From the top of Mount Revelstoke the Jade Lakes Trail winds through sub-alpine forests, meadows and rock slopes to a junction. To the right is a short trail to Miller Lake, up the hill is the steep route to Jade Pass, but the route to the left goes over to Eva Lake. The hike to Eva Lake is moderate, 7.1km each way.
A trail winds around the lake, offering a variety of the views of the lake, but also offers views to the Coursier Valley, Mt. Williamson, and Mt. Dickey. A historical building stands on the west side of the lake. This was a warden patrol cabin, built in 1928. Next to the cabin is a msall campsite, perfect for a backcountry campsite for one or two nights of exploring in the area.
An itinerary for an Eva Lake Camp might be:
- Backpack into Eva Lake (2.5 – 3 hours); set up camp; side trip to Miller Lake (go for a swim)
- Day Two – hike to Jade Pass and explore or hike over and down to Jade Lakes and back
- Day Three – backpack out
Pick good weather after bug season if you can. The Parkway is not usually open until July and the wildflowers are in full bloom in August. Get a backcuntry permit and try for a mid-week days, if possible. You can also day hike these routes over a long day (my last hike there was 21km).