Buse Hill Ramble – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: April 22, 2019 8:59 pm

Buse Lake Protected Area includes Buse Lake, accessible from Barnhartvale Road, the upslopes to the south, the cliffs of Buse Hil and some of the southern slopes behind the ridge.   Most of us hike Buse Hill from Robbins Ragne Road, parking on the edge of private land (Buse Creek Ranch) and using a good double track to climb the slope into Parks la …


Long Lake Ramble – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: April 19, 2019 8:55 pm

In spring each year we hike around Long Lake in the Lac du Bois Grasslands.     The route involves little in the way of elevation gain, but is about 9 km return to do the hike, with no established trails.    The route follows the fenceline (single tracks) into the deep trench which has a series of lakes and ponds (the Long Lake Chain).   There is  …


Hiking up Tranquille Ridge – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: April 16, 2019 8:52 pm

One of the first routes to clear and dry up in early spring is an off-trail route up a series of open ridges to the top of the Pimple.   This up-and back hike is 6.64 km and climbs 545m (1788 feet).   Along the way are wide-open views of the Tranquille River Valley, the flanks of Mount Mara and Mt. Wheeler, the Thompson River Valley, and the hills …


On Battle Bluff – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: April 14, 2019 8:48 pm

At the very start of spring, I hiked into Battle Bluff twice. The first hike was half way in to check out conditions. There was some mud and ice, but by skirting those spots, the route was clear enough for a group hike. When I returned 4 days later, the ice was gone and the mud was really only in a couple of places near the start. On that second hi …


Savona to Sabiston Beach Hike

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: April 11, 2019 8:45 pm

When we reach transition season and all the trails are either snowy, icy, or muddy, we have a few “go-to trails” we can hike in late winter and early spring. The Savona to Sabiston Creek hike is just above the lake and the whole route is on a south-facing slope, so it is often the first to clear and dry out. The trail continues along above the shor …


On the Southwest End of the Rivers Trail

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: April 8, 2019 8:42 pm

When spring approaches the snow is slow to melt in the hills and hikers will have to face snow, ice, or mud for a while,   In the meantime, we can hike the lower elevation routes in the river valleys to find dry ground.   The Rivers Trail (West) is one of the first to clear.  From the parking area at the end of Aviation Way, we followe the raised t …


A Batchelor Hill Stomp – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: April 6, 2019 8:34 pm

In late winter when the snow still lingered in the hills, we stomped across the ice and through the snow to explore the three hills that make up Batchelor Hill in the Lac du Bois Grasslands Protected Area. The trailhead we chose is the “Upper Barren Hills trailhead”, off a short side road just past Batchelor Hill itself. The double track has a fenc …


Mara – Tranquille Hills – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: April 4, 2019 8:27 pm

In late winter as the temperatures started to warm up, the snow melted slowly in the hills.   I ventured up into the hills overlooking Tranquille River, following double tracks, single tracks, and some cross country sections through the sagebrush and the snow.   From the Mara Trail start, I followed the old wagon track that connects Tanquille to Pr …


Walloper Creek Snowshoeing – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: April 2, 2019 8:23 pm

We snowshoed from Lodgepole Lake southwest across ponds and cutblocks to do a loop of the Walloper Creek drainage, Our intent was to head over to Melba Lake and create a larger loop, but we cut off too soon and went through some very dense forest and windfall, making our whole outing quite a bit longer. The route across Lower LP Pond had already be …


Painted Bluffs Impressions – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: March 31, 2019 8:16 pm

In 2018 we hiked into Painted Bluffs Provincial Park twice.   We explore the area most years, some of them arriving by kayak, launching from Tobiano or Savona.   Most visitors only go to the foot of the weathered bluffs, but we have hiked and scrambled up and down the ridges and the gullies for a variety of views.    Although the painted bluffs are …