Stake Lake Trails in the Summer

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: August 21, 2017 4:46 pm

When the heat of summer makes all of our lower-elevation trails a challenge we can drive up to the high country at over 4000 feet and hike on trails in the cooler montane forest.   In a summer of smoky conditions, it is also an opportunity to get above the smoke-filled river valleys.   Stake Lake is easy to get to and has over 6 …


Sullivan Lake

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: August 18, 2017 4:48 pm

Many people refer to this lake as Knouff Lake, but the maps name it Sullivan Lake.   Locals in the community at the south end,  the Resort at the north end, and fishermen mostly call this Knouff Lake.   Nevertheless, I launched from the Sullivan Lake West (Knouff) Recreation Site and paddled around the shoreline of the lake …


Inks Lake

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: August 17, 2017 4:46 pm

Inks Lake lies in a basin just off the Lac le Jeune Road in the grasslands southeast of Sugarloaf Hill and west of Jacko Lake.   Because it is shallow, there is no fishing in the lake and in mid-summer algae expands throughout the lake.   It sees little recreational use, except for winter pond hockey and an occasional lakeside c …


Sunset Trail Loops

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: August 15, 2017 4:48 pm

The trails on the western end of Kenna Cartwright Park offer 4 season hiking opportunities , especially if we start at the gate on Hillside Drive past the prison.   This is out of the park but is a well-used access point to the main trails – Ponderosa Trail, Sunset and Mesa Trails.   There is also a single track loop that …


Edith Lake on a SuP

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: August 12, 2017 8:48 am

Edith Lake is a popular fishing lake so it is better for paddlers to launch at non-prime fishing times to stay out of the way.   We went out with our stand-up paddleboard and paddled away from fishing boats, sticking close to the shoreline. Grassland hills rise above the lake on each side. The back arms of the lake are sheltered and shallow, f …


Updated Google Map of Paddling in the Kamloops Area

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: August 10, 2017 10:19 am

The Google map was just updated to include all the links to articles on each paddling spot. As new spots are added, the map will be updated again. Viewers can zoom in, set to full page, click on any of the waypoints for information and links (pictures will be added), share, etc.   The post Updated Google Map of Paddling in the Kamloops Area ap …


Arnica Trail

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: August 9, 2017 4:55 pm

The fine trails on the northeast end of Kenna Cartwright Park are not well known, but they are interesting trails with excellent views.   The best access is from the recycling area on Bunker Road (drive past the bins and park).   The entrance trail is the Sage Trail. and any combination of trails can be used.  On this last …


Tobiano to Six Mile Point on Kamloops Lake

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: August 6, 2017 8:18 am

There are only 3 reasonable access points to Kamloops Lake – Cooney Bay, Savona, and Tobiano Boat Launch (Brubaker Marina).   For paddlers this divides the lake into 3 sections and since this is a big lake (30 km from end to end), each works well for 3 days of paddling each year.   To access the middle part of Kamloops Lak …


Mount Perry Traverse

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: August 3, 2017 4:54 pm

Mount Perry rises to 1729m (5672 feet) above the lowest point in North America, the Death Valley Basin.   It is in the rugged Black Mountains on the east side of Death Valley.  The best access point is to take the Dante’s View Road and then from the parking lot continue to bear north following the tops of all the ridges. Below …


Bute Lakes Ramble

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: August 1, 2017 4:48 pm

The Bute Lakes are a series of small lakes and marshy meadows in the high country east of Lac le Jeune and north of Ross Moore Lake at 1245m 4085 (ft).  The McConnell Forest Service Road bears southeast from the Lac le Jeune Road just 1.1 km north of the Goose Lake Road junction.   This is a good backcountry road, but caution must be …