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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
Walk / Hike Mountain Biking Horse Trail Snow Shoeing Wildlife

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.

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:

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

The newest cross-country Shuswap Trail section linking communities in the South Shuswap, and providing a series of recreational loop trails to explore. From the Balmoral Trailhead, follow directions to the Balmoral Bluffs viewpoint, then take the right/south trail. Cross the ATV trail through the stiles, and continue on flowing non-motorized trails through tranquil open forests. A short climb brings you to a bench following a forested ridgeline before crossing the ATV trails again. 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 Bike Skill Park and White Lake trailhead.

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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


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


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