Skoatl Point 2019 – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: October 18, 2019 3:08 am

Skoatl Point is a dark, barren volcanic core rising above the Bonaparte Plateau.   It is in a remote forested area surrounded by many lakes frequented by anglers and hunters.   It is the only maintained trail in Bonaparte Provincial Park.   Access is via the Jamieson Creek Road (for 25.5 km), then west on the Windy Lake Road.   The trailhead is 1.5 …


On Badger Lake – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: October 16, 2019 3:05 am

One of the lakes we return to paddle each year is Badger Lake.    Access to the lake is either past Knouff Lake (7 km) on a bumpy back road, or up the Orchard Lake Road (13 km) from Highway 5 North.  The road goes up the east side of Badger Lake to a B.C. Rec Site.   There is now a separate public boat launch just before the campground.   It is a b …


Mt. Bowman (2019) – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: October 13, 2019 2:55 am

Mt. Bowman is the premier hike in Marble Range Provincial Park.   Access from Clinton is via the Kelly Lake Road, then a right turn onto the Jesmond Road.   At 21 km north on the Jesmond Road, an unsigned side road winds to the trailhead area.   Alternately, there is an access route through the Circle H Mountain Lodge, requiring permission.   We dr …


On McGillivray Lake – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: October 11, 2019 2:52 am

We try to add new lakes and rivers to our paddling experiences every year, but those make for long days of travel, so we often return to some of the same lakes each year.   McGillivray Lake is a spot that we paddle every year.   It takes about an hour to get there with 6 km on a gravel road from Sun Peaks, but the road is usually fine and there is …


Across Kamloops Lake to Painted Bluffs

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: October 8, 2019 2:48 am

Painted Bluffs Provincial Park lies on the north side of Kamloops Lake east of Copper Creek.   Access by land is difficult, but it can be done from the Copper Creek Road just below the Sabiston Creek Road junction (link).  We have been in to Painted Bluffs five times in the last 2 years, with the last time by kayak from Savona.   We paddle on Kamlo …


Vidette Lake – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: October 6, 2019 2:44 am

On a late summer sunny day, I drove all the way up the Deadman Valley and paddled Vidette Lake.   It is a 56 km drive up the gravel road from the Trans Canada Highway.   Because it is a scenic route with many places to explore, I return most years, choosing different lakes and different hikes each time.   We have previously explored Deadman Falls, …


Deadman Falls (Alternate Route) – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: October 4, 2019 2:42 am

Deadman River plunges over lava cliffs into the Deadman River Canyon in the hills to the east of  Vidette Lake.   We usually drive along the road through the hills for 5 km, then we park on a side road, approaching the brink of the falls from the north.  at the viewpoint is a precarious drop-off with no guardrails,  and it is hard to get a view of …


To Tsintsunko Lake – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: October 2, 2019 2:39 am

Tsintsunko Lake Provincial Park is a 333 hectare park on the Bonaparte Plateau at an elevation of 1603 m (5260 feet).   The B.C. Parks lands are along the eastern side of the lake and adjacent interconnected wetlands.   The area to the west has been extensively logged.   Access is on a combination of Forest Service Roads (Jamieson Creek Road > D …


Back to Campbell Lake – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: September 29, 2019 2:32 am

We paddle Scuitto and Campbell Lake each and every year, but we try to schedule Campbell Lake for late August or September to paddle with the pelicans and sandhill cranes.   Campbell Lake is at the end of the Scuitto Forest Service Road, a 14 km bumpy backroad.   There is a BC Recreation Site on the south shore of the lake and a good boat launch th …


Sylvia and Goodwin Falls – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: September 26, 2019 2:26 am

Sylvia and Goodwin Falls are located on the Mahood River,3.5 km up from the confluence of the Mahood and Clearwater Rivers.   Access is by the Clearwater River Road.   This is a long drive along a bumpy road from Clearwater.   Some of the road is not in great shape and work is scheduled on the road from September 2019 through spring of 2020.   We b …