Makena State Park

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: February 9, 2017 4:52 pm

Makena State Park is on the shoreline of Makena (south of Kihei and Wailea) on the Island of Maui.      There are two beaches and a dormant volcanic cinder cone on the 165 acre park. Big Beach is a kilometer-long crescent of golden sand.  A small reef provides safe swimming conditions near the shoreline. Separating the …


Revised Posts

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: February 7, 2017 2:41 pm

For a period of time from November 2013 through April 2014,  I was using a slideshow program to display photos.   That program (plugin) became incompatible with Word Press and the theme I was using, shutting down the entire site.  After some detective work I found the problem and disabled the plugin. This left a few dozen posts …


Winter Beach Walk

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: February 6, 2017 4:50 pm

By the beginning of February we often see snow start to disappear in the bottom of the Thompson River Valley.   The lowest elevations and the most exposed south-facing areas are the first to clear and the expanded beaches along the river offer hikers an opportunity to walk on the sand.   There are a number of shorter walks along …


Waihee Ridge

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: February 4, 2017 8:48 am

The trail up Waihee Ridge starts on a side road off the Kahekili “Highway” (at mile 6.9) on the north side of the West Maui Mountain Range.  A good road leads to a parking area and a signed trail.   The trail is in good shape, well-signed, and brushed out.   There were a couple of muddy spots on north-facing slopes, but t …


Snowshoeing in Kamloops

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: February 2, 2017 1:39 pm

An article written for Tourism Kamloops: http://www.tourismkamloops.com/files/Snowshoe-Jan2017pr2.pdf   The post Snowshoeing in Kamloops appeared first on Kamloops Trails.


A Winter of Snowshoeing in the Dogwood Marshes

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: February 1, 2017 4:55 pm

Each winter we try to snowshoe in a different place each time for the whole season, going back to the most reliable spots first and when conditions are ready, heading to the hills for new routes, to the tops of hills, and to routes only visited every few years.   When we take out novices, family members, or groups, we find that the Bush L …


Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: January 30, 2017 5:05 pm

The only Hawaiian island that has navigable rivers is Kauai.   The Hanalei River is the second largest (in flow) on the island,  descending from the upper slopes of Mt. Wai’ale’ale to the ocean in 15.7 miles.  The lower part of the river flows slowly through dense forests, past taro fields, and then it winds through a fla …


The Upper Goose Lake Hills

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: January 27, 2017 4:48 pm

All of the side roads and tracks off the Lac le Jeune Road have areas to snowshoe.   Most are explorations, but as more people venture out, tracks are set for others to follow.   One area that has many hours of snowshoeing for explorers is the Upper Goose Lake Hills.   This is crown land adjacent to the upper end of th …


Larsen’s Beach and Seacliffs

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: January 25, 2017 4:56 pm

Kauai has many wonderful hikes but there are also a number of excellent seacliff routes down to pocket beaches.   Many of these are off backroads to a parking spot.   Larsen’s Beach is down  Koolau Road south of Kilauea, then along the Larsens Beach sideroad.   At the end of the gravel road are a number of parkin …


Miloli’i Ridge Trail

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: January 23, 2017 4:48 pm

We drove up through Waimea Canyon up into Kokee State Park on the Island of Kauai on a spring day in 2012.   We parked on the Makaha Ridge Road and started out on the rough Miloli’i Roadl, at first traversing, then descending down the long ridge. We haven’t been able to locate our photos from this 9.5 mile hike.   Th …