Trail Name: Gibraltar Rock
Distance: 3.7 kms
Time: 1 – 1.5 hrs
Cell Service: No
Trail: Well maintained single track through the trees
Highlight: Spectacular views at the top!
To get there: Gibraltar Rock is about a half hour drive from downtown Kamloops. Get on the Yellowhead Highway 5 North towards Barrier. When you reach the Huskey station, turn right onto Paul Lake Rd. Continue up Paul Lake Rd for 11.5km and continue left on the Pinantan-Pritchard Rd for another 6kms. You should see the sign for Paul Lake Provincial campground on your right. Follow the signs to the day use area. Park as far down in the parking area as possible. Or get directions from Google Maps here.
The trail starts near the boat launch at the far end of the parking area. The trail begins with a fork just before the boat launch, keep to the right. The trail is very well maintained and easy to follow. After a steady 1km climb, you will reach the base of the bluff and the intersection of multiple trails. Take the trail to the left. From here, the trail climbs fairly steeply to the top of the bluff. Feel free to explore the entire area!
The top of Gibraltar is the highlight for this trip. You get magnificent views of the lake, surrounding hills and Harper Mountain. Make sure you pack some water for yourselves and your furry friends as it is a hot, steep climb on a summer day. Enjoy the views!
On your way back down, once you reach the trail sign again, you have three choices:
- Go back the way you came up, and end up back at the parking lot.
- Take a little longer route that is relatively flat back to the campgrounds.
- Or head around to the far side of Gibraltar Rock towards the cabins.