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Balmoral Bluffs Trail System

South Shuswap
Distance: Various 0.5-4 km (round trip)
Difficulty: Easy to More Difficult
Duration: 1+ Hours (round trip)
Trail Access / Features
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Trail Notes / Current Conditions:

Dec 01, 2017 - Note: due to recent logging activity in the area, some trails require re-routes which are currently being planned and permits acquired from Rec Sites and Trails BC.  Hikers are encouraged to observe temporary signage markers until the re-routes are properly constructed and signed which is anticipated to be completed in the spring of 2018

Feb. 23, 2017 - BCTS late winter logging above the Balmoral Trails and along the Blind Bay White Lake trail is almost finished. BCTS staff will be out with STA/CSRD Parks leadership to assess trail clean-up/rerouting needs in order to get the trails ready for spring use. Stay tuned. Continue to watch for forestry traffic when crossing Forestry Roads.

For those trying to find the trail to the Blind Bay bluffs from Balmoral, we received the following trailreport from a recent user - it will help in finding the route until we get the new signage up: "At approx 3km (from Balmoral) there is a road being constructed where the old ATV trail was and the the marker signs along this area have been (temporarily) displaced. There is heavy equipment working in the area so use caution when travelling the road. From the trail intersection head North (left) on the road. Follow this road until it switches back to the South, the old ATV track continues North, continue on ATV trail and a short way down you will see the trail marker on your right where you will head east and continue to follow the original trail to the view point."

 

Trail Description:

The Balmoral Bluffs trail system, was created in 2008 to connect with the Blind Bay Lookout, and White Lake trails systems. A great place for shorter loop options up to the old growth fir trees, and the first Balmoral Bluffs viewpoint through lovely forests.

From the parking lot, there is a lower easy loop through lovely open forest. At the top of this loop is a short trail that goes up to the top of a ridge, which, at the end, overlooks Alpen Paradies subdivision and Blind Bay. A great spot to enjoy an evening walk and end of the day sunsets. Continuing up from there, there are two ways up to the main connector trail between White Lake and Blind Bay. These can be done as an upper loop to extend your forest walk before returning to the trailhead parking lot, or as through-routes to the Blind Bay Lookout (upper trail to the left) or White Lake (lower trail).

Additional Information: CSRD Parks

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Access:

Approx 9.3km East of Sorrento, or approx 24 km West of Salmon Arm, turn North 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. NOTE: Equestrian riders may find the alternate access via Sherri Road easier from the south. (Check local maps for directions).

Access Map: From Salmon Arm, From Sorrento

Warnings:

CAUTION: trails beyond the Balmoral Trail loops take you into longer hiking routes and require additional preparation, including water.

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