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A Wet and Cool Hike in the Hills

Doug Smith  April 27, 2022 at 7:40 am

On a cool, windy, and drizzly day I climbed the hills to the south with no set destination in mind.    The hike was about 6 km through douglas fir forest, grassland slopes, and snowmelt ponds in gullies.    There was some snow still at 1020m (3346 feet).   On the lower slopes, buttercups, yellow bells, and rockcress were in bloom.    In the upper areas, plants are just starting their spring growth.   Birds were active at all elevations, but on this grey day, there was no one around.  

Rain was scattered, but it seemed to travel horizontally so I had to keep the lens dry, but didn’t always succeed.   A few clips were assembled into a short video:


I only hike these types of areas in the off-season, before an after grazing times, leaving no trace, going quietly.   I will be back in the late fall…

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Doug writes for Kamloops Trails, a not-for-profit (and ad free) website, offering information on trails, waterways, routes, featured spots, viewpoints, and explorations in the outdoors in the Kamloops area (and beyond).

Doug started exploring this area in 1976 and continues 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, he chose to share this information.

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