Rating: 5 stars.
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.
- Mt Revelstoke Alpine Tour Viewpoint: N51 03.801 W118 07.724
- Mt Rev Rdg1: N51 03.798 W118 07.103
- Mt Rev Rdg2: N51 03.882 W118 06.799
- Mt Rev Rdg3: N51 03.787 W118 06.558
- Mt Rev Crux: N51 04.139 W118 05.731