Through the Six Mile Hills

Through the Six Mile Hills

Doug Smith  May 6, 2020 at 10:09 am

The unofficial tracks and routes around the Six Mile Lakes make good spring hiking.   Pat And Morgan Lakes are busy fishing spots since they are the first ice-off lakes in the hills in the area so fishermen come up from Tobiano or over from the Tunkwa Lake Road to launch their boats.   Surrounding the lakes are rocky open hills and various double and single tracks can be combined to make a loop route.   The top part of Six Mile Hill is part of Six Mile Protected Area (BC Parks) so we stayed below and found a good route for 2.5 hours of hiking.

The routes go between rocky grassland hills with scattered trees.

Across the hills to the southwest Savona Mountain’s cliffs rise above the benchlands/

In spring there are many small ponds to enjoy, most of which were full of ducks.

We stopped for lunch above Morgan Lake.   We used to call it The Slough, but it was dammed then stocked with fish.   Now it is a popular angling spot.

Marshy ponds create scenic spots along the way.

On the south side of the area, there are a series of rocky bluffs, but double tracks wind through small valleys and we can connect them on the south side of Morgan and Pat Lakes.

We worked our way to the shores of Pat Lake.   Fly fishermen were out in their boats and a few were casting from the shoreline.   We followed a single track around the east end back to the parking lot.

Even when BC Parks are open, we go to the Six Mile area in spring to enjoy hiking through the hills, past lakes, and ponds, enjoying the arrival of spring.



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