This trail serves as a connector between the Cronin Creek and Silver King Basin trails. The pass is the saddle between Mount Cronin and Mount Hyland, the two highest peaks in the Park. Elevation gain 1000ft.
Hiking here allows access to the sub-alpine meadows of the Silver King Basin. The basin is the site of old silver mines and one can find abandoned rails, mine cart and a view of the entrance to a mine-shaft. Peak bloom occurs in mid-July. The trail continues past the Joe L'Orsa Cabin en route to the headwaters of Driftwood Creek and Hyland Pass (UTM 09U 636706 6086733).
From the pass there are great views of Hyland Mountain and it's two lakes. Trail provides easy access to a large rolling alpine area on the way to Cronin Mountain. But the trails to Victoria basin and Eagle pass shown on parks maps are overgrown and hard to find. This route can be followed using compass and GPS with some scree walking, around cliffs/lakes and bush whack.
The Cronin mountain mining road is off to the left of the lakes, and is seen traversing the slopes above the meadows to your left. Cross the wet meadow and creek to find the start of the fairly good road.
To get started go to Silver King Basin and start from the Joe L'Orsa cabin. See the Silver King Basin trail access.
Drive south from Smithers for 4 km. Turn left (east) on Old Babine Lake Road. Follow the signs to Driftwood Canyon Provincial Park. The parking lot is 5 km northeast of Driftwood Canyon (3200 ft elevation). Don't take Park road at a fork, keep right (no sign here for the Babine Provincial Park)
For hiking gear check out the local Valhalla Pure store on Main St in Smithers. An excellent inn to stay at nearby is the Stork Nest Inn, offers free breakfast and the owner is a climber, hiker, skier who has lots of info on local trails.
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