Length: 5 K Elevation: 500 m Pit Toilet: 400 m ahead of TH Dog Friendly: yes (watch for ticks-May 2016)
Directions:Drive east on Highway 1 (Trans-Canada Highway) to Yale. Across the highway from Pioneer Cemetery (right side) is a large sign. On the left side of the highway, covered in trees is the sign post to Spirit Caves marking the start to the trail head. If you miss it head 400 m to rest stop and do a u-turn to see Spirit Caves TH now on your right side.
Start your adventure as the trail heads up. First you'll come to some cut out log stairs with rope and to a creek crossing. Not long after the highway is a faint sound. Now you're on a skinny trail lined with berry bushes. As you wack the bushes to get through the trail here is bright & cheery.
You'll come to flat small plank bridge and another creek crossing and plank bridge. For s short time it's flat in the forest.
It starts to climb in a snaky way as you pass a lookout of the Fraser River. The trail now is steep as it switchbacks up. At some point you pass a landslide. There's one long open area with a forested drop off. A few sketchy parts then back into the forest. There are a few fallen trees and someone has cut of a step for each of these making the tree a permanent part of the trail.
It levels off as trail snakes and in a distance the sounds of a creek are near-by. Soon it's a now open on one side on a skinny trail as it continues to climb.
The trail starts to switchback up on a rocky terrain sometimes open on one side. If you have Vertigo it might bother you as it did me.
After quite awhile you come up the last steep stretch to a lookout. Here is a nice place for lunch and picture taking. Be careful as I found a tick on my arm (May 1/16). Once your belly is full continue on for about 200 meters through a green mossy forest with some elevation. Once the trail splits go left to see some caves or carry on right as the trail will loop back. There are quite a few large boulders with gaping holes or cave like adventures to explore. You may want to bring a flashlight. Once your soul is filled up with nature happiness follow your steps back and down the sometimes steep terrain. Happy & safe hiking!