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Rockwall Trail 6-day hiking trip, Kootenay National Park

The Rockwall Trail is one of the great classic treks of the Rockies. Jeff, an IFMGA certified guide, will take you on this 56 km hike in British Columbia, following an impressive escarpment of tall limestone, meadows, alpine lakes and high passes.

Mountain RangeRockies
Duration7 days
Offer periodJul, Aug, Sep
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelOccasional
Type of tripNot specified

Description

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!

Accommodation

2 nights at Banff International Hostel or similar and camp during the trek

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Itinerary

Day 1: Banff

Meet at Calgary International Airport, drive to Banff to spend the night at the International Hostel. Gear sort and preparation for the trip.

Day 2: 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.

Day 3: 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

Day 4: 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!

Day 5: 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!

Day 6: Descent-Banff

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.


About the guide

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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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Prices per person

Group of 1

CAD 1418 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Permit and entrance fees

• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Price details

• Taxes are not included in the price// The Price includes 2 nights shared accommodation at the Banff International Hostel or equivalent, all back packing food, (in town food is not included) and backcountry permits. Gear can be rented if needed.


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