*GPS Maps taken from trailpeak.com . The Rockwall trail traverses three alpine passes following along the limestone cliffs that form the wall (see Park Canada for more information and trailhead closures). end. Excellent views , campsites etc. Make sure to look back at Floe mountain, it’s beautiful and was dusted with snow as we left! Very windy & cold at the top of Numa Pass. Best Time to Hike the Rockwall Trail: The trail is snow-free between late July and mid-September. After basking in the magnitude of the Rockwall reflecting in Floe Lake at breakfast, start your last day. 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. 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. Camped at Helmet, Numa, and Floe heading north to south. Not recommending, just noting. I sleep cold and i was cold. Just came out from Paint Pots after hiking the whole trail in 3 days/2 nights. Seems like no one up here has been trained in LNT fires. Chisholm Trail Rides, Rockwall: Address, Phone Number, Chisholm Trail Rides Reviews: 4/5 Overall this hike was amazing with breathtaking views the entire way!! Trail ran around 60km of this magnificent trail! After crossing over tumbling falls you head uphill for a for a little while and then the descent begins! i used my chair bag as 2nd stuff sac for extras and ran that up pole w/ my food bag. Come celebrate the park’s centennial! 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. grind is real but worth it. The hardest part for me was from Helmet to Numa. 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. Raspberries can be found in the bushes that line the trail. 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. definitely a plus to starting trek this way. First day 15km pretty boring but also fairly level grade so you can blow through it pretty easily. Floe Lake is breathtaking. 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. Take the short walk off trail up to view the pass, it’s pretty! 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. We went July 26-29 and the weather was PERFECT. Upon gaining the forested col, the trail … 3 points of elevation gain, last one after tumbling creek (30km no turning back!) Rained at Numa Creek and had major condensation problems w/ my single wall REI tent. 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. 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. We found the trail quite easy to follow, with the exception of leaving Tumbling Creek. Many trail runners complete the trek in a day! find me hiking somewhere in the mountains. previous day. To put it in short: start at the Paint Pots and finish at the Floe Lake Trailhead! Eat and drink your way through historic Victoria on a gourmet walking tour that explores the city’s key sites. It got super windy and cold and we didn’t stay up there long. Rained with temps prob still in the single digits at around 5pm. GPS Track: Rockwall. Lots of larches with views of the entire valley- you can even see numa pass where you’re headed the next day! Trail conditions and weather were perfect (Aug 3-6). Please exercise caution. The elevation gain was a killer- going from Floe Lake to Tumbling Creek took us 9 hours to do 18km. If you have the luxury of time or that still seems too challenging then consider doing 4 nights/5 days. Day 3: Tumbling creek to Numa creek It’s an absolutely beautiful hike though. Soon you'll be at Tumbling Creek Campsite, where There is definitely some tree fall from Numa to Floe but it’s manageable. all below! Fishing was very slow, but scenery was amazing. I will explain the trail day by day and rate it as so. After we got to camp we ate dinner and went straight up to the falls, they’re wonderful! It’s all downhill from here! 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! We did 3 nights, Paint Pots to Helmet Falls, skipping Tumbling and going to Numa and then Floe. It's 1km away from the base of the falls which is an extra Just a short descent through meadows and sparse forest until Also had not condensation problems here. 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. 1-877-RESERVE (1-877-737-3783). If you're looking for a challenge, you are in the right place. The Rockwall Trail is a 55km (34 mile) trek through the backcountry of Kootenay National Park. 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.". Hike is in the trees most of the way, relatively flat, but so colourful! (about 1km from camp). not much I can add that others haven't mentioned. Back in April Ray invited me to do the Rockwall Trail with him in mid July. Windy at some portions. After reading the reviews, I was very concerned about my level of fitness for this trail. Campgrounds can be booked by calling either the Lake Louise Visitor Centre (+1-403-522-3833) from March 1st The trail is regarded as one of the premier hiking spots in North America, drawing in many visitors each year. area today. One is to make friends with other people at the trailhead who just finished the hike. Even worse, i would not want to descend into Tumbling Creek on that trail if it was muddy. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. The biggest piece of advice I can give you 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. Eat lots and happy trails!! Long grind down to highway, nothing spectacular, but interesting to note all the downed logs in the creek. Up early and was first to arrive in Floe. We came across fresh scat on the trail but didn’t see any bears. and once again, even though the reservation systems said it was full, there was an empty tent pad. 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). 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). And it was only 10km which felt great after the previous days slog. The wind whistled through the dead trees too, musically creepy! 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. There was very poor visibility due to the dense underbrush, so be careful. It rained quite a bit and snowed at the higher elevations. Downloading of trail gps tracks in kml & gpx formats is enabled for Rockwall County. Hike starts off with all uphill switchbacks in the forest with periodic views of helmet falls as you ascend. but i was still beat at the end of the day. can admire several glacial lakes that calmly sit below the hanging glaciers. That way, when you finish, you can get straight into your vehicle and drive off without the worry of having to find a lift when Great waterfall view and nice sprawling tent pads with the river nice and close. A few years ago, during one of my trips to Scotland, I bought my first DSLR and my adventure with photography began. Remember to smile and look Certainly one of the most beautiful parts of the entire trail. We did one night at Floe Lake, which was absolutely gorgeous, and one night at Tumbling Creek. A few years ago, during one of my trips to Scotland, I bought my first DSLR and my adventure with photography began. 1st day, was into Helmut Ochre. Raspberries can be found here, so can many bears, who are after the same sweet treat. Due to the elevation changes on this trail, you cross four passes with a total vertical gain of 2600m and descent of 2250m. in Canada: glaciers, lakes, alpine tarns, flowery meadows and mountain vistas. 4 days 3 nights starting at paint pots trailhead Aug 22 to Aug 25 2020. whole day to chill out at the lake! After steep decent, trail go in to the bush. The day begins with the ascent up to the Rockwall Pass (2240m), the first of three major passes on the Rockwall Trail. Downloading of trail gps tracks in kml & gpx formats is enabled for Rockwall. 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). The easy to follow path undulates slightly There are multiple waterfalls along Tumbling Creek. 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. A bit of snow around Wolverine Pass but otherwise the trail was fine! (Wowza!). After the second water fall it’s a little steeper uphill but not bad! 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! After spending a magical afternoon and night at Floe, headed out on day four on a steady decline 10km to the parking lot. I would recommend hiking poles and a tarp (came in handy over our picnic table while it rained). The Rockwall is a 54 km relocation hike that starts and finishes on Highway 93, the Banff-Windermere Highway. unique, nothing like I've ever seen before and certainly worth some of your time on the trail. Keep a Close Watch for bears here!! It snowed quite a bit at this camp! If you start at Paint Pots Trailhead your first day hiking to the Helmet Falls Campground will be easy. 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. Bug spray did not help. Definitely challenging and chilly nights, but well worth it. Once at the top you get the entire view of the Rockwall and The Valley you’re about to venture towards! until the middle of May or the Kootenay Visitor Centre (+1-250-347-9505) from the middle of May until the start of around hilly contours. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. Especially if you're trying to make Probably down to -3 or -5 overnight! Throughout 2020 there will be many ways to celebrate including events and activities for everyone to enjoy. 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. The trail itself is well maintained and there isn’t a lot of technicality to it. But awesome! I had even considered doing the Rockwall instead of Skoki a few years back as a group hike. Join the trailpeak community. around 3 pm, 40 min before Numa camp ground. 320m gain to Tumbling Pass, 715m loss If you want to Traversing three alpine passes in Kootenay National Park, you'll hike through subalpine meadows, past impressive hanging glaciers, and around vibrant turquoise lakes. face of this phenomenal spectacle of nature. Lots of dense forest ascents and descents with rewards of beautiful passes. You eventually cross an open prairie like area towards wolverine pass - super windy here, but gorgeous! You walk beside a spectacular Rockwall, going over 3 epic passes: Numa Pass, Tumbling Pass and Rockwall Pass. Stayed at Numa campsite and the final approach going in be warned, is never ending. For the entire length of this epic trail, the scenery is incredible from beginning, to end. 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. To quickly summarize The Rockwall Trail is a test of endurance, tackling 3 major passes in Kootenay National Park. 3rd day Tumbling to Numa. to Numa Creek. In 2003 it was devastated in one of the most widespread forest fires in the Canadian Rockies. 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. A five-minute side trip takes us to Wolverine Pass, a giant cleft in the Rockwall. Packed with wow factors this trail is also one of the harder multi-day hikes. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Take a look back at the valley, you've just A Columbian ground squirrel keeps a watchful lookout for passing tourists along the Rockwall Trail. Only downside was the outhouse. 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 other is to hitchhike. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. The advantages from going the other way, that is North to South, are numerous and substantial and I've listed them Overall, had a wonderful time hiking this trail! Here the route night was cold but not below freezing. The Rockwall Trail. Pretty spot to spend the night. From the top of the pass you can see Floe Lake though! Weather was beautiful, except for the smoke. it's a terrific thru-hike. Make sure you have comfy boots is all I would say! I met the black bear face to face in 5~6m. Sep 21, from Tumbling pass to Numa Cr camp ground. After crossing the bridge over the Kootenay River, you'll emerge into wide open areas where ochre, a red substance, can 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. I come from Poland, but I've been living, travelling and working around the globe since I turned 18. It took me less than a minute to find a ride! 30 minutes a day of moderate exercise for adults and 60 minutes a day for kids! 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. This trail gets a lot less use (i've done it the opposite direction a few times) i was surprised to see two other groups on the trail. Plenty of places to get fresh glacier water for filtering. Day 1: paint pots to Helmet Falls backpack should be a little lighter than at the start. i thought this was going to be a waste of a day given how short it was but turned out to be good idea after long 2nd day. Forgot how quickly one hits the burned out tree section when leaving Floe. We were four guys, driving straight through the night across a good chunk of the country in a Mazda. The ridge separates the Vermilion River drainage and the Kootenay River drainage. definitely worth the trip. The Rockwall is a 54 km relocation hike that starts and finishes on Highway 93, the Banff-Windermere Highway. Starting on a weekend did help as the traffic was higher. Elevation: 810m gain to Numa Pass, 315m loss to Floe Lake. Presumably a few hundred dollars minimum. Downhill for a bit to a rockslide area with some glacial waters, then back uphill again. Trail was super busy, Tons of day hikers heading up to floe on the Saturday. The trail includes several waterfalls, numerous creeks, many glaciers, alpine lakes hide bears exceedingly well. Hawk Creek trail to Ball Pass Jct is right across the road from the Floe Creek trail head parking lot. We ended up going from Tumbling Creek via Helmet Falls to the highway, which was a _long_ day. Took me about 7 hours (i'm not the fastest hiker, mid 50s, jogging pace 8 km/hr to give an idea for you to use to figure out how long it would take you). Conditions on Hawk Creek trail on other side of highway bad as usual, seems this is one of last trails park service hits. 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. It can be done South to North, starting at the Floe lake trailhead and finishing at the Point Pots or vice and versa. Sep 22-26 (4 nights and 5 days) 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. As you get closer to the top of numa pass you reach another thick larch forest - started snowing at this point. The descent is over quite the distance so not grinding on the knees. Rockwall has over 20 miles of trails, including park trails, street trails, neighborhood trails and even a mountain bike trail. You can see the Tumbling Pass in the distance. 2 nights 3 days from Paint Pots, out via Floe Lake. The only difference about the Rockwall Trail though is the impressiveness of the Rockwall itself. Nice steady climb up to the most breathtaking view imaginable. Found the climb out of helmut falls to be easiest of the 4 passes i did. 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). Not a difficult trek at all. FYI, cook site is down by lake and camp is scattered uphill in the trees. effortlessly glides through alpine meadows where you'll receive your first glimpses of the famous Rockwall and the hanging glaciers clinging to its face. Actually shared camp w/ large doe hanging around eating area. Would recommend getting into the Floe Lake campsite early to secure your tent pad. be found in abundance in the ground. View detailed trail descriptions, trail maps, reviews, photos, trail itineraries, directions and more on TrailLink. 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. Bear warning! is to do the relocation before you start the hike. I had the camp site to myself, despite one other booking in system. It’s a 3 – 5 day tough backpacking/hiking trip covering 55 km (34 miles) one way. Amazing views, great trail condition and had sunny days with cool nights and only one night of rain. Definitely dress for all kinds of weather - started at 7am with low of 6-7 degrees Celsius then as high as 17-20 cel around noon. We are blessed with a world class playground. When I am not stuck to my computer editing photos, you can Reservations are mandatory all summer long. Think i would have had condensation problems at this site no matter what. Campsite are well kept and quite lovely, especially Floe! Length: 15km (+2km roundtrip to the base of the falls from campsite). A lot of people make it seem incredibly difficult. 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 Third day we headed out for Floe Lake and it was the most fun day for sure! This is one of several parts that you'll be thankful for walking from north to south as everything is magically placed right in front of you. And tired, really tired! Once you reach 45km and over the highest peak it is 15km of smooth downhill running to the beautiful floe lake & then to the floe lake parking lot. 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. Our journey started with a 15 hour drive, from Winnipeg to Canmore. Around 30 km of the trail is right alongside the western Also used a -12 sleeping bag and R3.8 mattress. The Rockwall Trail is a 55 km (34 mile) superlative-laden feast, traversing three alpine passes through subalpine meadows and past impressive hanging glaciers. The trail includes several waterfalls, numerous creeks, many glaciers, alpine lakes and of course the famous Rockwall itself. Excellent hike. Easy going start, shortly after starting you reach the ochre beds- beautiful colours and some good history here! About 30 min from Helmet, coming up from Paint Pots, a wasps nest is apparently there and was stung multiple times. The Rockwall Trail is a 55 km (34 mile) trek in the Canadian Rockies. 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! 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. The Rockwall Trail- Part 1 (Ink Pots Trailhead to Helmet Creek Campground) July 23, 2018. The Rockwall Trail is an epic backpack in Kootenay National Park. Backpacking in Kootenay National Park. Ball Pass was buggiest campsite (more than Helmut Ochre) but not intolerable. It’s just a long time to be hiking, and ascending/descending 3 passes in one day was pretty tough, but I did it. Go north to south - you get incredible views the entire way! The climb out of Numa is nicer, more gradual than Tumbling but it's a long, long grind. Most incredible back country trip I’ve ever done! If you are hiking this trail over 5 days this is where you will spend your night. Realistically, there are two possibilities. Check out other fantastic backpacking trips in the Canadian Rockies. you arrive at the most scenic campsite of the entire trail. Beautiful colours and contrast! Elevation: 475m gain to Rockwall Pass, 350m loss to Tumbling Creek, 320m gain to Tumbling Pass, 715m loss Parks Canada predict the affected area will be prime grizzly bear habitat from 2018 onwards as the resurgence of The Rock”WALL” gets its name from the continuous, unbroken mountain rock-face which extends along the majority of the trail. addition if you're feeling adventurous. Would highly recommend! Once lower down it’s a relatively flat easy hike back to the parking lot! This was 10.75 km in 4 hours 10 mins. The trail is surprisingly flat, Immediately after Numa Creek, before suddenly steep switchbacks transport you through the thick forest. 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. You can also hike in mid-July and late September, but there is usually a bit of snow. Woke up to weather around 5-10 Celsius then as high as 25C around 2 in the sun. You consistently get great views of the 2003 burn across the mountains/ valleys with the bright red fireweed growing in its place! Hawk Creek trail has its own "rock wall" no snow or glaciers smaller, but pretty stunning.