In fact I saw only four other people the entire time. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips. Looking up the valley, still a long way to go! It is an active stratovolcano located to the north of Lake Inawashiro.Mount Bandai, including the Bandai heights, belongs to the Bandai-Asahi National Park.. Mount Hungabee (left) and Deltaform. Yes, it’s pretty similar to Lake Louise, I was amazed that there were so few people there! Loading... Unsubscribe from will mcKechnie? When I did this hike last October there were a number of burnt trees which had fallen over the trail, though these were relatively easy to get over or around. 5. Timed for golden larches. If backpacking, the first two campsites you encounter are by far the best. Mount Hungabee (left) and Deltaform. DIFFICULT 21.0 mi. Kevin on a remnant patch of snow. The trail condition down the headwall below Floe Lake was in dismal shape. You'll start on a flat stretch, crossing two rivers (w/ bridges) before switchbacking up through burnt stands of timber. And to prove to myself that I'm not getting old, I figured I'd tackle the second biggest one-day hike I've ever done: A 24 km ascent of Numa Mountain involving 1685 m of elevation gain! 1. Most itineraries describe it as a four to five day adventure, and recommend starting with the trail into Floe Lake. We allowed ourselves a lie-in. Floe Lake is considered the park's "classic" hike and is a great way to sample what the park has to offer. Commonly known for British Columbia, the trail is surrounded by greenery rather than rocks, as it’s the case of hiking trails in Alberta. Numa Creek Camp via Numa Pass Track and Floe Lake Track. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. The trail to Floe Lake and Numa Pass is a well defined trail. . Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. Thanks for the post, Rob. There’s a bit more of a climb towards the end of the valley, and the trail switchbacks for quite a while as you gain elevation getting up to the lake. It was really amazing, it would be incredible to be able to stay in the cabin there! DIFFICULT 24.0 mi. Since we’re strictly day hikers, we ascended the trail to Floe Lake for lunch, continued to Numa Pass in the early afternoon and … 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. DIFFICULT 3.0 mi. Hike the Floe Lake Trail 6.5 miles and 2,350 feet of elevation gain to Floe Lake camp. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Wow, I’m totally blown away. Set beneath a sheer 1,000 metre escarpment, Floe Lake with its pale blue waters, is easily a … I couldn’t quite make up my mind whether to do this hike or to visit Lussier Hotsprings in White Swan Provincial Park, however the weather was good so I couldn’t justify spending so much time in the car driving all the way to Lussier Hotsprings. Kevin at Numa Pass; Foster Peak to the left. Numa Mountain & Floe Lake trail head are down Hwy 93 on the right from Castle Mountain, about 30km from Hwy 1. 4. We decided to approach Numa Mountain from the avalanche chute route ( bench ) and return via Floe Lake. The sight of Floe Lake will surely stop you in your tracks as the colour of the lake is unreal and the Rockwall that backs up against the lake is unlike anywhere else in the Canadian Rockies. Beautiful Floe Lake and Mountain from under Numa Pass. Numa Mountain. Hiking to Numa Pass. Leave this field empty if you're human: Ideas and opinions expressed on this site are those of the authors and commenters alone. Hike the Floe Lake Trail 6.5 miles and 2,350 feet of elevation gain to Floe Lake camp. Hiking to Numa Pass. Greens and greys of vegetation on the valley sides. 7. I'd seen pictures from other people of Floe Lake area at this time of year and it was beautiful. Its nearest higher peak is Foster Peak, 3.0 km to the northwest, and both are part of the Vermilion Range. . ©Copyright 2013 Andrew Rowe. Take time at Floe Lake to have a snack and look around at the glaciers on the other side of the lake. DIFFICULT 8.2 mi. To return back to the trailhead you follow the same route back, it takes quite a while so it’s a good idea to stop along the way. We picked up Dave Salahab at the Casino, and then met Kelly Smith at the Floe Lake parking lot. Note: The higher sections of the trail are snowbound until early to mid-July. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Grotto Mountain Direct Route and back via Grotto Buttress, Heart Mountain Loop via Grant MacEwen Peak, Headwall Lakes to Fortress Mountain to Chester Lake, High Rockies Trail Goat Creek to Three Sisters Dam Section 1, High Rockies Trail Section 3 Driftwood to Spencer Creek, Smuts Pass to Birdwood Pass to Burstall Pass, Simpson Pass to Healy Pass via Monarch Ramparts, The week of Nov 17th Lake Louise & Sunshine, Galatea Creek Trail to Guinns Pass to Buller South Pass. Rockwall Trail and Floe Lake Floe Lake and the Rockwall as viewed from Numa Pass. Floe Lake, southeast of the peak, is one of the beauty spots of Kootenay National Park. Return the way you came or make a loop trip by hiking out via the Numa Creek Trail, a 10-mile loop trip between the Floe Lake and Numa Falls parking lots. Hiking trail: Numa Peak and Floe Lake Loop Hiking date: September 8, 2020 Distance: 28.0km Total elevation gain: 1,800m Time: 10:30 (includes one hour lunch and rest) The Rockwall Trail is a 55km multi-day backpacking hike with some of world’s most gorgeous alpine sceneries and is so-called because limestone cliffs tower high above the west side of the trail. So many amazing sights. Numa Mountain can be ascended from Floe Lake, but having been to Floe Lake and wanting to avoid the 13 km approach, Dinah and I opted for a more direct route, one we hoped would minimize bushwhacking. Egypt Lake Shelter via Whistling Valley Trail. From this point forward the going was dead easy on good trail, passing through meadows and larch forest before reaching Floe Lake, then descending 400 m on easy switchbacked trail to the Floe Creek valley. Paradise Valley to Sentinel Pass to Moraine Lake. Floe Lake beneath Floe Peak To return back to the trailhead you follow the same route back, it takes quite a while so it’s a good idea to stop along the way. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Numa Pass has really fantastic views, both down towards Floe Lake and further along the Rockwall Trail in the other direction. As an international reader, I really enjoy this armchair tour of your country. Mount Nikkō-Shirane ... Yuno lake, Yu falls, Senjo moor, and Odashiro moor. The mountain is part of what is known as the Rockwall in the Vermilion Range, and is named for Floe Lake … On the approach to Numa Pass you leave the shelter of the trees behind and the landscape becomes a little more bleak. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. After leaving the Vermillion River Valley, the Floe Lake Trail rolls west along the north side of Floe Creek (south side of Numa Mountain), crossing numerous avalanche paths and small forested areas. Love the photos – they make me want to get out and hike (which is good, as I am about to head out for a hike here on Kaua’i)! Thank you for reading! A two-night trip to Floe Lake and the Rockwall in Kootenay Park, BC, with my 10-year old son. This was our first backcountry camping trip in the Canadian Rockies. ( Log Out /  The trail remains relatively flat for quite some time, and then begins to climb more steeply for a short section, before it becomes more gradual as you travel along the side of the valley. Looking back at Floe Lake and The Rockwall. Crossing the outflow from the lake on the way up. The first part of your morning will be spent hiking through the trees, and eventually climbs up and over Numa Pass, the highest point of the Rockwall trail. Subscribe to Mountain Beltway. ( Log Out /  Begin your hike at the Floe Lake Trailhead right off the highway near the east side of the park. The north section of The Rockwall. What a great reward for a long hike! Numa Mountain. Numa Mountain & Floe Lake trail head are down Hwy 93 on the right from Castle Mountain, about 30km from Hwy 1. Approaching Floe Lake. Total distance: 27 km Total elevation gain: 1000 m Trailhead to Floe Lake (one way): 10.7 km, 690 m Floe Lake to Numa Pass (one way): 2.7 km, 310 m View map Download GPS track This is a long dayhike or easy backpacking trip into prime larch territory. The wind had increased and so I stopped to put on a few more layers. However, I wanted just to go a little further up the trail to Numa Pass, just so I’d get a little glimpse of the next valley over. It really was an amazing hike, especially going up to the pass to get more of a view of it . Thanks for the walk along. Floe Lake . Log in, Picture 1 of 20, Proudly powered by Word Press so beautiful! Helmet Falls Camp via Numa Pass Track and Floe Lake Track. The burnt forest is so strange to walk through. Lake Minewakun to Goat Pass to Mt St Piran, Blueberry Hill Cross Country Skiing Kananaskis, Beautiful scenery at Banff Springs X-Country Trail, Cross Country Skiing the Spray River Loop from Banff Springs Hotel, King Creek Opal Traverse to Little Highwood, Mt Carnarvon South Ridge via Hamilton Lake. Floe Lake campground is wonderful and is located on the north side of Floe Lake; a warden campground lies just to the west of the campground. The Numa Falls parking lot is 2.5 miles (4 km) further north (4,595 ft / 1,400 m). Knowing we were in for a long day we left the city early and arrived at the Floe Lake trailhead at 8:00 am. Numa Pass has really fantastic views, both down towards Floe Lake and further along the Rockwall Trail in the other direction. ... Mount Assiniboine - Hike From Sunshine Meadows To Lake Magog - … Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. So I set off and carried on up the gentler trail. Reblogged this on rockiesoutdoors and commented: This looks like another great hike. History. I met Wietse and Vern at the Petro Can along Highway 1 by 5:40 am in the morning. Thanks for sharing your Canada with us Rob. . . Archives Archives. I would however love to see Floe Lake and the "classic" views of the peaks behind it. Kevin at Numa Pass; Foster Peak to the left. Categories. It would have been better earlier in the summer as the wildflowers had died off by the time I did it, but still very beautiful. DIFFICULT 5.3 mi. I was amazed by the diameters of some of the burnt trees that had fallen over the trail, they never seem as big when they’re alive! This was our first backcountry trip. What a great view from Numa Pass! Shadow Lake Lodge via Gibbon Pass Trail and Arnica Lake Trail. Rockwall Trail run - arriving at Floe Lake will mcKechnie. Here’s a shot of Lily looking back at Floe Lake as we climbed up to Numa Pass. Those stunning waters! DIFFICULT 5.7 mi. During the driving we changed the objective to a less aggressive Numa Mountain because of the obvious reason, the late start. We could not have picked a better destination than Floe Lake and doing a loop is always fun. Rockwall Trail - Kootenay Nation Park. Floe Peak is a 3,006-metre mountain summit located on the western border of Kootenay National Park, in the Canadian Rockies of British Columbia, Canada. The north section of The Rockwall. Habitat: Open and meadowy trail, burnt forest, glaciers, peaks and a large lake. You’ll traverse across between lots of areas of burnt forest and clear areas of grass (and wild flowers in the summer) on the avalanche slopes. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. We had to crawl through debris before cutting down the switchbacks and cutting through it again and … They do not necessarily represent the views of the American Geophysical Union. Exit Larch Valley to be greeted by Mount Temple and Pinnacle Mountain. Use this as a base camp for day hikes of 4-7+ miles and 1,100+ feet of elevation gain to Numa Pass and beyond. Enjoy the unobstructed views of the magnificent Paradise Valley. We had a great one while we were in Hawaii – there will definitely be a post about it soon! Initially, the Floe Lake trail heads southwest, crosses the bridged Kootenay River, then curves to the northwest. Is it allowed to camp there overnight? You hike between Foster Peak to the SW and Numa … There is a point by some picnic tables that provides fine views. Categories. This entire area was burned in 2003, but lush vegetation that changes to a variety of intense fall colors has … Numa Creek Camp via Numa Creek Trail . Just after kilometre 9, the trail reaches a scenic area with a view of Floe Creek cascading down a steep slope. We would hike up the Floe Lake Trail for about six km to … In total the return distance to Numa Pass is 26.5 km (16.5 miles) with an elevation gain of 1030 metres (3400 feet). on the trail. Floe Lake on the Rockwall trail was my pick. Which hike did you do? The trail to Floe Lake and Numa Pass is a well defined trail. I stopped at Floe Lake again on the way back, just to take a few more photos. The scenery is spectacular, and the views from 2300 m (7725 feet) are outstanding. Description: A classic! This one I did last weekend. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. Photo-oriented backpack to stunning scenic area on southern Rockwall trail in Kootenay NP. Use this as a base camp for day hikes of 4-7+ miles and 1,100+ feet of elevation gain to Numa Pass and beyond. Floe Lake and The Rockwall. Day 4 Numa Creek to Floe Lake, 10 km, 755 m (2475 feet) to top of Numa Pass and 250 m (825 feet) loss to Floe Lake. Floe Lake – Numa Creek Parking Lot, July 16, 2011. I stopped here and enjoyed the views of the lake whilst eating my lunch. Avalanches had washed burnt and live timber across the steeply switch-backed trail and really made a mess out of it! 5. The Rockwall Trail in British Columbia’s Kootenay National Park is widely considered to be one of the premier multiday treks found anywhere. Parks Canada does not book sites at Floe Lake campground until July 10. From the trailhead at the parking lot you head to a small bridge over the Kootenay River, before following the trail through dense new growth forest. Thank you for reading Jim! The lake is stunning and several larch trees dot the treed shoreline and campground, but a full 98% of the larches lie just north of the campground en route to Numa Pass. 2. The first part of your morning will be spent hiking through the trees, and eventually climbs up and over Numa Pass, the highest point of the Rockwall trail. We have only done one hike in this area, the forest fire has definitely left its mark, on the other hand it gives a very good view! If travelling south the ascent up to Numa Pass would have killed me as i was tired from the descent alone! Timed for golden larches. 7. We decided to approach Numa Mountain from the avalanche chute route (bench) and return via Floe Lake. Yes, it’s a really nice hike. Packing up. EASY 3.7 mi. The Rockwall Trail is a scenic 55 kilometre (34 mile) traverse of alpine passes, subalpine meadows, hanging glaciers, and limestone cliffs, in some places in excess of 900 metres (2953 feet) above the trail. I can imagine a day or two in that little cabin , Thank you for reading! I did this hike in early October 2014. 6. Length: 21 km Hiking time: 7 hours Elevation: 715 m Trailhead: Floe Lake parking lot, 72 km east of Radium Hot Springs. This traverse does take a long time, so it’s nice to break it up by taking a couple of breaks. Also I could add on an ascent of Numa Mountain. Looks like a nice hike, but a long one so better start early in the day:) The clear blue lake with enormous, dramatic cliffs is spectacular! Autumn snowfalls may make hiking difficult in late … Floe Lake with Floe Mountain rising above. Looking back at Floe Lake and The Rockwall. . This day was going to be longer, 17 km, but after a quick climb to Numa Pass, it was all downhill. 3. There’s a camp site at Floe Lake and then the next one along would be Numa Creek campground, but I didn’t get that far! ( Log Out /  banff / lake louise. 6. Numa Creek Trail, access via Numa Falls trailhead (Closed until further notice) Floe Creek Trail, access via Floe Lake trailhead; Recommended time of year to hike this trail: Mid-July to early October. And as you mention, usually these areas have a very green floor compared to some if the dense areas is i.e. Change ). Looking down into the next valley from Numa Pass. The trail back down to Floe Lake from Numa Pass. Thanks for sharing your adventures. Ochre Spring Loop via Marble Canyon to Ochre Beds Trail. It was such an incredible experience hiking there! Bench at the turn up to the avalanche slope to Numa Mt Numa is the Cree word for thunder. Several unnamed peaks of The Rockwall. DIFFICULT 32.8 mi. After crossing Floe Creek (bridged) and ascending moderately the trail turns to the southwest, contouring around the southern side of Numa Mountain and gently ascending alongside Floe Creek. 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