Tappen Bluffs


South Shuswap
Distance: Approx. 4 km (one way), 450 m elevation gain.
Difficulty: More Difficult
Duration: 1.5+ Hours (one way)
Trail Access / Features
Walk / Hike Mountain Biking Horse Trail ATVs Snow Shoeing Wildlife View / Lookout

Trail Description:

A pleasant forestry road walk, equestrian, or MTB ride up to glorious views over the Tappen Valley looking out to Salmon Arm. Can be linked to the Skimikin Lake Trail System for a longer ride. Short very steep final 100m section.

Begin your walk or ride from the junction with the Forest Service Rd and Skimikin Lake Rd. Go sharp left beyond the signs (See access info below). Travel up the main Forest Service Rd enjoying views over the valley along the way. At approx 1.3 km (look for the Yellow #130 Foretry Road sign at a Y in the road) stay right. Pass another junction staying straight ahead (right) on the main FSRoad, and then a third junction staying left on the main FSRoad. Watch for glimpses of the bluffs as you make your way up the road around a big switchback bend. At approx 3 km take the smaller ATV track uphill on your right. The track continues climbing through the forest along the edge of old cut blocks before coming to a very steep short climb. But don't despair, the viewpoint is just a short distance further along the track once you get to the top. Return the way you came.

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Follow Hwy 1 for 14.3 km west of Salmon Arm, or 18.6 km east of Sorrento and turn west onto Tappen Valley Rd. After approx. 4 km turn left/west onto Skimikin Lake Rd, then travel approx. 2.5 km past Recline Ridge Winery, over a cattle gate and just past the CSRD Waste Transfer site. Watch for the next Forestry Service Road on the right just before another bend in the road (Look for number 130 on a Yellow sign attached to a tree and a grey metal transformer to the left of FSRoad 130). Park here on the right, just off Skimikin Road (stay well clear of the Forest Service Rd entry). NOTE: The NO ENTRY sign applies to the road straight ahead leading to a gravel quarry and old district dump. Your route takes FSR Forestry Road #130 which starts immediately to your left and goes uphill just past the signs.

NOTE: There are no trail signs on this route.

Access Road: From Salmon Arm, From Sorrento

Trail Map: Click HERE for a map of the Skimikin Trail System including the Tappen Bluffs trail.


CAUTION: Be well prepared, as this is bear habitat. Watch for vehicles on Forestry roads and ATV tracks. There is range license where the Forest Service Rd crosses the cattleguard. Avoid disruption to cattle.