Barnes Lake Trails in the Fog and On the Snow

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: December 6, 2019 3:45 am

The Barnes Lake trails are on Crown lands between the Campbell Creek Road and the Robbins Range Road in Barnhartvale.   They were first developed as horse-and-hiker trails on grassland hills and forested slopes.   The whole area is fenced in, but there are 4 access gates. junction signage, and good trails.   The northern half of the area winds thro …


Tranquille Hills Fossil Beds – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: December 3, 2019 3:39 am

There have been 5 Ice Ages spanning the last 2000 million years.   In that span there were many geological events too, with folding, faulting, and volcanic activity changing the landscape.   A number of volcanic events shaped the hills around Kamloops Lake, but the glaciers of the ice age also shaped the land.   During the last Ice Age which starte …


Wheeler Mountain Ramble – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: November 30, 2019 3:29 am

Three mountains run south to north from the Thompson River Valley: Mount Mara, Mount Wheeler, and Opax Mountain.   There are trails/routes to the top of all three, detailed on this website.   In November we returned to hike the route up the north side of Mount Wheeler, an 11.7 km return route   We started at Lac du Bois, then followed a double trac …


Dewdrop Ridge in the Fall

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: November 27, 2019 3:22 am

About KamloopsTrails I started exploring this area in 1976 and I continue to follow tracks and routes wherever they lead, with the aid of map, compass, GPSr and camera. After many dead-ends, but also many discoveries, I chose to share this information. Getting out 12 months each year, I continue to explore trails, tracks, routes, and waterways of t …


Napier Ranch Conservancy in the Fall

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: November 24, 2019 3:19 am

Napier Lake Ranch was a working ranch for 150 years then in an agreement between the land owners (the Jackson Family) and the Nature Conservancy of Canada, some lands were set aside as a grasslands conservancy area.   The gently sloping hillsides are covered with native grasses and is a valuable habitat for birds.    While I hiked there in early No …


Rambling through the Frederick Bluffs

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: November 21, 2019 3:13 am

Frederick Bluffs are on the Kamloops Lake side of the Dewdrop Range, 4.5 km from the Tranquille- Criss Creek Road.  To get to the edge of the hills, take the Fredrick Road, then when the road splits into two, stay on the lower road and pull off at a flat spot 2 km farther along the gravel road.   There are no trails to follow.   The area is a serie …


Clapperton Ridge in Fall – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: November 18, 2019 3:04 am

Lac du Bois Grasslands Protected Area climbs extends north to Lac du Bois, then the land immediately north is part of the Lac du Bois Grasslands Nature Conservancy of Canada. This is the upper extent of the grasslands along the Lac du Bois Road.   With increasing elevation, the open areas give way to Douglas fir forests near the McQueen Lake fencel …


Castle Butte Ramble – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: November 15, 2019 2:56 am

Castle Butte is a promontory/ridge that juts out from the Red Plateau Escarpment.   To get to the top of the hill at the end of the ridge, a ledge is followed to the east side then a short scramble is required to go the south end of the butte.   Most hikers who choose to go to Castle Butte follow the Dewdrop Trail from the Dewdrop Range Trailhead.  …


Watching Tranquille – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: November 12, 2019 2:54 am

An old double track goes from Tranquille Crossing (on the Tranquille Criss Creek Road) to the confluence area where Watching Creek meets the Tranquille River.   Both the river and the creek feature canyons with rugged cliffs and fall colors.   The double track down the side of the river is a moderate hike of 2.5 km each way.   We hiked down to the …


The Grasslands in Fall – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: November 9, 2019 2:51 am

One of our favorite hikes in any season is a route through the middle grasslands on the west side of Long Lake in Lac du Bois Grasslands Provincial Park.   There is a user-trail at the start by the small pullout/trailhead which we start on,  but we usually pick our own route to pass kettle ponds, glacial features like erratics, kames, eskers, and m …