The Rockwall is a 33.6 mile point-to-point trail located near East Kootenay, BC and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from June until September.
Great hike! Views of the Rockwall are fantastic. We went from Helmet falls to Tumbling Creek to Floe Lake and then out. The hike to Helmet was along a creek for much of it and the park crews have been out and cleared all but a few dead fall out of the way. The suspension bridge has been repaired and made the river crossing a non-issue. The alpine pass from Helmet to Tumbling is awesome in early August with alpine flowers in full bloom, some of the reddest paint brushes! and ones with pink highlights. We did not take the short walk to Wolverine pass and we regret it a bit. Part of the walk down to Numa is a bit like a jungle but the switchbacks up out of Numa were very nice ( if that is possible). and not to steep and often a 10-30m flat section after a climb. Great view of Floe lake from the pass. Parks Canada has done an awesome job of trail maintenance, food lockers at each campsite and running water close by all camps. I would recommend the hike to anyone that loves fresh air and the mountains.
Completed this trip in mid July with our route taking us from Paint Pots to Floe Lake with nights at Helmet Falls, Tumbling Creek, Numa Creek, and Floe Lake. The trail was very challenging with every day but the first and the last involving large, sometimes steep elevation gains. However, every tough kilometre uphill during days two through four lead to beautiful alpine meadows and incredible view after incredible view.
I recommend the route we took as our mountain passes involved steep ascents followed by gradual descents while the opposite direction appeared to have gradual ascents followed by steep descents.
Many parts of the trail were overgrown and some portions included fallen trees that required some effort to get around. A bridge on the route to Helmet Falls is currently out requiring an alternate crossing. A fallen tree has been placed downstream of the former bridge location, however it has no bark on it making it quite slippery. To complicate matters, the river during our crossing was passing over the log making it treacherous. We were able to find an alternate crossing upstream involving two crossings using fallen logs, however, the second portion is somewhat tricky and a member of our group nearly fell in. If weather permits, I suggest travelling further upstream to a location where you can take your boots off and cross the river on foot. If you choose to use the upstream log crossing, we had some success with using trekking poles braced against the river bottom to help balance during the first portion of the second crossing, however, the depth of the water during the second half leaves you to balancing on your own. Remember to unclip your pack of you choose to cross via a log!
Each campsite includes tent pads and pit toilets. Don't forget your own toilet paper! Each campsite is located in a valley with great water access. Expect most days to begin with an ascent out of a valley and ending with a descent into one.
If you're up for a rewarding, challenging backpacking trip this truly is a premier Canadian Rockies experience and I would recommend it to any able bodied backpacker.