Sage – Panorama – Arnica Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: November 7, 2019 2:47 am

When we are looking for a shorter moderate hike with fine views, we sometimes head to the Sage area trails.   The trailhead is a parking area in behind the recycling area off Bunker Road.   All of the trails are signed and easy to follow.   There are a number of possible routes to take, but on this day I hiked the Sage Trail, then left the trails t …


Brookmere – Brodie – Coldwater in the Snow

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: November 4, 2019 2:41 am

We planned to hike the TransCanada Trail from Brookmere to Brodie, then north along the Clearwater River for a day in October but we didn’t anticipate an early area snowfall.   It had snowed lightly in the hills near Kamloops but we had not planned to hike in higher elevations so we were surprised by 6? (15 cm) of snow in Brookmere.   We had hiked …


Above Lac du Bois – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: November 2, 2019 3:35 am

For most of the summer we follow established trails up ridges and to high points.   When fall arrives, the higher points may be snowed in and backroads and trails to high points can become muddy and difficult to access.   In the valley bottom and in the hills that surround us, access lasts longer so we often turn to these trails but also to new rou …


Lake of the Hanging Glacier

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: October 31, 2019 3:27 am

We camped at Radium and hiked in the area for a few days.   One of the routes we wanted to do was the well-established trail to Lake of the Hanging Glacier.   From Radium, we worked our way on backroads to the Horsethief Creek Road, a good backroad that goes 50 km west into the Purcell Range.  The signed trailhead is at the end of the road.   The t …


Six Mile Lakes Loop – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: October 28, 2019 3:23 am

The area around Six Mile Hill is grazing land, but the lakes and tracks in the hills are also used by anglers and hikers.   We came into Pat Lake from the east, parking by the shoreline area used by fishermen.   There are no designated trails in the area but we know some routes that combine double tracks, single tracks, and cross-country rambles in …


Hoodoos Rim Trail – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: October 26, 2019 3:21 am

The Hoodoos Trail is now a trail in the Nature Trust of B.C., located nor far from Fairmont, B.C.     A short hike goes from the trailhead to a viewpoint, then a short loop can be walked before returning.    A rim trail, though, has been in place for much longer.   It skirts the edge of the bluffs and goes past the Nature Trust property into adjace …


Pedley Pass – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: October 23, 2019 3:15 am

The Pedley Pass Trail is one of the best hikes in the East Kootenays area.   By driving backroads to 1980 m (6500 feet) into the Stanford Range the trail quickly climbs into subalpine meadows and larch forests.    From Highway 93 near Invermere, we took the Windermere Loop Road and then turned onto the Wesroc Mine Road passing the gypsum mine and c …


Horsethief Falls – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: October 21, 2019 3:11 am

Horsethief Falls is found in the Purcell Ranges, more than 50 km up Horsethief Creek.   It is in a remote spot, hidden in a canyon so it is not well-known.  There is no trail to the base of the falls and the faint trail to the top of the falls is unmarked and a bit of a scramble.   While hiking back from Lake of the Hanging Glacier, I looked for a …


Skoatl Point 2019 – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: October 18, 2019 3:08 am

Skoatl Point is a dark, barren volcanic core rising above the Bonaparte Plateau.   It is in a remote forested area surrounded by many lakes frequented by anglers and hunters.   It is the only maintained trail in Bonaparte Provincial Park.   Access is via the Jamieson Creek Road (for 25.5 km), then west on the Windy Lake Road.   The trailhead is 1.5 …


On Badger Lake – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: October 16, 2019 3:05 am

One of the lakes we return to paddle each year is Badger Lake.    Access to the lake is either past Knouff Lake (7 km) on a bumpy back road, or up the Orchard Lake Road (13 km) from Highway 5 North.  The road goes up the east side of Badger Lake to a B.C. Rec Site.   There is now a separate public boat launch just before the campground.   It is a b …