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Delaurentiis Bluffs

A scenic overlook trail above Salmo! The Delaurentiis Bluffs trail provides both exercise and inspiration as it climbs high to a series of viewpoints above the valley.

Summary
Trailhead: Delaurentiis Road
Distance, round trip: 5.6km
Elevation: +487m
Season: mid-April to early November
Difficulty: Moderate

Trailhead and Driving Directions

In Salmo, turn onto 4th Street and drive through town, crossing the Salmo River. On the other side of the bridge, where Airport Road begins, reach the junction where Delaurentiis Road branches off to the left. Look for the signed trailhead right across the road with a parking pullout.

Trailhead on Delaurentiis Road

This trail forms a figure eight, with a lower loop (called the Boulder Garden), a higher loop, and a lookout spur at the very top. Starting from the trailhead sign, you’ll hike counter-clockwise.

The Boulder Garden

The trail ascends through the forest on a series of rock-steps, then winds among the trees.

Beautiful winding trail in the fall

As the trail rounds to the left and flattens, look for views of the Salmo River below through the trees. At 0.5km, reach a junction with the higher loop heading up. Before you ascend, notice a lookout just ahead with a scenic bench and trail log book. Worth a stop!

The first lookout on the Boulder Garden Loop – don’t forget to sign the logbook!

Climbing the Upper Loop

The upper loop is rated more difficult as there are some chunky sections where the trail crosses rockslides. Continuing counter-clockwise, you’ll ascend a series of switchbacks that are full of wildflowers in the spring.

Crossing a rockslide on the Upper Loop

Lookout Spur

At 2.2km, reach the spur trail to the highest lookout. This adds 1.4km of distance out-and-back, but will get you to the highest viewpoint overlooking the valley. The top view gazes down two valleys, with the Seven Summits Range in the far distance to the West.

Back Down

Retrace your steps back down the spur, then turn right on the Upper Loop to continue hiking counter-clockwise. The Upper Loop will lead to more beautiful viewpoints, as well as a few tricky patches where the trail crosses bedrock with careful footing required.

Beautiful views in June

Reach the lower Boulder Garden Loop again at 5.0km and turn right to continue counter-clockwise. The trail will ramp down to an old road which dips back down to Delaurentiis Road and back to the trailhead.

Salmo Valley Trail Society

The Salmo Valley Trail Society maintains the Delaurentiis Bluffs Trail. If you’ve enjoyed the hike, consider becoming a member, making a donation, or volunteering with them.

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Ben Aubin
Ben Aubin
1 year ago

For more details see: https://salmovalleytrailsociety.org/trails/lookout-trail

Trip Date
2022-05-26
Trail Conditions
Excellent
Access Road Conditions
Paved
Access Road Vehicle
2WD Low Clearance
Sarah
Sarah
9 months ago

Delaurentiis upper part of trail was blocked due to blowdown. June 22/23