Top 10 Hikes in Mount Revelstoke National Park
If you're looking for a way to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, Mt Revelstoke National Park is the perfect place to do it. With its many trails, stunning scenery and fresh mountain air, it's the ideal spot to forget about your worries and focus on your hiking game.
But let's be real, you're not just here for the exercise, are you? No, you want those Insta-worthy views that'll make all your friends back home green with envy. And lucky for you, Mount Revelstoke has plenty of those.
So strap on your hiking boots (or sneakers, we won't judge), grab some maps and a backpack filled with snacks and water (and maybe some beer, we won't judge that either), and get ready for the top 10 hikes in Mount Revelstoke National Park. We promise it'll be worth the sweat and sore muscles. And who knows, maybe you'll even find yourself some new hiking buddies along the way (don't blame us if they turn out to be born).
1. Mount Revelstoke Summit Trail
Let's start with a classic. The Mount Revelstoke Summit Trail is the quintessential hike in the park, offering sweeping views of the glacier, the valley and surrounding mountains and valleys. But don't let the stunning scenery fool you – this hike is not for the faint of heart (or the weak of the knee). The trail gains over 1,000 meters in elevation in just 5.5 kilometres, so be prepared for some serious thigh burn. And, of course, keep an eye out for any furry friends that may be sharing the trail with you.
2. Eva Lake Trail
If you're looking for a slightly less strenuous hike (but still with great views), the Eva Lake Trail is the way to go. The 12-kilometre round trip trail takes you through lush forests, meadows, babbling creeks, and past stunning waterfalls before depositing you at the serene alpine lake at the end. And, if you're lucky, you may even spot some mountain goats on the rocky outcroppings along the best trails along the way. Just don't try to pet them (or any other wildlife, for that matter).
3. Jade Lakes Trail
Are you ready to get off the beaten path (and potentially get lost in the wilderness)? Then the Jade Lakes Trail is the hike for you. The 20-kilometre loop trail takes you through some of the national park's most remote areas, offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. But, be warned, this hike is not for the faint of heart (or the weak of navigation skills). The trail is not well-marked, and there are plenty of opportunities to take a wrong turn and wander through the woods. So, if you're up for an adventure (and potentially getting lost), the Jade Lakes Trail is the way to go.
4. Miller Lake Trail
Looking for a hike that's short, sweet, and not too steep? The Miller Lake Trail is perfect for you. The 3-kilometre round trip trail takes you through a beautiful old-growth forest before depositing you at the peaceful shores of Miller Lake. Pack a picnic and enjoy a relaxing lunch by the water before heading back down the paved road. And, if you're lucky, you may even spot some beavers or otters in the lake.
5. Balsam Lake Trail
If you're looking for a hike with a bit of history (and potentially some ghost sightings), the Balsam Lake Trail is the way to go. The 6-kilometre round trip trail takes you past the remains of an old logging camp, including a cabin and some rusted machinery. But, be warned, some hikers have reported feeling a spooky presence in the area, so keep your wits about you. And, of course, keep an eye out for any bears that may have taken up winter residence in the old cabins.
6. Heather Lake Trail
Ready for a hike that's equal parts challenging and rewarding? The Heather Lake Trail fits the bill. The 10-kilometre round trip trail takes you through a variety of terrain, including lush forests, rocky outcropping best trails, and stunning alpine meadows. And, of course, the highlight of the hike is the stunning Heather Lake at the end. Pack a lunch and enjoy the peaceful serenity of the lake before heading back down (and keeping a watchful eye out for any bears, of course).
7. Giant Cedars Boardwalk Trail
Looking for a hike to explore that's more of a stroll or short walk? The Giant Cedars Boardwalk Trail is the perfect option. The 500-meter boardwalk trail takes you through a stunning old-growth cedar forest, with trees towering up to 60 meters tall. And, if you're lucky, you may even spot some wildlife, including birds and small mammals. Just remember to stay on the boardwalk trails and not disturb the delicate ecosystem of the forest.
8. Skunk Cabbage Boardwalk Trail
Yes, you read that right – the Skunk Cabbage Boardwalk Trail. Don't worry, it's not as smelly as it sounds (at least, not usually). The 1-kilometre boardwalk trail takes you through a beautiful wetland area, with skunk cabbage (a type of plant) lining the boardwalk. And, if you're lucky, you may even spot some of the wetland's inhabitants, including frogs and birds. Just don't go sticking your nose in any skunk cabbage, unless you want to smell like, well, a skunk.
9. Nels Nelsen Historic Area Trail
Ready to step back in time? The Nels Nelsen Historic Area Trail takes you through the history of skiing in the area, with displays and interpretive signs telling visitors the story of Nels Nelsen, a famous ski jumper from the early 20th century. And, of course, the trail offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys during winter. Just don't forget to bring your skis if you want to try jumping like Nels.
10. Ghost Pass Trail
Last but not least, the Ghost Pass Trail offers stunning views and a bit of a challenge. The 16-kilometre round-trip trail takes you east, through two parks and a variety of terrain, including lush forests and rocky ridges. And, of course, the highlight of the hike is the stunning view from Ghost Pass, a rocky outcropping with sweeping views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Just be prepared for some steep climbs and potentially rocky terrain.
So, there you have it – the top 10 hikes in Mount Revelstoke National Park (that won't make you want to crawl into a bear den). Whether you're looking for stunning views, peaceful lakes, mountain biking or a bit of history, Mount Revelstoke Park has something for every type of hiker. Just don't forget your bear spray, and enjoy the beauty of the park (while respecting its delicate ecosystem, of course). Happy hiking!