Mount Revelstoke National Park

Eva, Miller and Jade Lakes trails

Eva Lake | Miller Lake | Jade Lakes


Eva Lake / ©Parks Canada

Day hikes to the park's high country lakes offer superb mountain hiking across rolling terrain studded with flower meadows and scenic vistas. Most visitors will want to see both Eva and Miller lakes on one hike - if you go to Eva first, Miller Lake is only a short side-trip that you could take on your way back to the trailhead.

If you want to explore the Jade Lakes, we suggest an early start as there is a great amount of elevation change for one day's hiking. The reward will be experiencing the true alpine tundra in Jade Lakes Pass and vistas of the exquisite jade-green waters of the lakes. In the pass, look for golden-mantled ground squirrels and true alpine birds such as American pipit, rosy finch and golden eagle.

Eva Lake Trail

Eva Lake
Eva Lake / © Parks Canada - Jeff Bolingbroke

Length: 7.1 km (one-way)
Hiking time: 2-3 hours to lake
Elevation change: 1778 to 1957 m (179m)
Trailhead: Meadows in the Sky Parkway km 25.5; Heather Lake (upper shuttle bus stop)
Map coordinates: 118°8'32"W 51°2'49"N (trailhead)
Camping: Permitted in the designated sites at the lake only
Lake info: Depth - 12m; Ice-free mid-July to mid-October

This trail is named after Eva Hobbs - an active early member of the Revelstoke Mountaineering Club formed in 1909. The trail crosses gently rolling country in the upper subalpine zone just below the treeless alpine. In some places, the trail passes through strips of stunted subalpine fir, mountain hemlock and Engelmann spruce. Where local conditions inhibit tree growth, the trail skirts and crosses meadows, which are carpeted in August with subalpine wildflowers.

As you hike down into a boulder-strewn side-valley, listen for hoary marmots (a sharp, human-like whistle) and pikas (a soft bleat). About 5.4 km from the trailhead, there is a junction with Miller Lake Trail. Fifty metres further at another junction, the trail to Jade Lakes leads off to the right. The trail straight ahead continues to Eva Lake. Overnight camping is permitted at the designated campsite. Open fires are not allowed in the park, so make sure you pack a small stove.

A trail around the water's edge leads to an impressive viewpoint looking north across the Coursier Creek valley. The old cabin at the lake was built in 1928 for the Mount Revelstoke park warden. It is one of the oldest buildings in the park and designated as a Federal Heritage Building.

Miller Lake Trail

Miller Lake 
© Parks Canada

Length: 5.8 km (one-way)
Hiking time: 2-3 hours to lake
Elevation change: 1778 to 1931 m (153)
Trailhead: Meadows in the Sky Parkway km 25.5; Heather Lake (upper shuttle bus stop)
Map coordinates: 118°8'32"W 51°2'49"N (trailhead)
Camping: Not permitted
Lake info: Depth - 27m; Ice-free mid-July to mid-October

At the turn of the century, school inspector A.E. Miller explored the park area and wrote articles in the Revelstoke newspaper extolling the region's scenic beauty. This alpine lake, named in his honour, continues to be a favourite day-hike destination. During the last ice age, a glacier sat in the basin now filled by the lake. The moving sheet of ice ate away at the depression and formed this bowl-shaped lake.

The beginning of this hike follows the same route as the Eva Lake Trail. At a junction about 5.4 km from the start, the trail to the right leads to Miller Lake. A point jutting into the water makes an ideal lunch stop.

Jade Lakes Trail


Jade Lake trail / © Parks Canada - Guillaume Lansac

Length: 9.4 km (one-way)
Hiking time: 3-4 hours to Upper Jade Lake
Elevation change: 1778 to 2206 m (428)
Trailhead: Meadows in the Sky Parkway km 25.5; Heather Lake (upper shuttle bus stop)
Map coordinates: 118°8'32"W 51°2'49"N (trailhead)
Camping: Permitted in the designated site at Upper Jade Lake only
Lake info: Upper Jade Lake: Depth - 14m; Ice-free late July to mid-October;
Lower Jade Lake: Depth - 23m; Ice-free late July to mid-October;

The jade-green waters of the Upper and Lower Jade Lakes have been photographed countless times by hikers with the strength to climb over the pass leading from Miller Lake to the Jade Lakes.

Follow the route described for Eva Lake as far as the second junction (5.4 km from the trailhead). Take the trail leading to the right. This trail ascends the steep slope above Miller Lake. Near the summit of the pass you enter the treeless alpine tundra with its far-reaching views of mountains and valleys.

Many hikers call it a day at the summit of the pass and spend some time here enjoying the commanding views. Energetic hikers may continue down the other side of the pass on a steep trail that becomes less distinct near the lakes. Overnight camping is permitted, but fires are not, so be sure to pack a small stove.

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