is at the Pioneer Park boat launch.  There is lots of parking, a good launch site, and easy access into the river but there…


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