Charlotte Alplands South Peak

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: November 15, 2016 4:58 pm

The Charlotte Alplands are a protected area of rocky mountains, forested valleys, and alpine lakes in a remote area between Charlotte Lake (West Chilcotin) and the Coast Range.   The area has no roads or trails so access is by floatplane from Nimpo Lake or through a horsepack outfitter like One Eye Outfit.   Once out of the fore …


Peterson Creek Top to Bottom

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: November 13, 2016 9:05 am

One of Kamloops finest parks is Peterson Creek Park, a gorge that runs right into the downtown area.   The creek starts high on the rocky slopes of Chuwhels Mountain at 1746m (5730 feet).   Meltwaters drain to the east for 4km into Connolly Lake, then east down through douglas fir forests continuing east. We have crossed Peterso …


Kamloops Kayak

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: November 11, 2016 1:38 pm

Updates, new posts, asides, and links are added to the newer website Kamloops Kayak even throughout winter. The last day paddling in 2016 will be late November and the first day for 2017 will be late February! The post Kamloops Kayak appeared first on Kamloops Trails.


Jag Hill Jaunt

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: November 11, 2016 9:00 am

The Jag Hill Jaunt is a moderate hike to a wonderful viewpoint on the rim of the Red Plateau Escarpment.   All of the hikes from the Dewdrop Range to the hilltops on Red Plateau are harder hikes with lots of elevation gain, but there are a few routes from the Red Plateau Forest Service Road that are more moderate and still quite rewarding …


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 …