Ray Neumar and Dave St. Denis have been working on a new hiking trail that will have more parking than Pulpit Rock Trail but still have lovely views of Nelson. Photo: Phil Best

Ray Neumar and Dave St. Denis have been working on a new hiking trail that will have more parking than Pulpit Rock Trail but still have lovely views of Nelson. Photo: Phil Best

Pulpit Rock Society to open up new Nelson vistas on North Shore

The new trail will lessen the parking pressure on Pulpit Rock

The Pulpit Rock Society is building a new trail to a new viewpoint on the North Shore.

In a news release, the society said this will ease parking pressure on the popular Pulpit Rock trailhead.

Pulpit currently welcomes 45,000 hikers a year and parking is always at a premium.

The planned new trail will be similar in length to the Pulpit Rock trail at about two kilometres, ending at a viewpoint bluff at about the same elevation of Pulpit Rock.

The trailhead will be located about one kilometre north of the Orange Bridge.

Depending on the availability of a trail crew, the trail is expected to be ready by late spring of 2020.

Across the highway from the trailhead and parking area for the planned new trail, hikers will also be able to access a sandy beach, known to some as One Mile Beach, on Kootenay Lake at the end or beginning of their hike.

Former society director Don Lyon originally came up with the idea for this trail, its tentative name is Lyon’s Bluff.

The group is seeking volunteers to help with administrative tasks like recruiting a trail crew, monitoring work as it progresses, and helping to fundraise for donations and grants. Please contact president Dave St. Denis at 250-551-4659 or stdeni10@telus.net.