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Jul, Aug, Sep
Type of Trip
The Rockwall Trail in British Columbia’s Kootenay National Park is one of the classic treks of the Rockies. Today I invite you to join me on this fantastic 6-day hike.
We will spend an amazing time cruising through alpine lakes and meadows to crest broad passes, and hiking down to camp every night.
The trail follow an incredible escarpment of high limestone along the way. Besides, Numa Pass, the highest point of the trail, offers a stunning view at 2317 m. We will be able to enjoy from that point the rest of the hiking trail to come.
During these incredible Rockwall Trail hike, we will cover in total 56 km. Also, we will gain 2400 meter of altitude over the trip. Each day includes one high pass, at least.
We will spend the first night in Banff and get ready for the trip. Next day, we will drive to Kootenay National Park. It’s a 2.5 hour drive. Then, adventure begins! You can check the detailed day-by-day itinerary at the bottom of this page.
During these days, we will enjoy the amazing beauty of the Rockies, with its meadows, glacier and lakes. Also, we will change up some evenings with a fire at the camp site.
Besides, on the fifth day, after a steady ascent to Numa Pass, a spectacular view awaits us. We will be able to see our day’s destination, the incredible Floe Lake.
On the last day of our Rockwall Trail trek, we will descend through the 2003 forest fire burn, now covered with fireweed. A transfer will take us back to Banff to celebrate this amazing hiking trip.
Contact me if you want to join me on this wonderful hike in British Columbia. I will be happy to be your guide in such a beautiful place.
I also offer another 6-day hiking trip around Banff, hiking to Helen Lake, ascending Mt.Wilcox and enjoying spectacular views of the Columbia icefields. Check it out!
Price per person
- Guiding fee
- All meals during trip
- Permit and entrance fees
What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.
What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).
What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.
Meet at Calgary International Airport, drive to Banff to spend the night at the International Hostel. Gear sort and preparation for the trip.
Kootenay National Park-Helmet Falls Camp
We drive out to Kootenay National Park (2.5 hours). Then we hike in our longest day, but with the least elevation – 14.6km, and up 400m of gain. This gradual start to the trail takes us past the orange Paint Pots, and then steadily up the creek to Helmet Falls campground.
Double Pass Day-Helmett Falls-Rockwall Pass
This is our double-pass day. We start with a steady climb past the high Helmet Falls, and over Limestone Junction, then pass some alpine lakes before continuing up to the high point at Rockwall Pass, and descending its other side to Tumbling Creek. In total, we gain 700m and lose 500m, over the 13km day
Tumbling Pass-Numa Creek
This is our shortest day, making for a nice mid-trip recovery. We have a short, steep 350m ascent through Tumbling Pass, which is broad and wonderful for lingering with brilliant meadows and a huge glacier. We then descend 700m to our lowest campground at Numa Creek – where we can change up the evening with a fire!
Numa Pass-Floe Lake
Today we will hike from the bottom to the top, as we gain 900m over a long, steady 7km ascent to Numa Pass – the highest point of the trail, with a spectacular view of our day’s destination – Floe Lake, and back across the rest of the passes. It’s an incredible place for photos, before we descend 300m in 2.5km to camp at the incredible lake. This campground is definitely the highlight evening!
Over 10.7km, we descend 700m through the 2003 forest fire burn, which is now covered with fireweed. A beautiful end to the trip! We will rendezvous and shuttle back to Banff for dinner and drinks and to celebrate an amazing backpack trip.
2 nights at Banff International Hostel or similar and camp during the trek
About the Guide
Alpine Air Adventures is an independent mountain guiding business run by Jeff Bullock. I am a fully certified IFMGA Mountain Guide, with my training and certification through the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, and the Canadian Avalanche Association.
We specialize in outdoor Banff adventures including: rock climbing, ice climbing, alpine climbing, backcountry skiing and snowboarding, avalanche courses and improvised rope rescue courses.
Based out of Banff, Alberta, Canada in the heart of the rugged Canadian Rocky Mountains, Alpine Air offers everything mountain. My main emphasize is to offer safe and unforgettable Banff adventures to my guests. With the allure of the mountains right at my doorstep I am always keen to take on any adventure and I am excited to have you along. Contact me to begin organizing your dream mountain ascent or descent.
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