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    Eaton Lake Trail

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    11.9 km
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    975 m
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    Eaton Lake Trail

    The Eaton Lake Trail is a difficult out-and-back trail that climbs 11.9 km uphill through the forest to the picturesque landscape around Eaton Lake. In the mirror image reflecting off the lake you will be able to see the majestic frames of nearby Eaton Peak and Mount Grant towering high over the woodland landscape. This awesome trail with scenic views is perfect for a day trip up to the lake on a hot summer day.

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    Route Description for Eaton Lake Trail

    The Eaton Lake Trail is a difficult out-and-back hiking route south of Hope that will take you from the banks of Silverhope Creek to the pristine waters of Eaton Lake. This hike is a steep grind, climbing uphill at a constant rate for an elevation gain of 975 m. As such, hikers should wear proper hiking footwear and bring any necessary gear such as snowshoes, crampons, or microspikes in order to traverse the steep trail in early/late season conditions. Hikers should also note that there are several bridge crossings along this route, the last of which is in fairly rough shape. For an easier (and safer) way to cross the creek, utilize the rocky section of the creekbed just above the bridge, as it will provide more stable footing.

    This hiking route is perfect for a hot summer day as the trail is largely blanketed with dense tree cover and the lake offers the opportunity to cool off with a swim in its refreshing waters. Although the hike doesn’t offer much in terms of views for most of the trail, you will be able to make your way through a beautiful stretch of forest, visit a majestic waterfall, and take in the picturesque sights and crystal clear water of Eaton Lake.

    Setting out on the trail, begin the long uphill climb through the forest as you leave Silverhope Creek behind you. The trail will wind uphill through the forest at a steep grade, largely following the course of Eaton Creek, which you will have to cross several times along the journey. At roughly the halfway point, you will be able to take in the majestic beauty of a cascading waterfall before continuing on towards the lake. As mentioned, the final bridge crossing before Eaton Lake is a bit sketchy, so either take caution when making your way across or utilize the rocky creekbed to get to the other side.

    Arriving at Eaton Lake, you will be greeted with picturesque views over the mirror-like surface of the lake reflecting the image of Eaton Peak and Mount Grant towering above. After taking in the views, exploring the area around the lake, and going for a refreshing swim; head back down the same trail to return to your car having completed the Eaton Lake Trail.

    Other Amazing Hikes in Fraser Valley

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    Getting to the Eaton Lake Trail Trailhead

    To get to the parking area for the Eaton Lake Trail from Hope, drive south on Silver Skagit Road for 16.7 km to find the parking area and the trailhead on your left.

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