Bush North Loop – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: January 19, 2020 5:06 am

The original Bush Lake Trails were built for the first 1979 BC Winter Games.   I remember talking to Art Hooper, the Sport Chair for cross country skiing.   I was sport chair for both squash and racquetball and I attended Sport meetings with the other chairs and Director Pat O’Brian, then ran the events during the Games.   Art got help from local c …


Lodgepole Lake Snowshoeing – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: January 16, 2020 5:03 am

The Lodgepole Lake area is one of our favorite destinations for winter snowshoeing.   The road is usually kept clear right to the Rec Site at the lake at 1415 m elevation (4652 ft).    All routes from the lake are set by snowshoers or snowmobiles.   The Chuwhels Mountain FSR is the main corridor, but many branch roads go off either side and ponds c …


Bush South – McConnell West Hills

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: January 13, 2020 5:00 am

About KamloopsTrails 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 t …


Early Tracks in the Dogwood Marshes

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: January 10, 2020 4:56 am

The Dogwood Marshes area is not a formal or organized snowshoeing area.   We use the parking area established originally for the Bush Lake Trails (across the road), but we enter the area through a gate in the grazing fence and drop down to the open area of the (red ossier dogwood) marshes below.   There are no signed trailheads nor any trail signs …


On Bush Lake – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: January 7, 2020 4:52 am

The Bush Lake Trails were developed as cross country trails for the (first) 1979 BC Winter Games in 1979.   We did all of our nordic skiing on the trails, but when the Coquihalla Highway was under construction, it cut the trails into two areas with no connection and instead the government established the Stake Lake system nearby.   the old trails w …


Above the Fog on Dufferin Ridge

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: January 4, 2020 4:48 am

I have been hiking Dufferin Ridge in December for a few years now, picking days when valley fog lies below, but some clear skies above make the hilltops into islands above the sea of mists.   The hike from the parking lot to the top of Dufferin Hill along the Tower Trail is 1.6 km.   The trail continues along the spine of the ridge past the towers. …


In the Fog, In the Forest, On the Snow

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: January 1, 2020 4:33 am

About KamloopsTrails 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 t …


Dam Lake Loop – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: December 29, 2019 4:25 am

When driving conditions are “iffy”, we know we can drive up the Coquihalla Highway to the first exit and pull off to hike in the Outer Inks Lakes trails/tracks.    Most of the double tracks were set before the Coquihalla Highway was built.   The maze of tracks was used by the Greater Kamloops Motorcycle Association who added a number of single trac …


McAbee Hills Ramble – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: December 26, 2019 4:11 am

The Cache Creek Hills extend from the Back Valley Road, just each of Cache creek, to the Battle Creek FSR close to Juniper Beach Provincial Park.   A series of open hills rise 2500 feet above the TransCanada Highway.   There are no established trails in the hills, but there are some tracks from The Back Valley Road, the Battle Creek FSR, or the hig …


Balancing Rock Ramble – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: December 23, 2019 4:08 am

How long will Balancing Rock stay on top of the pillar?   Every time I return there, it seems more precariously perched on the eroded conglomerates that support it.   We returned to hike the area in early December on a windy, cold day.   We hiked from the gate down a single track to the edge of the steep slopes above Balancing Rock then followed a …