Tranquille Ridge Ramble

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: April 18, 2018 4:48 pm

There are a series of ridges that can be connected from the top of the Pimple (a hill overlooking the Tranquille River) all the way down to where the Tranquille- Criss Creek Road and the Tranquille River intersect.   There is no trail, but we can work our way downhill over 4.6 km  staying on top of the ridge where we have continuous …

McQueen Lake Area

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: April 15, 2018 8:30 am

At the upper end of the Lac du Bois Grasslands at 983m (3225 feet) elevation the area turns to forests, ponds, lakes, marshes, backroads, hills, and a few trails.  To the south of McQueen Lake are the Nature Conservancy of Canada Lac du Bois Conservancy lands, accessible on foot to hikers and snowshoers.   To the north are forested h …

Desert Mistletoe

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: April 14, 2018 8:22 am

Mistletoe grows on catsclaw, Utah juniper, scrub oak,and mesquite in the desert hills of Nevada.   On the border of California on the way to Death Valley, every tree in the saline flats had several growths.   The hemi-parastic plant sends roots into the branches for nutrients and moisture.   In the spring they start to …

The First Wildflowers of Spring

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: April 13, 2018 4:51 pm

A search of dated photos from hikes in late winter showed some patterns of the first arrivals of wildflowers.   Each year is different.    In the lower hills, the snows can melt as early as the third week of February or as late as the third week in March.   The south-facing lower-elevation, angled (right angles to …

Hiking the Dewdrop Ridge Bluffs

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: April 10, 2018 4:40 pm

The route through the bluffs on the eastern end of the dewdrop Range took several days of exploration to link the parts, but having done the route a few times, we hike is a perennial spring favorite.   We hike from the Frederick Road to the top of the Dewdrop Ridge then we traverse over to the east side and come down below the bluffs. …

Hiking the Grasslands in March

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: April 7, 2018 8:45 am

As the hills dry out we can hike the grassland benches above the river.   By late March this year, the first buttercups were out. The grasses are flattened by the winter’s snow cover and the benchlands look barren, but all of the various plants will emerge in spring and with them the insect and animal life that feeds on the plants. …

Hiking the Floodlands

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: April 4, 2018 4:45 pm

During freshet the lands adjacent to Tranquille Bay flood and we enjoy kayaking out into the floodlands.   Across the river there is another large floodlands are so we can paddle a 10+ km circuit from late May through July.   After the river recedes, the floodlands remain boggy for a few more weeks before they dry out at the end …

How to Prepare for a Major Biking Expedition

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: April 1, 2018 3:56 pm

How To Prepare For A Major Biking Expedition Photo via Pixabay by ​ArtisticOperations Preparing for a big bike trek can be a lot of work, but it’s important to make sure your mind, body, and equipment are in great shape before heading out. Not only will this prevent injury, it will help you achieve your goals, whether you want to ride a …

Savona Hills

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: April 1, 2018 7:30 am

The hills on the north side of Kamloops Lake across from Savona are one of the first areas to clear of snow because of the slope angle. open hillsides, and their south-facing aspect.   All routes into the Savona hills are steep but the open slopes allow for great views.   We hiked from the trailhead area for the Savona- Sabiston …

Cooney Bay Ramble

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: March 29, 2018 4:56 pm

Before the snows have melted in the hills of Kamloops, a good choice for a low elevation hike is at Cooney Bay.   Take the road to Tranquille and stay left following the rough gravel road to the end where there is a large parking lot.   Hike for a short distance along the Thompson river where it empties into Kamloops Lake, then …