Provincial Park, BC
All 2006 Epics:
· Spring Mountain, GA
· Great Smoky Mountains NP
· Central California Coast
· Snowshoeing, Mt Seymour
· Grand Canyon NP, AZ
· Death Valley NP, CA
· Lookout Mountain, GA
· Tulip Festival, WA
· Hong Kong
· The Netherlands
· San Juans Islands, WA
· Savannah, GA
· Mammoth Cave NP, KY
· Cathedral Prov Park, BC
· Yosemite National Park, CA
· Alcatraz Island, CA
· London, England
· Barcelona, Spain
-- Upcoming Trips --
August 5 - 8, 2006
I was standing around the Smokey the Bear area.
See Trip Plan Below
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It's been a while since Christine, Carleton, Sikee and I went camping together. It was a very sunny long weekend at Cathedral Provincial Park.
We stayed at Princeton "Evergreen Motel" the night before to avoid the long drive in the early morning. This time we didn't have the continental
breakfast. All we got was a very low shower head, LOL!!
We arrived at the basecamp expecting to get on the well-advertised "4WD Mercedez Military Truck" ride. Instead, we got on the "4WD Community
Shuttle Van". The impression of the van was "It chews a lot of transmission fluid.". After an hour of "feeling like being inside a blender",
we arrived at the Cathedral Lakes Lodge (Quiniscoe Lake) 1500 metres above the basecamp. We then strolled to the Lake of the Woods with our
ever-heavier cooler. Man, I wished I had a picture of how we carried our stuff to the campsite. It would definitely make the cover page of the "Ultimate"
backpacker magazine. 4 hikers, 3 huge unfilled backpacks, 2 so-stuffed duffel bags and 2 coolers.
Still wearing the city clothes ....
My shadow in the early morning leaving Princeton.
3 huge unfilled backpacks, 2 so-stuffed duffel bags and 2 coolers....
Our luggage got this ride ....
These lucky people got the Mercedez ride.
Looking at the Denture Ridge around Goat Lake.
It was also fun taking pictures of people taking pictures.
"No, I am not taking any pictures."
Marmot crawling around to avoid us.
Part of Goat Lake Trail.
Lake of the Woods.
My signature shadow.
Lake of the Woods at dusk.
Moon rose at 9:25pm
Carleton took out the big guns ...
Pyramid Mountain and Lake of the Woods in the early morning.
Up along Glacier Trail ....
Looking down to Glacier Lake.
Yes, we got to the Rim.
Cairns at the juction of Rim Trail and Glacier Trail.
Facing southest on the Rim Trail.
Looks like a frozen waterfall.
...but where is the wood ?
... I don't know ...
... Maybe Sikee was right, ...it was stupid to stand out there ...
Long way to go.
A family of mountain goats were sunbathing here.
The father .....
The mother and baby ...
Area around Stone City ...
One of the nicer Cairns on the Rim Trail.
Hey we are in the Stone City...
Oeverlooking to the southwest at Stone City.
The same family were following us, maybe we were occupying their spot.
It was only 10 feet from us.
See how close we were with the goatie friend (6.8 MB file).
Mommy and the kid walked right by us.
Daddy was watching ....
Something smells good here.
I am gonna sit here.
"Hey what are you looking at ?"
"Where is my love ?"
Unlimited view from the Rim Trail.
"Awesome weather ...so blue", said Sikee.
Vertical drop around Smokey the Bear.
Smokey the Bear.
Wow ....don't do it Ken.
How about this ?.
Looking he is dosing off.
Yes, Giant Cleft is "this" way.
Mini Giant Cleft.
The "genuine" Gaint Cleft.
Just don't fall, OK!
Is this a spaceship or mushroom?
On my god, ...the aliens were coming out from the spaceship ....
We were at Stone City.
Must be another spaceship ....
Sure that wasn't another spaceship ??
After a long hike ... cheers !
10pm at Lake of the Woods.
We were heading to Lakeview Mountain the next morning.
It looked like a paradise for bears here.
I guess this sign showed how many people has used the Centennial Trail!
Me standing on an interesting rock.
Sikee at top of Lakeview Mountain.
Man, it's so bright !
Find all the Cathedral Lakes behind me.
Boxcar ridge, ...the mystery of bighorns lies here ...
The 4 "Japanese" tourists ....
Oh shit, Carleton got abducted by the aliens from that spaceship.
Where's Waldo ? Can you find us ?
The valley where Goat Lake lies in.
93 points, yes I lost 93 points to Carleton playing "Gin".
Don't worry, ... no rain .... yet!
Carleton and his big gun again.
I didn't digitally put him in this position !
Clouds on the water.
Mice got to Sikee's granola bar, and see what they left behind ...
Deers walked straight into the campsite..
Sikee's thought at the moment, "BBQ deer meat, hmmmm, :P"
I looked like an idiot here.
Last lunch by Quiniscoe Lake.
Again, we missed the Mercedez Truck going down ....
It was tough for some of us who had short legs.
She made it down safely.
They were quite agile on this slope.
We were so lucky to see them on this hillside.
This poor little guy must have died painfully on my roof-rack.
The red bridge onto Ashola River Road.
Location: Cathedral Provincial Park, BC
Duration: 4 days
Budget: CAD ~$160
Distance: 40km total (mostly day hikes with no heavy backpacks)
Description: We will be driving to Keremeos, BC from Vancouver early in the morning. We need to
catch a 4x4 transport truck, run by the Cathedral Lakes Lodge. This truck will take us and our packs
to the Lakes, gaining 1500 metres vertical.
There are more than enough trails for us to explore. We will be staying either at the wilderness camp site
at Quiniscoe Lake or somewhere along Centennial Trail for one of those days.
Map: Canadian 1:50,000 Topo Map, 92 H/1 Ashnola River
or Cathedral Prov. Park website
or Map of Cathedral Provincial Park