Floe Lake, southeast of the peak, is one of the beauty spots of Kootenay National Park. We had a great one while we were in Hawaii – there will definitely be a post about it soon! Most itineraries describe it as a four to five day adventure, and recommend starting with the trail into Floe Lake. Mountain height: 2720 m Elevation gain: 1500 m Ascent time: 5:50 Descent time: ... Floe Lake and The Rockwall. Hiking to Numa Pass. Rockwall Trail and Floe Lake Floe Lake and the Rockwall as viewed from Numa Pass. The mountain is part of what is known as the Rockwall in the Vermilion Range, and is named for Floe Lake … DIFFICULT 22.5 mi. 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. EASY 3.7 mi. It would be really incredible to spend the night here, it was so quiet and it would have been nice to spend the whole day there. 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. 5. ( Log Out /  Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Just after kilometre 9, the trail reaches a scenic area with a view of Floe Creek cascading down a steep slope. Being a designated national park, the alpine plants and vegetation are protected. Water Falls via Stanley Glacier Trail. Looking down into the next valley from Numa Pass. Mount Bandai (磐梯山, Bandai-san) is a stratovolcano located in Inawashiro-town, Bandai-town, and Kitashiobara village, in Yama-Gun, Fukushima prefecture. 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. Since we’re strictly day hikers, we ascended the trail to Floe Lake for lunch, continued to Numa Pass in the early afternoon and … We could not have picked a better destination than Floe Lake and doing a loop is always fun. Thanks for the post, Rob. , Seems like a lovely hike. 1. Numa is the Cree word for thunder. Mount Nikkō-Shirane ... Yuno lake, Yu falls, Senjo moor, and Odashiro moor. Floe Lake on the Rockwall trail was my pick. 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. Is it allowed to camp there overnight? DIFFICULT 22.5 mi. Floe Lake – Numa Creek Parking Lot, July 16, 2011. There’s a campground at the lake, and a little further on is the warden cabin. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips. The area is accessible via the Floe Lake Trail and Rockwall Trail. DIFFICULT 24.0 mi. 2. Thanks for the walk along. ©Copyright 2013 Andrew Rowe. The trail condition down the headwall below Floe Lake was in dismal shape. Kevin at Numa Pass; Foster Peak to the left. Numa Creek Camp via Numa Pass Track and Floe Lake Track. Answer 1 of 4: We are fit, experienced hikers but sadly don't have time this trip to backpack the Rockwall Trail. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Egypt Lake Shelter via Whistling Valley Trail. It was an incredible hike to do! 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! Set beneath a sheer 1,000 metre escarpment, Floe Lake with its pale blue waters, is easily a … This day was going to be longer, 17 km, but after a quick climb to Numa Pass, it was all downhill. A two-night trip to Floe Lake and the Rockwall in Kootenay Park, BC, with my 10-year old son. Day 1 Trail Head to Floe Lake, 10.5 km 720 m elevation gain, 5 hrs. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Enjoy the unobstructed views of the magnificent Paradise Valley. Floe Lake and The Rockwall. 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. 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! The scenery is spectacular, and the views from 2300 m (7725 feet) are outstanding. History. 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.. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. 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. This entire area was burned in 2003, but lush vegetation that changes to a variety of intense fall colors has … 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! Description: A classic! Subscribe to Mountain Beltway. 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. The trail to Floe Lake and Numa Pass is a well defined trail. on the trail. 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. 7. DIFFICULT 21.0 mi. Such a beautiful place to hike. Floe Lake is considered the park's "classic" hike and is a great way to sample what the park has to offer. Gorgeous photos! Also I could add on an ascent of Numa Mountain. 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. I met Wietse and Vern at the Petro Can along Highway 1 by 5:40 am in the morning. Reblogged this on rockiesoutdoors and commented: This looks like another great hike. You will then ascend further to the Minnestimma Lakes, finally reaching the peak of Sentinel Pass. And as you mention, usually these areas have a very green floor compared to some if the dense areas is i.e. 4. 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. 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)! Spectacular lakeside destination … 4. 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. 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. Avalanches had washed burnt and live timber across the steeply switch-backed trail and really made a mess out of it! We had to crawl through debris before cutting down the switchbacks and cutting through it again and … Categories. Looking back at Floe Lake and The Rockwall. So many amazing sights. DIFFICULT 5.3 mi. Mountain Base Area; Lake Louise. Egypt Lake Shelter via Whistling Valley Trail. I was there in 1999 – maybe it’s time to come back to do some walking! Thank you so much for reading, and your lovely comments! The name for this mountain has not been officially adopted yet. 7. That cabin is perfect. Numa pass was one of my highlights of this route! Floe Lake with Floe Mountain rising above. This traverse does take a long time, so it’s nice to break it up by taking a couple of breaks. Image credit: Christopher Fast/Wikimedia.org . ( Log Out /  We picked up Dave Salahab at the Casino, and then met Kelly Smith at the Floe Lake parking lot. Numa Creek Camp via Numa Creek Trail . Kevin on a remnant patch of snow. Numa Mountain & Floe Lake trail head are down Hwy 93 on the right from Castle Mountain, about 30km from Hwy 1. The burnt forest is so strange to walk through. This was our first backcountry trip. Helmet Falls Camp via Numa Pass Track and Floe Lake Track. Hike the Floe Lake Trail 6.5 miles and 2,350 feet of elevation gain to Floe Lake camp. Kevin at Numa Pass; Foster Peak to the left. You'll start on a flat stretch, crossing two rivers (w/ bridges) before switchbacking up through burnt stands of timber. , Thank you! Note: The higher sections of the trail are snowbound until early to mid-July. Its nearest higher peak is Foster Peak, 3.0 km to the northwest, and both are part of the Vermilion Range. 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. Day 2 – Floe Lake to Numa Falls Parking Lot, 17 km, 279 m Elevation Gain, 955 m Elevation Loss, 6 hrs 45 min. 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. 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. 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. 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. Wow, I’m totally blown away. Several unnamed peaks of The Rockwall. In total the return distance to Numa Pass is 26.5 km (16.5 miles) with an elevation gain of 1030 metres (3400 feet). We allowed ourselves a lie-in. Those stunning waters! There is a point by some picnic tables that provides fine views. . Commonly known for British Columbia, the trail is surrounded by greenery rather than rocks, as it’s the case of hiking trails in Alberta. Didn't have time to post TR of my trips. You hike between Foster Peak to the SW and Numa … Take time at Floe Lake to have a snack and look around at the glaciers on the other side of the lake. Laura, Links and I headed out July 16th, 2011. Floe Lake is a little known day hike in Kootenay National Park with an impressive rock wall surrounding the lake. Loading... Unsubscribe from will mcKechnie? 5. I'd done the whole trail back in 2010 in three days, but that was a long time ago and I was willing to go again. This one I did last weekend. In addition to the obviously majestic alpine scenery this massive limestone wall provides, the trail is also punctuated with hanging glaciers, stunning wildf… 6. Hiking to Numa Pass. 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. 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. 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. Rockwall Trail run - arriving at Floe Lake will mcKechnie. 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! Numa Mountain & Floe Lake trail head are down Hwy 93 on the right from Castle Mountain, about 30km from Hwy 1. During the driving we changed the objective to a less aggressive Numa Mountain because of the obvious reason, the late start. Numa Mountain. Categories. We would hike up the Floe Lake Trail for about six km to … 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. 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. 3. I did this hike in early October 2014. Packing up. 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. Greens and greys of vegetation on the valley sides. Which hike did you do? Habitat: Open and meadowy trail, burnt forest, glaciers, peaks and a large lake. Thank you for reading Jim! so beautiful! Thanks for sharing your adventures. We decided to approach Numa Mountain from the avalanche chute route (bench) and return via Floe Lake. What a great view from Numa Pass! If travelling south the ascent up to Numa Pass would have killed me as i was tired from the descent alone! Numa Pass has really fantastic views, both down towards Floe Lake and further along the Rockwall Trail in the other direction. Timed for golden larches. Crossing the outflow from the lake on the way up. Photo-oriented backpack to stunning scenic area on southern Rockwall trail in Kootenay NP. Numa Mountain – July 2, 2009. ( Log Out /  I've been very busy last few weeks. I stopped at Floe Lake again on the way back, just to take a few more photos. Soon you come to Floe Lake campground, which you walk through and down to Floe Lake. 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. 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. Yes, it’s pretty similar to Lake Louise, I was amazed that there were so few people there! 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. Thank you for reading! On my previous outings on the Rockwall I noticed abundance of larch trees on the trail and put it in my list to revisit during the larch season. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. Looking back at Floe Lake and The Rockwall. Autumn snowfalls may make hiking difficult in late … I hope you get to come back to Canada soon! Numa Mountain via Floe Lake . Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. They do not necessarily represent the views of the American Geophysical Union. 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. The Numa Falls parking lot is 2.5 miles (4 km) further north (4,595 ft / 1,400 m). DIFFICULT 8.2 mi. Yes, it’s a really nice hike. Beautiful Floe Lake and Mountain from under Numa Pass. Note: The higher sections of the trail are snowbound until early to mid-July. Change ). Hike the Floe Lake Trail 6.5 miles and 2,350 feet of elevation gain to Floe Lake camp. 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. Knowing we were in for a long day we left the city early and arrived at the Floe Lake trailhead at 8:00 am. Exit Larch Valley to be greeted by Mount Temple and Pinnacle Mountain. DIFFICULT 32.8 mi. 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. This was our first backcountry camping trip in the Canadian Rockies. ... Mount Assiniboine - Hike From Sunshine Meadows To Lake Magog - … . The north section of The Rockwall. It was really amazing, it would be incredible to be able to stay in the cabin there! Thanks for sharing your Canada with us Rob. DIFFICULT 5.7 mi. . 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. . Photo-oriented backpack to stunning scenic area on southern Rockwall trail in Kootenay NP. On the approach to Numa Pass you leave the shelter of the trees behind and the landscape becomes a little more bleak. Leave this field empty if you're human: Ideas and opinions expressed on this site are those of the authors and commenters alone. The trail to Floe Lake and Numa Pass is a well defined trail. So I set off and carried on up the gentler trail. Floe Lake. ( Log Out /  Ball Pass Tr. It was such an incredible experience hiking there! It really was an amazing hike, especially going up to the pass to get more of a view of it . The Rockwall Trail in British Columbia’s Kootenay National Park is widely considered to be one of the premier multiday treks found anywhere. In fact I saw only four other people the entire time. 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. Numa Creek Camp via Numa Pass Track and Floe Lake Track. Hike up through a rejuvenated fire-ravaged forest to a scenic alpine lake Floe Peak reflecting in Floe Lake. Approaching Floe Lake. DIFFICULT 21.0 mi. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. 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. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Parks Canada does not book sites at Floe Lake campground until July 10. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. The wind had increased and so I stopped to put on a few more layers. Here’s a shot of Lily looking back at Floe Lake as we climbed up to Numa Pass. What a great reward for a long hike! Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. Paradise Valley to Sentinel Pass to Moraine Lake. 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! 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. DIFFICULT 3.0 mi. The north section of The Rockwall. Begin your hike at the Floe Lake Trailhead right off the highway near the east side of the park. Rockwall Trail - Kootenay Nation Park. The new gondola building at Sulphur Mountain. Floe Lake . I can imagine a day or two in that little cabin , Thank you for reading! Bench at the turn up to the avalanche slope to Numa Mt . The trail back down to Floe Lake from Numa Pass. Length 15.4 miElevation gain 5879 ftRoute type Loop Hiking … Several unnamed peaks of The Rockwall. banff / lake louise. Numa Mountain. 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. Shadow Lake Lodge via Gibbon Pass Trail and Arnica Lake Trail. Top of Ptarmigan Lift; Lake Louise Ski Area; Larch Area; Lake Louise Viewing Platform; Lake Minewakun to Goat Pass to Mt St Piran; Kokanee Kabin; Opabin Traverse; New Paradise; Temple Lodge; Sunshine Village. Mount Hungabee (left) and Deltaform. Mount Hungabee (left) and Deltaform. Numa Pass has really fantastic views, both down towards Floe Lake and further along the Rockwall Trail in the other direction. 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. 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. 6. The Rockwall … Ochre Spring Loop via Marble Canyon to Ochre Beds Trail. Archives Archives. 3. As an international reader, I really enjoy this armchair tour of your country. I'd seen pictures from other people of Floe Lake area at this time of year and it was beautiful. The ‘Huge cliffs surrounding the lake’ photo almost looks like a deserted Lake Louise. I pulled into the parking lot for Floe Lake and there were only two other cars, so I knew that the trail up to Floe Lake probably wouldn’t be very busy. If backpacking, the first two campsites you encounter are by far the best. Beautiful photos. We decided to approach Numa Mountain from the avalanche chute route ( bench ) and return via Floe Lake. I stopped here and enjoyed the views of the lake whilst eating my lunch. Thank you for reading! 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. Great post! Log in, Picture 1 of 20, Proudly powered by Word Press Initially, the Floe Lake trail heads southwest, crosses the bridged Kootenay River, then curves to the northwest. 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