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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:

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."

April 18/2016 - Notice of Forestry Road Construction around Blind Bay White Lake Trail to Balmoral: Friends - construction began this week on the scheduled forestry road between White Lake and Balmoral near the Blind Bay White Lake Trail System. Trail users are asked to use extra using the trails. BC Timber Sales Forestry staff have been working with CSRD Parks, the Shuswap Trail Alliance, and local trail stewards to ensure trail users are aware and stay safe. Watch for signage at key crossings near the road work. Our thanks to BCTS for their continued leadership working with us to plan and maintain the recreational trail system within the timber harvest license areas.

 

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.

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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