This Sunday, I hiked up to Eaton lake with 4 of my hiking buddies and once again was struck by the beauty of this lake and our province of British Columbia. I think it very fortunate that this is a day trip for the people of the Fraser Valley. One of the many advantages of living here.
|The blues& greens of Eaton Lake © Stephen Mullock|
Easy to reach simply leave Highway 1 at exit #168 and take Silver Skagit Road 16+ km to the Eaton Creek Recreation Site sign on the left side of the road. Turn here to park, the trail head is about 300m away.
This hike has quite a steep grade - you climb 915 m over a 6km distance so this is a hike not suited to everyone. To put it in some sort of perspective the Empire State Building in New York is 443m in height - so twice that height.
You will also want to watch out for wet days there are a couple of "log" bridges that can be fairly slick after a rain.
There are a number of beautiful waterfalls on Eaton Creek, one about a third of the way up which is worth a look. Even in September, the water was thundering down Eaton Creek. Take a few minutes to enjoy the view and catch your breath.
|Eaton Creek and Devil Club ©|
The environment changes quite a bit with elevation. Douglas Fir and Cedars everywhere of course, but, it starts with a forest surrounded by moss beds, then woods with ferns and finally berried plants and trees. There are of course all sorts of exotic mushrooms and fungus to admire as well.
|Strange Forest Growth ©|
The trail switches back and forth and picking your footsteps is essential as the trail has a lot of tree roots crossing it. About half way up you cross a bridge and there is a little bench beside a mountain stream. Take another break and snap a picture or two.
The trail is steep for a while after this until you get into a pond and boulder section and a pond. There is another log jam to cross and some balance is needed but it is easy enough.
|Crossing the log jam ©|
After this point, the hiking is easy and the lake is not far away. We were lucky in that both blueberries and huckleberries were ripe and plentiful. Yum.
|Wild Blueberries soon to be picked ©|
The lake provides some primitive campsites and we could see trout swimming in it. There are generally not many people around - no one in fact while we were there. On a good day, the whiskey jacks will eat from your hand - so bring a few nuts for them. We were out of luck this time but last year I feed some.
|Feeling alright © Stephen Mullock|
A beautiful day at Eaton Lake.
Imagine living here....
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Helpful Links with Maps and Directions:
Club Tread.com - Eaton Lake
Trail Peak.com - Eaton Lake