Helen Lake Trail to Cirque Peak

MODERATE 19 reviews
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Helen Lake Trail to Cirque Peak is a 16.6 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Columbia-Shuswap A, British Columbia, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
16.6 km
ELEVATION GAIN
1297 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

lake

views

hiking
1 month ago

Medium challenging hike rewarded by amazing views

hiking
2 months ago

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hiking
2 months ago

We tried to do this hike last week. I don't understand how some of the activities associated here day 3.5 hours moving time and 7.5 total time... This will probably take you 6 hours moving time. It's a long hike. That being said, we went only out to the ridge above Helen Lake and it was so very worth it. Amazing views even from there! Next time I'll be in the area I'll plan better for the whole hike, the views from the top must be stunning.

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely stunning! Ran into our first grizzly on this trail. The hike to Helen lake was filled with wildflowers, (mid August) and the scramble to the summit was so rewarding. Don't forget to look back on your way up!

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

I hiked in the Alps, North Cascades, Hawaii, Yosemite, Patagonia and bunch of other places. This is the best hike I have done in my life considering the effort.

Go early in the morning to avoid the crowds.

It is not easy but incredibly rewarding - 360 views of bow lake, mount hector, waputik range and bunch of other mountains I cannot name. I am not super fit and it took me three hours and forty five minutes to go up (with a lot of breaks to take photos). You must definitely bring polls, it just makes everything easier.

Unlike most hikes, the way down is also incredible as you get to enjoy the views for two thirds of your way down. Unexpectedly, it is also easy on the knees as you can slide down the scree without any impact on your knees.

Pick a clear day to go there. STOP READING THIS REVIEW AND JUST GO THERE!!!

hiking
2 months ago

Difficult but well worth it.

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

One of my favourite hikes this year! You get a bit of everything - elevation, views, lakes, wildflowers!! Very easy start and moderate steep scramble for the last 1km. Look for the inukshuks to help guide you on the remaining 2km before reaching the summit. Bring some extra layers for the wind at the top!

3 months ago

Amazing Views.

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3 months ago

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hiking
3 months ago

Great hike, plenty of variation.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Easy scramble, lots of lakes.

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago