Snowshoeing in Mt. Revelstoke National Park

Snowshoeing : Mt. Revelstoke National Park

Every winter, Mt. Revelstoke National Park becomes a snowy wonderland with well-established trails perfect for snowshoeing! The park access road is plowed in the winter for vehicle access to the Nels Nelsen trailhead near the park entrance, leaving the remainder of the park inaccessible to vehicles throughout the winter. A snowshoer’s delight!

The start of the 2k, 5k and Summit Trail
The start of the 2k, 5k and Summit Trail

From the Nels Nelsen trailhead, choose from the short and gentle Soren Sorensen 2km loop, go a bit further with some smaller hills on the Soren Sorensen 5km loop, try the magical Inspiration Woods loop as an extension to the Soren Sorensen 5km loop, or head on an uphill mission on the Summit trail for up to 25km to eventually reach the upper summer parking lot. Depending on the recent snowfall, you could get away with just boots for the first 1-3km on the Summit Trail.  The Lindmark trail splits from the Summit trail as another option, although it doesn’t see very much use in the winter and may be hard to follow.

The road crossings are numbered on the Summit Trail
The road crossings are numbered on the Summit Trail
The Summit Trail
The Summit Trail

The trails wind you through a magical interior hemlock forest, with the Summit trail transporting the ambitious snowshoers into the sub-alpine over the course of the 10km route.

Fresh Tracks on the Summit Trail
Fresh Tracks on the Summit Trail
Views from the Summit Trail
Views from the Summit Trail

Overnight stays at the Caribou Cabin can be arranged with the Parks Canada office in Revelstoke.

RAD adventure tip: watch for the numbers on the hiking signs when the summit trail crosses the road. At the 6th road crossing, go back down the trail a bit then head west off the trail for about 100m. You will soon be wandering through an amazing ancient cedar grove! Check out the coordinates below!!

Wandering off the Summit Trail
Wandering off the Summit Trail
Ancient Cedar Grove
Ancient Cedar Grove
Ancient cedar tree
Ancient cedar tree
Ancient Cedar Tree
Ancient Cedar Tree
Wise old cedar
Wise old cedar

Cost: National Park admission

When to go: When snow is on the ground in Revelstoke, usually early December to early April.

Distance: 2km to 20km or more, depending on trail selection.

Trip rating: A1-B1

Access: Drive to Nels Nelsen trailhead in Mt. Revelstoke National Park. Take the Mt. Revelstoke National Park exit from Highway 1 near Revelstoke, BC. Follow the plowed park road approximately 1km and turn right onto the Nels Nelsen trailhead access road. Follow approximately 1km to the trailhead.

Map coordinates:

Trailhead: N51.00707° W118.19447°

Ancient Cedar Grove: N51.01841° W118.17546°

 

 

 

 

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