Blind Bay Lookout - McArthur Heights


South Shuswap
Distance: 1.6 km (one way) from McArthur Heights trailhead; 6.5 km (one way) from Balmoral Trailhead
Difficulty: Most Difficult
Duration: 1 Hour (one way) from McArthur Heights Trailhead; 2.5 Hours (one way) from Balmoral Trailhead
Trail Access / Features
Walk / Hike Wildlife View / Lookout Picnic Tables

Trail Description:

A very steep, challenging climb up small sections of scree slope and exposed rock. The summit features panoramic views of Shuswap Lake over Blind Bay and toward Salmon Arm.

The trail starts at the left/north end of the new trailhead parking lot (private property is on the right). After a short flat section through forest behind the subdivision, the trail begins to climb in ernest. Soon things emerge from the forest into low brush, and then get serious as the old trail makes its way up through a short, dangerous exposed section of loose rock. This is a point to reassess. Remember: down climbing is always more difficult. Watch for a junction where the left-hand trail switchbacks through a steep area - this is a new safer reroute around the original exposed rocky section to the right. After the exposed rocky section things become more secure but continue steeply making this short 1 km feel a lot longer. But don’t despair; the trail follows the ridge line with great views eventually rounding off at the Blind Bay Lookout and spectacular views over the bay and the west arm of Shuswap Lake toward Squilax and Chase. On clear days look for Todd Mountain at Sun Peaks. From here, return the way you came, or for an extended day hike, follow the signs from the summit to the Balmoral trailhead. (See Balmoral Bluffs Trail description).

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MacArthur Heights Trailhead: Approx. 9.3 km east of Sorrento, or approx 24 km west of Salmon Arm, turn north onto Balmoral Rd, and travel north to Reedman Point Rd, approx. 2 km past the Blind Bay Rd junction. Turn right and then take the next left onto McBride Rd. Follow McBride Rd winding up through the McArthur Heights subdivision to the end of the road and park.

Balmoral Trailhead: Follow Balmoral Road north from the highway for approx 1.5km and watch for the large trailhead parking lot on the right, just before Alpen Paradise subdivision. Follow trail markers toward Blind Bay Bluffs/MacArthur Heights.

Access Map: From Salmon Arm, From Sorrento


CAUTION: the original lookout trail is unmaintained with dangerous exposed sections requiring comfort with heights. Extreme caution is required.