Mabel Lake Valley Blog Post
When ever I drive home to Lumby BC, I take in the silhouette of Camel’s Hump in the background. The two humps tell me that I’m close to my home. This little mountain is special to me and I know it well. I used to live at it’s bottom edge and and rode my horses up to it’s peak. How fortune for Lumby to have a natural symbol like Camel’s Hump.
Taking my eyes away from the hump I look up at the Mabel Lake sign and my mind starts to wander. How many tourists travel through this little town in the Okanagan, stopping to fill up the gas tank, maybe buy some food or drinks and continue their journey. And they miss out on all the hidden treasures in our area.
Mabel Lake Valley – the hidden gem
We decided to spend last Sunday afternoon close to home and explore the Mabel Lake Valley. That was, the two Swiss visitors Manuel and Lukas, myself and my buddy Trooper. It’s like stepping out my door step into the wild.
We headed out towards Mabel Lake, taking in the beauty and rugged countryside on the way.
I glimpsed up Sigalet Road as we passed it, thinking of the mountain lakes in the Silver Hills. A bit of white on top of the mountains made me decide, that it was a bit early to head up that way. Better to stay in the low Mabel lake valley for now.
Passing the old barns on the left I was wondering how much longer they would be part of the landscape. Pointing out the old elementary school and other buildings made my imagination come alive. Pictures went through my mind, how life must have been in the Mabel Lake Valley during the early times.
The road past the Provincial Park Campground got rugged and I had to slow down. I drove ‘slalom’ to miss most of the biggest pot holes on the way. Still, the road wasn’t bad considering it’s spring. Procter Road, where I live is MUCH worth!
And there it was, the famous shoe tree, displaying more shoes every time I come. Looking a bit closer at it, it’s kind of messy with junk every where. I guess it does it’s propose and marks the trail head of Misty Trail.
The short trail to the lake leads through the enchanted forest. In my opinion it is more messy than enchanted, and it would be nicer if it would be cleaned and left natural. But wait until you get down to the Mabel lake. It’s one of my favourite places in the area.
The wind was blowing and we didn’t stay long. Still, the idyllic of the place left my visitors amazed. In a couple of month this will be a place to go for a swim.
Back at the car we decided to head for Cascade Falls. If it would have been later in the season we may have continued to Cotton wood campground and maybe even to Revelstoke. I promise to blog about that later this year.
It’s easy to miss, the trail head to Cascade Falls. A little parking area on the left (driving back towards Mabel Lake Provincial Park) makes you guess that this is the place. The narrow trail winds through a moss-lined gully along a sparkling stream. Before reaching the falls there is a picnic table and pit toilet, inviting for some wilderness camping. Just a little further and we could see the thundering waterfall tumbling down the mountain. Quite impressive and inspiring to shoot some pictures. The temperatures were too fresh to stick around for long. I will keep this place in mind for a hot summer day when the clean sparkling stream and the mist of the falls will cool us off.
Our next stop was Mabel Lake Provincial Park. The park was quiet this time of year and only a few of the campsites were occupied. I drove through the camping area for my guests to get a glimpse of the park. Then we strolled down to the sandy beaches, watching some lonely fisherman trying his luck. What an idyllic place this is and so quiet without the noise of engines. It would be the ideal time to take out the canoe and go exploring.
On our drive back from Mabel Lake to the ranch, we made a short detour down to the Shuswap river before heading home.
So, if the tourists driving through Lumby only would have an idea what’s out here! Our Sunday drive was much too short to explore all of the Mabel Lake Valley, there is so much more to see.
Next time we may drive up to Kathy Lake and take a fishing rod, maybe go on to Holstein and Sigalet Lake and explore the Silver Hills. For that we will need another full day, a good map, plenty of food and some basic outdoor equipment.
Do you want to learn more about Lumby BC? Go to my Lumby BC page.
For more information about Mabel Lake Provincial Park check out the Park Canada Website.