Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Backroad Mapbook (2010 edition)
Page 5 (Chilliwack Lake) G2.
103 Hikes in Southwestern British
Columbia (2008 edition): hike #76.
Other Trips in
HBC Heritage Trail Hike,
Creek FSR Trip, Zoa
Peak Trail Hike, Skagit River Trail,
Skyline II Trail Hike,
Silver Skagit Road (Skagit Valley Provincial Park),
Mount Outram Trail Hike,
Mount Hope Lookout Trail
Hike, Town of Hope BC.
British Columbia Waterfalls Visited by ihikebc.com:
a list with links to trip
Eaton Lake Trailhead is located at the side of Silver Skagit Road, 16 kilometers
after Silver Skagit Road starts from Flood Hope Road near Highway 1's Exit
168. Eaton Lake Trail is a very good hike, with several fine views.
However, the snow was so deep at around the 3 km mark that it made
further progress unwise.
1. To get to the trailhead of the Eaton Lake trail, drive on Highway 1
and take exit 168. Follow signs to Skagit Valley, and you will end up on
Silver Skagit Road.
Sign to Silver Lake and Skagit Valley near Hope BC Canada
2. Once on Silver Skagit road, check your odometer - you would be at the
turnoff to the trailhead about 16 kilometers later. Silver Skagit Road
is all gravel after a very short stretch of asphalt, and your vehicle
would likely get very dirty in short time. But, it's a nice road to drive
before you get to the turnoff.
Silver Skagit Road near Hope BC Canada
3. Here is your turnoff. It is better to park on Silver Skagit Road, as
the short road to Eaton Lake Trail is steep and narrow, and parking
space is very limited up there.
Silver Skagit Road near Eaton Lake Trail by Hope British Columbia Canada
4. If you have a small 4x4 like a Jeep Wrangler, you may try to proceed.
Eaton Lake Trail Entrance from Silver Skagit Road British Columbia
5. Here is that steep and narrow road.
Road leading to Eaton Lake Trail from Silver Skagit Road
6. And about 200 meters later is the trailhead.
Eaton Lake Trail trailhead - BC Hiking
7. The trail starts nicely enough.
Eaton Lake Hiking Trail British Columbia Canada
8. And, then, Eaton Creek makes an appearance.
Eaton Creek BC Canada
9. In about 25 minutes, you reach a very good waterfall. This could be a
final destination, if all you want is a short hike. On this photo you see a broken bridge and a log used as
Eaton Trail bridge across Eaton Creek British Columbia Canada
10. There is no way to use the bridge on the right, so the log is the way
to go, but it is slippery, though wide.
Broken bridge across Eaton Creek - Hiking in BC
11. Waterfall view from the middle of the log.
Eaton Lake Trail Waterfall British Columbia Canada
12. We have crossed the creek and are now looking back. As you can see,
the bridge is way too broken to be of any use.
Photo of a broken Eaton Creek Bridge - Hiking in British Columbia Canada
13. If you manage to cross by using the log, this gorgeous stump view is
Eaton Lake Trail Stump near Silver Skagit Road by Hope British Columbia
14. Falls lookout sounds promising. But, at first, a debris obstacle course
awaits the intrepid hikers.
Eaton Lake Trail near a waterfall - Hiking in Hope BC Area
15. Actually, it is not that bad, and, once you manage to climb over
this very slippery and dangerous pile, there is a good path beyond it.
Waterfall seen from Eaton Creek Trail British Columbia Canada
16. And then you can get right to the waterfall.
Picture of waterfall on Eaton Lake trail near Hope BC Canada
Here is our video of the waterfall:
List of Our Videos.
17. Time to move on. The fog had become more and more obvious the higher
BC Hiking - Eaton Lake Trail near Hope British Columbia
18. And another waterfall, though not as big as the first one.
Hiking in BC - View from Eaton Lake Trail near the Town of Hope
19. Just after the 2 km mark, the snow became a permanent presence on
the ground. And we started hearing remote avalanches quite well.
Snow-covered Eaton Lake Trail - Hiking in Hope BC Area
20. An interesting tree (what's left of it).
British Columbia Hiking - View from Eaton Lake Trail near Hope BC
21. Finally, a clearing. The snow is so deep at this point that
proceeding any further would be complicated.
23. But it was still possible to enjoy a fine winter view.
Eaton Lake Trail is a good hike, and would likely be even better when
the snow is gone.
ihikebc.com -> 018 Eaton Lake Trail (near Hope BC)