Eaton Lake is within the North Cascade mountains of southwest British Columbia near Hope on Skagit Road past Silver Hope Lake. Signpost for the Eaton Creek Forest Recreation Site with the trailhead starting about 200m from the turnoff. Eaton Lake is an 8 km hike starting from Eaton Creek. Eaton Lake lies at an elevation of 1,318 m (4,323 ft.), providing Rainbow and Cutthroat trout. This is a steep 6.5 km climb with an elevation gain of 915 m for those interested in alpine fishing. Camping is available.
[1-Trail to Eaton Lake - click to enlarge]
[2-Eaton Lake trail and the first bridge - click to enlarge]
After crossing this bridge the trail moves away from the creek and into the forest.
The trail continues to climb in switchbacks. At approximately 2,600 ft elevation is a bench, perfect place for a break.
The next 1.5 km are steeper and the last 1.5 km to the lake is easier: crossing a boulder field, then two more bridges. The efforts expended are rewarded with the sight of a beautiful lake.
[3- Eaton Lake - click to enlarge]
[4-Facing Mt. Grant above Eaton Lake - click to enlarge]
[5-Eaton Lake from Mt. Grant - click to enlarge]
For a view of Eaton Lake and surrounding vistas from the summit of Mt. Grant watch this video.
Sources: British Columbia Recreation; B.C. Recreation Sites pdf
Photo Credits: -Tim Gage CC=nc-sa-flickr, -Dru! CC=nc-flickr.
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