Mount Revelstoke Alpine Tour

Rating: 5 stars.

Use: Hiking/Scrambling.

Difficulty: Difficult.

Distance: 16.5 km round trip.

Description: This is probably the best one day ‘route’ in the Park. The route follows the skyline ridge right to left looking north into the park from the various viewpoints at the top of Mount Revelstoke. In one long tour you get to see almost all of what the park has to offer. Fabulous views of Miller, Jade and Eva Lakes. In addition the route gives excellent views of Mount Harry, Williamson, Dickey, Coursier and Inverness Peaks.  As soon as you leave the main trail and head for the ridge, you will not see another soul until you make the final descent into Eva Lake. Although over half of the route is off trail the bushwhacking is minimal. A highly recommended route! A word of caution… There are a few sections of 3rd class scrambling and one particular 4th class ‘move’. Not a big deal, but not all hiking. No rope necessary. 

Directions: Drive to the top of Mount Revelstoke. Park at the Balsam Lake Parking Lot. From here you can either start hiking on the Upper Summit Trail or take the shuttle bus to the summit. Follow the signs for Eve, Miller, etc. Its probably best to plug the next few waypoints into a gps as the trail is not marked with kilometers. When I did the traverse I aimed for ‘Mt Rev Rdg1’ point. It was easy to hit as there was a scree slope below the col making the ascent easy. Though this first aim-point starts almost at the base of the ridge a better option would be to continue to ‘Mt Rev Rdg2’. This eliminates some unpleasant bushwhacking. From ‘Mt Rev Rdg3’ I could see a very easy looking trail that would connect with ‘Mt Rev Rdg2’. Either way, when you reach ‘Mt Rev Rdg3’ you are golden. From here follow the ridge up to the first summit and over to Jade Pass. Just below descending into Jade Pass is where the Class 4 section is. Not that tricky, just take your time. From Jade its up and over to Eva. For the most part this goes easy with the odd exposed step. The final descent into Eva is a steep one. If it has started raining by then, it is going to be slow going. From Eva, follow the established trail back to the parking lot. 

Trailhead GPS:

  1. Mt Revelstoke Alpine Tour Viewpoint: N51 03.801 W118 07.724
  2. Mt Rev Rdg1: N51 03.798 W118 07.103
  3. Mt Rev Rdg2: N51 03.882 W118 06.799
  4. Mt Rev Rdg3: N51 03.787 W118 06.558
  5. Mt Rev Crux: N51 04.139 W118 05.731

Useful Maps: 

Mount Revelstoke Alpine Tour 1 BaseCamp PDF

Mount Revelstoke Alpine Tour 2 BaseCamp PDF

Just out of the trees. Mount Revelstoke Alpine Tour. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Just out of the trees. The real fun begins. Mount Revelstoke Alpine Tour. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Miller Lake from ridge. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Miller Lake from ridge. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Mount Ugly. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Mount Harry from the first unnamed summit. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Jades Lakes. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Jades Lakes below. Inverness Peaks in the background. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Mount Williamson. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Mount Williamson. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Looking down at the crux. Mount Revelstoke Alpine Traverse. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Looking down at the crux. Jade Pass at top of picture. Mount Revelstoke Alpine Tour. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Eva Lake from the final ridge section. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Eva Lake from the final ridge section. Ben Wilkey Collection.
The final descent into Eva Lake. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Looking back up at the final steep descent to Eva Lake. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Eva Lake. Mount Dickey in the background. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Eva Lake. Mount Dickey and Mount Coursier in the background. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Traverse is the skyline ridge right to left. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Mount Revelstoke Alpine Tour is the skyline ridge right to left. Ben Wilkey Collection.

3 thoughts on “Mount Revelstoke Alpine Tour

  1. Very nice photos and maps! Great idea to have a trail web site. We will have a group of women geoscientists visiting there on Sept 3 and I would appreciate your permission to share your maps with them . I planned to take them to Eva Lake. I do not know how many will make the hike, or want to go further. I am hoping for keeners, and good weather. You are welcome to join us and share your knowledge or ask us questions.

    1. Mindy,
      Yes of course feel free to share the site’s photos and maps. Unfortunately I will be away working on the 3rd so won’t be able to join you. Thanks for the note and if you get some good photos on your hike pass them along and I will put them up on the site.

  2. Hi!
    Great info here for the hiking a mountain routes within the park. We are planning a trip to climb Coursier in the coming few weeks and wondering how long the approach would be from the Park Parking Lot to the base of the mountain at the lake. Thanks.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s