Clay Lake Routes – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: December 17, 2018 4:27 pm

The upper grasslands on the edge of the forest is the north end of the Lac du Bois Conservancy of Canada.   it is bordered by Park lands on the east and south and the McQueen Lake Environmental Education Center on the north.    Clay Lake and Meadow Pond lie in a grasslands basin surrounded by forest.   There are a number of trails that can be follo …


Coal Hill in November – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: December 15, 2018 4:25 pm

Most mountain bikers and hikers access Coal Hill from Pineview.    It can be accessed from the top of the Aberdeen area too, but these slopes are grazing lands so hikers have to be mindful of locked gates and posted signage.    Most of the grazing is from spring to the middle of summer, so the Pineview trailhead may be a better option.   Later in N …


Major health study shows benefits of combatting climate change

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: December 14, 2018 2:20 pm

(Photo: Jes via Flickr) During the holiday season, people often drink toasts to health. There’s something more we can do to ensure that we and others will enjoy good health now and into the future: combat climate change. “Climate change is the biggest global health threat of the 21st century, and tackling it could be our greatest health opportunity …


Moab Area Hiking – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: December 13, 2018 4:22 pm

We traveled to the Moab area and back and hiked every day.   A few hikes from the Moab area (outside of Canyonlands National Park and Arches National Park) are featured here as a video:     About Kamloops Trails I started exploring this area in 1976 and I continue to follow tracks and routes wherever they lead, with the aid of map, compass, GPSr an …


On the Stony Lake Loop in November

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: December 9, 2018 4:17 pm

Stony Lake is a grasslands pond that lies in a hollow below a steep hill on the edge of the upper grasslands.   When the area was occupied by homesteaders between 1900 and 1925, they named it Stony Lake.   M. Scott built a homestead on the shores of the lake in 1914 but was gone by 1919.   Some of the walls of the old cabin were still there in the …


Eagle Crags – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: December 7, 2018 4:11 pm

The Eagle Crags are spires of rock at the northern end of the Vermillion Cliffs, just outside Zion National Park.   Access to the trailhead is in Rockville.   Take Bridge Road to cross the Virgin River and go straight up the hill at the intersection (not right to Grafton).   The road is gravel and some sections will not be suitable to low-clearance …


Politicians who deny reality aren’t fit to lead

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: December 6, 2018 2:13 pm

(Photo: The White House via Flickr) When faced with conclusive evidence of a major threat to citizens, a true leader would do everything possible to confront it. So, what was the U.S. president’s reaction to a U.S. scientific report compiled by more than 300 scientists and endorsed by a dozen different agencies, including NASA, NOAA and the defence …


Duffy Greenstone Trails – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: December 5, 2018 4:10 pm

A network of 132 kms of OHV trails can be found all along the flanks of Greenstone Mountain.    On the east are the Inks Lakes Trails,   On the north slopes are the Duffy Greenstone Trails and on the west side are the Duffy Lake – Dairy Lake Trails.   The double track roads can be used by motorcycles, quads, and jeeps/4×4’s.   the double track “tra …


Interpreting the Landscape – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: December 2, 2018 4:06 pm

We hike in the backcountry often and take a lot of photos.    Every image we take is an attempt to capture part of the experience we have.   Our personal impressions are rarely captured in a photo.   In the first stage, we selectively choose (frame) the scene, including or excluding  subjects or objects.   We pay a lot of attention to exposure, and …


Kiholo South – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: December 1, 2018 4:05 pm

About Kamloops Trails I started exploring this area in 1976 and I continue to follow tracks and routes wherever they lead, with the aid of map, compass, GPSr and camera. After many dead-ends, but also many discoveries, I chose to share this information. Getting out 12 months each year, I continue to explore trails, tracks, routes, and waterways of …