Trail Name: Isobel Lake
Distance: 4.3 km
Time: 1-2 hrs
Cell Service: No
Trail: flat, hardened
Highlights: Wheelchair accessible path and outhouses, interpretive trail, fishing wharfs, lake stocked with rainbow trout specifically for children and those with disabilities.
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. The parking lot is not too much further in. Or get driving directions here.
**This time, we hiked the loop from the Isobel Lake Rec Site. If it’s a slow time of year, you can do this too, but during the busy season when the Rec Site is full, please park in the open parking area at the entrance to Isobel Lake. Directions given below.**
The parking area is an easy to spot, large open space with a few billboards that provide information about the Isobel Lake Interpretive Trial as well as washroom facilities. On the right, there’s a hike up to Eagle Eye Lookout. On the left, there are washroom facilities and two trail heads. One is wheelchair accessible, the other is not. Both lead down to the lake and eventually merge and come to a T at the main lake trail. Turning left follows the wheelchair accessible portion of the trail to the well maintained recreation site at the other side of the lake. From here, the trail is no longer wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs would have to complete the loop by following the road back to the parking area.
The trail is suitable for families and pets. Dogs are supposed to be on leash, but this does not appear to be enforced. There are lots of nice places to stop and enjoy the lake view as well as a large covered picnic area with fire pits. Isobel Lake is stocked with rainbow trout specifically for children and those with disabilities. Be sure to pack accordingly to take advantage of these amenities. This trail can be done anytime of year and is a popular snowshoeing and cross country skiing location.