The Sand Hills – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: November 17, 2018 3:27 pm

Between Zion National Park and the Vermillion Cliffs to the east is an area of hills, terraces, and buttes.   The Sand Hills are found in that area, with Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park as the centerpiece.    Driving east through Zion, we arrive at Mt. Carmel Junction.   From there, drive 6 km south to the signed turn to the park.   A fee is charg …


Peter and Paul Perspectives – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: November 15, 2018 3:22 pm

About Kamloops Trails 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 …


Spalding Hill – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: November 13, 2018 3:19 pm

Spalding Hill is in the middle of South Pender Island, accessed from Castle Road.    It is a steep hike to the top of Spalding Hill bluffs. We parked down on the Spalding Road and walked up to the signed trailhead. The trail winds among bluffs to the top. Views extend east across Plumper Sound to Saturna Island. Turkey vultures soared below us, sup …


Alkali Lakes and Rocky Hills

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: November 10, 2018 3:14 pm

The south side of Kamloops Lake is all rocky hills with steep vertical slopes down to the lake.   Only the Tobiano benchland has relatively easy access.   The rest of the slopes have limited access.   Private property, grazing fences, and very few roads can be found along all of the south side of the lake from Kamloops to Savona, with a couple of e …


Brooks Point – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: November 8, 2018 3:12 pm

Brooks Point Regional Park lies at the southeast corner of South Pender Island.  There are some short trails through the forest, but the best parts of the park are the headlands that jut out into Boundary Pass. The rocky points provide views south to the San Juan Islands, east to Saturna Island and southeast to Mount Baker.   It is especially fine …


Jag Hill in the Fall

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: November 4, 2018 3:09 pm

Jag Hill is a prominent ridge on the east end of Red Plateau.    the top of the hill is an open ridge with fine 360 degree views.   We can get to it from the Red Plateau Forest Service Road (the easiest and shortest route), from the Dewdrop Range or from the Tranquille – Criss Creek Road.   In mid fall, we hiked up from the parking area near The Pi …


Back to Bryce Canyon – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: November 3, 2018 4:07 pm

About Kamloops Trails 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 …


Painted Bluffs Hike – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: October 31, 2018 4:01 pm

Painted Bluffs Provincial Park is a series of colorful ridges and gullies on the north side of Kamloops Trails.   Access is overland from the Copper Creek Road or by boat to the beach area below the bluffs.  We have been to Painted Bluffs many times.   We tried a different route in the spring, arriving at the top of the bluffs, skirting the rim, an …


George Hill – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: October 28, 2018 3:55 pm

On the north end of North Pender Island is the George Hill Trail.   All of the trails on Pender Island are well-signed with designated parking, but there are a lot of turns to get to the right spot.   Here is a good guide to the trailhead – Pender Parks and Trails.     We climbed the trail to the hilltop and continued along the ridge and back.   Th …


On the River in the Fall

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: October 27, 2018 3:53 pm

Pioneer Park is a busy place in the summer, but in fall, the area is much quieter.   On the river, the noisy and disruptive power boats are absent.   We can return from the high country lakes to paddle up and down the river.   On this grey and cool day in October, I pushed out from the boat launch and went downstream. The section down to the conflu …