Paleface Pass notice:
Check here to find out when the
pass is clear of snow. In 2010 we don't expect this to happen
before the end of June. The forest roads to access the pass on both
sides have fairly severe water bars and a few rock slides. We have
done work in the fall of 2007. It is still quite a tough grind on a
bicycle requiring getting off the bike from time to time or to push
the bike through and up steep sections. Cyclists should consider
option #2 in the Chilliwack River Valley description if heavy loaded
with panniers or pulling a trailer.
trail routes described here are not necessarily ready for usage
Existence of TCT signage usually indicates the official declaration
of useable trail:
of the signed trail may not be the final route.
do not rely on the signs to find the route.
avoid disappointment, plan ahead and consult this website for
is required using these trails as they are being upgraded. Expect
detours where there is trail construction in progress..
Trail (West to East)
Read the following notes carefully before proceeding!!!
for entering the backcountry. Backcountry backpacking is essential.
Expect sudden weather changes including fog and snow, especially at
the higher elevations. Also, watch for bears and other wild life.
Bug repellent is a real asset. Ground conditions can be very boggy
-- waterproof boots are a must. WHENEVER
YOU FIND YOURSELF ON A FOREST ROAD WATCH FOR LOGGING TRUCKS.
WHEN MEETING A LOGGING TRUCK OR IF YOU ARE BEING OVERTAKEN BY ONE,
GET OFF YOUR BICYCLE AND GIVE THEM LOTS OF ROOM. THERE IS ACTIVE
LOGGING IN THE UPPER SILVERHOPE AND THE SILVERHOPE VALLEY
Upper Silverhope Trail -
first 11.8 km
is a forest road that starts at Paleface Pass, the start of Silverhope Creek. In the photo, part of our trail building volunteer crew are posing
at the Interfor Interpretation sign. This forest road has a large
number of water bar crossings creating a fairly severe dips across
the road, sometimes as little as 50 metres apart. Some effort
has been made to create a way to ride through the dip some of which
are quite challenging and of course depending on use and water
erosion would require all riders to walk their bikes through.
Also watch for fallen rock on the roadway.
Use a great deal of caution while riding down
this forest road. 0.5 km before reaching the Silver
Skagit Road turn north on the former Centennial Trail to Hicks
Forest Road for 5 km. Turn east on the Silver Skagit
Road to head toward Hope. It is 23 km to the Silver Creek
community on the outskirts of Hope. Of note, at the junction of
Silver Skagit Road and Hicks Creek Forest Road there is quite a good location
to camp (no facilities) on the edge of Silverhope Creek.
Silver Skagit Trail
- 12.5 km
In the interim, this is
the Silver-Skagit Road from Hicks Creek (km 22.5 off Silver-Skagit
Road) to a future bridge over Silverhope Creek to Silver Lake Trail.
Watch for the Eaton Lake Forestry Recreation Campsite (#25 on the
forestry map link below) at about the 10 km mark on the
Silver-Skagit Road on your right. One can hike to Eaton Lake from
Silver Lake Trail
- 10.2 km
Silver Lake Provincial Park
Until a bridge is
constructed at the south end of the park over Silverhope Creek, the
only access is at the north end. Hence, after camping here one must,
in the interim go out the same way. The rest of the Trail follows
the Silver-Skagit Road to the District of Hope boundary.
|Upper Silverhope Trail
End of Paleface Pass to
Interpretation Panel - 0.9 km
- Panel to First bridge over Upper Silverhope Creek 3.2 km
- First bridge to second bridge - 0.3 km
- Second bridge to double rock pass - 3 km
- Double rock to gate - 3.8 km
- gate to trailhead for traverse to Hicks Creek - 0.6 km
- traverse to Hicks Creek - 4 km
- Hicks Creek trailhead to Silver-Skagit Rd.- 1 km
|Silver Skagit Trail
|Silver Lake Trail
From Paleface Pass to Hope there
is a 1170 m (4000 ft) elevation change. More than half of the change
is in the first 12 km.
Washroom Facilities and Staging areas (Parking)
Eton and Silver Lakes
Upper Silverhope Forest Road Entrance
Hicks Forest Road entrance
Eaton Forest Camp
Silver Lake BC Parks Camp
Hotels, Bed and Breakfasts, other
None (see Hope)
None (See Hope)