While driving back roads North of Lac le Jeune, I happened to spot a trail that looked well used and decided to try it. Within a short distance I was noticing ATV or motorcycles tracks. I soon came to a creek which I identified as Peterson Creek by my maps. The trail is fairly enclosed by brush, but was well used and I came to a narrow bridge. After hiking a short distance I crossed a road and then the trail ended at what appeared to be an old road, but was still mostly a single track trail. After hiking a while further, I came to a trail splitting off the road and signs from the GKMA (Greater Kamloops Motorcycle Association). It was now obvious why the tire tracks.
I turned onto the trail marked “Outter Inks to Connolly Lake” and was surprised what a pleasant trail it was. After hiking for a bit, I came to a split to “Bite your Tongue” trail. Knowing Connolly Lake was to the South West I continued on “Outter Inks to Connolly Lake” to trail expecting it to turn. I hiked down a long downhill trail and came to a Forestry road. I didn’t see the trail continuing and expect I would have to go left on the road to reach the lake.
I decided to go back and see if “Bite Your Tongue” went to the lake. It went up a steep climb, crested the hill and the trees were to close to get a view off the hill. I continued on the trail and hiked downhill for a while and while it appeared to be going in the right direction, I decided to head back and see if I could find an ATV map. On the way back I followed the track to see if it connected with the road I parked on, but after a while it became obvious it was not going to and was going away from my vehicle and was possibly going to connect with “Bite Your Tongue”.
I drove up the road for a while, but didn’t see the path again. I have searched all over the Web and haven’t found any maps. I did find two links, one a PDF that showed the areas contained in the Greenstone/ Logan Lake Managed Area:
Regardless, I enjoyed the trails and will return to explore them further. A lot of the trails are bordered fairly close by brush and as much as I hate bear bells, I used on my hiking pole and recommend it as this is bear country.
From Kamloops take the Lac le Jeune road and travel 15.1km. Look for a gravel road on the right just past Goose Lake road. There is a large sign for the Greenstone/ Logan Lake Managed Area. Travel up the main road, through the tunnel and continue 3.5km. Look for the orange and yellow ribbons I placed on both sides of the road, marking the trailhead.
My stats: Total distance: 6.09km Total time: 1:37 Moving time: 1:24 Average pace: 3.6km/h Total ascent: 208m (677ft)
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