Forest Lakes Loop – Kamloops Trails

by Doug Smith

Forest Lakes Loop – Kamloops Trails

Doug Smith  October 16, 2021 at 8:50 am

We parked at the McQueen Lake entrance, then continued down the Isobel Lake Road, turning (at N50° 50.081′ W 120° 26.001′ ) onto the Forest Capital Trail (now called Beer’s a Waitin’ by the mountain biking community) and continued along the single/double track/trail to Isobel Lake.

The trail is a good one, which we also use in winter on snowshoes.

We arrived at the northwest end of Isobel Lake, then we followed the main trail around the lakeshore, enjoying the views.   Click an image for a fuller lightbox view and a caption. 

From the south side of Isobel Lake, we crossed the road and then turned onto the (signed) Eagle Eye Lookout Trail.   

At the top we had lunch and enjoyed the views.

An unmarked trail bears south from the top of the hill and joins the trails below.   We followed one of the tracks back to the Isobel Lake Road.

We hiked along the road, then turned onto the (signed) Grasslands Community Trail, then at a gate crossing, turned west to the shores of Griffin Lake.   We hiked around the east and north shore of Griffin Lake, then used lesser-known trails to angle back to where we had parked, but we could have easily gone from the end of Griffin Lake out to the Isobel Lake Road too.  

We selected a series of trails that provided a loop, but also had views along the way.    Other trails can be combined to create a different Forest Lakes Loop. 

We will be back this winter to enjoy another Forest Lakes Ramble.  

 

 

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Doug Smith

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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