Mt. Revelstoke National
Park, Hiking Trails, Viewpoints.
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Revelstoke : Mount Revelstoke National Park
hiking trails, backpacking, mountaineering, picnic sites, viewpoints, demonstration forests
Mount Revelstoke National Park is an adventure destination exploring Revelstoke Mountain in the community of Revelstoke, BC in the Kootenay region of British Columbia, Canada. The park trails lead to lakes, summits and alpine meadows. The park viewpoints provide views of mountain ranges, the Thompson River and the community of Revelstoke.
The 260 square kilometre mountain park protects the Columbia Mountains Natural Region. The road climbing up the mountain and leading to the viewpoints and trailheads is aptly named the Meadows in the Sky Parkway. The 26 kilometre paved road is the only access road into the park.
The Meadow in the Sky Parkway is a toll road and requires a paid park pass to access. During the year the road is opened up in stages depending on the elevation of the snowline. There are no buses or trailers permitted on the parkway. .
The protected park is home to the Clachnacudainn Icefield, old growth forests, flowering alpine meadows, towering snow-capped peaks, wetlands, wildlife and avalanche chutes. Within the park there are many towering mountains. The mountains include the Dickey (2515 m), Coursier (2637 m), Inverness (2637 m), Klotz (2637 m), Williamson (2362) and St. Cyr (2606 m). Many of which can be viewed from the trails in the park.
The Mt. Revelstoke National Park was established in 1914. One of the most popular tales in the park involves a Norwegian named Nels Nelson. In 1916 he set a new world ski jumping record on what was - then and still is now - the largest natural ski jump ever created in Canada.
The mountain park is a day use destination as well as a multi day backpacking destination. There are short and long day hikes in the park. Each trail is well maintained, well marked with trail signs and interpretive billboards.
The wildlife in the mountain park include Mountain Caribou, Grizzly Bears, elk, cougars, Black Bears and more. Birding is also in the park. Some of the birds in the park include owls, grouse and eagles.
The main day hiking routes in the park include the Inspiration Woods, Lindmark, Meadows in the Sky, Giant Cedars and Skunk Cabbage Trails. The longer trail routes, multi-day trips, include backcountry shelters and designated wilderness campgrounds. The 5.5 kilometre Miller Lake Trail, 6.0 kilometre Eva Lake Trail and the 9 kilometre Jade Lakes Trail are a few of the backpack wilderness trails. Of the 6 long haul backpacking hikes there are campsites at Jade and Eva Lake.
Inspiration Woods Hiking Trail is a short 3 kilometre loop hiking route located in the Mt. Revelstoke National Park. The trail explores the lower slopes of Revelstoke Mountain. The trailhead is on the first corner up the mountain on the Meadows in the Sky Parkway. The interpretive path is a single track hiking trail with an elevation of 610 metres. The trail should take no longer than 1 to 2 hours to complete. Some of the wildlife in area include the Black Bear, Varied Thrush, Great Horned Owl, Hemlock Looper, Stellar's Jay, Pileated Woodpecker and the Coeur D'Alene Salamander.
Lindmark Hiking Trail is an 8 kilometre one-way hike leading to Balsam Lake and a picnic shelter. The trailhead is located across from the Monashee Lookout in the Mount Revelstoke National Park. The trailhead is about 5 kilometres from the park gates located at the base of the mountain. The Lindmark Trail meanders through forests and alpine meadows with an elevation of 875 - 1830 metres. The hike is moderately difficult with plenty of exposed tree roots, boulders and slippery sections. The one way hike should take 3-4 hours to reach Balsam Lake. Wildlife in the area include Black Bears, caribou and elk.
Monashee Lookout is a deluxe picnic and viewing area located in the Mount Revelstoke National Park. A paved short path leads to a lookout which provides expansive views of the valley below and the surrounding mountain ranges. Interpretive signs at the main lookout area explain the expansive views. From the lookout one can see Mount Begbie, Mt. Tilley, Mt. Macpherson and Mount Boulder. Below one can see the valley and the Columbia River. The monashee Lookout area includes picnic tables, a fire pit circle, picnic shelter, pit toilets and viewing benches. Across the road is the trailhead to the Lindmark Hiking Trail.
How to Get to Mount Revelstoke National Park:
Travel to the community of Revelstoke, BC. From the community continue to travel east on Highway #1 for 0.8 Kilometres to the turn off on your right leading to the park entrance. The park is well signed on the highway.
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