Silvern Lakes Trail starts at a creek crossing and the fist part of your hike is going to be a grunt as you climb about 70 meters. On your left is Glacial creek you steadily climb over boulders. At the top you join up with the old trail that comes from Duthie West Trail. There are signs showing which way to go. Stay left and cross the creek. The trail along this part is beautifully cut through the forest with a nice easy grade. You don’t get very much for view along this stretch but you get glimpses of Opal Ridge and the Turquoise Range. This part of the hike is about an hour. As you enter the red valley it is truly breathtaking, I was not expecting the mountain to be as red as it was(my pictures don’t even do it justice). You wander down to the valley floor and cross the most amazing red creek then head back up the other side of the valley. The views of the back side of hudson bay mnt are amazing. As you climb up the other side thru a series of switchbacks this part of the trail is uneventful once you round the mountain from red valley you come across fields full of alpine flowers. Then you start down again and you get your first glimpse of The lower Silvern Lake. as you descend to the lake you can hear the marmots whistling warnings. The lower lake is a great place to camp there’s a fire pit their and lots of places to set you tent. To get to the second lake its another 15 minutes down the trail, follow the orange flagging. Their are 3 trails here the one the goes straight up take you to the back side of the peaks of hudson bay and gives you an amazing view of the basin. This could be a thru hike if you go thru the pass behind the upper silvern lake it takes you down Toboggan creek road and comes out below Glacier Gulch ( this route is approx 18km).
Silvern Lakes is 20km round trip and approx 7hrs.
From Smithers take the Ski Hill road for about 15km to the junction of McDonell forest road. At about km 10 on the McDonell road turn right (before the Dennis lake campsite turnoff) and drive about 800 meters to a parking spot at a junction.
Walk down to the right until you see a creek, there is a marked trailhead here. Cross the creek and follow the skid road and the flagged route through the clearcut.