We picked the hike from the guidebook, “Classic Hikes in the Canadian Rockies”, by Graeme Pole. 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. This is a good spot to pause and look back along the Floe Creek valley and really study how the wildfire affected (and is still affecting) the land. Tax ID: 27-3009280. Floe Lake Overnighter: Hike up to Floe Lake from the Floe Lake Trailhead. Owner Log In. 🙂, SUMMARY:Another fantastic, full-day hike – one that’s got us thinking about trying backcountry camping. Dayhike to Numa Pass and along Floe Lake Kootenay National Park August 4, 2013 The second day we awoke to relatively clear skies, ate breakfast, and set off for Numa Pass. Habitat: Regenerating, post-burn forest. Length 15.4 miElevation gain 5879 ftRoute type Loop Hiking … The plan was to hike from Floe Lake parking lot to Floe Lake and camp on day 1, Then hike up and over Numa Pass and exit out at Numa Falls parking lot. If you need any back-packing gear, for your trial, Rent-A-Tent can fully outfit you. While Larch Valley (Lake Louise) is slightly (and only slightly) nicer in larch season, the crowds number in the thousands and I have no interest in that whatsoever. Tax ID: 27-3009280. Commonly known for British Columbia, the trail is surrounded by greenery rather than rocks, as it’s the case of hiking trails in Alberta. It's 13 miles round trip with 2,350 feet of elevation gain to Floe Lake camp or a 10-mile loop via Numa Creek. DIFFICULT 3.0 mi. After you've conquered the Numa Pass it's not too much further to Floe Lake. The Numa Falls parking lot is 2.5 miles (4 km) further north (4,595 ft / 1,400 m). Fortunately, the jungle thinned out after a hundred meters or so and we soon came to a spot that had a great view of Floe Creek flowing down from Floe Lake, which gave us a pretty good idea of how much elevation we had to gain to reach the lake itself. You'll start on a flat stretch, crossing two rivers (w/ … The plan was to hike from Floe Lake parking lot to Floe Lake and camp on day 1, Then hike up and over Numa Pass and exit out at Numa Falls parking lot. If travelling south the ascent up to Numa Pass would have killed me as i was tired from the descent alone! 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. Floe Lake and Numa Pass backpacking trail Map Looking for an amazing hiking adventure? There are other destinations that offer a better reward-to-effort ratio. You may be able to save time by checking alternate border crossings. Leave your overnight gear at the campground and day hike up to Numa Pass either the day you arrive or the following morning, then hike back out to the trailhead. Roughly 2.5 hours (7 km) from the parking lot we came to a third bridge, this one less elaborate that the first two, and crossing a stream with no name, perhaps seasonal as it flows down the shoulder of Numa Mountain before joining Floe Creek. …and multiple, curious golden-mantled ground squirrels including this one who stood up the better to check us out! From the second bridge, the trail climbs for a bit, gaining maybe 100 meters elevation over a km or so. You're one click away! Last summer, my wife and I spent some time in the Canadian Rockies. PhotoDescr: On the third day of a Grant MacEwan Mountain Club dayhiking excursion, we hiked the Numa Pass loop from the Floe Lake Trailhead to the Numa Creek Trailhead (26 km), getting a good look at the south end of … 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. The lake itself is very scenic, but unless you are continuing to Numa Pass, I would not recommend this trail as a day trip. It's been on my list on a while. Helping people explore, conserve, learn about, and enjoy the lands and waters of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Continue beyond the campground for 7.5 km to Numa Pass. Most itineraries describe it as a four to five day adventure, and recommend starting with the trail into Floe Lake. This is the toughest part of the trail to Floe Lake, gaining about 360 meters over 1.8 km. Make sure your health insurance is valid for Canada. I had the unforgettable privilege of over-nighting in the warden’s cabin with my Parks Canada friend a few years ago! Healy Pass - Elbow Lake/Rickert's Pass/Mist Ridge - Sunshine Meadows - Nigel Pass - Rockwall Trail - Citadel Pass - Lake Minnewanka - Ha Ling Peak. Description: A challenging day hike to a rocky, rugged pass providing access to the Shadow Lake and Egypt Lake regions of Banff National Park. Trailhead: Floe Lake parking lot, 72 km east of Radium Hot Springs. It is not rare for there still to be a reasonable amount of snow at Numa Pass in late July. I may get back to this hike once again but next time I am taking hiking poles! We decided to approach Numa Mountain from the avalanche chute route (bench) and return via Floe Lake. Surprise Falls. Day 2 – Floe Lake to Numa Falls Parking Lot, 17 km, 279 m Elevation Gain, 955 m Elevation Loss, 6 hrs 45 min. Be sure to fill your bottles at the bridge over Floe Creek at km 1.7, as there is … You'll start on a flat stretch, crossing two rivers (w/ bridges) before … 3. I was enchanted by the way little bits of ice sounded like wind chimes as the waves pushed them towards the shore. 🙂 We’d rate this one as challenging, due to the total distance and elevation gain. Border crossing regulations are strict in both directions. Subcategory: Outdoors. Photography at the bridge over Vermillion River was near impossible with the sun just rising over Hawk Ridge across the valley. Anyhow, we stayed at the pass for 15 or 20 minutes, shooting panoramas in both directions. The Mountaineers®, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Numa Creek Camp via Numa Pass Track and Floe Lake Track. Taken 22-Sep-12. Floe Lake is considered the park's "classic" hike and is a great way to sample what the park has to offer. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! From the bridge, the vegetation was overgrowing the trail. The switchbacks were a lot tougher this time around. Tagged: Kootenay Nat Park, Numa Mountain & Floe Lake., Numa Pass, Scramble Numa Mountain, The Rockwall, Tumbling Pass Resources Alpine Club of Canada The trail to Floe Lake and Numa Pass is a well defined trail. Larch Valley and Sentinel Pass. Take a look back at the valley, you've just been at the bottom of. I love the bright pink Indian Paintbrush flowers in the Rockies. And yes, “maturity” has a way of making the trails steeper and longer. junction with Numa Pass and Tumbling Pass trails. However, we intended to only go that far, just to enjoy the view. Photo-oriented backpack to stunning scenic area on southern Rockwall trail in Kootenay NP. When we pulled in at about 7:30 on a weekday morning, we noted about 30 vehicles in the parking lot, all but 3 with Alberta license plates. The first 5 km or so traverse an area marked “2003 burned area” on the topo map we carried. Subcategory Detail: Hiking. ... Here’s a shot of Lily looking back at Floe Lake as we climbed up to Numa Pass. The Floe Lake trail parking lot is just off Highway 93 in Kootenay National Park, between Marble Canyon and Vermillion River Crossing. Read More. Day 2 - Floe Lake to Numa Pass to Numa Campsite to Tumbling Pass to Tumbling Campsite - 17.5 km - 9 hours chubby guy speed - 4/5 This section is easily done in one day of travelling north. Sure enough, about three hundred meters on we had to cross another tributary of Floe Creek. Bear-safe travel and camping are required. Or, if you’ve secured permits, you can stay overnight at the Floe Lake Campground, or continue your hike to the rest of the Rockwall Trail multi-day route (permits required). We physically prepared for … Timed for golden larches. 2. The north section of The Rockwall. …. I thought it might be a large animal, but Mr. GeoK spotted a hiker ahead of us and figured they were banging their hiking poles against a fallen tree or something. This trail is well worn in and really worth heading up for the views, which a lot of people seemed to be doing before heading back the campsite to hike back out. Kevin on a remnant patch of snow. Begin your hike at the Floe Lake Trailhead right off the highway near the east side of the park. Timed for golden larches. The trail starts flat for a few minutes before losing a bit of elevation in the approach to a bridge over Vermillion River. Caption: Floe Lake huddles beneath the Rockwall. charred stumps and standing dead trees. 19 August 2012 Running to Healy Pass from Rock Isle Lake. Then we spotted turquoise water through thinning trees and, after a short walk through terrain that reminded us of the Opabin Plateau at Lake O’Hara, we arrived at Floe Lake! That brought our total number of other hikers seen over the entire day to somewhere around 45. I reached Numa Pass at 1:50, and as I took off my pack for a bit of a break while taking photographs, I spotted Mr GeoK crossing the last big patch of snow below me, as he paused to take this photo of me at the pass. Hiking, biking and other adventures (mostly) in the Canadian Rockies. We allowed ourselves a lie-in. Pulsatilla Pass 2345m via Forty Mile Creek Trail and Mystic Lake Trail. Leave your overnight gear at the campground and day hike up to Numa Pass either the day you arrive or the following morning, then hike back out to the trailhead. Log in and send us Log in and send us The day starts with an early exit from the Floe Lake campground and an ascent to Numa Pass. Ochre Spring Loop via Marble Canyon to Ochre Beds Trail. Floe Lake is one of the most photogenic lakes in the Rockies and the backpack to it and beyond to Numa Pass is one of the most colorful as wildflowers bloom in the summer and larch trees below the pass turn brilliantly gold in the fall. The wide open views across the valley are due to the 2003 wildfire. Note: The higher sections of the trail are snowbound until early to mid-July. Life Flows at Floe Lake I have owned my backpacking gear for 19 months now, all the while waiting and having faith that my stars would align and a right time would come when I could put it to use and experience a true backpacking adventure. Caption: Floe Lake huddles beneath the Rockwall. We encountered at least a couple of dozen hikers between Floe Lake and the parking lot, including one group of 9 ladies at the rough and ready creek crossing. 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. On the descent from Floe Lake, we heard a couple of cracking sounds in the woods. A moderate backpack along the southern end of the spectacular Rockwall Trail in the Canadian Rockies. Timelapse taken from just below numa pass of floe lake and foster peak along the rockwall trail of kootney national park. …and then on to Numa Pass, along a trail with lots of snow patches and that crossed through extensive high alpine meadows. Elevation Gains to Top of Numa Pass: 755 m (2475 feet) Elevation Loss from Top of Numa Pass to Floe Lake: 250 m (825 feet) After spending the start of the morning in the trees, this day ends by going up and over Numa Pass, the highest point along the Rockwall Trail at 2355 m (7725 feet). Dayhike to Numa Pass and along Floe Lake Kootenay National Park August 4, 2013 The second day we awoke to relatively clear skies, ate breakfast, and set off for Numa Pass. 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. There are no resources for this route/place. There are other destinations that offer a better reward-to-effort ratio. As we were again first on the track, bear bellowing was again Anne's job, her coo-ees echoing from cliff to cliff. That made me a little uncomfortable for the rest of the downhike, especially where the trail goes through all those standing dead trees from the 2003 fire. From Numa pass track to Numa mountain route there is no trail. This is a moderate one way trail to Floe Lake Camp in Kootenay National Park. From Floe Lake consider day hikes to Numa Pass and beyond. based on 10 tracks & routes | | DIFFICULT #22 hike out of 31 in Kootenay National Park | DIFFICULT. Numa Mountain is only a short distance from Numa Pass. They were in full bloom in mid-July. Yes, a grind, made more challenging by three or four more missing sections of trail, like this one. Once you make it to Numa Pass the views are incredible to both the south and the north. 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. Nope! As we were again first on the track, bear bellowing was again Anne's job, her coo-ees echoing from cliff to cliff. Hike up through a rejuvenated fire-ravaged forest to a scenic alpine lake Floe Peak reflecting in Floe Lake. This day was going to be longer, 17 km, but after a quick climb to Numa Pass, it was all downhill. Laura, Links and I headed out July 16th, 2011. Rockwall Pass and Tumbling Pass: Park at Paint Pots and hike in to Tumbling Creek Campground. There are no activities scheduled at this location. We hiked to floe lake campsite from the trailhead, and stayed the night, then from here hiked up Numa Pass track. Several unnamed peaks of The Rockwall. link Copy Link. NEXUS cards can save a lot of time but only work if everyone in the car has one. Numa Mountain & Floe Lake trail head are down Hwy 93 on the right from Castle Mountain, about 30km from Hwy 1. Floe Lake Overnighter: Hike up to Floe Lake from the Floe Lake Trailhead. After the exhausting previous day, we were grateful to realize we only had 10km to get to Floe Lake - meaning this would the the first day we would reach our campsite before nightfall. The Mountaineers teaches skills and leads outdoor activities Floe Lake & Numa Pass A moderate backpack along the southern end of the spectacular Rockwall Trail in the Canadian Rockies. PhotoDescr: On the third day of a Grant MacEwan Mountain Club dayhiking excursion, we hiked the Numa Pass loop from the Floe Lake Trailhead to the Numa Creek Trailhead (26 km), getting a good look at the south end of … Log in and send us Then we were climbing through the forest, up multiple switchbacks. The views in and out to Floe Lake were more spectacular than my first hike there because of the forest fire of 2003. for all ages and levels in the Pacific Northwest. updates, images and resources. Some 18,000 hectares burned in one of BC’s worst wildfire seasons, and the vegetation is a mix of mostly standing dead/burned trees, a few mature trees that miraculously escaped the fire, plenty of “baby” trees and shrubs and abundant wildflowers. Home»Backpacking in the Rockies»Floe Lake and Numa Pass, Sept. 22-23, 2012. Floe Lake Camp via Numa Pass Track . This day was going to be longer, 17 km, but after a quick climb to Numa Pass, it was all downhill. It’s hard to imagine a more scenic picnic area than this one. I did this hike, just to Floe Lake, in 1977 when I was 20 years old. This fantastic trek begins at the edge of Moraine Lake in the Banff … Numa Pass has really fantastic views, both down towards Floe Lake and further along the Rockwall Trail in the other direction. tumbling Creek/helmet & ochre Creeks Circuit.38.3 km Follow the interpretive trail to the Paint Pots. DIFFICULT 5.3 mi. I guess I heard what I wanted to hear! Habitat: Regenerating, post-burn forest. I've read a couple of route descriptions online and am wondering if it would be possible/realistic to hike from the Floe Lake Trailhead to Floe Lake campground and back in one day? In addition to the obviously majestic alpine scenery this massive limestone wall provides, the trail is also punctuated with hanging glaciers, stunning wildf… Numa Peak and Floe Lake Loop is a 15.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Banff, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. Visitors 235. By the end of July, the budding fireweed should be in full flower. Then things generally level out, traversing the sloping north side of the valley carved by Floe Creek. Be sure to fill your bottles at the bridge over Floe Creek at km 1.7, as there is … Floe Lake and The Rockwall. trailtrash photos: Tumbling Glacier, Numa Pass, Floe Lake - 7 Trailtrash did the 38K semi-loop in Kootenay Park, starting at 7:45AM and finishing just after 3:00PM...to about 4:30PM as we eventually split into two groups. Mountaineers Books is a registered trademark of The Mountaineers®, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Looking back at Floe Lake and The Rockwall. One of the things we did was to take a three-day backpacking trip to Floe Lake, in Kootenay National Park, British Columbia. From Floe Lake consider day hikes to Numa Pass and beyond. It would be easy to get bogged down on this stretch, taking all kinds of photographs, but we knew we were in for a long day and kept up a reasonable pace to the second bridge, which crosses Floe Creek. Kevin at Numa Pass; Foster Peak to the left. Trailhead: Floe Lake parking lot, 72 km east of Radium Hot Springs. Thirty three years later, in 2010, I completed the hike with my 22 year old son. Even better, to walk at least some way up the Numa Pass part of the trail to get good views. 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. updates, images, or resources. Floe Lake from Numa Pass on July 6, 1970. Once across the bridge, we regained the bit of elevation loss and then enjoyed about 2 km of mostly flat walking in new growth forest, with trees between 2 and 5 meters in height. Begin your hike at the Floe Lake Trailhead right off the highway near the east side of the park. Leaving Floe Lake at 9.15 it was an easy 50 minute walk to Numa Pass into a cold wind. The official trail to Floe Lake ends at Floe Lake Backcountry Campground in Kootenay National Park. Floe Lake and Numa Pass are part of the multi-day backpacking route between Marble Canyon and Vermillion Crossing in Kootenay National Park: the Rockwall. It's 13 miles round trip with 2,350 feet of elevation gain to Floe Lake camp or a 10-mile loop via Numa Creek. 7 Trailtrash did the 38K semi-loop in Kootenay Park, starting at 7:45AM and finishing just after 3:00PM...to about 4:30PM as we eventually split into two groups. When he joined me at the windy pass, he exclaimed that he’d never meant for us to hike all the way to Numa Pass, just that the warden’s cabin was in the same direction of the Numa Pass trail. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips. If travelling south the ascent up to Numa Pass would have killed me as i was tired from the descent alone! Floe Lake is a little known day hike in Kootenay National Park with an impressive rock wall surrounding the lake. Indulge your photography or painting while enjoying stunning landscapes with towering Vermilion Range peaks among golden alpine larches in early autumn or expansive wildflower meadows in mid-summer. Camping at Floe Lake provided a good opportunity to tag it. Floe Lake and Numa Pass are part of the multi-day backpacking route between Marble Canyon and Vermillion Crossing in Kootenay National Park: the Rockwall. 29 May 2012 Running the Highline. Numa is the Cree word for thunder. We also saw two of the small mammals most frequently spotted in Kootenay National Park: a hoary marmot…. Rockwall Pass and Tumbling Pass: Park at Paint Pots and hike in to Tumbling Creek Campground. Numa Pass was our final pass on the Rockwall Trail and we could look back and see all the landmarks from the past few days. Everyone will need a passport or other valid ID such as a NEXUS card. A long and rewarding day, the Floe Lake backcountry campground has got us thinking about giving backpacking a try. I would however love to see Floe Lake and the "classic" views of the peaks behind it. From there, hikers can enjoy a day at the lake and hike back out. It turned out to be a tree that, after the second crack, fell over about 50 meters behind us, with a loud crash that sent up a cloud of dust and detritus! Mount Hungabee (left) and Deltaform. As I recall I did not find the switch backs all that tough. Floe Lake is considered the park's "classic" hike and is a great way to sample what the park has to offer. Here’s our tent on the shore of Floe Lake, looking downright soaked and chilly: We ended up spending a lot of time in the tent, reading and playing Yahtzee: But when the rain / hail let up for a bit, we got out and explored around. Light was much better in the late afternoon, as we returned to the parking lot, when this photo was taken. Of note: Here I am looking a little fatigued, just before Mr GeoK pulled a chocolate chip cookie he’d stashed in his pack out to share with me – a little pick-me-up for the final push to the parking lot. It’s also about here that I noticed clump after clump of pink paintbrush flowers. At 2:20, we finally started back, reaching the parking lot at 5:45. Yep, we sure appreciated the hiking poles, especially on the way down. Bench at the turn up to the avalanche slope to Numa Mt The lake itself is very scenic, but unless you are continuing to Numa Pass, I would not recommend this trail as a day trip. Floe Lake and Numa Pass larches We did a weekend backpack trip to Floe Lake / Numa Pass this past weekend to wander among the larches without the crowds. Thumbnails Info Categories & Keywords Category: Lifestyle and Recreation. 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. Numa Pass was our final pass on the Rockwall Trail and we could look back and see all the landmarks from the past few days. Almost two decades on, there’s evidence of the extensive burn everywhere we looked, including the fallen trees cut and moved just enough to create a gap for the single-track trail…. Due to a forest fire along Numa Creek, the Rockwall Trail was closed north of Numa Pass. There is an incredible cooking area on a peninsula surrounded by rock beaches and the lake. Description: A challenging day hike to a rocky, rugged pass providing access to the Shadow Lake and Egypt Lake regions of Banff National Park. Day 2 – Floe Lake to Numa Falls Parking Lot, 17 km, 279 m Elevation Gain, 955 m Elevation Loss, 6 hrs 45 min We allowed ourselves a lie-in. 😉. Six km from the parking lot, the trail makes a sharp turn to the right and gains a wee bit of elevation. Healy Pass - Elbow Lake/Rickert's Pass/Mist Ridge - Sunshine Meadows - Nigel Pass - Rockwall Trail - Citadel Pass - Lake Minnewanka - Ha Ling Peak. There were tons of wildflowers, lots of fungi on the fallen, burned old forest remains and we heard birdsong all around. Life Flows at Floe Lake I have owned my backpacking gear for 19 months now, all the while waiting and having faith that my stars would align and a right time would come when I could put it to use and experience a true backpacking adventure. The Rockwall Trail in British Columbia’s Kootenay National Park is widely considered to be one of the premier multiday treks found anywhere.
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