Explore the most popular trail running trails in Kootenay National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
2 months ago

We attempted to try this one 2/18/18. Lots of fresh snow, had to turn around because of the trail conditions. For a beginner like me, I found it really challenging .

hiking
7 months ago

Decent walk/ hike if you don't have the whole day for a hike. Scenic through the forest with a lake at the end. Falls colours make it a great one for sept/ oct. Easy for all and good with dogs.

on The Rockwall

7 months ago

Amazing trail. Got caught in a bit of weather but everyday was amazing views

It was super smokey from the Vernant Creek wildfires so views were masked. Sweet trail through the old burn of 2003 with lots of purple fireweed up until the steep switch backs, but absolutely worth it. Could do it as a long day hike, but I booked a campsite for the night and in the morning it was unbelievably gorgeous! Hard work but worth it!

Nice trail. Cobb lake is beautiful. We had a bear encounter but not problems with it... worth doing again!

Great for running! Soft trail.

on Cobb Lake Trail

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful trail, easy to navigate. Switchbacks make the elevation gains/losses easy to take in. Densely forested so animal sightings are common. Half way you pass over a small creek via little wooden bridge. Peaceful spot to sit for a few minutes. Lake was calm and clear with fish jumping. Again very peaceful.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice Trail.

Very easy to find off of the highway. Just look for a small place to pull off with a little kiosk to one side. If your coming from Radium its right after you see a T-intersection sign.

We did see a bear right in the parking lot as we were getting ready to hike. The bear was in the berry patch next to the parking lot and had no interested in us, not sure he even noticed us.

The hike was very steady without very steep up or down hill, switch backs made all the elevation gains and drops easy.

The lake was a nice lake, I wish I had a fishing pole as there were a ton a jumping fish even in the middle of the day, i am sure not many people fish this small lake.

backpacking
11 months ago

The trail was heavily blocked by avalanche debris, but it had beautiful views. Hardly any tree cover, so the mountains are very visible throughout the trail. Did not make it to the lake because the snow and debris proved to be too difficult. (End of May, 2017)

backpacking
11 months ago

The trail was heavily blocked by avalanche debris, but it had beautiful views. Hardly any tree cover, so the mountains are very visible throughout the trail. Did not make it to the lake because the snow and debris proved to be too difficult. (End of May, 2017)

hiking
11 months ago

There is significant avalanche damage throughout a good portion of this trail - large trees, debris and snow cover at least a kilometre stretch through the middle portion of the trail (about 3km in), manageable if you are ready to climb, but wouldn't recommend for beginners. The trail is also a little hard to follow through these portions as the trees and snow are covering the trail. We made it 8.5km in but could not reach the lake as the last 1.5km of the trail was a steep incline and covered in fallen trees and 3-4ft of snow (in late May). Could possibly summit if you had ice pick and proper winter footwear but we didn't want to risk it. The majority of the trail is fairly easy terrain, aside from avalanche damaged zones. Also note, the bridge at the third river crossing is now non-existent and there is a large log in its place. We were able to cross on the log but we had to do a somewhat difficult shimmy down the riverbank to reach the log as the trail cuts off at a steep embankment. This national park was also affected by a wildfire and this trail takes you right through the burn zone. Re-growth has stated but bring sunscreen as you don't really have any tree cover. Beautiful views throughout, especially later on in the trail and very lightly trafficked (we only saw one other couple up there). I would recommend this hike but it may be better late June onwards so the last portion of the trail is more manageable and you can easily get to the lake!

backpacking
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

I took my 13 year old daughter on this trail last August and we had an amazing time! Stunning views.

backpacking
Monday, January 23, 2017

Absolutely amazing! It was a very tough trail and I would definitely recommend to do it in 5 days instead of 4 if you are unsure. Expect some rain. Some of the most beautiful views ever! Don't miss out on this trail!!

backpacking
Wednesday, August 10, 2016

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.

backpacking
Thursday, July 21, 2016

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.

hiking
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Forested hiking route to a quiet lake in a mountain valley.

Pros:
Mountains are visible from the lake (unfortunately it was rainy during my hike so they were covered by clouds).
Almost has a rainforest vibe to it! Very wet with lots of ground brush.
Saw a wild pheasant on the trail as well as a few small animals.
The hike was very quiet with no passerbys.
Great quick hike for all skills levels!

Cons:
Lots of hiding places for bears and less traveled, so I was a bit warier on this hike than the others I did around the area.

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

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Tuesday, September 08, 2015

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