The Rockwall

Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia

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This premier hike passes one of the highest waterfalls in the country before you reach a 30-kilometer trail that traverses beneath the Rockwall’s extraordinary 53-kilometer-long limestone cliffs and hanging glaciers. You’ll climb three alpine passes and through wildflower meadows to reach the breathtaking Floe Lake before you complete this 4-to 5-day journey. Get ready for the most stunning scenery in Kootenay National Park. You’ll hike through the trees a bit to reach the alpine meadows, crystal-clear glacial lakes, and towering limestone cliffs that everyone raves about, but you won’t be disappointed. Be prepared for crowds though; this is one of the most popular backcountry hikes in the area—especially during late July and August.

The Rockwall Professional Review and Guide

"This premier hike passes one of the highest waterfalls in the country before you reach a 30-kilometer trail that traverses beneath the Rockwall’s extraordinary 53-kilometer-long limestone cliffs and hanging glaciers. You’ll climb three alpine passes and through wildflower meadows to reach the breathtaking Floe Lake before you complete this 4-to 5-day journey. Get ready for the most stunning scenery in Kootenay National Park.

You’ll hike through the trees a bit to reach the alpine meadows, crystal-clear glacial lakes, and towering limestone cliffs that everyone raves about, but you won’t be disappointed. Be prepared for crowds though; this is one of the most popular backcountry hikes in the area—especially during late July and August."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Radium Hot Springs
Distance: 33.6
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 to 6 days
Season: Best mid-June to mid-September
Trailhead Elevation: 4,757 feet
Top Elevation: 7,792 feet
Local Contacts: Kootenay National Park
Local Maps: Kootenay National Park (GemTrek Publishing); Mount Goodsir, 82 N/1
Driving Directions: Directions to The Rockwall

Recent Trail Reviews

9/4/2007
1

Hiked Helmet Creek trial only in and out due to 'inclement' weather. Tremendous thunderstorm Friday night, lasted about 12 hours, with heavy rains and wind. Blew down many trees on the trail. Helmet Falls area very scenic. Note that Parks map is incorrect for falls trail which is on the west side and NOT the east. Be prepared with a cooking stove as there were no campfire sites. Weather can change quickly and dramatically! Definitely not a trail for amateurs.


8/22/2006
1

The wild flowers are incredible and the view of the Rockwall is awe inspiring. In some spots the trail is overgrown and narrow due to the forest fire a few years back. The marmots whistle at you as pass by the Rockwall. Be aware of the horse flies and take precautions. If the wind is up then they are not a problem. The view at Summit Pass is great. All in all a great trip.



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