This is a very easy hike to access. All you have to do is just drive east on Highway 1 through Hope, when you see the sign "Welcome to Historic Yale" park next to "Pioneer Cemetery" and cross the highway. Behind the sign you can see another sign "Spirit Caves Trail"
This hike has a lot in common with Mount Lincoln (2 km or 1.2 miles north from this trailhead) with the only difference that it lacks the exposed rock scrambles and angling.
After maybe a little more than 90 minutes -- the trail was very icy --, I reached the crest of the ridge. I went into the forest following a gentle path and very soon I reached a rock pile with its shallow caves. The caves are not that big -- basically holes into the rocks --, not special equipment required but I was alone on a icy surface, why take unnecessary risks?
Instead, I went on the other side of the ridge and I did a mini loop looking at frozen swamps.
Back to the viewpoint I have some views of Yale and the Fraser Canyon. The sun was brighter than usual and I had a hard time taking these pictures. I hope you can forgive me ;) Founded as a Hudson's Bay fort in 1848, Yale rose to prominence as the inland terminus of the Fraser River sternwheelers and a way station for those traveling up and down the Fraser River.
Like many towns in British Columbia, Yale's fortunes followed that of the Gold Rush. In 1858 gold was discovered on a gravel bar just 2 miles south of Yale on the Fraser River. This place was soon known as Hill's Bar named after the prospector who found gold there. The discovery of gold caused a massive influx of people to pour into the region from all over the world, the majority of which came from the California Gold Rush of 1849. At the height of Gold Fever in 1858, this town boasted 20,000 residents.
Today the residents of Yale number only 200. Though the gold ran out, Yale continued prospering, as it still does today as a forestry and service center.
Juanmobile was parked next to Pioneer Cemetery. This cemetery was established in 1862, and is the resting area for some of the province's souls of yesterday. Some of the oldest headstones that can be seen today date back to 1862.
Throughout August guided lantern tours are conducted in the cemetery on Saturday nights by Yale Museum staff
Even this is a short hike, keep in mind that is a very steep one with a lot of switchbacks.
Round trip: 5 km (3.1 miles)
Elevation gain: 580 m (1900 ft)
High point: 655 m (2150 ft)
Driving distance from Vancouver: 177 kilometers (110 miles)