Rockbound Lake

MODERATE 37 reviews
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Rockbound Lake is a 17.7 kilometer out and back trail located near Castle Junction, Alberta, Canada that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
17.7 km
ELEVATION GAIN
1093 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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14 hours ago

A good hike with 2 lakes to visit. The lakes are surrounding with Castle Mountain and Eisenhower Tower. So beautiful.

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27 days ago

The green Tower Lake was really beautiful. Then there's the crazy steep hike up Rockbound Lake. There's a nice view of Tower Lake from up the switchbacks. The Rockbound amphitheatre is enormous. The lake itself was sea blue when we were there. The hike was all worth it.

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1 month ago

Beautiful trail! Opens up to a gorgeous meadow. However I would wait to hike it when the snow is gone and the ground drys up. It is currently muddy with lots of snow still on the ground . Would be perfect for a sunny day.

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1 month ago

Hiked on June 19, 2017. The trail is wide and elevation is gradual until you reach the straightaway to the lakes. At the straightaway, the beautiful views open up and Castle Mountain is visible to your left. Additionally, the trail flattens out and becomes very rocky and wet and is covered with roots. Once you arrive at Tower lake, you may find it worthwhile to finish your hike here. The final ascent to Rockbound Lake is very strenuous and the views at the lake aren't anything special. If you do decide to take the ascent, you will be greeted with 3 feet of snow to trek through at the top in order to reach the lakeshore. Be prepared to get wet and muddy feet on this hike, as well as a little chilly if you decide to ascend to Rockbound Lake! I'd recommend hiking this trail later in the year.

Don't forget to check out Silverton Falls on the way up! You'll see a sign on your right side shortly after starting the hike directing you to its location.

2 months ago

Nice views at the top but not worth the 18km hike. Can do more worth while, shorter hikes with equally nice/nicer views. At this point it is also very muddy and snowbound at the top

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6 months ago

Very enjoyable hike. The hike begins amongst the trees and is fairly gradual. Once you begin the straightaway into the canyon, you be greeted with meadows of mountain flowers and stunning views of Castle Mountain on your left. When you reach the lower lake, take a break. You will need it because the final ascent to the upper lake is very strenuous, but so worth it.

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10 months ago

Did this last fall. Long hike up to the lake with nice views of castle mountain. But almost too long.

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11 months ago

Great hike! Starts out with a steady climb through the forest then it levels out for a bit. Once you reach the beautiful Tower Lake there is a short but steep climb up to Rockbound Lake. Hiking poles were helpful both up and down this steep section as it had been drizzling on and off all day and was slippery. We did this hike in mid September when the Larch trees were changing colour and it was gorgeous! We started the trail at 9am on a Saturday and although the parking lot was full when we finished the hike we didn't feel like the trail was crowded at all! Beautiful views of Castle Mountain and both lakes!

There is a nice detour to Silverton Falls you shouldn't skip! One of my favourite falls in the area and I've never been crowded by people there like at Johnston Canyon.

TIP: although there is an outhouse at the trailhead, the Castle Mountain Junction gas station a few hundred meters away has washrooms that are much nicer to use!

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11 months ago