An easy hike of 14 km through beautiful meadows in subalpine, undulating countryside to beautiful Eva Lake .
Eva and Jade Lakes Trail is a 14 km long, relatively easy hiking trail at Mount Revelstoke in British Columbia leading to the two gorgeous mountain lakes Eva and Jade. It is accessible only to hikers in the short summer season, from June to October. In addition, the Mount Revelstoke National Park in Kootenay offers many more trails that lead to clear lakes, peaks and lush meadows. The many vantage points in the park offer spectacular views of impressive mountain ranges, the Thompson River and the small town of Revelstoke.
Hiking boots are advantageous for the narrow paths on the mountain.
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Balsam Lake car park (1920 m)
51.046768 N -118.142550 E
11U 419909 5655646
Balsam Lake car park
The starting point of our hike after the 1-hour trip on the Meadows in the Sky Parkway is the car park at Balsam Lake. Here we have several options. We either take a free shuttle bus, or we leisurely stroll to the summit on the beautiful Fire Tower Trail. We choose the short walk and reach another parking lot just below the summit. Again we have several options for either short or more extended hikes in the area of the summit plateau with magnificent views of the surrounding mountains. We turn left and go directly to the historic fire lookout tower that marks the highest point of Mount Revelstoke. The path leads us left past the fire lookout tower over to the North Summit Knoll, where several viewpoints offer spectacular views of Revelstoke, the mountains and the valley of the Columbia River.
Next we follow the path to the little Heather Lake, just before we reach it, a trail path turns off to the left and leads to several lakes in the distance. The Eva Lake Trail is a relatively simple continuous path that leads from the summit of Mount Revelstoke to Eva Lake over a distance of 6 km with a relatively small slope. We follow the signs through hilly terrain just below the tree line through sparse spruce and fir forests. The road crosses alpine meadows that are covered by a magnificent display of flowers during the summer months. Next we walk through a rocky landscape and shortly after we reach a turnoff to Miller Lake. Here we take a right and reach Miller Lake withhin 10 minutes. Back on the main road, another path branches off a little later towards Jade Lakes, but we continue straight on to Eva Lake, which we reach a few moments later. A short trail loops around the lake with its wooden hut from 1928 and and offers great views down into Coursier Creek Valley. On the way back we will make a short visit to the Jade Lakes path. It is a 16 km one-day long hike to the Jade Lakes and should be started early in the morning. We therefore content ourselves with a nice photo spot above Miller Lake and hike back the same way to our starting point.
Free shuttle from Balsam lake to the summit of Mount Revelstoke.
We take the Meadows in the Sky Parkway at Revelstoke and after 16 turns and 26 km we reach Balsam Lake car park at 1500 meters altitude. For the last 2 km to the summit, a shuttle service is available in the snow-free summer months.