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Blind Bay Bluffs

South Shuswap
Distance: 6.5 km (one way)
Difficulty: More Difficult
Duration: 2.5 hrs (one way)
Trail Access / Features
Walk / Hike Mountain Biking Horse Trail Snow Shoeing

Trail Description:

Spectacular vistas west over Blind Bay, the South Shuswap, Squilax, Chase, and in the distance Todd Mountain at Sun Peaks.

From the Balmoral Bluffs viewpoint (see Balmoral Trail System) take the upper trail and follow the signs. The trail emerges onto a shared ATV skid trail. Watch for signs at key junction points where the trail route turns right/southeast and then later left/north again. After a long steep section where the ATV trail climbs through the forest watch for a marker post to a a faint side trail leading to the first viewpoint and for some, the turn around point at approx 5km from the trailhead. To reach the main summit lookout continue north along the ATV trail making a sharp right/east turn (a wet spot with lingering snow in the spring) and watch for the next trail post. Turn left/north off the shared ATV skid trail and follow this final section of single-track non-motorized trail as it climbs the final approx 1km toward the lookout, rewarding the hardy with sections of spectacular ridgeline and views over the entire South Shuswap. Return the way you came, or make a shuttle trip by leaving a vehicle at the McArthur Heights trailhead.

Access:

Approx 9.3km east of Sorrento, or approx 24km west of Salmon Arm, turn North onto Balmoral Rd. Follow for approx 1.5km and watch for the large Balmoral Trailhead parking lot on the right, just before Alpen Paradies subdivision.

Warnings:

WARNINGS: Steep bluffs. Stay clear of edge. This is a wilderness trail. Be prepared. Make noise for Bears.

 

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