Revelstoke is a quiet mountain town with amazing hiking located almost halfway between Vancouver and Calgary. If you’re lucky enough to be passing by and stumbled across our blog we will do our best to show you the best time in Revelstoke – especially all the awesome outdoor activities near Revelstoke!
What better way to start than with our favorite local hike in Revelstoke, the Big Eddy Bluff Trail? It’s an easy hike in Revy that will give you a panoramic view of Revelstoke and all the surrounding mountains.
Once you get to Revelstoke you will notice there are tons of hikes and fun outdoor activities to do. From easy short and sweet hikes like the Big Eddy Bluff Trail to the extreme 30 km hikes like the one to the summit of Mt Cartier and back (which we hope to do one day.)
Back to the Big Eddy Bluff Trail… It is actually a relatively new trail that has been marked and set up for locals and travelers to enjoy. The hike itself is only about a 10-minute drive from the center of town so it’s perfect for a quick afternoon adventure if you’re looking to get some exercise or just to admire the beautiful surroundings of Revelstoke.
Practical information about Big Eddy Bluff Trail
Distance: 2.9 km return / 1.8 miles return
Elevation: 161 meters / 528 ft. elevation gain
Type: Out and back
Length: 1 hour return (not including breaks)
Difficulty: Easy – moderate
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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Big Eddy Bluff Trail is a fun and rewarding hike in Revelstoke
This was actually the first hike we did in Revelstoke a few days after moving there and every time we had friends come visit we brought them up Big Eddy Bluff to show them the amazing views. There is literally no better hike to show the beauty of Revy and its surroundings.
It’s a great hike because the views from the top are absolutely magical and the hike itself isn’t that difficult. We’d recommend it to absolutely anyone thinking of coming to or passing by Revelstoke. Plus it’s only 3 km return and 160 meter elevation gain so it’s manageable for most people.
It’s the perfect afternoon activity. Even if you’re just passing by Revelstoke the trail is only 5 minutes off the highway so you can make a quick stop, hike up Big Eddy Bluff, and be on your way to your next destination.
If you only have time for just a quick hike to an epic viewpoint we recommend this one. Otherwise, we have some great longer hikes to recommend around Revelstoke as well. Check them out here.
Here’s a map of the beginning of the trail
Here’s a picture of the beginning of the trail
Like we mentioned the hike is only a few minutes from downtown Revelstoke and is actually right off Highway 1. You will turn North onto Westside Road and park your car right before Jordan River.
The parking spot is quite obvious because it’s right before the bridge that crosses Jordan River. You will most likely see other cars parked there as well. If you end up passing the bridge you’ve gone too far. There aren’t designated parking spots but if you pull off to the side of the road you should be able to park behind another car.
About Big Eddy Bluff Trail
Once you park you can follow the trail on the west side of the road. (facing the bridge, the hike starts just to the left of it.) The trail itself is very easy to find as you will see some ladders in the mud and a nice walked-on path.
After a few minutes you will come across the wall. It’s a very small wall with a few ropes that you can “climb” on. Jo and I are not climbers, and Jo is afraid of heights… If we could do it, so can you!
Once you get past the wall it’s basically a straight shot up to the viewpoint. You will just continue along the trail through the trees for about 15-20 minutes until you reach the top. The trail is well marked and there aren’t really any other paths so it should be easy for you to follow.
Once you get to the top there is plenty of room to sit and enjoy the views of Revelstoke. Once you get up there you’ll see why we always bring our friends. You have the beautiful Columbia River right below and Mt Cartier far into the distance. In between, you might get a train passing by and birds chirping in the trees around you, and you may realize the beauty of this small tucked away mountain town in BC.
How to get there
You could walk there from downtown if you’re up for it, but we would usually drive there…
- It would probably only take about 30 minutes from downtown to walk but we drove and it took about 5 minutes…
- Directions can be found here.
Before you go
It doesn’t hurt to check the local bear warnings in the area. Especially since Revelstoke is known for having bears wandering around the city and the local parks. You can check out this site for any warnings and closures. But if you come prepared and you bring bear spray you should (hopefully 😉 ) be ok.
You can check the Revelstoke weather forecast to make sure the conditions are ok. We went in May and June and the conditions were great. All we got was a bit of mud. Since the elevation gain isn’t too high you should be fine to go between May and October without running into any snow.
The hike is rather short and easy so there isn’t really anything else you need to worry about. Make sure to not forget your camera or phone to take some epic pictures up at the top.
What to bring
It is a shorter hike so you don’t need to bring too much with you. We just brought a few “pops” with us to enjoy at the top and bear spray. You know, just to be safe. Otherwise there isn’t too much you need.
Ideas of what to bring:
- Water and “pops” to enjoy at the top.
- A few snacks (nothing better than enjoying snacks at the top of a hike).
- Bear spray (Especially here in Grizzly territory)
- A music player (to keep bears and other wildlife away, and for jammin’).
- Hiking shoes are good for this hike (since it gets quite muddy).
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We hope you enjoy this hike as much as we did. Revelstoke is seriously an outdoor paradise. If you love hiking, climbing, kayaking, mountain biking you can do it all in Revelstoke! We will continue to share amazing spots to camp and hike near Revelstoke so stay tuned for some more local hikes in the area right here.