On the Shuswap River

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: October 20, 2017 4:48 pm

We have paddled the Shuswap River three times before, starting from a hand launch just below the Skookumchuck Rapids and going downstream for 30 km to Enderby.   We did this twice right during the salmon run (see the links below). an unique experience.   This time we paddled a shorter route, the 12 km from the Trinity Bridge to …


Titus Canyon

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: October 18, 2017 4:30 pm

Titus Canyon is a hike in the Grapevine Mountains in Death Valley National Park.   It is an easier hike into a deep canyon with impressive rock features along the route. The lower/west entrance to Titus Canyon is found by turning off the Scotty’s Castle Road 15 miles north of Highway 190.   The side road is signed and the …


Tobiano to Cherry Bluffs

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: October 16, 2017 4:52 pm

When the winds are calm, Kamloops Lake is one of the best paddling spots in the Interior of B.C.   The rugged hills on both side of the lake provide a scenic backdrop for paddling along the shoreline.   On this last outing on the lake in mid-September, I chose to Launch from Tobiano, at Bruker Marina.   There is a $10 …


Mount Vicars Trail

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: October 14, 2017 8:48 am

Mt. Vicars is a cone-shaped hill on the north side of Scuitto Lake.   We can follow ATV tracks for part of the route up the hill, then it is just a steep climb to the top, a total of 3.5 km (round trip). The route starts at the new Scuitto Lake B.C. Recreation Site on the shores of the lake. At the end of a longer bay on the northeast cor …


Harper Lake

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: October 12, 2017 4:48 pm

Harper Lake is found in the hills south of the South Thompson River, above the Neskonlith Indian Reserve #1.    The Harper Lake Forest Service Road starts at east end of the Reserve 2 km from the turn-off into Chase.  The gravel road climbs through the hills for 6 km, ending on a narrow road down to the lake.    There …


Hiking in Smoky Wildfire Conditions

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: October 12, 2017 11:19 am

While we had long term exposure to smoke from wildfire conditions in the Interior, some reports are now coming out about the health effects on people breathing the wood smoke over a period of time.   Respiratory problems, kidney conditions, heart stress, and other effects are just some of the concerns people have faced. Hiking the hills i …


Red Plateau Ramble

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: October 9, 2017 8:46 am

The Red Plateau Forest Service Road bears west from the Red Lake Road and climbs onto the top of the forested Red Plateau.   Much of the east end is within Lac du Bois Grasslands Provincial Protected Area, but the western end is Crown land, heavily logged and criss-crossed with side roads, skid roads, and decommissioned roads.   …


Rabbit Island Loop

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: October 7, 2017 8:49 am

By the end of summer, the McArthur Island boat launch has its gate closed and the lagoon begins to dry out.   In the first week of September, there was just enough water to paddle out of the channel in a kayak.   A week later it would have been a muddy portage.   I exited to the river and aimed the boat upstream, paddl …


Lac le Jeune Lookout

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: October 5, 2017 4:42 pm

The Lac le Jeune Lookout Tail can be accessed from Stake Lake, from the Ross Moore Forest Service Road, or from Lac le Jeune Provincial Park Campground.   We started at the beach and hiked 8.5 km out and back, with a short scramble down from the top to shortcut the route back.   The first part of the trail is the same route as t …


On Campbell Lake

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: October 3, 2017 4:48 pm

We returned to paddle Campbell Lake in late summer, choosing a sunny weekday to launch a kayak and explore the shoreline.   The launch spot is at the Campbell Lake Recreation Site on the south side of the lake.    To drive there go  through Barnhartvale, then turn onto the Robbins Range Road, and then the Scuitto Lake …