As the forest thins and the trail levels, an interpretive sign reminds travellers that they are in bear country and presents logical tips for avoiding encounters. An open hillside of low brush and wildflowers is the first in a succession of pockets of beautiful rolling meadows lasting for about a kilometre.
The journey takes you through several meadows, crosses a stream, rises onto a boardwalk, heads back into a forest of Engelmann spruce and then opens up to a series of wide, steep rockslide slopes over the next 2 km. The views afforded by the exposed rockslides are absolutely amazing panoramas of the Selkirks to the north and the Monashees to the west. Looking northeast, mounts Coursier and Dickey are among many amazing sights as you wander through the upper subalpine. The hike is so effortless, and presents such diversity, that a small hint of guilt seems to linger.
Although these trails are in a Canadian national park, they still have remnants of the imperial system of measurement. Just after the first hour of hiking, for example, you’ll come upon a three-mile marker. With 4.8 km behind you, the previously flat, easy hike soon reminds you that you are in the mountains, with a short, five-minute burst of switchbacks. Signage at the summit of the switchbacks marks a branching of the route, to the right to Jade Lakes and left to Eva Lake. The fork and sign are at the 5.6-km mark.