Painted Bluffs Impressions – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: March 31, 2019 8:16 pm

In 2018 we hiked into Painted Bluffs Provincial Park twice.   We explore the area most years, some of them arriving by kayak, launching from Tobiano or Savona.   Most visitors only go to the foot of the weathered bluffs, but we have hiked and scrambled up and down the ridges and the gullies for a variety of views.    Although the painted bluffs are …

Snowshoeing Over the Ironmask Hills

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: March 29, 2019 8:13 pm

About KamloopsTrails 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 t …

Children are fighting for their future. We must support them

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: March 28, 2019 4:33 pm

Swedish student Greta Thunberg, 16, has galvanized a movement, inspiring students worldwide to tell adults their future is at stake. (Photo: Anders Hellberg via Wikimedia Commons) “And a little child shall lead them.” – Isaiah 11:6 At 16, Greta Thunberg may not be a little child, but she’s showing tremendous leadership. The Swedish student has galv …

Timber Forest Loop – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: March 27, 2019 8:11 pm

Although I enjoyed this snowshoe outing into the forest east of Timber Lake, it is not going to make anyone’s recommended lists. The intent (in late winter) was to drive over to the Timber Lake area and hike up into the hills above on routes we have snowshoed before. there had been no winter logging in the area so the road was somewhat snowed in so …

Lac du Bois Grasslands Conservancy Snowshoe

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: March 25, 2019 8:09 pm

The upper (north) edge of the Lac du Bois Grasslands Conservancy is one of our best snowshoeing areas in winter. There are short sections of trails which can be connected up, but the snows blanket the area, obscuring both single and double tracks, so following snowshoe tracks may be easier. We chose to follow an old forested track between Clay Lake …

Lodgepole Hills Snowshoe – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: March 23, 2019 8:07 pm

In winter the Lodgepole Lake FSR is kept plowed to the Rec Site on Lodgepole Lake at 1339m (4721 feet).   This is a good spot to venture out for winter snowshoeing, using logging roads and access tracks to cutblocks, skid tracks, marshes and ponds, OHV trails, and open cutblocks, linked together to create a loop route.   Other snowshoers may have s …

Cities hold the key to reversing bee decline

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: March 22, 2019 4:31 pm

Research shows many insect populations are plummeting, which affects everything up the food chain, from birds to people. (Photo: Thomas Stephan via Unsplash) If there’s one thing bees and many city dwellers have in common, it’s a love of gardens. That’s good news for both because it means there’s hope for reversing the decline of bee populations wo …

The Marshes Between – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: March 21, 2019 8:03 pm

In the McConnell Lake – Stake Lake area there is a large marsh that spans the space between the Coquihalla Highway and the Lac le Jeune Road. There has been an access road off the Lac le Jeune Road for a number of years, but it now has a cattle guard so access to the doubletrack and to the marshes area is now easier. I hiked it in the fall and retu …

Hull Hill Snowshoe – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: March 19, 2019 7:59 pm

When winter snows blanket the hills we head to to various locations to snowshoe. Well-established locations like Stake Lake, Sun Peaks, and Bush Lake/Dogwood Marshes are often our first choice, but then we go to secondary routes when conditions are right. We first starting exploring Hill Hill decades ago, running and hiking the old double tracks on …

Westsyde Dunes Beach Walk – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: March 18, 2019 7:57 pm

In winter, the shorelines along the North and South Thompson Rivers expand as the river recedes. We can pick routes along the rivers for a winter beach walk. We parked on Harrington Drive and walked down to the river. From the gravel banks on the river, we turned north. We continued north on a narrow path and along the gravel banks for 2 km. At the …