Fall Hiking Guide for Eva and Miller Lakes Trail, British Columbia
What a hike! and a lake! and the view! Not only are there 2 lakes in super close proximity of each other, in addition to a third if you want to trek the kilometers but there isn't much of an elevation gain as you drive up to the trailhead. That's right, you get a pretty flat/even trail with a few gentle up and down sections, only having to conquer the distance.
Time: 5-7 hrs
Distance: 6km one-way from the trailhead (if shuttle bus), 7km one-way from the parking lot, 400m one-way to Miller Lake.
Trail: There and back
What to bring: water, snacks, sun protection, winter hiking clothes, microspikes (for Jade's Pass), and hiking sticks (optional)
Road conditions: Paved road, accessible by car
Other information: The shuttle bus is not in service for the 2021 season. This means that you will have to add an extra 2 km to your hike. If you plan to go to Jade Lakes Pass, it's about an extra 2 km one-way. There will be very little internet on the trail, even in the parking lot areas.
Bonus tip: This is in a National Park and a pass is required. Cheaper for a group pass, valid until 4 pm the next day and you can use that pass in another national park (Glacier National Park is a 45-minute drive).
Getting to the Mount Revelstoke National Park
Mount Revelstoke National Park is located just outside of Revelstoke, BC on HWY 1. They have a beautifully paved road (Meadow in the Sky Parkway) that leads all the way up to the Balsam Lake parking lot and takes about 30 minutes from the park entrance.
Eva Lake trailhead
There are outhouses and a trail map at the parking lot. Across the road from the trail map, take Summit Trail (1km) to end up at Eva/Miller/Jade Lakes trailhead. Unfortenly due to Covid, the shuttle bus is no longer in service otherwise you won't normally have to hike it. *You cannot drive to where the shuttle bus drops you off as the road is closed.*
Once at the shuttle parking lot, there are a few different trail options in addition to Eva and Miller Lakes. If you change your mind, there is an information board with all the other hiking trail options.
Information boards at the start of Eva and Miller Lake trailhead
Eva Lake and Miller Lake Trailhead
The trail is well used, easy to follow with a slight elevation incline. This is quite a popular trail so do expect to see a few people along the way, not to mention if you're a solo hiker, this would be a good trail to explore.
The trail winds through evergreens, meadows, and boulder fields giving glimpses of mountain tops along the way.
Trail to Eva and Miller Lakes
Directions to Eva, Miller, and Jade Lakes
As you arrive at the junction for Miller Lake, there's a sign giving directions and distance to all three lakes. There is also another sign further up, guiding you towards Jade Lakes. I would advise you to visit Eva Lake first before it gets crowded with people (if you started early).
What an incredible view to have your lunch at! If you have a calm day, the lake acts as a mirror reflecting the mountain. There is an option 1km loop around the lake you can do otherwise, if you're not up for that, keep following the trail to the left (past the cabin) a little bit around the lake to get an incredible view of the lake with the mountains behind it.
There's an outhouse, a couple of benches to sit at and an old park wardens cabin which is now a Federal Heritage Building.
Most people bypass this lake but it's only 400 m one-way and well worth the small trek to get there. If you're looking for a quieter place to enjoy, this lake is for you.
Jade Lakes Pass
If you would like to continue on to Jade Lakes Pass, this is about another 2 km one-way but I thought it was totally worth it. The view you get is absolutely amazing! In addition, you overlook Miller Lake. It is a steady incline with switchbacks to the pass. Since you are reaching a higher elevation, there is the possibility of snow. Make sure you pack your microspikes and hiking poles to help you get up to the top. Once at the top, you get cell service again!
There are two designated backcountry campgrounds: Eva Lake and Jade Lake. Both have tent pads, outhouses, and bear-proof food storage lockers. Campfires are not permitted and fees are $10.02/night/person in addition to a national park pass. You can either phone or book online.
Before setting off, please check the trail conditions on Parks Canada Website. If you're looking for more tips on hiking in different weather, check out Top 10 Tips for Hiking in Cooler Weather or Top 10 Tips for Hiking in Hot Weather the next time you explore.