Trail Name: Isobel Lake
Distance: 4.3 km
Time: 1-2 hrs
Cell Service: No
Trail: single track, stomped in
Highlights: beautiful snowshoe around Isobel lake with lots of interpretive stops and benches.
To get there: Isobel lake is about a 40 minute drive from Downtown Kamloops. To get there, head over to the North Shore, and to Bachelor Hills. Follow Batchelor Hills Dr all the way through the residential area. This road turns into Lac Du Bois Rd at the cattle guard. Continue on Lac Du Bois Rd for 15.5 km. Turn Right on McQueen-Isobel Lake Rd. When the road forks roughly 1.6 km in, keep to the left. For us, the road in had just been plowed, so we were able to make it all the way in to the parking lot. Get driving directions here.
**WARNING** Again, we suggest taking a 4×4 vehicle. Although we managed in a 2WD SUV with traction control, the road had luckily JUST been plowed. Be aware that the road may not always be as nice and you should be prepared for that. And remember for any of these winter adventures, you’ll want to make sure you are prepared for everything and anything!
The parking area is easy to spot, large open space with a few large billboards that provide information about the Isobel Lake Interpretive Trial as well as washroom facilities. A little ways to the right, is the trailhead for a hike up to Eagle Eye Lookout. Just off to the left from these main billboards, you will see the the trail head to Isobel Lake, which is marked by another, partially hidden billboard that shows a trail map. Once you head down the trail, through the trees to the lake, you can head left or right around the lake, up to you!
The snowshoe trail was really well stomped in when we visited. We would definitely recommend this trail after a fresh dump of snow! The trail is completely flat and has a ton of places to stop and rest if need be. This loop would be perfect for a family outing!