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Backpacking in Mount Robson Provincial Park

This is a 219,535 Hectares wilderness and backcountry travel in this park mush not be taken lightly. Even a day hike can put you at risk without the proper knowledge of safety in the backcountry. There are 5 main backpacking route in the park. Here is a short description of each one. Make sure you acquire a map or the route of the area you will be hiking in before you set out on your journey.

 
 
Berg Lake Trail

Description: The trail begins 2 km from the visitors center along the Robson River. You hike first to Kinney Lake then you enter the Valley of the thousand falls. Berg Lake is at an elevation of 1,628 meters and from here, Mount Robson rises again for 2,400 meters.

 
Berg Lake Trailhead Shelter
  Here you will see Berg Glacier which is a mass of serrated blue ice about 800 meters across and 1800 meters in length. It should take at least 2 days to complete the trail and the elevation gain you can expect on this trail is 725 meters. Once at the Berg Lake there are several day hikes you can enjoy, for example the two hour return trip up Toboggan Falls, right by the Berg Lake campsite and a full day hikes like the one to Snowbird Pass.

Accommodations: Primitive wilderness campgrounds with dry toilets, tent pads and bear poles. There is a total of 75 tent pads in seven different campgrounds along the trail. No open fires are permitted at any sites along the trail, this includes the shelters. Cook stoves are required for all cooking. In the event of a ligitimate health and safety emergency, one may have a fire at Whitehorn, Berg Lake or Robson Pass but they are not to be used for comfort or cooking, emergencies only.

Length of Trail: 22 km one way

Fraser River Route

Level of Difficulty: Difficult

Description: This is a trail for experienced hikers as there are some sections that are rough and unmarked. The trail heads to Tonquine Creek and should take at least 2 days to complete and the elevation gain you can expect on this trail is 500 meters.

Length of Trail: 25 km

Moose River Route

Level of Difficulty: Difficult

Description: This is a trail for experienced hikers/backpackers that are fully equipped and have a good knowledge of wilderness travel and survival. There are river crossings and route finding enveloped with this route. A loop is possible on this route. At the 49 km mark where the route will enter into Jasper National Park at Moose Pass on the continental divide then the route descends Calumet Creek, to the Smokey River, then back onto the Pacific side of the Continental Divide at Berg Lake. It is a distance of 66 km from the hwy.16 trailhead to the Berg Lake Campground. The elevation gain you can expect on this trail is 770 meters.

Accommodations: Some of the wilderness campsites and there distance along the route are starting at the 4.2 km mark from the trailhead to Berg Lake itself, several campsite can be found. Resplendent Creek camp, 15.3 km, Trio Mountain camp, 26 km, Steppe Creek camp, 38 km, Slide Lake Camp, 43 km, Calumet Creek Camp (Jasper), 52 km, Adolphus Camp which is in Jasper, 61.5 km and the Berg Lake Camp at 66 km.

Length of Trail: Approximately 70 km

Mount Fitzwilliam Trail

Level of Difficulty: Difficult

Description: The trailhead and parking lot are located 54 km east of the Mount Robson Park Visitor Centre on hwy. # 16. The trail begins with about 2 km of switchbacks then flattens out and takes you the the 7 km mark where the first camping is available at Rockingham Creek. It then heads to the base of Mount Fitzwilliam and then into open meadows where there is an abundance of Rocky Mountain wildlife. Bear safety and knowledge is a must in this and all areas of Mount Robson. The elevation gain you can expect on this trail is 1000 meters. It should take about one night out to complete this trail but there are a number of day hikes for anyone wanting to stay a while. There are pit toilet and bear pole at all campsites.

Length of Trail: 11 km

Yellowhead Mountain Trail

Description: The trail starts at the east end of Whitney Lake and switchbacks steeply up the Yellowhead Mountain. After about 2 km of hiking there is a a viewpoint with excellent views of the surrounding mountains and lakes then a the 6.5 km mark you will come across a system of sub alpine meadows. This is a hearty, but very rewarding day hike. The elevation gain you can expect on this trail is 800 meters in a distance of 8.5 km so fitness is essential.

Length of Trail: 8.5 km one way

  Hikers camping on any of Mount Robsons trails will need to register and pay overnight fees at the Visitor Centre prior to starting their trip. Up-to-date trail conditions can be obtained at the Visitor Centre as well.
   
  Map Information
A contoured map (with an approximate scale of 1:125000) of Mount Robson Provincial Park is available from Maps BC, Parliament Buildings, Victoria, BC V8V 1X5.
   
 
 
 
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