Haleakala Loop

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: December 29, 2016 4:48 pm

Much of the Island of Mauai is Haleakala, a 10 000 foot shield volcano.   We can drive to the summit, entering Haleakala National Park on the way up.   The Visitors Center is on the rim, just below the highest point and this is where the main trailhead is.   Almost all of the hikes must drop into the crater, 3000 feet …


Dogwood Marshes Snowshoeing

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: December 26, 2016 8:15 am

The Dogwood Marshes may be the best snowshoeing terrain in the Kamloops area.     We can drive up the Lac le Jeune Road and park at the Bush Lake pull-through/parking area.   The trailhead is right by the fence on the east side.   The trails drop into the bowl and then snowshoers just  follow any of the …


Chukar Lake

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: December 24, 2016 7:50 am

Just south of Potholes Reservoir is the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge, an area of basalt lava cliffs, lakes, ponds, grasslands, and canyons.   It is part of the channeled scablands, a corridor scoured by the release of an ice age lake, now an eroded and complex terrain.   We drove into the middle of the Refuge to hike the Frog La …


Frederick Bluffs 2016

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: December 21, 2016 4:59 pm

We hike in the Frederick Bluffs each year.   It is a rugged area of rocky bluffs, grassland slopes, gullies, and wonderful views.       There are no trails into the Frederick Bluffs area.   We park just off the Frederick Road and create our own route going up one bluff, down in the gullies, and up the next bluff, …


Return to Bowron Lake

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: December 19, 2016 4:55 pm

The first half of the Bowron Lakes Circuit is a challenge with difficult portages, some rough campsites,  and long paddles.  The return to Bowron Lake, the second half of the Circuit, is a much more enjoyable wilderness experience.   The Bowron River empties into Lanezi Lake then there is another shorter downriver paddle to Sand …


Bush Lake

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: December 18, 2016 8:55 pm

Over the summer there was some logging in the area between the Lac le Jeune Road and the Coquihalla Highway.   We snowshoed part of this today to check it out. The harvesting is not complete so we should expect logging to continue in the spring.   There are a number of large slash piles which have not yet been burned. From the B …


Bowron Lakes Circuit

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: December 17, 2016 8:48 am

The Bowron Lakes Circuit is one of the top paddling destinations in the world, a week-long paddling, portaging, and camping wilderness challenge.   Reservations are needed to venture onto the circuit and an orientation is required before starting on the 2.4 km portage to Kibee Lake.   We had our long kayaks loaded onto kayak car …


Hoapili Trail

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: December 15, 2016 4:55 pm

The road on the west coast of Maui goes south past Kihei, then Wailea and then ends at Kahena.   At the end of the paved road, a narrow road winds through lava flows in the Ahihi Natural Preserve before ending at La Perouse Bay.   The Hoapili Trail continues south along the coast.   It was once part of the “Kings …


Barnes Lake Trails 2016

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: December 12, 2016 4:59 pm

We try to hike the Barnes Lake Trails twice a year, and in 2016 we returned in November to do the routes again.   We started at the Gardiner Road trailhead and hiked up Trail #1, then continued to take left turns around the outside loop of the area, returning back into the grasslands on the west side, finishing at Barnharvale Road where w …


Kealia Pond and Sugar Beach

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: December 10, 2016 7:40 am

Kealia Pond National Wildlife Reserve is located just north of Kihei on Maui.   A viewing platform of the larger pond is found one mile north of Kihei on the northeast side.   On the other side of the pond off the highway is the Kealia Coastal Boardwalk, a 2200 foot walkway through salt marsh ponds.   Wetland birds, wa …