Rush Lake Loop – Kamloops Trails
Posted on: February 7, 2019 5:39 pm
by: Doug Smith
On an exploratory hike on the snow, I went south from the Inks Lake Road, climbing old decommissioned double tracks, but as they ran out, I wandered through the forest up the hill. Much of the area has been selectively logged so the scenery was all trees, logs and stumps, and snow. It was a grey day in January, a good day for a forest walk. At the top of a long slope there were some fencelines, but many were downed by fallen trees so I proceeded south, leaving nothing but footprints in the snow.
There were no cattle in pastures or around Rush Lake so I took a short hike along the rush-lined lake.
Although the sky was dark and it looked as if it would snow for much of the hike, the sky started to break and some clear sky appeared for a few minutes.
After hiking along the lake I struck off north, following no trails, winding down the hill to the Inks Lake Road. Right before entering the forest, though, I stopped to photograph an older three-trunked Douglas fir on the hillside, standing above the lake on the bordering grassland slope.
This hike is not for everyone since there are no trails and really no views until the lake at the south end. During grazing season it would not be a good choice so it is really just a wander in the woods for those who enjoy the winter forest.