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Senna4ever 05-20-2007 03:10 AM

Forgot to ask...Presto, have you seen the wood frame trestle near the hole in the hill? It's part of the Kettle Valley Railway Trail. There is a road that intersects Coalmont Rd less than 1 km south of 'the hole.' Just turn left onto it. Should be near where the birch tree forest is.

*edit* the Hoodoos are just outside Princeton going towards Coalmont.

Senna4ever 05-20-2007 02:06 PM

Some pics from my little drive last Sunday:

Stopped for gas on the Crowsnest
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...s/PICT4880.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...s/PICT4900.jpg

Heading into Princeton, B&W infrared.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...s/PICT4914.jpg

Stopped for food
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...s/PICT4917.jpg

The rocks to look out for on Coalmont Road last mentioned by Presto
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...s/PICT4931.jpg

Going into the village of Coalmont
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...s/PICT4941.jpg

Funny sign
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...s/PICT4943.jpg

Outhouse
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...s/PICT4944.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...s/PICT4946.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...s/PICT4947.jpg

Senna4ever 05-20-2007 02:08 PM

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...s/PICT4957.jpg

Shoes, anyone?
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...s/PICT4959.jpg

Old schoolhouse converted into a museum
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...s/PICT4964.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...s/PICT4969.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...s/PICT4988.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...s/PICT4990.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...s/PICT5083.jpg

Senna4ever 05-20-2007 02:19 PM

The 'Hole.' According to my navi, it is located at N 49 46.368, W 120 46.056. Elevation 876.1m. You can clearly see that this is a mine entrance or a airhole that has been collapsed either naturally or delibrately...the collapsed roof is clearly visible.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...s/PICT5085.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...s/PICT5086.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...s/PICT5093.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...s/PICT5097.jpg

The picturesque Coalmont Road
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...s/PICT5123.jpg

This is where I turned off of Coalmont Rd, and headed west towards Brookmere.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...s/PICT5129.jpg

The road heading towards Brookmere. This road turned into a very narrow, twisty logging road with trees and branches on the road. Took me close to 1 hour to drive the 20km to Brookmere.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...s/PICT5132.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...s/PICT5139.jpg

Senna4ever 05-20-2007 02:31 PM

The last remaining water tower in western Canada. This held water to put into steam locomotives. Brookmere was a major stop on the Kettle Valley Railway.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...s/PICT5157.jpg

Former trainstation, now looks to be a private residence.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...s/PICT5166.jpg

An old, unrestored house that was formerly occupied by an interred Japanese-Canadian family during and after WWII.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...led-HDR-00.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...s/PICT5201.jpg

Presto 05-20-2007 09:56 PM

Nice pics, Senna! I have not seen that other 'hole' yet, but I'll give it a look next time I head out there.

My friend and I love this province so much, we did a public service and kicked all the sizeable rocks off the road yesterday. Then I proceeded to rip up and down that road a dozen times. I think I'll do that everytime I head up that way. :)

Raid3n 05-20-2007 11:40 PM

sometime next month i want to go as well. i'll let you guys know, maybe we can set something up. the more the merrier right?

Senna4ever 05-20-2007 11:51 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by Presto
Nice pics, Senna! I have not seen that other 'hole' yet, but I'll give it a look next time I head out there.


My friend and I love this province so much, we did a public service and kicked all the sizeable rocks off the road yesterday. Then I proceeded to rip up and down that road a dozen times. I think I'll do that everytime I head up that way. :)

Thanks! What other hole are you talking about? That's the same hole you took a picture of, isn't it? Between the two dirt mounds with the footbridge crossing the creek on the right side? Incidently, that's where the Kettle Valley Trail crosses Coalmont Rd.

Haha...that's a good service, but what if a rock fell and hit you on the head as you guys were clearing the road?

Raid3n 05-21-2007 02:18 AM

^mother nature spitting in your eye.

Senna4ever 06-02-2007 03:26 AM

Quote:

Originally posted by Presto
Hoodoos? Where be that?
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...es/hoodoos.jpg

You can see where the abandoned town of Blakeburn is on the bottom middle of the map.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...lmont-Road.jpg

The abandoned town of Allenby is just south of Princeton.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...es/Allenby.jpg

So....who want to go???

Raid3n 06-02-2007 08:03 AM

i do, but give me some time to put away some funds, lol

Presto 06-03-2007 10:59 AM

Where'd you get the maps, Senna? It looks like that whole area is packed with stuff to do/explore. I think I was near Blakeburn yesterday. Kinda went on a dirt road and came to a fork for Lodestone Lake Trail and Granite City. Apparently, Granite City was once home to 2 thousand people. It was getting late so I only checked out the outskirts of town with all the abandoned cabins.
Looking at that map. it looks like there are lots and lots of places to explore around Princeton/Coalmont.

Senna4ever 06-03-2007 11:20 AM

You went again? I want to go up again too.

I scanned them from the Backroads Atlas or something like that...the book is in the car. I'll take a pic later for you.

Senna4ever 06-03-2007 11:20 AM

Quote:

Originally posted by Raid3n
i do, but give me some time to put away some funds, lol
You have until July/August. :)

Presto 06-03-2007 02:10 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by Senna4ever
You went again? I want to go up again too.

I scanned them from the Backroads Atlas or something like that...the book is in the car. I'll take a pic later for you.


Yeah, I can't help it. I went again yesterday to do some drivin' and explorin'. I almost feel compelled to buy some property up there to store off-road vehicles since there's so much to explore. The unpaved road I went on yesterday was on the other side of the Valley in relation to Coalmont road. I want to try and find a way down into the Valley. That Backroads Atlas would be an asset to have. I don't think it'd be hard to get lost with all the forks everywhere along that road.

Senna4ever 06-03-2007 04:29 PM

Oh, BTW - I bought the book at BCAA on Oak & Broadway.

Raid3n 06-03-2007 10:48 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by Senna4ever
You have until July/August. :)
hah, thats easy =p

we'll have to set something up, you me and presto.

but take it easy on the jokes when i have to fuel up again before the trip back =[

Senna4ever 06-03-2007 10:56 PM

Do you have an FRS handset and or GPS?

Senna4ever 06-04-2007 01:36 PM

Presto, this is what the book looks like. Remember, it is the Thompson Okanagan edition. About $20 with BCAA discount.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...p/CRW_4158.jpg

Raid3n 06-04-2007 08:39 PM

i can get an FRS, but no gps =\ i cant afford one lol.

Senna4ever 06-04-2007 09:25 PM

FRS would be essential for communication (my cellphone, a Telus MIKE handset won't work on the Crowsnest)...GPS not necessary, but it would be handy.

Senna4ever 06-04-2007 11:01 PM

Got this today, because it had a map I wanted.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...p/IMG_4164.jpg

This one:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...p/PICT6251.jpg

Tulameen River Road, Blakeburn Road and Granite Creek Road looks like they would be fun to explore.

Raid3n 06-05-2007 12:24 AM

when we go, mind if i photocopy a couple of the maps?

Senna4ever 06-05-2007 02:22 AM

I'll e-mail you the scanned maps so you can print them out.

Raid3n 06-05-2007 10:17 AM

cool. how detailed are the scans? i might take them to kinkos and get them printed out, maybe laminate them too.


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