Great hikes in Revelstoke
The town of Revelstoke in British Columbia is high atop the list of many alpine loving tourists hiking destinations. It’s got it all: an outdoorsy lifestyle, cute shops, fine restaurants and lodging as well as incredible mountains that are easily accessible to visitors looking for anything from easy-like-Sunday-morning walks to difficult hikes requiring serious alpine skills.
Sutherland Falls: This stunning waterfall might be Revelstoke’s most accessible. Head to Blanket Creek Provincial Park and look for the Sutherland Falls parking area. From there, take the flat trail to the lookout area. Find a map of the area here.
Begbie Falls: Begbie Falls can be accessed by a short trail, which is steep in places, from the Mount Begbie Forest Service Road. The trail follows a series of switchbacks through the forest to the falls and a beach with beautiful views across the valley when the river level is low. The falls can also be accessed from the Begbie Bluffs parking area for a longer hike of around 3km one way. You can find this parking area by Highway 23S, just after Mt Macpherson Nordic Lodge. This trail winds through the forest, past the climbing area, to the falls. Find a map of this trail here.
Moses Falls: Moses Falls is another accessible waterfall. Head down Westside Road, accessed from the junction of Highway 1 for 6.1km until you see the parking area on the right. Park here and head down the road until you reach the river and the bottom of the falls.
Nels Nelsen Ski Jump: This short hike offers amazing views over the town and Columbia Valley and a little slice of Revelstoke history in Mount Revelstoke National Park. Discover the dizzy heights of Revelstoke’s historic ski jump at the top of this hike with the Nels Knickers sculpture which lets you experience the old ski jump first hand. The trail for the Nels Nelsen monument can be accessed from town by foot, look for the trailhead immediately behind the railway museum and follow the signage through the rainforest to the jump area. This trail is not technical but the climb is steep in places.
Eva and Miller Lakes (7.1km one way to Eva Lake): The beautiful alpine hike to Eva and Miller Lakes begins at the summit of Mount Revelstoke National Park. Drive up the Meadows in the Sky Parkway to the Balsam Lake parking area and then choose to begin your hike on the 1km summit trail or take the shuttle to the trailhead. From there, the trail rolls through a sub-alpine rainforest with its stunted trees and into the alpine meadows, which are home to wildflowers in late July and August. Hike for 5.4kms until you reach the junction with Miller Lake, a short detour to a small alpine lake. Straight ahead is the stunning Eva Lake, one of Revelstoke’s iconic landmarks. Experienced hikers may also want to continue to Jade Lakes but be aware, this is a more complex hike. Be sure to take bug spray- the bugs like the lake too!
Camping is available at Eva Lake by permit.
Asulkan Valley Trail (6.9km one way): This moderate trail takes in mountains, waterfalls and glaciers as it leads through the Asulkan Valley to the Asulkan Hut. The trailhead begins at the Illecillewaet campground in Glacier National Park and passes the ruins of the old Glacier House mountain resort before heading through the rich rainforest and into the alpine valley. The first part of the trail is mellower, becoming steeper 4km in and ends with a steep climb into a glacial moraine. Marvel at the Illecillewaet Glacier and enjoy the spectacular views over the valleys below.
Mount Begbie (6km one way): Mount Begbie is Revelstoke’s iconic peak. The double crown is visible anywhere in the town and dominates the skyline of the area. The hike to the toe of the glacier on Mount Begbie is not one for the faint-hearted, but it is one for the books! The trail begins 2.5kms after the Mount Macpherson Nordic Lodge, look for the signs on the right. The trail climbs steeply through the forest for most of the ascent into the alpine with the first lookout opportunity being around 5km into the climb. Once into the alpine, see the tarn below the glacier and experience amazing views over the town and Columbia valley. There is a camping area near the toe of the glacier for overnight stays.
Be aware, summiting Mt Begbie requires advanced glacier travel and rope skills. Also be aware that avalanche danger from above can persist after the trail is clear of snow.
See a map of the trail here.