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    Gibraltar Rock via Bluff Trail

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    4.0 km
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    105 m
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    Gibraltar Rock via Bluff Trail

    Hiking to Gibraltar Rock via the Bluff Trail follows a 4.0 km out-and-back trail that sets out from the Paul Lake Campground and climbs uphill to a scenic lookout point with views of the surrounding area. Along the trail, hikers will gradually work their way through the thick forest canopy before making the short but steep climb up to the rocky Bluff for an amazing sightline over Paul Lake. Remember to bring bear spray and make plenty of noise along the trail, as bears are often seen on and around the trail.

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    Route Description for Gibraltar Rock via Bluff Trail

    The trek to Gibraltar Rock via the Bluff Trail is a short but fun adventure in Paul Lake Provincial Park that will take you up to the summit of this distinctive rock formation for some awesome views of the surrounding woodland landscape. With its close proximity to two campsites, this trail is the perfect accompaniment to a weekend of camping in the area.

    Setting out from the Paul Lake Campground, follow the trail to the southwest as it enters into the thick cover of the forest. Take some time to enjoy the serene atmosphere of the woodland setting as you meander along the shaded paths towards the rocky outcrop of Gibraltar Rock. Reaching the foot of the hill, the trail will turn to the south and cross over two small streams before beginning the short but steep uphill climb to the vantage point. When you arrive at the top of the hill, you will be greeted by some amazing views looking out across the waters of Paul Lake nestled within the woodland landscape. After taking in the views, retrace your steps through the forest to return to the trailhead at the campground.

    Getting to the Gibraltar Rock via Bluff Trail Trailhead

    To reach the parking area for the Gibraltar Rock via Bluff Trail from Kamloops, drive north for 4.9 km along BC-5 and make a right turn onto Paul Lake Road, following it for 11.9 km. Continue straight onto Pinantan Pritchard Road for 6.1 km and turn right. After 400 m, make another right turn followed by a quick left. In 750 m, you will find the trailhead on the left.

    Route Information

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    • Backcountry Campsites

      Paul Lake Campground

    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly


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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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