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Rockwall Trail

Kootenay National Park, British Columbia, Canada
By Nancy Prichard - October 8th, 2001

Elevation: Expect lots of up- and downhill hiking. The following are the major elevation changes: Floe Lake Trail Head, 2,040 meters; Numa Pass, 2355 meters; Numa Creek Campground, 1525 meters; Tumbling Pass, 2210 meters; Tumbling Creek Campground, 1890 meters; Rockwall Pass, 2240 meters, Limestone Summit, 2170 meters, Helmet Falls Campground, 1760 meters.
Days: 4-5
Difficulty: strenuous
Distance: 33.7 miles from Floe Lake to Helmet Creek
Visitor Information: 250-347-9615
Maps: Get a copy of the Kootenay National Park Backcountry Trail guide/permit information from park headquarters (250-347-9615).

The Canadian Great Divide Trail, a network of trails that will eventually follow the Divide from the U.S. border to northern British Columbia, passes through Banff, Kootenay and Yoho National Parks and Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park. To call the scenery spectacular is an understatement - sheer granite peaks rise like cathedral spires to meet stark blue skies, making this section of the Canadian Rockies one of the most scenic in the world. Perhaps the most dramatic section of this ÒDisney World for outdoor enthusiastsÓ (remember that the grizzly bears are real) is the Rockwall Trail.

The Rockwall Trail starts at Floe Lake, at the base of the massive 700-meter-high cliffs of the Vermilion Range. In summer months, glaciers calve off the RockwallÕs limestone and dolomite bands to crash in the lake below. The 33.7-mile/54.2-km trail traces the base of the limestone wall, soaring and dipping like a magic carpet, over three breath-catching passes, into forested canyons, past waterfalls, hanging glaciers and alpine cirques. It ends at the majestic 1,200-foot waterfall at Helmet Creek. Several superb campsites dot the trail, and are equipped with bear poles to deter four-legged critters. Plan on three or four days for the hike. A loop trip can be made from Paint Pots parking lot to Helmet Falls, over Wolverine Pass to Tumbling Pass, and back to Paint Pots (38.2 kilometers; 23 miles).


Comments

Snow?

Hi, we have booked a hiking for the 1st week of Aug and I like to know trail and camping site condition, any snow there?
Thanks.
Jerry

Posted on July 11, 2011 - 8:09am
by Visitor

Great Trail

This is an awesome trail, my favorite trail ever. I have a trip report at http://joesbackpackingblog.blogspot.com.

Posted on August 21, 2008 - 4:55pm
by Visitor

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