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    Mount McCrae Lake Trail

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    6.8 km
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    438 m
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    The Mount McCrae Lake Trail is a 6.8 km out-and-back hiking route that can be found to the southeast of Revelstoke and traverses a variety of terrain on the way to the subalpine lake. Known as one of the best high-altitude hiking spots in the region, you can be sure that this trek into the alpine terrain will be full of spectacular highlights. Experience hiking through beautiful meadows full of wildflowers and take in the sights of rocky mountain peaks along this moderately difficult trail.

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    Route Description for Mount McCrae Lake Trail

    The hike up to Mount McCrae Lake is a scenic trek into a beautiful stretch of subalpine terrain that features a recreation site next to the lake for any hikers that would like to spend a few days exploring this mountainous area. The trail to the lake breaks off from the main route leading up to Mount McCrae, which leads to the route only having a moderate elevation gain of 438 m. The manageable changes in elevation and relatively easy terrain along the trail make for a fun hike through the subalpine that can be enjoyed by both casual and experienced hikers alike.

    Setting out from the parking area, the trail heads to the southeast along a dirt path that is surrounded by forest on both slides. Eventually, you will enter into the dense forest cover as you continue to make your way toward the lake. Through the tree cover, you will be able to catch glimpses of the surrounding alpine landscape before breaking out into a beautiful meadow that will be blanketed by wildflowers in the late summer. At this point in the hike with Mount McCrae in front of you, the trail will break off to the east and you will begin a short descent down to the serene waters of Mount McCrae Lake. Enjoy the picturesque views of the small subalpine lake as it sits below the imposing mountain peak before setting up camp for the night or heading back down the trail to return to your vehicle.

    Getting to the Mount McCrae Lake Trail Trailhead

    To reach the parking area for the Mount McCrae Lake Trail from the Revelstoke Airport, drive south along Airport Way for 12.2 km and make a left at the fork in the road. Continue on for 7.2 km and go right at the next fork. After 2.7 km, make a sharp right turn followed by a left in 4.9 km. Continue uphill for 8.7 km and go right at the fork and you will find the parking area on the left in 1.1 km.

    Route Information

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    • Backcountry Campsites

      McCrae Lake Recreation Site

    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly

      Older Children only

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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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