Our Best Hikes: Stake Lake Trails

by Doug Smith

Our Best Hikes: Stake Lake Trails

Doug Smith  June 20, 2022 at 8:48 am

All year-round the Stake Lake Trails area provides opportunities to cross-country ski, snowshoe, hike, run, walk, bike, or paddle.   A favorite outing is to paddle the lake and then hike the trails.    On this last mid-June day, we wanted to do a moderate hike-walk on the trails, so we picked a loop route and enjoyed mild temperatures for a 5.5 km hike.  


We combined the Cartwheel, Sitting Bull, Ponderosa, and Little Joe Trails, all on moderate difficulty double tracks. 

There were a few boats on the lake as we hiked the first 1.6 km around the west and south end of Stake Lake.  . 

All of the trails were dry and grassy.   It can be muddy earlier in the season. 

The inner trails wind around large marshes.   Moose can sometimes be spotted in the open areas and I saw one two days later.  

There are a number of large fir trees in the forests that surround the lake and the nearby ponds.


We enjoyed the birds, the wildflowers, the insects and the trees as we hiked the trails. 


Stake Lake is one of our best hikes…

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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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