10â³ x 10â³ Acrylic on canvas November 2020 $150.00 Available at Touchstone Museum Shop. Floe Lake is a further 2.7 km south. That brought our total number of other hikers seen over the entire day to somewhere around 45. From BC-95 at Radium Hot Springs, turn east onto BC-93 and drive 45 miles (72 km) to the Floe Lake parking lot (4265 ft / 1,300 m). Bear-safe travel and camping are required. Once across the bridge, we regained the bit of elevation loss and then enjoyed about 2 km of mostly flat walking in new growth forest, with trees between 2 and 5 meters in height. Trekking poles are a must for this one!Total hiking distance = 27.3 kmTotal elevation gain = 1338 meters (1028 net)Total hiking time = 10 hours 15 minutes (including 3 hours for lunch, snacks and photography). Subcategory: Outdoors. Most itineraries describe it as a four to five day adventure, and recommend starting with the trail into Floe Lake. ... Hereâs a shot of Lily looking back at Floe Lake as we climbed up to Numa Pass. ð. 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. Habitat: Regenerating, post-burn forest. Leave your overnight gear at the campground and day hike up to Numa Pass either the day you arrive or the following morning, then hike back out to the trailhead. 19 August 2012 Running to Healy Pass from Rock Isle Lake. Mr GeoK broke out his gimbal-mounted 2020 iPhone SE to shoot some timelapse video. More Projects. 25 of 38 photos. From Floe Lake consider day hikes to Numa Pass and beyond. There are other destinations that offer a better reward-to-effort ratio. Six km from the parking lot, the trail makes a sharp turn to the right and gains a wee bit of elevation. Some 18,000 hectares burned in one of BC’s worst wildfire seasons, and the vegetation is a mix of mostly standing dead/burned trees, a few mature trees that miraculously escaped the fire, plenty of “baby” trees and shrubs and abundant wildflowers. Of note: Here I am looking a little fatigued, just before Mr GeoK pulled a chocolate chip cookie heâd stashed in his pack out to share with me – a little pick-me-up for the final push to the parking lot. Surprise Falls; Numa Pass. Hike up through a rejuvenated fire-ravaged forest to a scenic alpine lake Floe Peak reflecting in Floe Lake. Anyhow, we stayed at the pass for 15 or 20 minutes, shooting panoramas in both directions. Floe Lake and the Rockwall from the trail to Numa Pass The muddy trail cut through open alpine meadows to reach the pass; the last quarter mile of the trail was fairly flat, consisting mainly of a northward turn towards the pass. Owner Log In. From the bridge, the vegetation was overgrowing the trail. Photo-oriented backpack to stunning scenic area on southern Rockwall trail in Kootenay NP. Most itineraries describe it as a four to five day adventure, and recommend starting with the trail into Floe Lake. Mount Hungabee (left) and Deltaform. Know what you’re allowed to take and declare everything to avoid problems. Take a look back at the valley, you've just been at the bottom of. I love the bright pink Indian Paintbrush flowers in the Rockies. Read More. From the second bridge, the trail climbs for a bit, gaining maybe 100 meters elevation over a km or so. Last summer, my wife and I spent some time in the Canadian Rockies. I was enchanted by the way little bits of ice sounded like wind chimes as the waves pushed them towards the shore. We decided to approach Numa Mountain from the avalanche chute route (bench) and return via Floe Lake. Commonly known for British Columbia, the trail is surrounded by greenery rather than rocks, as itâs the case of hiking trails in Alberta. Length 15.4 miElevation gain 5879 ftRoute type Loop Hiking â¦ Camps include outhouses or pit toilets, food hanging cables, and small tables. The views in and out to Floe Lake were more spectacular than my first hike there because of the forest fire of 2003. It is not rare for there still to be a reasonable amount of snow at Numa Pass in late July. Note: The higher sections of the trail are snowbound until early to mid-July. From Numa pass track to Numa mountain route there is no trail. Just a short descent through meadows and sparse forest until you arrive at the most scenic campsite of the entire trail. Ochre Spring Loop via Marble Canyon to Ochre Beds Trail. The official trail to Floe Lake ends at Floe Lake Backcountry Campground in Kootenay National Park. Habitat: Regenerating, post-burn forest. The Rockwall Trail in British Columbiaâs Kootenay National Park is widely considered to be one of the premier multiday treks found anywhere. Surprise Falls. Numa Creek Campground (#11) is less that 500 m to the left. Floe Lake beneath Floe Peak To return back to the trailhead you follow the same route back, it takes quite a while so itâs a good idea to stop along the way. Leaving Floe Lake at 9.15 it was an easy 50 minute walk to Numa Pass into a cold wind. Thirty three years later, in 2010, I completed the hike with my 22 year old son. Be sure to fill your bottles at the bridge over Floe Creek at km 1.7, as there is â¦ Hereâs our tent on the shore of Floe Lake, looking downright soaked and chilly: We ended up spending a lot of time in the tent, reading and playing Yahtzee: But when the rain / hail let up for a bit, we got out and explored around. It would be easy to get bogged down on this stretch, taking all kinds of photographs, but we knew we were in for a long day and kept up a reasonable pace to the second bridge, which crosses Floe Creek. I stopped frequently to take photographs and to chat with backpackers coming from the Numa Creek backcountry campground, all the while wondering when Mr GeoK was going to overtake me. Life Flows at Floe Lake I have owned my backpacking gear for 19 months now, all the while waiting and having faith that my stars would align and a right time would come when I could put it to use and experience a true backpacking adventure. By the end of July, the budding fireweed should be in full flower. Sure enough, about three hundred meters on we had to cross another tributary of Floe Creek. At 2:20, we finally started back, reaching the parking lot at 5:45. 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. As we were again first on the track, bear bellowing was again Anne's job, her coo-ees echoing from cliff to cliff. I did this hike, just to Floe Lake, in 1977 when I was 20 years old. While Larch Valley (Lake Louise) is slightly (and only slightly) nicer in larch season, the crowds number in the thousands and I have no interest in that whatsoever. The Floe Lake trail parking lot is just off Highway 93 in Kootenay National Park, between Marble Canyon and Vermillion River Crossing. Hiking, biking and other adventures (mostly) in the Canadian Rockies. Camping at Floe Lake provided a good opportunity to tag it. Photo-oriented backpack to stunning scenic area on southern Rockwall trail in Kootenay NP. Trailhead: Floe Lake parking lot, 72 km east of Radium Hot Springs. Description: A challenging day hike to a rocky, rugged pass providing access to the Shadow Lake and Egypt Lake regions of Banff National Park. Tax ID: 27-3009280. :D Here we do, Floe Lake and Numa Pass! Bench at the turn up to the avalanche slope to Numa Mt 29 May 2012 Running the Highline. Subcategory Detail: Hiking. And this was a good reminder that we really should bring our walkie-talkies. 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. …and multiple, curious golden-mantled ground squirrels including this one who stood up the better to check us out! You'll start on a flat stretch, crossing two rivers (w/ bridges) before â¦ Then we spotted turquoise water through thinning trees and, after a short walk through terrain that reminded us of the Opabin Plateau at Lake OâHara, we arrived at Floe Lake! I've read a couple of route descriptions online and am wondering if it would be possible/realistic to hike from the Floe Lake Trailhead to Floe Lake campground and back in one day? Home»Backpacking in the Rockies»Floe Lake and Numa Pass, Sept. 22-23, 2012. ð, SUMMARY:Another fantastic, full-day hike – one that’s got us thinking about trying backcountry camping. However, we intended to only go that far, just to enjoy the view. I would however love to see Floe Lake and the "classic" views of the peaks behind it. Once you make it to Numa Pass the views are incredible to both the south and the north. You're one click away! Make sure your vehicle insurance is valid for Canada. Healy Pass - Elbow Lake/Rickert's Pass/Mist Ridge - Sunshine Meadows - Nigel Pass - Rockwall Trail - Citadel Pass - Lake Minnewanka - Ha Ling Peak. Floe Lake from Numa Pass on July 6, 1970. Dayhike to Numa Pass and along Floe Lake Kootenay National Park August 4, 2013 The second day we awoke to relatively clear skies, ate breakfast, and set off for Numa Pass. Life Flows at Floe Lake I have owned my backpacking gear for 19 months now, all the while waiting and having faith that my stars would align and a right time would come when I could put it to use and experience a true backpacking adventure. 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. Begin your hike at the Floe Lake Trailhead right off the highway near the east side of the park. Due to a forest fire along Numa Creek, the Rockwall Trail was closed north of Numa Pass. Log in and send us Due to a forest fire along Numa Creek, the Rockwall Trail was closed north of Numa Pass. When he joined me at the windy pass, he exclaimed that heâd never meant for us to hike all the way to Numa Pass, just that the wardenâs cabin was in the same direction of the Numa Pass trail. In addition to the obviously majestic alpine scenery this massive limestone wall provides, the trail is also punctuated with hanging glaciers, stunning wildfâ¦ Meanwhile, he suggested I head over to check out the Wardenâs cabin on the trail to Numa Pass. We picked a rough couple of days for hiking â We got a lot of Canadian Rockies precipitation out there: we got rained on, hailed on, and snowed on during those three days. Numa Pass was our final pass on the Rockwall Trail and we could look back and see all the landmarks from the past few days. junction with Numa Pass and Tumbling Pass trails. Even better, to walk at least some way up the Numa Pass part of the trail to get good views. Floe Lake is considered the park's "classic" hike and is a great way to sample what the park has to offer. Day 2 â Floe Lake to Numa Falls Parking Lot, 17 km, 279 m Elevation Gain, 955 m Elevation Loss, 6 hrs 45 min. Yes, a grind, made more challenging by three or four more missing sections of trail, like this one. Taken 22-Sep-12. That made me a little uncomfortable for the rest of the downhike, especially where the trail goes through all those standing dead trees from the 2003 fire. Find apps that show updated times and other good tips. The north section of The Rockwall. Kevin on a remnant patch of snow. Indulge your photography or painting while enjoying stunning landscapes with towering Vermilion Range peaks among golden alpine larches in early autumn or expansive wildflower meadows in mid-summer. 2. Castle Mountain was draped in cloud lit up by the early morning sun. We also saw two of the small mammals most frequently spotted in Kootenay National Park: a hoary marmot…. Hike the Floe Lake Trail 6.5 miles and 2,350 feet of elevation gain to Floe Lake camp. The Mountaineers teaches skills and leads outdoor activities Rockwall Pass and Tumbling Pass: Park at Paint Pots and hike in to Tumbling Creek Campground. Light was much better in the late afternoon, as we returned to the parking lot, when this photo was taken. DIFFICULT 3.0 mi. There were tons of wildflowers, lots of fungi on the fallen, burned old forest remains and we heard birdsong all around. Numa is the Cree word for thunder. updates, images, or resources. Timed for golden larches. Hereâs our â¦ Almost two decades on, there’s evidence of the extensive burn everywhere we looked, including the fallen trees cut and moved just enough to create a gap for the single-track trail…. 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. Nope! When we pulled in at about 7:30 on a weekday morning, we noted about 30 vehicles in the parking lot, all but 3 with Alberta license plates. If you need any back-packing gear, for your trial, Rent-A-Tent can fully outfit you. …. 10km. Numa Pass has really fantastic views, both down towards Floe Lake and further along the Rockwall Trail in the other direction. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. I thought it might be a large animal, but Mr. GeoK spotted a hiker ahead of us and figured they were banging their hiking poles against a fallen tree or something. Numa Mountain is only a short distance from Numa Pass. Floe Lake is one of the most photogenic lakes in the Rockies and the backpack to it and beyond to Numa Pass is one of the most colorful as wildflowers bloom in the summer and larch trees below the pass turn brilliantly gold in the fall. Timed for golden larches. Eventually, I gave myself until 2 oâclock to reach the pass or turn around, knowing there was a long return hike to the parking lot ahead of us. We picked the hike from the guidebook, âClassic Hikes in the Canadian Rockiesâ, by Graeme Pole. The day starts with an early exit from the Floe Lake campground and an ascent to Numa Pass. The lake itself is very scenic, but unless you are continuing to Numa Pass, I would not recommend this trail as a day trip. Day 2 â Floe Lake to Numa Falls Parking Lot, 17 km, 279 m Elevation Gain, 955 m Elevation Loss, 6 hrs 45 min We allowed ourselves a lie-in. Healy Pass - Elbow Lake/Rickert's Pass/Mist Ridge - Sunshine Meadows - Nigel Pass - Rockwall Trail - Citadel Pass - Lake Minnewanka - Ha Ling Peak. Tagged: Kootenay Nat Park, Numa Mountain & Floe Lake., Numa Pass, Scramble Numa Mountain, The Rockwall, Tumbling Pass Resources Alpine Club of Canada 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. Numa Mountain & Floe Lake trail head are down Hwy 93 on the right from Castle Mountain, about 30km from Hwy 1. Tax ID: 27-3009280. Fortunately, the jungle thinned out after a hundred meters or so and we soon came to a spot that had a great view of Floe Creek flowing down from Floe Lake, which gave us a pretty good idea of how much elevation we had to gain to reach the lake itself. Since we’re strictly day hikers, we ascended the trail to Floe Lake for lunch, continued to Numa Pass in the early afternoon and retraced our route arriving back at the parking lot a little before 6 pm. PhotoDescr: On the third day of a Grant MacEwan Mountain Club dayhiking excursion, we hiked the Numa Pass loop from the Floe Lake Trailhead to the Numa Creek Trailhead (26 km), getting a good look at the south end of â¦ 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. One of the things we did was to take a three-day backpacking trip to Floe Lake, in Kootenay National Park, British Columbia. Visitors 235. There are other destinations that offer a better reward-to-effort ratio. 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. After you've conquered the Numa Pass it's not too much further to Floe Lake. Then we were climbing through the forest, up multiple switchbacks. It's 13 miles round trip with 2,350 feet of elevation gain to Floe Lake camp or a 10-mile loop via Numa Creek. trailtrash photos: Tumbling Glacier, Numa Pass, Floe Lake - 7 Trailtrash did the 38K semi-loop in Kootenay Park, starting at 7:45AM and finishing just after 3:00PM...to about 4:30PM as we eventually split into two groups. The lake itself is very scenic, but unless you are continuing to Numa Pass, I would not recommend this trail as a day trip. NEXUS cards can save a lot of time but only work if everyone in the car has one. Numa Creek Camp via Numa Pass Track and Floe Lake Track. I may get back to this hike once again but next time I am taking hiking poles! for all ages and levels in the Pacific Northwest. There are no resources for this route/place. Yep, we sure appreciated the hiking poles, especially on the way down. And yes, “maturity” has a way of making the trails steeper and longer. Description: A challenging day hike to a rocky, rugged pass providing access to the Shadow Lake and Egypt Lake regions of Banff National Park. It's been on my list on a while. The trail to Floe Lake and Numa Pass is a well defined trail. Log in and send us From there, hikers can enjoy a day at the lake and hike back out. …and then on to Numa Pass, along a trail with lots of snow patches and that crossed through extensive high alpine meadows. This day was going to be longer, 17 km, but after a quick climb to Numa Pass, it was all downhill. Note: The higher sections of the trail are snowbound until early to mid-July. The wide open views across the valley are due to the 2003 wildfire. Laura, Links and I headed out July 16th, 2011. 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 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. tumbling Creek/helmet & ochre Creeks Circuit.38.3 km Follow the interpretive trail to the Paint Pots. Looking back at Floe Lake and The Rockwall. Dayhike to Numa Pass and along Floe Lake Kootenay National Park August 4, 2013 The second day we awoke to relatively clear skies, ate breakfast, and set off for Numa Pass. updates, images, or resources. Leave your overnight gear at the campground and day hike up to Numa Pass either the day you arrive or the following morning, then hike back out to the trailhead. There is an incredible cooking area on a peninsula surrounded by rock beaches and the lake. The first 5 km or so traverse an area marked “2003 burned area” on the topo map we carried. Begin your hike at the Floe Lake Trailhead right off the highway near the east side of the park. We encountered at least a couple of dozen hikers between Floe Lake and the parking lot, including one group of 9 ladies at the rough and ready creek crossing.
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