Sale Mountain to Mount Revelstoke Traverse

Rating: 5 stars.

Use: Hiking.

Difficulty: Difficult.

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. 

Trailhead GPS: 

  1. Sale Mountain Hiking Trailhead: N51 09.811 W118 08.250
  2. West Woolsey Cabin: N51 07.587 W118 02.459
  3. Jade Lakes Campsite: N51 04.273 W118 04.316
  4. Eva Lake Cabin: N51 04.865 W118 06.630

Useful Maps:

Sale Mountain to Mount Revelstoke BaseCamp PDF

Leaving the ‘Chicken Coup’ enroute upper Saint Cyr Creek. Mount Coursier in far distance. Ben Wilkey Collection.
At the northwestern edge of the park. Looking up at Upper Saint Cyr Glacier and the ‘Latvian Col’, the distinct U shaped col centre picture. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Descending minor chute in the fog gives way to upper Saint Cyr Glacier. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Descending south side of the ‘Latvian Col’. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Crossing above Margaret Lake enroute West Woolsey Cabin. Ben Wilkey Collection.
West Woolsey. Clachnacudainn Group at dawn. Photo: Ben Wilkey
Daybreak. West Woolsey Cabin. Looking west towards the Coursier/West Woolsey Pass. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Ben Wilkey at the West Woolsey Cabin. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Looking northwest toward the ‘Latvian Col’ and the south slopes of Mount Saint Cyr. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Beautiful cragging potential above the West Woolsey Cabin. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Mountain goats on the south slopes of Mount Saint Cyr. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Ascending towards the Coursier/ West Woolsey Pass. Margaret Lake and Mount Klotz in the background. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Mount Dickey and the Gordon Glacier Lake from the head of Coursier Creek. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Clachnacudainn Pass into Jade Lakes. Photo: Ben Wilkey
Traversing above the Jade Lakes. Mount Coursier in the background. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Final descent into Eva Lake. Ben Wilkey Collection.

9 thoughts on “Sale Mountain to Mount Revelstoke Traverse

  1. We did part of this hike on July 14th. We took the direct route and camped just west of Woosley Glacier, on the pass (51.12031, -118.08235). It took us 6h from the parking lot near the tower. In the morning the weather was pretty bad with strong winds, rain and low visibility. We didn’t feel comfortable traversing the glacier in those conditions so we headed back. Still an amazing trip, I’ll try it again sometime, starting from Mount Revelstoke.

  2. I did the hike into and out of Woolsey Glacier as a young man a number of times. I was a Western grad student employed by the ministry in a mass budget study. Two of us spent the summer living in the hut (1967 and 1968..three summers for me including Peyto and Place Glaciers.) We had two routes. The first route tool us over the left flank of Mount Coursier past Gordon Glacier, along the flank of Williamson (memory may be incorrect) to the Jade Lakes. Then on to the present trail to the Mount Revelstoke parking lot. It was the longer route but easier to get into Woolsey. The other route was up the left (east?) lobe of Woolsey Glacier over the col and down into the Clauchnacudainn Creek valley on the left bank (north side?). This meant navigating through the high shrubs near the creek until we could catch the park trail down the creek.and through the wonderful cedar forest. On one trip our defense against grizzlies were childs’ water guns filled with ammonia. We had to hitch hike to town.

    I am curious as to the appearance of both the exterior and interior of the hut. I have vivid memories of it and remember that we each had a favourite Playboy pinup over each “plank” cot.

    1. Thanks for this Brian. It’s pretty cool for me to know these little bits of history. I have somewhat recent pictures of the inside and outside I would be happy to pass on if you email me.

  3. Hey
    This traverse looks amazing, we have a group of us planning on doing it this August long weekend. Just in the process of mapping it out on google maps and not sure of the best way to get from the NW ridge of Mount Saint Cyr across to the head of Courser creek (aka place of photo you have over looking Gordon Glacier Lake and Mt Dicky) do we carry on along the NW ridge of Mt Saint Cyr heading SW till the end of the ledge then drop down and back up onto what would be the N Ridge above Gordon Glacier Lake before dropping down beside Gordon Glacier Lake and back up to the head of Courser Creek or do we exit from the NW ridge of Mt Saint Cry earlier than that, drop down into the valley somewhere around where the West Wolsey Creek Cabin is and around the back side of Mount Courser?
    I hope that makes sense and I would love to pick your brains about it a bit more before we go if you don’t mind? If so could you drop me an e-mail or

  4. We did this traverse in one day in 2017, was a great hike but be ready for a lot (2400m to be exact) of elevation. All very do-able without any real climbing but a lot of rock scrambling.
    It was 32km and toke us 17 hours total keeping a pretty swift pace.
    Lots of wildlife evidence for the first part so be aware.
    Would recommend as a 2 day hike

  5. We did this traverse last year in a day, and a big day it was. Roughly 32km and 18 hours total (including starting off in the complete wrong direction which probably added little over an hour)
    The total elevation gain was 2400m so be prepared for a fair bit of up and down, with majority of it rock scrambling, and one climb an easy rock climb 5.6 at the hardest.
    We headed around the other side of the Gordon Glacier Lake tho as it looked easier going.
    The ridges didn’t look to passable so hence the lot of up and down.
    definitely recommend as a traverse, was excellent scenery the whole way. Be aware of wildlife, particularly closer to sail mountain side as we seen a lot of wildlife evidence

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