Trip 018 - April 13, 2010 (Tuesday)
Eaton Lake Trail
Near Hope BC
About 148 km on Highway 1 East. Take Exit 168. Get
to Silver Skagit Road, and
then drive for 16 km on Silver Skagit Road - look for the trail sign on your left.
Liked:Several fine waterfalls, pleasant forest, lack of any artificial noise (except for an occasional airplane).
Of note:Remote wilderness area, moderately difficult terrain, snow past the 2 km mark, very deep snow close to 3 km mark makes reaching the lake itself too dangerous. There were also were strange noises indicating possible avalanches in the area. Hiking poles and boots are highly recommended.
Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Backroad Mapbook (2010 edition) Coordinates: Page 5 (Chilliwack Lake) G2. The latest edition of Backroad Mapbook for this and other regions, as well as GPS maps, are available at BackroadMapbooks.com.
103 Hikes in Southwestern British Columbia (2008 edition): hike #76. The latest edition is available at Chapters.ca.
Other Trips in Hope Area: Skagit River Trail, Skyline II Trail Hike, Silver Skagit Road (Skagit Valley Provincial Park), Mount Outram Trail Hike, Othello Tunnels, Mount Hope Lookout Trail Hike, Town of Hope BC.
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.
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.
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.