Hosli Lake

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: September 29, 2017 4:48 pm

The goal is to paddle all the lakes in our area (except the smallest ones) and eventually we will have done the shoreline of over 100 lakes.   Hosli Lake has been on the list for a while, but it is a little harder to get to.    The route is to drive to Roche Lake, but turn onto the Bleeker Lake Forest Service Road.  …

Paddling in the Smoky Hills

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: September 28, 2017 7:19 am

On a smoky day I drove up to the Stake Lake in hopes of getting high enough to have better air quality.   Even at 1416m, Lodgepole Lake was smoky so I paddled one loop around the lake then came down to McConnell Lake for some additional mileage.   The launch had some fishermen, dog walkers, hikers, runners, and some paddlers, bu …

Falls Lake Trail

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: September 26, 2017 4:48 pm

The Falls Lake Trail is  short excursion to a beautiful spot in the Coquihalla Summit.   When driving south pass the old toll booth area and watch for the Falls Lake Road turn on the right.  Go up the paved road to the end and park.   The singed trailhead is just ahead (north and to the right). Thar Peak stands above the tr …

McGillivray Lake Paddle

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: September 24, 2017 8:48 am

McGillivray Lake is a high country lake on the Cahilty Plateau 6 km from Sun Peaks Village. The McGilllivray Lake Forest Service Road connects Sun Peaks Road to McGillivray Lake and the gravel road continues on down to Neskonlith Lake and Shuswap Road.     To paddle the lake, follow the gravel road and turn in to the McGillivray …

Pacific Spirit North

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: September 22, 2017 4:54 pm

The trails on the UBC Enddowment Lands were well used before the area was turned into a park.  In the mid-1970’s I explored, hiked, and ran the trails over a 6 year stint, then returned to walk them again in the 1990’s.   Now that it is officially Pacific Spirit Regional Park, there are designated parking spots, trailhead …

Dardanelles Lake

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: September 20, 2017 4:39 pm

Dardanelles Lake lies in a basin in the plateau country south of Roche Lake and east of Stump Lake.   The main route is on the Dardanelles Forest Service Road which starts at the north end of Stump Lake.   It is a 21 km backroad, gradually climbing to 1260m.   The last short section is a rough road (high clearance) to …

Mt. Finlayson

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: September 17, 2017 8:48 am

The Mt. Finlayson Trail starts in Goldstream Provincial Park in the forest then climbs through the forest to the south-facing cliffs, looking toward Victoria.   We started on Bear Mountain near the tennis club and hiked for 0.5 km over to the junction below the summit trail.   From that point, everything was steep and rocky to t …

Morrisey Lake

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: September 15, 2017 4:46 pm

Morrisey Lake is a shallow high country lake on the Cahilty Plateau, not far from McGillivray Lake.   It is accessed from the McGillivray Lake Forest Service Road, 6 km past Sun Peaks.  Aat an unsigned side road just north of McGillivray Lake, turn east and follow the dirt road for 1 km.   Watch for the BC Recreation Site s …

Hunter Canyon

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: September 13, 2017 4:43 pm

The Hunter Canyon hike is in the sandstone hills west of Moab.   To get to the trailhead, drive out to the south side of the Colorado River on the Kane Creek Road and then follow the Kane Springs (gravel) Road for 5 km and park at the signed trailhead.   There is a small campground there and a single track trail follows the cree …

Our Paddling Corridor

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: September 11, 2017 4:48 pm

From Kamloops we have many lakes and rivers that we can pick for a day of paddling. Since wind is always an issue for paddlers, we are best to check the weather forecast before selecting a destination.   With the summer of 2017, we also had smoky days to think about and higher lakes tended to have less smoke than lakes and rivers closer t …