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Blind Bay to White Lake Trail

South Shuswap
Distance: Various (10-20 km round trip)
Difficulty: More Difficult
Duration: 4-8+ Hours (one way)
Trail Access / Features
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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:

Beautiful flowing trail immerses, travelers in the tranquility of the forest between Blind Bay and White Lake.

This cross-country trail links communities in the South Shuswap providing a series of recreational loop trails to explore. From the Balmoral Trailhead, follow directions to the Balmoral Bluffs viewpoint, then follow signs taking either the upper north or upper south Balmoral trail loop to connect with the Blind Bay to White Lake trail through tranquil open forests. A short climb brings you to a bench following a forested ridgeline before crossing the Bayview Forest Service Road and ATV route. Now the trail climbs to emerge at the viewpoint with vistas south and west toward Tappen and Notch Hill. A great turn around destination or rest stop before continuing to White Lake. From here the trail continues through a variety of forest environments, past exposed rock bands, criss-crossing the ATV trails before connecting with the Little White Lake Forest Service Road. The trail crosses the road back into the forest and links up with the White Lake Lookout trail before dropping down a short section on the forestry rd. and another trail to the John Evdokimoff Park and White Lake trailhead.

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Access:

Balmoral Trailhead: 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.

White Lake Trailhead: Approx 9.3 km east of Sorrento on Hwy 1 at the Balmoral Rd junction, White Lake Rd forms a loop, returning to Hwy 1 at Carlin 4 km farther east, approx 20 km west of Salmon Arm. Watch for the Bike Park sign just before the Parri Rd intersection at the west end of White Lake.

Access Map: Balmoral Trailhead From Salmon ArmBalmoral Trailhead From SorrentoWhite Lake Trailhead From Salmon ArmWhite Lake Trailhead From Sorrento

Warnings:

CAUTION: This is a wilderness trail. Be prepared. Make noise for bears.

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