Mt Revelstoke National Park, located in British Columbia, Canada is a relatively small national park in comparison to others parks Canada but don’t let its small size fool you, it’s full of some of the best scenery I’ve seen in my life. There are a number of trails ranging from easy to difficult, with the option of multi day hikes available.
Eva, Miller and Jade Lakes trail (our route approx 18.3 km + 500m elevation gain – moderate to difficult)
We set off from our log cabin in temperatures that were a little low for my liking and we headed for the Balsam Lake parking lot just below the summit of Mt Revelstoke. From here we started out hike to the summit and then joined the Eva, Miller and Jade lakes trail. Originally we had hoped to visit all 3 lakes but this is a very difficult task better undertaken over 2 days. In the end we visited Miller lake first, followed by Eva lake and finally we made it to the top of Jade’s pass overlooking upper Jade Lake before we made the decision to turn back. The hike down to Jade lakes was steep and if you go down you have to come back up and we thought we would start to lose light if we tried this. And when the sun starts to set the bears come out and I really didn’t fancy coming face to face with a grizzly!
The hike was incredible, one of my favourites from the whole road trip! The lakes were breathtaking, the trails beautiful and we even managed to spot a couple of Marmots and a whole bunch of vocal ground squirrels. If you’ve ever encountered a ground squirrel you’ll know what I mean when I say vocal!
We made it back to the car just as the sun was starting to set… lucky we didn’t try and make it to Jade lakes or we might have found ourselves trying to survive a cold night out in the Canadian Wilderness!
Stay tuned for my next post: Hiking Glacier National Park