20km with 3 peaks and 3 descents which was a little killer on the knees. The constant, relentless elevation change will make your knees suffer, but the reward you will get for it is worth every pain. 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. The Rockwall Trail is one of the most iconic hikes in BC. Camp is at the bottom! A lot of people make it seem incredibly difficult. Stay warm! It's a moderate to strenuous 4-6 day backpack in Kootenay National Park with options for loop trails and a side trip to Goodsir Pass. The trail’s defining feature is a single, massive limestone cliff, towering in some locations more than 900 m … Camped at Helmet, Numa, and Floe heading north to south. The trail switchbacks steeply, quickly losing most of the elevation you'd gained on the And it was only 10km which felt great after the previous days slog. We were able to scare the bear off with an airhorn. is to do the relocation before you start the hike. With more than 109 Rockwall trails covering 469 miles, you’re bound to find a perfect trail like the Little Bear Creek Linear Park or Big Bear Creek Greenbelt. Seems like no one up here has been trained in LNT fires. Excellent views , campsites etc. First day 15km pretty boring but also fairly level grade so you can blow through it pretty easily. Weather was beautiful, except for the smoke. Day 4: Numa creek to Floe Lake If you leave early from the Numa creek, you will have the 30 minutes a day of moderate exercise for adults and 60 minutes a day for kids! Overall this hike was amazing with breathtaking views the entire way!! The Rockwall Trail is a 34 mile-long (55 km) thru-hiking trail which includes three stunning alpine passes, massive glaciers, sparkling alpine lakes and waterfalls to boot. Also the views from Ball Pass are great, you're looking right into a glacier, feels you can almost reach out and touch it. We were four guys, driving straight through the night across a good chunk of the country in a Mazda. Paint Pots to Helmet Falls is boring so is Floe Lake to the Trailhead, but the middle section between Helmet and Floe makes up for it. 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). around 3 pm, 40 min before Numa camp ground. We came across fresh scat on the trail but didn’t see any bears. until the middle of May or the Kootenay Visitor Centre (+1-250-347-9505) from the middle of May until the start of Canada's #1 trails guide for multi-day hiking trails in BC, Canada and North America with GPS waypoint exchange, trail stats and descriptions, driving directions, photos, maps, and community posted trail reviews. 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. After we got to camp we ate dinner and went straight up to the falls, they’re wonderful! Long grind down to highway, nothing spectacular, but interesting to note all the downed logs in the creek. The distance between the trailheads is 13km (8mi) or a 10 minute drive. The destruction of the blaze is doing wonders for the ecology in the it's a terrific thru-hike. Pretty spot to spend the night. Once at the top you get the entire view of the Rockwall and The Valley you’re about to venture towards! The Rockwall is a 54 km relocation hike that starts and finishes on Highway 93, the Banff-Windermere Highway. Make sure to look back at Floe mountain, it’s beautiful and was dusted with snow as we left! Don’t forget to Bring TP and hand sani! Some hikers reserve three nights and skip Tumbling Creek or Numa Creek, but that makes for a long, tough day. Hiked the trail from Paint Pots towards Floe Lake which meant that I was always facing the gorgeous views. The trail is increasingly popular with trail runners, who blitz the whole route in one long day. Overall a beautiful hike with the best views along the passes. http://reservation.pc.gc.ca Our journey started with a 15 hour drive, from Winnipeg to Canmore. Fishing was very slow, but scenery was amazing. Only downside was the outhouse. People coming off the trail may take pity on you and give you a lift if you hitch with a sign that says "Paint Pots.". Second day was the biggest by far. This was a hike that had been on my radar for quite a few years. 320m gain to Tumbling Pass, 715m loss Especially if you're trying to make Extended version of the Rockwall, Painted Pots to Floe Lake and then across highway up Ball Pass into Banff and out Red Earth for roughly 85 km total, 5 nights/6 days. backpack should be a little lighter than at the start. About 30 min from Helmet, coming up from Paint Pots, a wasps nest is apparently there and was stung multiple times. Would recommend getting into the Floe Lake campsite early to secure your tent pad. See the trail on google maps and google earth. Plenty of places to get fresh glacier water for filtering. FYI, cook site is down by lake and camp is scattered uphill in the trees. Great trail. you're smelly, have no energy, and just want a decent meal. find me hiking somewhere in the mountains. Hike starts off with all uphill switchbacks in the forest with periodic views of helmet falls as you ascend. 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. Chisholm Trail Rides, Rockwall: Address, Phone Number, Chisholm Trail Rides Reviews: 4/5 We did one night at Floe Lake, which was absolutely gorgeous, and one night at Tumbling Creek. The hardest part for me was from Helmet to Numa. Creek and Floe Lake. The Rockwall Trail is a 55 km trip traversing three alpine passes so we figured we would make it a five day, four night outing in order to take it easy and have some time along the trail for some side trips. On July 31st 2003, a lightning strike started a fire that would end up covering over 17,000 hectares. to Numa Creek. Realistically, there are two possibilities. you can have lunch. Forgot how quickly one hits the burned out tree section when leaving Floe. Throughout 2020 there will be many ways to celebrate including events and activities for everyone to enjoy. Not impressed that i was there. The trail is regarded as one of the premier hiking spots in North America, drawing in many visitors each year. 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 would recommend hiking poles and a tarp (came in handy over our picnic table while it rained). Helmet Ochre Junction Camp via Helmet Falls Trail. When I am not stuck to my computer editing photos, you can The first section of the trail is quite flat. Definitely would do again. When I am not stuck to my computer editing photos, you can Located in the Kootenay National Park The Rockwall trail is 55 km long and considered one of the most iconic multi-day hikes in the Western Rockies. Join over 100.000 monthly readers and get my posts delivered straight to your inbox! 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. Reservations are mandatory all summer long. Starting on a weekend did help as the traffic was higher. Fall colours were so beautiful at this time! to Numa Creek. The government estimated that the burn cost approximately 1 billion dollars of damage. Traversing three alpine passes, lush forests, lunar scree slopes and heavenly wildflower meadows, the 55-kilometre Rockwall Trail in the Kootenay Valley is a Rockies hiking gem. Before us lies a huge area of meadows that follow the Rockwall south. The easy to follow path undulates slightly Backpacking in Kootenay National Park. Lots of larches with views of the entire valley- you can even see numa pass where you’re headed the next day! If you are hiking this trail over 5 days this is where you will spend your night. Eat lots and happy trails!! The trail then enters the old 2003 burn sector, where new plants and trees Elevation: 475m gain to Rockwall Pass, 350m loss to Tumbling Creek, 320m gain to Tumbling Pass, 715m loss whole day to chill out at the lake! Trail conditions in Kootenay were good, few down trees, some short (15 steps) sections of snow and some mud and of course occasional downed tree. I did this trail solo over 3 nights and 4 days of backpacking. I would just like to respond to Queenie's post about having a backcountry permit and reservation, and not finding a tent pad. Campgrounds can be booked by calling either the Lake Louise Visitor Centre (+1-403-522-3833) from March 1st The Rockwall Trail- Part 1 (Ink Pots Trailhead to Helmet Creek Campground) July 23, 2018. The trail then descends into a sparse forest adjacent alpine tarns, before the roughly 200-m climb up Rockwall Pass begins. Take the short walk off trail up to view the pass, it’s pretty! Climb out of Tumbling Creek is grueling start to the day, be prepared. 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. All campsites on the Rockwall Trail have access to non drinking water, cooking areas, outhouses and bear lockers. 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. 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! But, opposite of Queenie, i noticed empty tent pads at every stop, despite reservations system saying most for full). It took me less than a minute to find a ride! 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). reservations for the peak period of July and August. and Bear go in to the up hill. The biggest piece of advice I can give you Also used a -12 sleeping bag and R3.8 mattress. but i was still beat at the end of the day. and once again, even though the reservation systems said it was full, there was an empty tent pad. Windy at some portions. Day 5: floe lake to floe lake trailhead parking lot Typical back-country pit toilets, some in better shape than others. Thanks Ray! Also had not condensation problems here. Rained at Numa Creek and had major condensation problems w/ my single wall REI tent. This is prime grizzly bear habitat. i wouldn't skimp on sleep gear if you sleep cold, bring that heavier top or whatever. Woke up to weather around 5-10 Celsius then as high as 25C around 2 in the sun. trail bends and winds along the hilly contours crossing more than one substantial avalanche path. 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. 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. After spending a magical afternoon and night at Floe, headed out on day four on a steady decline 10km to the parking lot. You consistently get great views of the 2003 burn across the mountains/ valleys with the bright red fireweed growing in its place! If you are going out to these sites and camping without a permit and reservation, and leaving responsible folks like Queenie without a place to camp - you are a disrespectful outdoorsman/woman and taking the fun and ease away from backpackers like myself who respect the permit, trail and backcountry system. If you want to We ended up going from Tumbling Creek via Helmet Falls to the highway, which was a _long_ day. Parks Canada predict the affected area will be prime grizzly bear habitat from 2018 onwards as the resurgence of 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. end. Trail conditions and weather were perfect (Aug 3-6). Here the route Floe Lake is breathtaking. Soon you'll be at Tumbling Creek Campsite, where The descent to Numa Creek and the ascent to Numa Pass involve big, fast elevation changes. From the top of the pass you can see Floe Lake though! 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. Helmet Falls is a beautifully located campsite. From Floe trailhead until the top of Numa Pass the bugs (horseflies, biting flies, & mosquitoes) were relentless, bring bug spray if not just for that section. Presumably a few hundred dollars minimum. Stayed at Numa campsite and the final approach going in be warned, is never ending. We did 3 nights, Paint Pots to Helmet Falls, skipping Tumbling and going to Numa and then Floe. The Rockwall Trail is a 55 km (34 mile) trek in the Canadian Rockies. Length: 15km (+2km roundtrip to the base of the falls from campsite). The other is to hitchhike. After steep decent, trail go in to the bush. did it Day 1: paint pots to Helmet Falls are following in their forefathers footsteps. Safe, sound and stoked! I come from Poland, but I've been living, travelling and working around the globe since I turned 18. Excellent hike. In 2003 it was devastated in one of the most widespread forest fires in the Canadian Rockies. Wind at Floe was harsh and as a result bugs were held kind of in check. It can be done South to North, starting at the Floe lake trailhead and finishing at the Point Pots or vice and versa. The most incredible thing about the Rockwall trail in Kootenay National Park is this: it's 55km of non-stop sensory overload. Nothing is technically hard on this trail but it is long and when the sun was out it was just really hard to keep trucking! The trails had a lot of deadfall you had to climb over or under but it was awesome and highly recommend ! Not recommending, just noting. Bookings for the Rockwall Trail can be made 3 months in advance. Bug spray did not help. Lots of dense forest ascents and descents with rewards of beautiful passes. Helmet Falls is 300m waterfall tall and one of the highest in Canada! Trails were well marked. The day begins with the ascent up to the Rockwall Pass (2240m), the first of three major passes on the Rockwall Trail. The Rockwall Trail is an epic backpack in Kootenay National Park. It's in the middle of the trail, and my partner stepped on it & got stung. Hawk Creek trail to Ball Pass Jct is right across the road from the Floe Creek trail head parking lot. Eventually you come across two amazing waterfalls and then cross a larger river on a fallen tree made into a bridge! I arrived around at 6pm with a permit and still couldn’t find a spot for my tent. 1-877-RESERVE (1-877-737-3783). We are blessed with a world class playground. All in all a fantastic single track run! don't go overboard, but don't skimp, err towards heavier/warmer) NB helmut ochre has bear hang instead of lockers, if staying there factor that into consideration w/ your food bag. The only difference about the Rockwall Trail though is the impressiveness of the Rockwall itself. Rockwall has over 20 miles of trails, including park trails, street trails, neighborhood trails and even a mountain bike trail. Conditions on Hawk Creek trail on other side of highway bad as usual, seems this is one of last trails park service hits. 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). Just a short descent through meadows and sparse forest until GPS Track: Rockwall. 1st day, was into Helmut Ochre. If however you have less time continue toward the Tumbling Pass, the second of the three major passes on the Rockwall trail, from where you Stay aware and make lots of noise. I'm sure 50 folks will now say "i've done it no problem" but my point is prepare to take some time and be careful if it's raining or recently rained (2nd time i've done the Rockwall). We had a grizzly sighting, gorgeous weather, and unmatched views of Rockwall. This is one of the last good views before the trail descends into the trees. Named for the impressive limestone cliffs towering over the trail, the Rockwall Trail is a challenging hike, climbing three significant mountain passes, and is usually hiked over 3–5 days. Up early and was first to arrive in Floe. The Rock”WALL” gets its name from the continuous, unbroken mountain rock-face which extends along the majority of the trail. Please exercise caution. This 54.0 km trail is one of the most popular backpacks in the Canadian Rockies, and for good reason, it’s stunning. Many trail runners complete the trek in a day! and of course the famous Rockwall itself. After crossing the bridge over the Kootenay River, you'll emerge into wide open areas where ochre, a red substance, can 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. Trail was super busy, Tons of day hikers heading up to floe on the Saturday. 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. To quickly summarize The Rockwall Trail is a test of endurance, tackling 3 major passes in Kootenay National Park. Beautiful colours and contrast! The biggest mistake I see from most hitchhikers is not looking friendly enough. Definitely do this hike late August or September to get all the colours! The trail then descends into a sparse forest adjacent alpine tarns, before the roughly 200-m climb up Rockwall Pass begins. Day 2: Helmet Falls to Tumbling creek Day 3: Tumbling creek to Numa creek The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. The Rockwall Trail is a great trip and may I suggest to your readers if they come North for this hike to stay a while and explore some other equal or better trails in Kootenay, Banff, Yoho or Jasper national parks or Assinaboine (and other Provincial parks). After crossing over tumbling falls you head uphill for a for a little while and then the descent begins! Although the path roughly follows Floe Creek there's only one chance to refill your water, make the most of it. There is definitely some tree fall from Numa to Floe but it’s manageable. All told there is an elevation gain of 2260 metres and a knee-pounding loss of 2225 metres. You can also hike in mid-July and late September, but there is usually a bit of snow. Raspberries can be found in the bushes that line the trail. 4th day Numa to Floe. It's 1km away from the base of the falls which is an extra This was 10.75 km in 4 hours 10 mins. The last descent to the lake is easy and very rewarding!! 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! The advantages from going the other way, that is North to South, are numerous and substantial and I've listed them For the entire length of this epic trail, the scenery is incredible from beginning, to end. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. you can't just shove your stove, toiletries, etc, etc into a locker you have to get it up the pole. nourishing new life will be impossible for bears and other wildlife to ignore. Back in April Ray invited me to do the Rockwall Trail with him in mid July. Kicked it again and then spit me out. Sep 21, from Tumbling pass to Numa Cr camp ground. Upon gaining the forested col, the trail … Many of the pads lie close to the shore. Best Time to Hike the Rockwall Trail: The trail is snow-free between late July and mid-September. A quick descent follows via many switchbacks and a couple of shallow creek crossings. i know for sure there were at least 4 open tent pads at Tumbling and i think there were at least 2 or 3 at Floe despite the reservations system saying it was full. Upon gaining the forested col, the trail … Sep 22-26 (4 nights and 5 days) Trail Rankings #1 in Kootenay National Park #45 in British Columbia #3,461 Overall. I am Marta Kulesza - the photographer and creator of www.inafarawayland.com. we both stopped. As noted in other reports, there's a wasp nest about 2km out from Helmet/Ochre Junction as you approach the highway. The climb out of Numa is nicer, more gradual than Tumbling but it's a long, long grind. Although it's longer than many other backcountry trips around Canadian Rockies, it manages to encompass so much. The elevation gain was a killer- going from Floe Lake to Tumbling Creek took us 9 hours to do 18km. After reading the reviews, I was very concerned about my level of fitness for this trail. I will explain the trail day by day and rate it as so. 3 points of elevation gain, last one after tumbling creek (30km no turning back!) 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. previous day. Not a difficult trek at all. And tired, really tired! Hike is in the trees most of the way, relatively flat, but so colourful! It rained quite a bit and snowed at the higher elevations. It’s a 3 – 5 day tough backpacking/hiking trip covering 55 km (34 miles) one way. You'll be rewarded with the usual magnificent views of backcountry hiking Gorgeous hike! Remember to smile and look But awesome! You will hear it on app road, just keep far to the right. been at the bottom of. The wind whistled through the dead trees too, musically creepy! I had the camp site to myself, despite one other booking in system. Packed with wow factors this trail is also one of the harder multi-day hikes. If you have the luxury of time or that still seems too challenging then consider doing 4 nights/5 days. 4 days 3 nights starting at paint pots trailhead Aug 22 to Aug 25 2020. addition if you're feeling adventurous. happy. This trail is part of the Great Divide Trail, an informal collection of trails, cut lines and roads that runs from Waterton Lakes National Park at the Canada/US border, up to Kakwa Lake Provincial Park in BC, situated north of Jasper National Park. 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. The Rockwall Trail is located in Kootenay National Park, one part of the Canadian Rockies UNESCO World Heritage Site. Actually shared camp w/ large doe hanging around eating area. Just after the helmet creek/ ochre junction campground you start going up, almost all elevation is here, then flattens back out. Keep a Close Watch for bears here!! Between Numa Creek and Tumbling Pass we saw a mother grizzly and two cubs at the creek about halfway up, once you leave the trees from Numa Creek. this trail is not as well maintained more downed trees, less upkeep. all below! View detailed trail descriptions, trail maps, reviews, photos, trail itineraries, directions and more on TrailLink. Very windy & cold at the top of Numa Pass. The reservations are not as sought after as, for example, Lake O'Hara, but calling when the phone lines open can be a sure way to avoid disappointment. Ball Pass is one of my fav spots and was fine, but again you can tell not as well maintained, no tree stumps for sitting at the tent pads. Even worse, i would not want to descend into Tumbling Creek on that trail if it was muddy. The Rockwall is a 54 km relocation hike that starts and finishes on Highway 93, the Banff-Windermere Highway. Ball Pass was buggiest campsite (more than Helmut Ochre) but not intolerable. Just came out from Paint Pots after hiking the whole trail in 3 days/2 nights. definitely worth the trip. It’s all downhill from here! Downloading of trail gps tracks in kml & gpx formats is enabled for Rockwall County. The Rockwall Trail. 2nd day, Helmut to Tumbling, i got 22 km on Gaia (nb, i found all the Park Service km listings on signs to be off by at least 1km, generally off by 900 m). Contact Us - Call or email us prior to your bond hearing for your Pre-Trial Monitoring needs Documentation - Request an acceptance letter from our company to present to the court at the bail hearing Present - Present the court with the acceptance letter and request pretrial release on an ankle monitor Don't let defendants sit in jail. The trail includes several waterfalls, numerous creeks, many glaciers, alpine lakes and of course the famous Rockwall itself. 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. rockwall county activity log | embed map of Rockwall County mountain bike trails | rockwall county mountain biking points of interest subscribe add to favorites 3d map donate to earn trail karma! Unless you're superhuman, most people decide to do it over 3 nights/4 days. The bugs (mosquitoes, horseflies, deer flies, ticks) are bad in July but are mostly gone by September. Bear warning! The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. However not all was lost. I had even considered doing the Rockwall instead of Skoki a few years back as a group hike. Found the climb out of helmut falls to be easiest of the 4 passes i did. A few years ago, during one of my trips to Scotland, I bought my first DSLR and my adventure with photography began. As you get closer to the top of numa pass you reach another thick larch forest - started snowing at this point. Steep drop to 40km ish past 2 waterfalls then the steepish elevation gain through numa pass. 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. Most incredible back country trip I’ve ever done! There was very poor visibility due to the dense underbrush, so be careful. Eventually you’re down to the forest floor and you can feel the temp change and see the colourful foliage get denser! Amazing views, great trail condition and had sunny days with cool nights and only one night of rain. Eat and drink your way through historic Victoria on a gourmet walking tour that explores the city’s key sites. The Rockwall Trail in British Columbia’s Kootenay National Park is widely considered to be one of the premier multiday treks found anywhere. in Canada: glaciers, lakes, alpine tarns, flowery meadows and mountain vistas. From Victoria Public Market to the Parliament Buildings, make stops to sample craft beer, chocolate, cheese, tea, and other local treats. There are multiple waterfalls along Tumbling Creek. Saw a grizzly bear on this day as well. All the decline happens right at the beginning with steep switchbacks and lots of logs/ fallen trees to cross over. Thankfully, this being your penultimate day your If you're looking for a challenge, you are in the right place. (Wowza!). After you've conquered the Numa Pass it's not too much further to Floe Lake. Traversing three alpine passes in Kootenay National Park, you'll hike through subalpine meadows, past impressive hanging glaciers, and around vibrant turquoise lakes. find me hiking somewhere in the mountains. definitely a plus to starting trek this way. 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. face of this phenomenal spectacle of nature. night was cold but not below freezing. The multi coloured Paint Pots are quite unique, nothing like I've ever seen before and certainly worth some of your time on the trail. be found in abundance in the ground. There is an incredible cooking area on a peninsula surrounded by rock beaches and the lake. Nights, Paint Pots, out via Floe Lake Trailhead the beginning steep. 93, the Banff-Windermere Highway, alpine lakes and of course the famous Rockwall itself cost. I met the black bear face to face in 5~6m section when Floe... 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