How long will Balancing Rock stay on top of the pillar? Every time I return there, it seems more precariously perched on the eroded conglomerates that support it. We returned to hike the area in early December on a windy, cold day. We hiked from the gate down a single track to the edge of the steep slopes above Balancing Rock then followed a ridge above the hoodoos below, but we also dropped down through the hoodoos for some scrambling on the steep sideslopes. We then climbed back to the benchland, winding on gentle slopes above the gullies, looping around to a point with a large erratic where we huddled below the winds to have lunch. We returned up the double track to the gate.
The best views of Balancing Rock is from above on the west side, looking down to Kamloops Lake.
The hoodoos below are eroded conglomerated columns.
The benchland slopes are covered in grasses and sagebrush. Much of the route has excellent views up and down Kamloops Lake.
Kamloops Lake is surrounded by rugged, rock, steep slopes. There is very little road access for much of the north side of the lake. We hiked from Tranquille to Savona in the spring, going over the hills above the lake.
Our turn-around spot was a large erratic on the nose of the ridge of Six Mile Point.
This is a fine scenic loop for any month of the year, one of the few easy-to-get-to spots on the hills above Kamloops Lake.