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White Lake Lookout

South Shuswap
Distance: Approx. 2 km (one way)
Difficulty: More Difficult
Duration: 30+ min (one way)
Trail Access / Features

Trail Notes / Current Conditions:

March 2020: many downed trees have now been removed on this trail between the parking lot at John Evdokimoff Bike Park and the trail junction with the Blind Bay White Lake Trail. There could still be more downed trees higher than this point.

Trail Description:

This Multi Use trail was originally built as a Down Hill Mountain Bike Trail. It is a short, steep hike to a lookout with wonderful views of White Lake, Little White Lake, and the Tappen Valley and towards Mt Ida in Salmon Arm. The total trail length is 2km long but best view point is only 1km from the bottom of the trail.

Start at the John Evdokimoff Bike Park. Find the trail on the left/south west side where it starts as a multi-use ATV track, then branches off to the left just after entering the trees. The trail climbs alongside a stream (intermittent in the summer) before emerging onto the Forestry Rd. Turn left along the Foresty Rd for a short distance then turn right onto an ATV track just before the stream crossing at the bend of the Forest Service Rd. Stay right at the first junction on the ATV track and watch for the trail a little further up on the left.

The trail climbs steeply through the forest emerging along rocky bluffs looking over White Lake. Take a moment at the memorial plaque placed in honor of Jonathan Halper, a local mountain biker who loved this trail, before continuing to climb higher. Watch for Mariposa Lilies, Arnica, and Arrow Leafed Balsam Root in the spring. And be sure to sign the cheerful trail register along the way. The final climb takes you up through a wonderful open grassy forest before popping out at the radio tower (and the whimsical trail sign also erected in honor of Jonathan). From the tower, proceed to the right/northeast into the open cut block and look for a narrow trail on your right (watch for abundant wild strawberries here. . .and bears!) Follow this trail weaving through the new growth of the cut block until it emerges at a forestry landing, and more views over White Lake and the Reinecker Creek valley. Return the way you came.An alternate return is to follow the quad trail down (very steep in places, but good footing) to the forestry road at about 1km, go left for another km and left again.  Just past km 3 will be the White Lake Balmoral Trail.  It is a nice alternative to the road and is possibly a bit shorter. When you reach the road, retrace your steps downhill a short distance to the trail to the Bike Park.
 

Access:

Approx 9.3km east of Sorrento on Hwy 1 at the Balmoral Rd junction, turn right immediately onto White Lake Road (behind Balmoral Store).  Watch for the John Evdokimoff Bike Park sign on your left about 7km from the Balmoral Store on White Lake Road. Park here.

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