Rating: 5 stars.
Distance: Approximately 27 kilometres.
Description: This is a first class traverse. Highly recommended. Established trails to alpine at both the start and finish of the traverse make for very enjoyable alpine traverse close to town. A great 2 to 3 day adventure. The traverse starts at the Sale Mountain Chalet (otherwise known as the ‘Chickencoup’) and follows the height of land south into Mount Revelstoke National Park. When I did the traverse I didn’t want to pack a tent so chose a route that would allow overnight stays in the Chickcoup, West Woolsey Cabin and Eva Lake Cabin. Turned out the weather was not exactly ideal for the trip so planning to stay in the Cabins was a good choice. If I was to do it again however I would cut out the West Woolsey Cabin and try to do it in two days. The PDF map below shows both routes.
Directions: Follow the directions for the Sale Mountain Hiking Trail. An easy hike leads to the Chalet. From the Chalet head south for the park boundary. Be alert in this zone as I would often see a grizzly bear that would hang out around the low pass between Martha Creek and La Forme Creek during my time flying summer hiking guests into Selkirk Mountain Experience. From here head for the NW shoulder of Mount Saint Cyr. Prior to the final ridge section drop down into the headwaters of Saint Cyr Creek via a short low angle gully. Traverse the upper basin and head for the ‘Latvian Col’, the distinct U shaped col. From this col drop into the headwater basin of West Woolsey Creek and make your way to the West Woolsey Cabin. If you are spending the night you will essentially be backtracking up the Glacier until you reach the pass between West Woolsey and Coursier Creek. Drop down into Coursier Creek above the Gordon Glacier. From here we proceeded to Upper Jade Lake contouring the upper Clachnacudainn Creek. This got a bit tricky making the final descent into Upper Jade Lake. It would be better follow the height of land towards Mount Williamson and onto Eva Lake skirting the difficulties of the ridge to the south. Either way shoot for whatever trail you want to follow back to the summit of Mount Revelstoke.
- Sale Mountain Hiking Trailhead: N51 09.811 W118 08.250
- West Woolsey Cabin: N51 07.587 W118 02.459
- Jade Lakes Campsite: N51 04.273 W118 04.316
- Eva Lake Cabin: N51 04.865 W118 06.630