At the top of the mountain, there are various hiking trails you can take. Most go to outlying lakes. There is one backcountry campsite accessible from here. Take one of the trails. The range from 1 km to 14 km return.
The other short trails we walked were the Eagle Knoll Loop trail and the North Summit Knoll trail (both quite short).
From the Eagle Knoll Loop trail one can see Lake Revelstoke behind the mountain. The scenery was breathtaking. Unfortunately, the beautiful lake below is man-made. Revelstoke Dam is just out of my picture, and the lake you see is the flooded forebay. It still looks nice though.
One of the shorter (less than an hour total) hikes at the top of Mt. Revelstoke was the Meadows-in-the-Sky self-guiding trail.
On this trail, we came across a natural hole in the ground. Due to the combination of long winters, altitude, and depth of the hole, the snow never totally melts in this hole in the ground, as such we have a mini glacier -- called the Ice Box
About a mile away from Eva Lake is Miller Lake. Its another quiet beautiful mountain lake. You might as well visit Miller Lake as well as you have come all this way.
There is a further lake for those who are in better shape. The Jade Lakes are a couple of hours further away.
Again, as you can see by my picture, Miller Lake is an outstandingly beautiful scene. Not a lot of people make it there, but if you were going to paint the typical Rocky Mountain picture with quiet waters, reflecting snow-tinged mountain, isolated island with majestic trees, this is the place to go!
We spent the better part of one day hiking the 6 or 7 km to Eva and Miller Lakes. It took us 3 hours there and 4 hours back. Of course we were not speed-hiking, especially on the way back (more limping along) and it would have helped if we brought our 20 year old bodies instead of our 50 year old ones.
It is a beautiful hike in the backcountry. We walked through meadows, through valleys, over avalances. The wildflowers were amazing (see the travelogue for some photos of flowers).
The scenery at the lake is amazing. We took our lunch, and enjoyed it heartily. There is an outhouse which came in handy as well (I was worried about having to dig a hole in the ground with my bare hands). We also followed a trail around Eva Lake before we left.
There is also a small cabin which can be used for overnight sleeping although I'm sure you would have to register somewhere. As we hiked back in the afternoon, we met a couple that were obviously planning on overnighting at the Eva Lake.
Also take enough liquids. We brought 2 litres each and ran out.
On our day-long walk, we had to cross through about fifteen of these rock avalanches in each direction. As we have lost our youthful looks and fitness level, it seemed to take a long time - especially on the way down with a blister on your foot.
We spent a couple of days hiking the various trails from the top of Mt. Revelstoke. There are trails that take 20 minutes, and trails that took us 6 hours to complete.
By looking at this photo (which is an info board at the top of Mt. Revelstoke), you can see the trails mentioned in the various tips below.
Some general information. In high season, there is not enough parking in the parking lots. Also, the parking lots are quite a bit lower (15 min. hike) than the top of Mount Revelstoke. You either have to hike up, or take the shuttle bus. The trails all start from the top.
The 26 km Meadows in the Sky Parkway is the main attraction in Mount Revelstoke. It takes you zig-zag to the top of Mount Revelstoke where you can enjoy beautiful alpine meadows. As you climb higher and higher, the vegetation continues to change, from rainforest to pine to subalpine to alpine and finally tundra. Along the way there are plenty of viewpoints where you can rest and enjoy the view of Revelstoke townsite down below, or the snow covered mountains around you.
Found a pair of mountain goats along Trans-Canada Highway. This was my first sighting of mountain goats so I was quite excited (not knowing there're plenty to come in the following days). These goats liked to graze on highway pavement where nothing seemed to be edible. Not sure what they were looking for. Anybody has a clue please share. Thanks.