Kamloops Lake

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: November 9, 2016 4:50 pm

The Thompson River flows from the confluence in Kamloops downstream for km into Kamloops Lake.   The lake is 26 – 29 km (depending on where we define the lake starts) long and is to 1.2 to 3 km wide.   The lake drains into the continuation of the Thompson River at Savona. Most of the lake is surrounded by rocky bluffs. …


Mount Hamilton Lookout

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: November 7, 2016 4:14 pm

Mount Hamilton stands between the Douglas Lake Valley and the Quilchena Creek Valley.   The trailhead to the Lookout is right off the Douglas Lake Road just west of the Spahomin Indian Reserve.  The grassland hills stretch off in every direction from this elevation. The first section of the backroad up to the Mount Hamilton Lookout c …


Red Plateau

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: November 5, 2016 8:51 am

The high area bounded by Tranquille River and the Dewdrop Range is called Red Plateau.   Locals sometimes get mixed with the naming of these areas.   The Red Lake Road (Tranquille – Criss Creek Road) climbs up through the hills on the west side of Tranquille River.   Once up over the first set of bluffs, a benchl …


Cariboo River

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: November 3, 2016 4:52 pm

The Cariboo River starts under the western side of the crest of the 8000 foot glaciated Cariboo Mountains.   On the other side of the Cariboo Range,  McBride and the Fraser River lie 27 km to the east.   The northern end of Wells Gray Park is 27 km to the southeast. There are many large icefields that drain down into the Up …


Umatilla Rock

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: November 1, 2016 4:48 pm

Umatiila Rock Trail is a giant fin-like monument in the middle of Grand Coulee below Dry Falls.   The trailhead starts in the Park.   It is possible to drive up the coulee on the road to Deep Lake, but we started right in the Dry Falls Campground, following a wetlands trail to the signed trailhead on the southwest corner of Umat …