Sylvia and Goodwin Falls – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: September 26, 2019 2:26 am

Sylvia and Goodwin Falls are located on the Mahood River,3.5 km up from the confluence of the Mahood and Clearwater Rivers.   Access is by the Clearwater River Road.   This is a long drive along a bumpy road from Clearwater.   Some of the road is not in great shape and work is scheduled on the road from September 2019 through spring of 2020.   We b …


Palmer Meadows Lake – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: September 24, 2019 2:13 am

Palmer Meadows Lake lies in the hills east of Stump Lake, not far from Dardanelles Lake.   It is a dammed lake with the reservoir benefiting waterfowl and ranchers that need summer irrigation.   The dam has created a larger lake, flooding copses, meadows, marshes, and low areas.    Access is by backroads (Old Kamloops Road > Fraser Road > Pal …


In the East Trophy Range

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: September 21, 2019 2:09 am

Trophy Mountain is the best hike in our area, so we plan at least one hike there each year.   In 2019, we hiked into the Trophy Meadows in June and  in July we did Trophy Mountain (Two) Summit.   In some years, we have the long traverse over to Cwem Cwem Lake and over the upper rim in a long and difficult alpinist’s loop.   From Cwem Cwem Lake we h …


Let’s all support the global climate strikes!

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: September 20, 2019 7:21 pm

Although skipping work or school to march in the streets may be out of some people’s comfort zones, the strikes offer an important opportunity to let decision-makers know that we, the people, want action. (Photo by: Bob Blob via Unsplash) No one who understands science questions whether humans are causing the climate to change to our detriment, mos …


Candle Creek to Clearwater River Trail

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: September 18, 2019 2:02 am

While camping in Clearwater, we did 3 days of hiking in the Clearwater River Valley and in the Trophy Range.    For a half day hike we drove up the Clearwater Valley Road for 4.3 km to the Candle Creek Trailhead (Triple Decker Falls).   We hiked down the trail to an eclectic turn-around spot and then back on the same trail for a 6 km excursion.     …


Fight Lake Sunrise – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: September 16, 2019 1:59 am

We backpacked from the Philip Creek trailhead to Fight Lake, then camped overnight, climbing to the top of Battle Mountain on the second day.   On the third day I was up for sunrise.   The sun was rising in the east, still below Philip Mountain but the glow was on Fight Lake.   To the west some rain clouds were approaching Fight Lake Meadows, lit u …


Battle Mountain – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: September 13, 2019 1:56 am

We backpacked into Fight Lake on Day One, then we did a 16 km return hike to the summit of Battle Mountain and back on Day Two.   Battle Mountain is the fourth mountain in a line from Clearwater – Raft Mountain, Trophy Mountain, Table Mountain, then Battle Mountain.     Battle Mountain stands at 2369 m (7772 feet) and the shortest hike to the top i …


David Suzuki – Connecting the dots between the climate and biodiversity crises

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: September 12, 2019 7:13 pm

For some species, climate impacts are not as direct but all living things depend on a stable climate and functioning ecosystems (Photo: Jenny Lee Silver via Flickr) The polar bear has become the poster child for climate change impacts in the Arctic. Sea ice, which the bears depend on for hunting, is melting at an ever-expanding rate. For other spec …


On Bleeker Lake – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: September 11, 2019 1:50 am

Bleeker Lake is a long narrow lake located just north of Roche Lake.   To get to the lakeshore, drive up the Roche Lake Road and then turn left onto the Bleeker Lake FSR (3 km before Roche).   Follow the bumpy 2WD road to the west end of the lake.   There is access to the lake off a side road, close to the dam, but there are better facilities at th …


Fight Lake Trail – Kamloops Trails

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: September 8, 2019 1:45 am

Battle Mountain is the third mountain in a line (Trophy Mountain then Table Mountain) on the east side of the Wells Gray Corridor Road.   It is a long way in and up to the mountain so it is best done as a 2 or 3 day backpack.    A few decades ago, I did this route (to the summit of Battle Mountain) as a 2 day backpack, but on this recent trip in Au …