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Blind Bay Bluffs - Balmoral Trailhead

South Shuswap
Distance: 6.5 km (one way)
Difficulty: More Difficult
Duration: 2.5 Hours (one way)
Trail Access / Features
Walk / Hike Mountain Biking Horse Trail Snow Shoeing Wildlife View / Lookout

Trail Notes / Current Conditions:

September 10, 2017 - the Balmoral Trail Reroutes are finished - Following logging harvest last year, BC Timber Sales, CSRD Parks, Community Volunteers, and the Shuswap Trail Alliance have worked together under authorization from Recreation Sites and Trails BC to plan, approve and install new reroute trails relinking the upper Balmoral Trail system. The result is several new loop options to consider including a longer upper Balmoral loop trail all on a purpose built single track hiking/biking/EQ trail, plus the through trail routes to both Blind Bay Lookout and White Lake are now reconnected.

Equestrian users are asked to avoid the newly built reroute sections temporarily for this season to let the new trail tread pack down. They'll be EQ rideable in 2019.

And ATV/Motorcylcle users can link a loop around to include the new Bayview cut block which gives some impressive new vistas over Blind Bay and the lake.

NOTE, however, there is no longer any access to the trail system from the South off Sherry Road. This route, which crossed private land has been decommissioned following the logging harvest. Non-motorized trail users must use the Balmoral Trailhead, and motorized users must use the White Lake FSRoad access (there's lots of parking for staging right at the start of the FSRoad just off Parri Road next to the Fire Hall and Community Centre.)

 

Trail Description:

A great day hike to spectacular vistas west over Blind Bay, the South Shuswap, Squilax, Chase, and in the distance, Todd Mountain at Sun Peaks.

From the Balmoral Bluffs viewpoint take the upper trail and follow the signs. The trail emerges at a stile onto a shared ATV trail. Turn left/north on the ATV trail watching for signs at junction points where the trail turns right/southeast, and then later left/north again. After a long steep section where the ATV trail climbs through the forest watch for a marker post (11 U 334798E 5640352N).

A faint side trail leads to a viewpoint and for some, the turn around point at approx 5 km from the trailhead. To reach summit lookout continue north along the ATV trail making a sharp right/east turn (a wet spot with lingering snow in the spring) and watch for the next trail post. Turn left/north and follow this final single-track non-motorized trail as it climbs the final approx 1 km toward the lookout rewarding the hardy with sections of spectacular ridgeline and views over the entire South Shuswap. At the Blind Bay Lookout take some time to sit and immerse yourself in the vistas that surround you before returning the way you came. Or make a shuttle trip by leaving a vehicle at the MacArthur Heights trailhead following the steep old Blind Bay Lookout.

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Access:

Approx 9.3km East of Sorrento, or approx 24 km West of Salmon Arm, turn North on onto Balmoral Rd. Follow for approx 1.5 km and watch for the large trailhead parking lot on the right, just before Alpen Paradies subdivision.

Access Map: From Salmon Arm, From Sorrento

Warnings:

CAUTION: Steep bluffs. Stay clear of edge. This is a wilderness trail. Be prepared. Make noise for Bears.

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