Paul Lake in October

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: February 19, 2018 9:28 am

This was an unpublished post so rather than delete it, I have edited it a bit and published it as a short Ramble. A map of Paul Lake: Looking down the lake on a grey late fall day from the kayak.At the east end of the lake with the sun peeking through the cloud over the marshes. Coming down the south shore looking toward Gibraltar Rock. There are a …


Polulu Trail

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: February 18, 2018 8:48 am

The Polulu Trail follows the steep cliffs and deeply cut valleys on the northeast end of the Big Island of Hawaii.   The trailhead is at the end of the road.   We followed Highway 270 north along the Kohala Peninsula and continued as it rounded the northern tip, entering a new wetter ecozone on the windward end of the island. …


Middle Grasslands Snowshoe

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: February 14, 2018 4:48 pm

In mid-winter we head up into the Lac du Bois Grasslands to snowshoe a moderate 5 km route in the middle grasslands.   There is a small parking area (at N50° 46.584′ W 120° 25.923′) about 2.5 km past the big left curve at the 7km sign.   We park there and follow the signs into the grasslands.   Snow …


South from A Bay

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: February 11, 2018 8:46 am

One of the premier resorts and beach areas on the coast of the Big Island of Hawai’i is at Anaehoomalu Bay but almost everyone calls it A Beach.   It is a beautiful, protected sandy crescent. perfect for families.   Lava flows surround the resort and even the access road goes through the rugged black a’a lava flows. …


West Ironmask Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: February 7, 2018 4:49 pm

The Kamloops Performance Cycling Center has worked with ranchers and local agencies to develop over 50 km of trails in the Pineview and Ironmask Hills (more information).  On the western side of the trails access has been available over the winter for fat bikes and snowshoeing.   There is a small pullout off the Lac le Jeune Road for …


An invitation to attend the 2018 Kamloops Idea Festival….

by: Arjun Singh
Posted on: February 7, 2018 2:36 pm

I warmly invite you to participate in the 2018 Kamloops Idea Festival on Saturday March 17th. Register here. About 125 Kamloops citizens participated in the first Kamloops Idea Festival in 2013. We came together to learn about and engage in dialogue over a broad range of community initiatives and issues. Feedback was quite positive.   I commit …


Cinder Cones on Mauna Kea

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: February 4, 2018 8:48 am

Mauna Kea rises to 13, 800 feet above the sea level shores of the Big Island of Hawaii.   It is the tallest mountain in Hawaii, but it really starts far below the ocean, making it the tallest mountain on Earth (33 000 feet).   It erupted a million years ago but is now considered dormant, although cinder cones erupted about 5000 …


Deep Lake Area

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: February 1, 2018 4:48 pm

For many years we had good access to the Deep Lake area by parking at the end of Ida Lane but two events changed our ability to get to the trailhead to hike in the grasslands and forests.   In 1996, the Lac du Bois Grasslands Protected Area added the Deep Lake area to Parks lands and gates were installed to stop/reduce ATV access (a good thing …


Little Wildhorse Canyon

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: January 28, 2018 8:48 am

Little Wildhorse Canyon was our favorite hike of 2017.   Well, to be honest, it was tied with the Sidewinder Canyon hike in Death Valley for the best trail of the year, but Little Wildhorse has a wonderful long, scenic, winding slot canyon  and a rewarding loop route.   It was so good we talked about doing it again the next day …


Bush Lake South Loop

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: January 25, 2018 4:48 pm

The former BC Winter Games Trails and various tracks in the High Country forest of the Bush Lake area provides a number of good snowshoe routes in winter.   Although there are some known routes that snowshoers stomp in, there are often some surprises too so we venture out with a route in mind but we adapt to what we find.   If a …