Eagle Pass Mountain
On 2 August 2020, Zosia Zgolak and I
ascended Eagle Pass Mountain located about 23 kilometres west of
Revelstoke, British Columbia in the Jordan Range of the Monashee
Mountains. I discovered this popular hiking objective a couple of
years ago while researching for things to do around Sicamous during
Thanksgiving, but at the time, I figured that there would be too much
snow already in the alpine zone to allow for a feasible attempt or to
even make it to the trailhead in my car. I was probably at least
right about the latter.
From Trans-Canada Highway, turn north onto Crazy Creek Forest Service
Road (FSR) about 39 kilometres west of the Revelstoke Suspension Bridge
or 31 kilometres east of the junction with Highway 97A in Sicamous.
Drive for 4.4 kilometres and keep left on the main road. In another
1.7 kilometres, stay left. After another 2.1 kilometres, stay
right. About 300 metres past the last junction, go left.
Drive the remaining 5.0 kilometres to the trailhead parking area with
outhouse. This last stretch of the drive has some steep and rough
sections. A high-clearance vehicle with 4WD capability is strongly
Zosia and I drove to the trailhead the previous evening and spent a
tumultuous night there after a very loud thunderstorm rolled through the
area. The weather cleared up by the morning, and we enjoyed a very
straightforward hike along the well-maintained trail which gradually
climbs through forest to an open basin south of the summit. From
the open basin, we could already see the lookout building on the summit,
but we still had a lot of climbing ahead of us. After crossing the
basin, we gained the south ridge of the mountain and proceeded up
increasingly steep terrain. Although the trail runs all the way up
to the summit, the last 50 metres or so are very steep--so much so that a
fixed rope has been placed along the first part of this section.
Thankfully, the trail was dry on this day and posed no serious problems
The lookout building on the summit was recently
rebuilt and is now frequently used as an overnight shelter by
backpackers (no outhouse or reliable water though). There is a
fairly new bunk bed with mattresses inside, and some people even pitch
their tents on the flat roof which is accessed by a wooden staircase.
In fact, we ran into a large group of young women who did just that the
previous night, but the thunderstorm apparently chased them inside the
lookout building where a couple was already sleeping. It was likely
a restless night for everyone as they waited out the storm.
Because of the very pleasant weather, Zosia and I spent well over two
hours on the summit which included a short stroll to a helicopter landing
spot west of the lookout building. Once we had our fill of
far-reaching views, we reluctantly left the summit and returned the way
we came. Our hike back to the trailhead went without a hitch, and
the long drive out Crazy Creek FSR was also uneventful. Later on,
we would eventually cap the day off with a refreshing swim in Upper Arrow
Lake just north of Nakusp.
||Zosia begins hiking along the trail to
Eagle Pass Mountain. An outhouse is hidden in the trees behind
the trailhead sign on the left.
The trail mostly climbs through forest initially, but it occasionally
crosses an avalanche slope such as this one.
At a clearing near tree line, the lookout building is visible atop the
The trail crosses and then ascends the east side of a broad basin.
The trail continues up the steep ridge below the summit.
Zosia ascends the remainder of the ridge before the summit.
Zosia arrives at the lookout building on top of Eagle Pass Mountain.
A bunk bed is inside the building, but it is also possible to pitch a
tent on the roof.
Sonny and Zosia stand on the roof of the lookout building on the summit
of Eagle Pass Mountain (2348 metres).
This is the view along the west ridge of Eagle Pass Mountain.
The snowy Monashee Mountains stretch across the