In 2003 it was devastated in one of the most widespread forest fires in the Canadian Rockies. I had the camp site to myself, despite one other booking in system. The Rock”WALL” gets its name from the continuous, unbroken mountain rock-face which extends along the majority of the trail. Lots of larches with views of the entire valley- you can even see numa pass where you’re headed the next day! Soon you'll be at Tumbling Creek Campsite, where whole day to chill out at the lake! Best Time to Hike the Rockwall Trail: The trail is snow-free between late July and mid-September. and once again, even though the reservation systems said it was full, there was an empty tent pad. Fall colours were so beautiful at this time! Definitely would do again. Amazing views, great trail condition and had sunny days with cool nights and only one night of rain. Campgrounds can be booked by calling either the Lake Louise Visitor Centre (+1-403-522-3833) from March 1st Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. There is a lot of Larch trees everywhere along the trail and whilst hiking it I thought to myself quite often, how awesome would it be to do this hike in late September! ). in Canada: glaciers, lakes, alpine tarns, flowery meadows and mountain vistas. night was cold but not below freezing. be found in abundance in the ground. Check out other fantastic backpacking trips in the Canadian Rockies. i wouldn't skimp on sleep gear if you sleep cold, bring that heavier top or whatever. end. Raspberries can be found here, so can many bears, who are after the same sweet treat. around hilly contours. The Rockwall Trail is located in Kootenay National Park, one part of the Canadian Rockies UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a look back at the valley, you've just Our journey started with a 15 hour drive, from Winnipeg to Canmore. The 55.6 km trail leads one under 30 km of an almost unbroken wall of limestone cliffs towering 900m (2950 feet) above their base in places. A few years ago, during one of my trips to Scotland, I bought my first DSLR and my adventure with photography began. All told there is an elevation gain of 2260 metres and a knee-pounding loss of 2225 metres. The Rockwall Trail. (Extra 1km extension to Wolverine Pass). The day begins with the ascent up to the Rockwall Pass (2240m), the first of three major passes on the Rockwall Trail. we both stopped. It’s just a long time to be hiking, and ascending/descending 3 passes in one day was pretty tough, but I did it. Pretty views and a fast pace achievable. Very easy to get lost - keep an eye ~25km in to keep left at the sign to tumbling creek (we accidentally went to another route called Wolverine pass that would’ve led us north of radium). 320m gain to Tumbling Pass, 715m loss Although the path roughly follows Floe Creek there's only one chance to refill your water, make the most of it. The Rockwall trail traverses three alpine passes following along the limestone cliffs that form the wall (see Park Canada for more information and trailhead closures). A quick descent follows via many switchbacks and a couple of shallow creek crossings. First day 15km pretty boring but also fairly level grade so you can blow through it pretty easily. Floe Lake is breathtaking. When you cross the bridge at the Vermilion River you're 0.5km from the It’s all downhill from here! i used my chair bag as 2nd stuff sac for extras and ran that up pole w/ my food bag. grind is real but worth it. Length: 12km to Tumbling Creek + 8km to Numa Creek. Definitely dress for all kinds of weather - started at 7am with low of 6-7 degrees Celsius then as high as 17-20 cel around noon. But, opposite of Queenie, i noticed empty tent pads at every stop, despite reservations system saying most for full). Lots of dense forest ascents and descents with rewards of beautiful passes. Creek and Floe Lake. After steep decent, trail go in to the bush. From Victoria Public Market to the Parliament Buildings, make stops to sample craft beer, chocolate, cheese, tea, and other local treats. happy. Great trail. To put it in short: start at the Paint Pots and finish at the Floe Lake Trailhead! Safe, sound and stoked! Sep 22-26 (4 nights and 5 days) previous day. 3rd day Tumbling to Numa. Helmet Ochre Junction Camp via Helmet Falls Trail. Reservations are mandatory all summer long. The trail includes several waterfalls, numerous creeks, many glaciers, alpine lakes and of course the famous Rockwall itself. The Rockwall Trail is an epic backpack in Kootenay National Park. Saw a grizzly bear on this day as well. After you've conquered the Numa Pass it's not too much further to Floe Lake. The Rockwall Trail, located in British Columbia, Canada, is nestled within the Canadian Rockies, and is a hiking wonderland full of glaciers, meadows, forests, waterfalls and alpine passes. you're smelly, have no energy, and just want a decent meal. but there were enough skeeters to make me wonder what it would be like if the wind wasn't there. GPS Track: Rockwall. This was 10.75 km in 4 hours 10 mins. Excellent views , campsites etc. 30 minutes a day of moderate exercise for adults and 60 minutes a day for kids! Hike starts off with all uphill switchbacks in the forest with periodic views of helmet falls as you ascend. This was a hike that had been on my radar for quite a few years. Stay aware and make lots of noise. From the top of the pass you can see Floe Lake though! The Rockwall is a 36.7 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. Go north to south - you get incredible views the entire way! Campsite are well kept and quite lovely, especially Floe! Overall, had a wonderful time hiking this trail! The trail includes several waterfalls, numerous creeks, many glaciers, alpine lakes Easy going start, shortly after starting you reach the ochre beds- beautiful colours and some good history here! Stay warm! View detailed trail descriptions, trail maps, reviews, photos, trail itineraries, directions and more on TrailLink. I would just like to respond to Queenie's post about having a backcountry permit and reservation, and not finding a tent pad. You first reach the bear lockers/ cook site, then cross the creek to the camp! It snowed quite a bit at this camp! did it Don’t forget to Bring TP and hand sani! Park at Floe Lake Trailhead (south end of trail) and walk or bike (or use a second car) to get to the Paint Pots Trailhead (about 13 km). After basking in the magnitude of the Rockwall reflecting in Floe Lake at breakfast, start your last day. The majestic Rockwall Trail kicked my ass! Day 2: Helmet Falls to Tumbling creek Once you reach 45km and over the highest peak it is 15km of smooth downhill running to the beautiful floe lake & then to the floe lake parking lot. The 4th day Numa to Floe. 1st day, was into Helmut Ochre. The trail includes several waterfalls, numerous creeks, many glaciers, alpine lakes and of course the famous Rockwall itself. with three teenagers and they were blown away by the views. It got super windy and cold and we didn’t stay up there long. I had even considered doing the Rockwall instead of Skoki a few years back as a group hike. We ran into a couple who openly admitted they never book, and that is not ok. 20km with 3 peaks and 3 descents which was a little killer on the knees. We did one night at Floe Lake, which was absolutely gorgeous, and one night at Tumbling Creek. After we got to camp we ate dinner and went straight up to the falls, they’re wonderful! Once you make it to Numa Pass the views are incredible to both the south and the north. Many of the pads lie close to the shore. Most incredible back country trip I’ve ever done! Nice flat/hilly forested trail for the first 20km. The distance between the trailheads is 13km (8mi) or a 10 minute drive. Second day was the biggest by far. The trails had a lot of deadfall you had to climb over or under but it was awesome and highly recommend ! Once at the top you get the entire view of the Rockwall and The Valley you’re about to venture towards! http://reservation.pc.gc.ca Worth all the hype!! Bookings for the Rockwall Trail can be made 3 months in advance. until the middle of May or the Kootenay Visitor Centre (+1-250-347-9505) from the middle of May until the start of rockwall activity log | embed map of Rockwall mountain bike trails | rockwall mountain biking points of interest subscribe add to favorites 3d map donate to earn trail karma! Beautiful hike. We were planning to stay a third night at Helmet Falls, but smoke from the US wildfires rolled in, so we decided to hightail it out. Elevation: 475m gain to Rockwall Pass, 350m loss to Tumbling Creek. In every other guide I've come across it's been said you should go South to North , starting at the Floe lake trailhead and finishing at the Point Pots. The trail’s defining feature is a single, massive limestone cliff, towering in some locations more than 900 m … Packed with wow factors this trail is also one of the harder multi-day hikes. Fishing was very slow, but scenery was amazing. reservations for the peak period of July and August. Nice steady climb up to the most breathtaking view imaginable. Not a difficult trek at all. This is prime grizzly bear habitat. There is some dead fall on the trail and overgrowth is common but the trail is in overall good condition, the campsites are clean and tent pads are maintained, and the views are gorgeous. 5 Views Last Month 114 Since Sep 20, 2018 Difficult. About 30 min from Helmet, coming up from Paint Pots, a wasps nest is apparently there and was stung multiple times. Not recommending, just noting. On July 31st 2003, a lightning strike started a fire that would end up covering over 17,000 hectares. Although it's longer than many other backcountry trips around Canadian Rockies, it manages to encompass so much. The trail itself is well maintained and there isn’t a lot of technicality to it. Once we reached the last bit of the rocky portion of the pass, we couldn’t even look back to see the views because a heavy cloud/ snow had rolled in. Once out of the trees you cross over rocks and many creeks/ waterfalls, then down into the overgrown bushes where you can’t see around the corner! it's a terrific thru-hike. The advantages from going the other way, that is North to South, are numerous and substantial and I've listed them Day 1: paint pots to Helmet Falls I will explain the trail day by day and rate it as so. This is a multi-day hike in the Canadian Rockies, which offers a considerate amount of elevation changes between campsites, the Rockwall Trail is one of the hardest. Just a short descent through meadows and sparse forest until hide bears exceedingly well. area today. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. Elevation: 475m gain to Rockwall Pass, 350m loss to Tumbling Creek, 320m gain to Tumbling Pass, 715m loss But more, if it's raining or has recently rained, i'd be extra careful. A few years ago, during one of my trips to Scotland, I bought my first DSLR and my adventure with photography began. I am Marta Kulesza - the photographer and creator of, I come from Poland, but I've been living, travelling and working around the globe since. Rained at Numa Creek and had major condensation problems w/ my single wall REI tent. definitely worth the trip. The wind whistled through the dead trees too, musically creepy! Rockwall has over 20 miles of trails, including park trails, street trails, neighborhood trails and even a mountain bike trail. Day 5: floe lake to floe lake trailhead parking lot Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. This is one of several parts that you'll be thankful for walking from north to south as everything is magically placed right in front of you. been at the bottom of. The destruction of the blaze is doing wonders for the ecology in the Eat and drink your way through historic Victoria on a gourmet walking tour that explores the city’s key sites. The biggest mistake I see from most hitchhikers is not looking friendly enough. Thanks Ray! Hike is in the trees most of the way, relatively flat, but so colourful! The bugs (mosquitoes, horseflies, deer flies, ticks) are bad in July but are mostly gone by September. Overall this hike was amazing with breathtaking views the entire way!! Woke up to weather around 5-10 Celsius then as high as 25C around 2 in the sun. The only difference about the Rockwall Trail though is the impressiveness of the Rockwall itself. When I am not stuck to my computer editing photos, you can If you're looking for a challenge, you are in the right place. Once you enter the forest that's it for views, apart from a few old avalanche paths, until you get to the Helmet Falls Campground. I'm sure you could charter a taxi to pick you up from one trailhead and drop you off at the other but I wouldn't want to know the cost. 5th day Floe Lake to Ball Pass Jct 22 km, 7 hrs 20 mins. Ranking among the premier scenic and wildflower backpacks in the Canadian Rockies, the Rockwall Trail offers abundant opportunities for photographers and seasonal delights for wildflower and larch viewing. Plenty of places to get fresh glacier water for filtering. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. FYI, cook site is down by lake and camp is scattered uphill in the trees. After spending a magical afternoon and night at Floe, headed out on day four on a steady decline 10km to the parking lot. You walk beside a spectacular Rockwall, going over 3 epic passes: Numa Pass, Tumbling Pass and Rockwall Pass. We came across fresh scat on the trail but didn’t see any bears. Numa pass looking down at Floe Lake is by far the best. trail bends and winds along the hilly contours crossing more than one substantial avalanche path. Elevation: 810m gain to Numa Pass, 315m loss to Floe Lake. Just came out from Paint Pots after hiking the whole trail in 3 days/2 nights. The cost is 9.80$ per person per night plus an 11.70$ reservation fee. addition if you're feeling adventurous. All in all a fantastic single track run! Certainly one of the most beautiful parts of the entire trail. We are blessed with a world class playground. please for the love of god book your campsites. If you are hiking this trail over 5 days this is where you will spend your night. Day 4: Numa creek to Floe Lake 3 points of elevation gain, last one after tumbling creek (30km no turning back!) Camped at Helmet, Numa, and Floe heading north to south. I'm going to convince you otherwise. nourishing new life will be impossible for bears and other wildlife to ignore. The multi coloured Paint Pots are quite The first section of the trail is quite flat. The Rockwall is a 54 km relocation hike that starts and finishes on Highway 93, the Banff-Windermere Highway. However not all was lost. Trail Rankings #1 in Kootenay National Park #45 in British Columbia #3,461 Overall. Trails were well marked. Traversing three alpine passes in Kootenay National Park, you'll hike through subalpine meadows, past impressive hanging glaciers, and around vibrant turquoise lakes. Even worse, i would not want to descend into Tumbling Creek on that trail if it was muddy. The entirety of it is 54 km long! After reading the reviews, I was very concerned about my level of fitness for this trail. Length: 15km (+2km roundtrip to the base of the falls from campsite). Helmet Falls is a beautifully located campsite. NOTE: I would STRONGLY recommend doing this trail travelling from Floe Lake north to the rockwall as you get easier sections of hiking and not as many difficult pass ascents in a day. I come from Poland, but I've been living, travelling and working around the globe since I turned 18. If you have the luxury of time or that still seems too challenging then consider doing 4 nights/5 days. Typical back-country pit toilets, some in better shape than others. A five-minute side trip takes us to Wolverine Pass, a giant cleft in the Rockwall. If you want to Rained with temps prob still in the single digits at around 5pm. i got 8 km from signed start of trail (few hundred metres from where you cross the road) to the pass, not the 9.3 the park service had. I had already made plans with my parents during that time, but he sparked my interest (and informed me that Parks had opened up reservations for the whole year instead of their usual rolling calendar. It’s an absolutely beautiful hike though. find me hiking somewhere in the mountains. I am Marta Kulesza - the photographer and creator of www.inafarawayland.com. This 54.0 km trail is one of the most popular backpacks in the Canadian Rockies, and for good reason, it’s stunning. Many take the trail south to north as the sun is behind you for better photos, but Floe Lake makes for a great reward on your last night. After the second water fall it’s a little steeper uphill but not bad! The descent is over quite the distance so not grinding on the knees. This is not a climb i'd want to do in the rain. You'll pass a hiker-made "monument" to the mid point (i think) of the Great Divide Trail in stone on your left on this trail (GDT 500km - at first glance i thought it said GOT SOCKS, took me a couple of seconds) Numa Creek has fire pits and as with most sites there were other fire pits left by previous campers. :) Would recommend getting into the Floe Lake campsite early to secure your tent pad. There is an incredible cooking area on a peninsula surrounded by rock beaches and the lake. Downloading of trail gps tracks in kml & gpx formats is enabled for Rockwall County. Climb out of Tumbling Creek is grueling start to the day, be prepared. you can't just shove your stove, toiletries, etc, etc into a locker you have to get it up the pole. I made it out of the woods though. The Rockwall Trail in British Columbia’s Kootenay National Park is widely considered to be one of the premier multiday treks found anywhere. We did 3 nights, Paint Pots to Helmet Falls, skipping Tumbling and going to Numa and then Floe. P.S. unique, nothing like I've ever seen before and certainly worth some of your time on the trail. I did this trail solo over 3 nights and 4 days of backpacking. add an extra day to make it a 4 nights/5 day it would be in between Helmet and Numa at a campsite called Tumbling Creek. How long does it take to hike the Rockwall Trail: Most people hike the trail in 4 or 5 days, but 3 day trips are also common. Unless you're superhuman, most people decide to do it over 3 nights/4 days. Around 30 km of the trail is right alongside the western The First Nations communities in the area baked and dried ochre so it could be used as a paint for clothes, spiritual ceremonies and tipis (teepees). Just after the helmet creek/ ochre junction campground you start going up, almost all elevation is here, then flattens back out. 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