Any recommendation for the Kootenays?

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Any recommendation for the Kootenays?

Postby fexlboi » Wed Jun 30, 2010 11:32 pm

I'm leaving to the Kootenays soon and while I have already a big list of stuff I wanted to see and do, I'm interested in what is your 'secret' 4x4 trail, hotspring, hike, lake, camp spot, attraction, river, fishing spot etc.
If you want to keep it secret just send me a PM 8-)

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Re: Any recommendation for the Kootenays?

Postby FalcoColumbarius » Thu Jul 01, 2010 12:52 am

There's a Husky in Kamloops, I think the diesel is stale there. Filled up there and I got lousy mileage.

About twelve kilometres west (of Kamloops) on the No. 1 is a dirt road going south, I think it's called the Greenstone Road. It climbs up a mountain by the same name. After about 14 kilometres there is a camp site at Duffy Lake (elevation 1158), Delooka wrote about it not long ago. There's another camp site further south and a number of FSRs in that area. Be aware that the dust on those roads is really, really fine and gets everywhere. By the way, these roads are not very secret, at least not as far as Duffy Lake.

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Re: Any recommendation for the Kootenays?

Postby fexlboi » Thu Jul 01, 2010 11:58 am

Thanks Falco, but I don't think Kamloops and the Duffy Lake road is in the Kootenays 8-)

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Re: Any recommendation for the Kootenays?

Postby mararmeisto » Thu Jul 01, 2010 1:42 pm

More commonly called the Thompson Valley or The Interior.
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Re: Any recommendation for the Kootenays?

Postby Jordan » Thu Jul 01, 2010 5:10 pm

Where are you going in the kootenays? Delicas have to be the most popular vehicle in Nelson.

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Re: Any recommendation for the Kootenays?

Postby konadog » Thu Jul 01, 2010 5:56 pm

A few nice hotsprings near Nacusp. Cody caves and Kaslo are nice too. The Grey Creek Pass is a fun trip. Good climbing area near New Denver if you're interested in that. And there are some very cool, very high old mine roads in back of Yimer - or was that Burton... :?
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Re: Any recommendation for the Kootenays?

Postby squamish_chief » Tue Jul 06, 2010 11:37 am

second the Grey Creek Pass.. either from Kimberley over or from the ferry landing in CRaw bay up and over to Kimberley.. Amazing views and worth a couple of days.

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Re: Any recommendation for the Kootenays?

Postby marsgal42 » Thu Jul 15, 2010 3:59 pm

If nothing else, take the ferry across Kootenay Lake. It's the longest free ferry ride in the world. The bigger ferry, Osprey 2000, is about the size of what B.C. Ferries use to go to the Gulf Islands.

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Re: Any recommendation for the Kootenays?

Postby PlantDrive » Fri Jul 16, 2010 1:21 am

Sandon; Kaslo, Duncan Dam, Trout Lake, Argenta, 3A to Creston....
oh and stop for food or ice cream at the little roadside shack at Woodbury, between Kaslo and Nelson.
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Re: Any recommendation for the Kootenays?

Postby fexlboi » Sat Jul 17, 2010 10:09 am

Thanks guys! The trip is amazing with such a great weather. Will post a few photos once we are back.

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Re: Any recommendation for the Kootenays?

Postby Ursula » Sat Jul 17, 2010 9:47 pm

oh, the saint leon hotspring. the lesser known free diy hotspring site in the koots. i never do a trip across canada without going a little out of my way for the sulfur waters and the sketchy logging roads. if you're not already past the nakusp area, i can give you directions...
also, if you're a stinking hippie, and you're near nelson, you could hike up crystal creek and pick you're very own beautiful terminated quartz crystals right from the freezing cold water, and visit the camperized caves...

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Re: Any recommendation for the Kootenays?

Postby fexlboi » Sat Jul 17, 2010 10:37 pm

Ursula wrote:oh, the saint leon hotspring.

Done. 8-)
Nice hotspring for sure.

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Re: Any recommendation for the Kootenays?

Postby pajerry » Tue Jul 20, 2010 10:27 pm

Look up six mile lake on the west side of the lake just north of nelson.

Very close to the city, but you'd swear you drove hrs from civilization. There are neat little camp sites and a tiny clear lake full of trout.
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Re: Any recommendation for the Kootenays?

Postby dennis_lambert » Thu Jul 29, 2010 9:18 pm

Get a coffee at the blue belle in Kaslo!!
Check out Ainsworth.
Check out the prime property the new wallmart in nelson took up GRRRR.

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Re: Any recommendation for the Kootenays?

Postby mararmeisto » Sun Sep 20, 2015 9:52 am

Just finished taking the Grey Creek Pass earlier this month - mostly on a whim, it was there on the BCAA map as a dirt road, looked like fun. Turns out, it was fun! The LWB L400's might have a bit of time with it, but the shorter L300's and Pajeros should have no problem. We saw a Subaru Forester blasting its way uphill, didn't look like it was having any difficulties.

It was a bit technical on the east side, but the west side had been graded earlier this year (according to a local in Grey Creek). Nothing so bad that I had to shift into 4-low, but definitely had to take it slow and steady. As they say: as slow as possible, as fast as necessary.

We saw a bear and a wolf, at least the backside of them before they loped off into the bush.

Only thing I'd do differently is take my compressor and tire deflater - crawling up and down at 40 psi was a bit bouncy, even at slow speeds.
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