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West Canada Hiking Tours
Hiking Trips Alberta/BC, Canmore Hiking Packages, West Canada Walking Tours, Rocky Mountain Trail Hiking Banff/Jasper, Kootenay National Park Hiking Guides, West Canada Group Hiking Trips, Banff Trip,
British Columbia & Alberta Hiking Tours, Trekking Rocky Mountains, Hiking Trips Banff
8 Day Rockwall Highline Hiking
HT#05 Rockwall Highline
Overview: There isn't much more to say about this hike that would add to what we've already said in our brochure. Simply, it's one of the best in the Rockies. Why is this? Perhaps it's variety of landscapes and the way that nature's exquisite bounty is revealed before us: primeval forests, flower-strewn meadows, turquoise lakes reflecting rugged peaks and glaciers and the added exciting glimpses of wildlife. Walking is never boring in this wonderland. Then with the arrival of September the alpine larches blaze yellow and orange further increasing the beauty of this tremendous landscape. You and your hiking companions will be another attraction. The relaxed ambiance on the trail and around the campfire will add a whole new dimension to your holiday in the mountains
We meet at the office in Canmore. Than we'll go over the trip with you and check to see that you are properly outfitted, and then see you back to our hotel accommodation for the evening. Overnight: Canmore
Driving south on the Radium Highway, we head west to the trailhead for Helmet Creek in Kootenay National Park (55 km). Our route this day will take us up Helmet Creek, where the gradually ascending trail leads us through mature forests of spruce and fir which then opens up as we arrive at the campsite. We are now in a spectacular cirque which is riven by one of the largest cascades in the Rockies ... 1000 foot Helmet Falls. (6 Hours hike, 17 km, elevation gain 900 ft).
Today, with light packs we head the short distance to Goodsir Pass with its magnificent mountain vistas and rock-garden like meadows. From there we can, if so inclined, climb higher through the larch forests bordering the Pass to walk along the easy mountain ridges above. (3 - 6 Hours hiking elev. gain 1400 ft)
Get ready for a heady dose of beautiful alpine scenery! Today the trail takes us to the base of Limestone Peak and the northern end of the 'Rockwall', our point of reference for the remainder of the trip. Before us lies a huge area of meadows that follows the Rockwall south. A five minute side trip takes us to Wolverine Pass (2380 m), a giant cleft in the Rockwall. From here we look over the Beaverfoot Valley to the spectacular spires of the Bugaboos some 70 kilometers away to the west (weather permitting). After this we drop a short distance into the head of Tumbling Creek and our camp. (6 Hours hiking elev. gain 3200 ft, loss 1900 ft)
Today is relatively easy involving a climb to Tumbling Pass (2260 m), a narrow cleft dotted with larches that leads the way to the headwaters of Numa Creek. Once on the Pass we can use the altitude to engage in some ridge walking whereupon we can enlarge the already marvelous vista. Then it's a long descent to Numa Creek where we camp once more. (6 Hours hiking elev. gain 1300 ft, loss 2200 ft)
Our last day with any climbing and what a spectacular climb it is! Today's objective is Floe Lake reached via Numa Pass (2350 m), the highest pass on the hike. We are surrounded by high peaks whilst meadows and forests drop into the valleys below. Amazingly the view gets better as we descend once again, for below us appears Floe Lake, its blue waters speckled with ice that fell from the glacier above. The hard work is behind us now as we settle into our lakeside camp. (6 Hours hiking elev. gain 2700 ft, loss 1400 ft)
In the summer of 2003 the valley below the campsite was burnt out in a large forest fire and the trail remains closed for now. Until it reopens we will head back up to Numa Pass then descend back into Numa Creek and follow it through mature forest back down to the Vermilion River and the Radium Highway where we will have completed our spectacular mountain journey! (5 Hours hike, elev. loss 3500 ft) Transportation is awaiting us at the trailhead and we head 70 km back to Canmore, to hot showers, a sauna and to an evening of reminiscence and celebration! Overnight: Canmore Hotel
The trip ends after breakfast. Individual program extension. Please inquire
Difficulty/Fitness Level: 1
Dates & Rates per Person in CAD$
08, 22 $1250.00
05, 19 $1250.00
04 $1250.00
Services Included
2 Night Hotel Accommodation
5 Night Camping
Camping Gear
All Meals
Hiking Guide Service
Backcountry Permit Fee
Local Transfers