Wild Horse Ridge North

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: July 14, 2018 8:48 am

Wild Horse Ridge has open karst alpine ridges that extend for 5 km in a U shape.   Once we have hiked to the saddle area on the ridge, we can bear left to go around the North Ridge or we can bear right to continue up toward Mt. Kerr, the highest peak in the Marble Range.   Our goal for this day was the highest point on the North …


Mabel Lake South

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: July 12, 2018 4:48 pm

We paddled much of the south end of Mabel Lake, launching out of Mable Lake Provincial Park.   The shoreline down to where the Shuswap River drains into the lake is 3.5 km away.   A circuit of the south end is about 10 km.    There is a concrete boat launch at the park, but we hand-launched off the beach. The lake …


A Mesa Morning

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: July 10, 2018 4:49 pm

We hiked on the west end of Mt. Dufferin early in the morning, parking past the Kamloops Regional Correctional Center and hiking up the Pipeline Trail, then the Sunset Trail, the Mesa Trail, Lava Flow Lookout, then back by the Ponderosa Trail, a 6.45 km loop route. From the end of the Sunset Trail (1.4 km), we enjoyed the views west across the rock …


Bringing our Noise to the Backcountry

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: July 10, 2018 2:44 pm

Call this a rant.  From  my observations of trends over several decades, it would appear that we are determined to bring our human noise to the backcountry. In a group hike recently, there was 3 hours of opportunity to hear the songs of birds, the hum of insects, and the quiet of the forest.   Instead we heard 2 hours of persona …


Mt. Bowman

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: July 7, 2018 8:48 am

Mt. Bowman is in the Marble Range.   To get to the trailhead, we drove to Clinton, turned west onto the Kelly Lake Road, then north on the Jesmond Road  for about 21 km.  .  At a double curve in the road (N51° 9.435′ W 121° 55.649′ ) a side road leads off to the right.   We followed it to the p …


A Ramble in Peterson Creek

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: July 5, 2018 4:58 pm

When we moved to Kamloops in 1976, Peterson Creek was the first area we explored and hiked.   There were few trail signs there and the park boundaries had not been defined.   Some of the rails were only faint game tracks or scramble routes across the slopes.   Over the years, more trails were added, some were decommiss …


Upper Aberdeen Grasslands

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: July 4, 2018 3:28 pm

We hiked in the hills above Aberdeen and chose routes that stayed in the open grasslands.   We spotted a number of wildflowers along the way. Hover your cursor for a title. Click for a full-sized photo.   gaillardiasalsifyblue lettucemilkweedastercinquefoilbluebura pollinatorgolden astercrested wheatgrass The post Upper Aberdeen Gras …


Outer Inks Loop

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: July 3, 2018 4:48 pm

When the weather gets hot in summer, we sometimes retreat to the forest and the Outer Inks Trails are just a short drive up the Coquihalla Highway.    The trails are a collection of older double tracks and newer single tracks (mostly created by motorcycles), but ATVs and mountain bikes have also shaped the “trail” network …


Wallace Island

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: July 1, 2018 8:45 am

Wallace Island Provincial Park is found in the Gulf Islands between the northern ends of Saltspring and Galiano Islands.   It is a marine-only access park with anchorages for larger boats and landings for paddlers.   Most paddlers come over from Saltsping where it is only about 2 km from launch to landing.   It is poss …


Stake Lake Loops

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: June 29, 2018 8:48 pm

When the weather gets hot, we often go to the high country to find shade, to be next to a lake, and to enjoy moderate in the hills trails.   In this last outing, we brought our kayaks and paddled 2 loops around the lake then hiked one loop around the lake. We find the water in Stake Lake to be remarkably clear as follow the shoreline arou …