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Mount Revelstoke National Park

Lower Mount Revelstoke Hiking Trails

Inspiration Woods Trail
Soren Sorensen 2km and 5km Loops
Nels Nelsen Ski Jump Trail
Mount Revelstoke Trail
23 Connector Trail
Summit Trail
Lindmark Trail

Inspiration Woods Trail

 Inspiration Woods
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Length: 2.5 km (round trip)
Hiking time:
1.5 hours (round trip)
Elevation change:
612 to 745 m (133m)
Trailhead:
Meadows in the Sky parkway – km 1.9 (first switchback above the Welcome Station)
Map coordinates:
118°12’13”W 51°1’27”N (trailhead) 

This pleasant forest walk suits its poetic name. Trees typical of the interior cedar-hemlock forest, including western hemlock, western white pine and Douglas fir line the trail. Black and light green beard lichens hang from the trees and rich carpets of moss and ferns remind you that this is a wet-belt forest. Along the tiny creek, watch for the spine-covered devil’s club – the bane of off-trail travel in these mountains.

This trail is noted for its display of mushrooms in September and October. Please remember that mushroom collecting is not permitted in national parks.

Because of its low elevation, Inspiration Woods is a popular hike both early (April-May) and late (October-November) in the season. In winter, visitors often snowshoe around the trail.

Inspiration Woods has a looped end; you will be able to return to the trailhead by carefully following the directional arrows and ignoring the disused sections of the old trail and road.

Soren Sorensen Trails (2 km Loop trail and 5 km Loop trail)

 dog walkers on the 5km loop 5 km Loop trail
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Hiking Time: 
  2 km Loop
: 30 minutes; 
  5 km Loop: 1.5 hours

Elevation change: 
  2 km Loop
: 573 to 594 m (21m); 
  5km Loop: 573 to 636 (63m)

Trailhead:
Meadows in the Sky Parkway km 1.4; Nels Nelsen Historic Area
Map coordinates: 118°11’39”W 51°0’25”N (trailhead)

This trail started as a cross-country ski route before the Mount MacPherson trails were developed outside the park, on the opposite side of the Columbia River valley. Today the Soren Sorensen trail is a popular cycling route that also provides a pleasant walk.

This is one of the few places in the park where you might see snakes. Two harmless species, the common garter snake and the western territorial garter snake make their homes along this route. Please try to avoid them as you cycle.

You have two options in hiking this trail: a 2km or 5km loop. You also can connect with the Meadows in the Sky Parkway at the far end of the 5km loop.

Nels Nelsen Ski Jump Trail

 Nels Nelsen Ski Jump Trail
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Length: 400m (1-way)
Hiking time: 20 minutes (uphill)
Elevation change: 589 to 667 m (78m)
Trailhead: Meadows in the Sky Parkway km 1.4; Nels Nelsen Historic Area
Map coordinates: 118°11’39”W 51°0’25”N (trailhead)

This quiet spot once attracted ski jumpers from around the world to try their luck on Mount Revelstoke’s famous ski jump. The ski jump was internationally rated and the scene of several world record jumps during international competitions. Local ski jumpers set amazing records – like Nels Nelsen’s amateur world record of 240 feet in 1925. An exhibit at the base of the trail relives some of these historic moments.

Recreational skiing in the Revelstoke area dates back to the 1890s, when local citizens began using these slopes. Commercial downhill skiing facilities are now located outside the park on Mt. Mackenzie.

As you look uphill, the trail enters the forest on the right and switches back and forth as you climb higher than the Judges’ Tower. From the top of the trail at the start of the lower jump, you can begin to appreciate how much courage was involved in the sport of ski jumping! 

Mount Revelstoke Trail

Length: Hiking route: 1.3 km; biking route: 1.5 km
Hiking time: 30 minutes (uphill)
Elevation change: 470 to 573 m (103m)
Trailheads: 
    Upper: Meadows in the Sky Parkway km 1.4; Nels Nelsen Historic Area 
    Lower: Track St. W, Revelstoke (150 m southeast of the Railway Museum, at the Tournament of Champions Plaza)
Map coordinates: 118°11’39”W 51°0’25”N (upper trailhead); 118°11’55”W 51°0’12”N (lower trailhead)

This short trail gives both hikers and cyclists a way to connect with the Meadows in the Sky Parkway and the park’s trail system from within the City of Revelstoke. The trail begins
at the Tournament of Champions Plaza, which celebrates the history of skiing and international ski jumping competitions on Mount Revelstoke.

The trail uses an abandoned segment of the summit road as far as the current parkway. Here hikers can cross the road and rejoin the trail. Cyclists will need to climb a short way uphill to the cycling route provided on the right. Both routes take you to the Nels Nelsen Historic Area. 

23 Connector Trail (connects the Meadows in the Sky Parkway with Highway 23)

Length: 2.2 km (1-way)
Hiking time: 30 minutes (uphill)
Elevation change: 471 to 587 m (116 m)
Trailheads: 
    Upper:
Meadows in the Sky Parkway km 1.2 (125m below the Welcome Station) 
    Lower: Highway 23 North (1.4 km north of intersection with Highway 1)
Map coordinates: 118°12’20”W 51°1’5”N (upper trailhead); 118°12’46”W 51°1’19”N (lower trailhead)

As the name suggests, this trail provides a way to connect with Highway 23 going north from Revelstoke. Most often used by cyclists, this trail also provides a pleasant walk through rich woodland.

Summit Trail

Summit Trail 
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Length: 10 km
Hiking time: 4-5 hours (uphill)
Elevation change: 573 to 1926 m (1353m)
Trailheads: 
    Lower:
Meadows in the Sky Parkway km 1.4; Nels Nelsen Historic Area 
    Upper: Meadows in the Sky Parkway km 25.5; Heather Lake (upper shuttle bus stop)
Map coordinates:
118°11’39”W 51°0’25”N (upper trailhead); 118°8’34”W 51°2’48”N (lower trailhead)

This trail leads from the base of Mount Revelstoke all the way to the summit. It dates from the turn of the 20th century and was the first route to the park’s famous wildflower meadows. You can hike from the bottom up, or arrange for a ride to the upper trailhead and walk downhill.

The Summit Trail gives hikers a cross-sectional look at life zones in the Columbia Mountains. Starting from the Interior cedar-hemlock forest, it climbs through the lower subalpine and ends in the upper subalpine.

At the lower trailhead you can see the remains of an historic ski jump on the slope to the left. As you hike the first part of the trail, you pass through the overgrown runs of a former downhill ski development. Look for North America’s smallest bird, the Calliope hummingbird, in this area.

Starting from the lower trailhead, you will cross the Meadows in the Sky Parkway at six locations. At the seventh meeting, the trail follows the original roadway for several hundred metres. Watch for trail signs on the left showing where the roadway becomes a trail again. After this final section through the forest, the trail emerges beside the Balsam Lake cabin. From here you the choice of hiking another kilometer to the summit of Mount Revelstoke on the Upper Summit Trail, walking along the road to the summit or catching a ride on the shuttle bus if it’s operating.

Lindmark Trail

Lindmark Trail
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Length: 7.5 km
Hiking time:
3.5 hours (uphill)
Elevation change:
864 to 1846 m (982m)
Trailheads: 
    Lower:
Meadows in the Sky Parkway km 7.3; Monashee Lookout Picnic Area 
    Upper: Meadows in the Sky Parkway km 24.6; Balsam Lake Picnic Area
Map coordinates: 118°11’5”W 51°0’37”N (lower trailhead); 118°8’56”W 51°2’29”N (upper trailhead)

Revelstoke Mayor C.F. Lindmark was an early booster of the scenic values of Mount Revelstoke. Support by local citizens, including the mayor, led to the establishment of Mount Revelstoke National Park in 1914.

The Lindmark Trail traverses the same life zones as the Summit Trail, but has the advantage of not crossing the parkway.

Hikers can follow the trail from either end. Just below the upper trailhead there is a small subalpine lake locally known as Eagle Lake – a quiet gem on a busy day. Balsam Lake, at the upper trailhead, is only 1 metre deep. At Balsam Lake, you will be able to take a short side trip on the Eagle Knoll Trail or connect with the Upper Summit Trail leading to the top of Mount Revelstoke.


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