Clapperton Ridge in Fall – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: November 18, 2019 3:04 am

Lac du Bois Grasslands Protected Area climbs extends north to Lac du Bois, then the land immediately north is part of the Lac du Bois Grasslands Nature Conservancy of Canada. This is the upper extent of the grasslands along the Lac du Bois Road.   With increasing elevation, the open areas give way to Douglas fir forests near the McQueen Lake fencel …


Forming bonds in times of crisis

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: November 15, 2019 7:10 pm

Reimagining and acting to create a better world can be a deeply positive experience. In the act of coming together, we can rewire the status quo so that taking care of each other becomes the (Photo: David Suzuki Foundation via Flickr) The climate and ecological crises touch each of us to varying degrees. Some carry the emotional weight of worrying …


Castle Butte Ramble – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: November 15, 2019 2:56 am

Castle Butte is a promontory/ridge that juts out from the Red Plateau Escarpment.   To get to the top of the hill at the end of the ridge, a ledge is followed to the east side then a short scramble is required to go the south end of the butte.   Most hikers who choose to go to Castle Butte follow the Dewdrop Trail from the Dewdrop Range Trailhead.  …


Watching Tranquille – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: November 12, 2019 2:54 am

An old double track goes from Tranquille Crossing (on the Tranquille Criss Creek Road) to the confluence area where Watching Creek meets the Tranquille River.   Both the river and the creek feature canyons with rugged cliffs and fall colors.   The double track down the side of the river is a moderate hike of 2.5 km each way.   We hiked down to the …


The Grasslands in Fall – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: November 9, 2019 2:51 am

One of our favorite hikes in any season is a route through the middle grasslands on the west side of Long Lake in Lac du Bois Grasslands Provincial Park.   There is a user-trail at the start by the small pullout/trailhead which we start on,  but we usually pick our own route to pass kettle ponds, glacial features like erratics, kames, eskers, and m …


Doing more with less energy goes a long way

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: November 7, 2019 7:06 pm

The International Energy Agency says energy efficiency alone could provide more than 40 per cent of the emissions reductions needed by 2040 to meet Paris Agreement targets. (Photo: JSPhotography2016 via Wikimedia Commons) In September, a water main near the Vancouver Art Gallery blew, jetting water and rocks into the sky. The water waste was imposs …


Sage – Panorama – Arnica Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: November 7, 2019 2:47 am

When we are looking for a shorter moderate hike with fine views, we sometimes head to the Sage area trails.   The trailhead is a parking area in behind the recycling area off Bunker Road.   All of the trails are signed and easy to follow.   There are a number of possible routes to take, but on this day I hiked the Sage Trail, then left the trails t …


Brookmere – Brodie – Coldwater in the Snow

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: November 4, 2019 2:41 am

We planned to hike the TransCanada Trail from Brookmere to Brodie, then north along the Clearwater River for a day in October but we didn’t anticipate an early area snowfall.   It had snowed lightly in the hills near Kamloops but we had not planned to hike in higher elevations so we were surprised by 6? (15 cm) of snow in Brookmere.   We had hiked …


Above Lac du Bois – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: November 2, 2019 3:35 am

For most of the summer we follow established trails up ridges and to high points.   When fall arrives, the higher points may be snowed in and backroads and trails to high points can become muddy and difficult to access.   In the valley bottom and in the hills that surround us, access lasts longer so we often turn to these trails but also to new rou …


Lake of the Hanging Glacier

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: October 31, 2019 3:27 am

We camped at Radium and hiked in the area for a few days.   One of the routes we wanted to do was the well-established trail to Lake of the Hanging Glacier.   From Radium, we worked our way on backroads to the Horsethief Creek Road, a good backroad that goes 50 km west into the Purcell Range.  The signed trailhead is at the end of the road.   The t …