Silver Spring Lake

Silver Spring Lakes is a group of three deep and clear lakes near the small town of Elko, about 45-minute drive from Cranbrook. Steep, dark-brown cliffs coated with lichen hug the shores of the first and third lakes. The first lake is suitable for swimming. The hike one-way is 3.7 km, and within the first half kilometre, the trail gains most of its 90 m (300 ft.) elevation. Silver Springs Lakes is at 1006 m (3,300 ft.)

Drive highway 3 east of Cranbrook and turn east onto Bate Ave. The main road winds through town for 1.1 km. Turn left and downhill to cross the Elk River Bridge. At 3.8 km from the highway, a trailhead sign is along the right side of the road.  On the trail in 100 m cross a power line and continue uphill to the first lake at 600 m. The trail to the first lake is easy to follow. Then climb a steep rocky section and follow the path along the base of rocky knolls and the first lake is along to your right.