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Floe Lake Track is a 12 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near East Kootenay G, British Columbia, Canada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 12.0 mi Elevation gain 3,146 ft Route type Out & Back
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The trail starts at the Floe Lake Trailhead right off the highway near the east side of the park. You'll start on a flat stretch, crossing two rivers (w/ bridges) before switchbacking up through burnt stands of timber. Once you break the treeline, the trail is relatively flat for most of the way, opening up to wide meadows where for several weeks in the Summer, you will be wading through fields of pink fireweed. The final ascent to Floe Lake near the end of the trail is the most strenuous, consisting of a series of steep switchbacks out of the valley. But the climb is worth it. When you reach the top, the view opens up to Floe Lake, an isolated glacial lake butting up against granite cliff. If you are backpacking and planning on staying the night, claim your campsite along the shore, which you will have reserved ahead of time. For backpackers, this is often the first stop in a longer, multi-day trip that continues over the nearby pass and deeper into the park, but for beginners, it can be done as a quick one night trip, allowing for greater leisure on the trail and at the lake.

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Elsa Ross
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D. H
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Anna Pham
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Michael Kitazaki
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HikingGreat!MuddyNo shade

Difficulty? Hard, very gradual and flat rise for the first two hours, and an extremely difficult finish with multiple switchbacks, right when you think you are done there is another hill. Populated? Well tracked, even with the relatively poor weather conditions, we still saw a decent crowd. The parking lot is not huge, so get there early. Scramble? No Anything else? Pack an extra layer, as the top was colder than expected. In the summer I can only imagine how awful it would be, due to the lack of shade, so pack sunscreen on a hotter day. Have fun ;)

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Julie Chassagne
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Hannah That Adventurer
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Hannah That Adventurer
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Mico Madamesila
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Dominique Fraser
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WalkingGreat!

Was it beautiful? Yes. Was it longer than 19.3 Kms? Fuck yes. 26kms on a day hike. The first 2/3 were fun, easy and pretty! The last 1/3 was draining mainly because it was slippery and i did fall a few times. I kept thinking we were almost there but no. We intended about a 6 hour day. Turned out to be more like 7.5 with breaks. Over 41000 steps. A few times, I said “screw you floe lake” but made our way there to visit it. It was beautiful and can imagine on a sunny day how goergous it would be. It was cold for us, so just a quick 15 min to return back to what seemed would never ever end. I was done with the dead/fire burnt trees. I was tapped out probably 3 Kms before it ended. I slept like a log that night. Glad we did it and glad I now know I can earn others! Have fun!

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Sanjay Biswas
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We hiked from the Floe ake trailhead past the lake and up Numa pass. It was quite cold blizzard-like conditions at the top with snowfall in 80 km winds. substantially more difficult than I expected. although I have had hikes that are much longer you know 30 35 km hikes in a single day this 27 km hike today was surprisingly difficult. Mucky trail conditions very slippery. Snow rain sleet

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Erica Scott
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Loved this trail - the fall colours are out in full! Did the trail as a day hike and would return for camping!

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Stephanie Vuilleumier
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BackpackingGreat!

Did the trail with an overnight at Floe Campground and added Numa Pass before heading back on day 2. The lake is simply majestic. The larch tees are beautiful and golden, I highly recommend adding the 5.4 km ( return) to Numa Pass, beautiful.

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Leanne Hazard
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Beautiful trail. A bit Smokey today from the fires so the views at the top were limited. Ran it in 3:44 hrs.

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Andrew Evans
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Violet Lim
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Hiking trail: Numa Peak and Floe Lake Loop Hiking date: September 8, 2020 Distance: 28.0km Total elevation gain: 1,800m Time: 10:30 (includes one hour lunch and rest) The Rockwall Trail is a 55km multi-day backpacking hike with some of world’s most gorgeous alpine sceneries and is so-called because limestone cliffs tower high above the west side of the trail. This famous trek is capped at the north end by Helmet Falls (one of the Rockies’ highest waterfalls) and at the south by Floe Lake (so named because ice floes originate and break off from the glacier above). I wanted to hike this trail from north to south back in 2017 but forest fires and smoke led to the trip being cancelled. While I wasn’t able to do it this year either, I wanted to have a taste of what doing the Rockwall was like by hiking to Floe Lake via Numa Peak. Starting out at 7am, it would be 6km from the Floe Lake trailhead to the stone bench intersection (see Bob Spirko’s description and photo of the stone bench) where I made the north turn to go up the rock avalanche chute. Although it’s an unrelenting grind fest on rock scree (Photo 2) that never lets up for the next 1,000m elevation gain, there are two or three really fun scramble sections you can choose to do, or you can simply avoid those and swing to either side. If possible - and to avoid slipping on scree as you ascend - try to find a rock wall to grip onto to make your life easier. Highly recommend wearing gloves on the sharp slate rocks. I use firm grip gloves that you can buy from a hardware store for under $25. Once up the avalanche slope, I could see Numa Peak, which would be another 400m elevation gain - on scree yet again. A little soul-crushing, to be honest, but I’ve already climbed up so far. At this point, I followed the black dashed trail and disregarded the solid red trail on the AllTrails map to save my energy from an unnecessary false summit. 1,550m of total elevation gain and 5 hours later, I summited (Photos 3, 4, 5) and the 360° views sure are pretty: Mount Temple to the north and Mount Assiniboine to the southeast, with more recognizable peaks within closer view. I could even see Mount Bourgeau and the formidable Mount Birdwood beyond if I squinted my eyes enough. The Rockwall is even more impressive closer and higher up (Photo 6). After taking a lunch break, I made my way to Floe Lake. This involved a bit more scrambling and walking along the ridge of the mountain, with sheer drops on either side that wouldn’t end well if something happened. I’m also afraid of heights but, sometimes, you just gotta suck it up and move forward. Arriving at Floe Lake felt like being transported into a beautiful Tolkien scenery. It’s just breathtakingly gorgeous and other-worldly (Photos 1, 6, 7, 8). And it makes me want to do the entire Rockwall Trail sooner rather than later. Making my way back to the trailhead, I hiked through the burnt forest again (Photo 9), the result of a devastating 2003 forest fire, and crossed the photogenic, teal-coloured Vermillion River (Photo 10). Other comments: I did this trail counterclockwise so I could get most of the elevation gain over with. If you wanted to just do an out-and-back to Floe Lake, it would be around 800m elevation gain and 21.4km round trip. Instagram for pics/DM: rootyhiker

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Bowen Xue
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Jasmine Gilchrist
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Absolutely stunning water right by the rock wall at the top. Went for a day hike and took 6.5 hours, the uphill was very challenging and it was windy so the fire damaged trees were falling in the valley while we were walking through. We will be back to do the camping in that area!

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Kevin Griffiths
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Excellent hike! Wonderful views everywhere. Even when the wind picked up there was a silver lining, as we saw two large dead trees fall. Great day!

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trish rogers
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Nice trail. Lots of burned out area

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Sam Thakore
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Jennifer Mclean
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Took us a little over 6 hours RT. There was a wildfire here years ago, so you will have to walk through a burned area for awhile. There are beautiful wildflowers here though. Incline isn't too bad in the beginning, but gets steeper when you get close to the lake. Went on a cloudy day and it was fairly cold at the top near the lake. As someone else said, get here early to get parking. This trail is apart of the Rockwall Trail (a thru-hike), so people leave their cars here for awhile, leaving only a couple free spaces for day hikers.

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Jodi Haubrich
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Beautiful trail, well worth the hike. A couple sketchy places and some challenging switchbacks are at the end to be prepared for!

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Jenny Procter
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HikingBugsGreat!No shade

2hr50mins up and 2hrs30mins down. It's a really pretty trail, walking through the wild flowers and old burnt trees for most of the way, however there is no shade and it was very hot! The last hour of the hike you're hiking up the switchbacks. We found them pretty intense and the never ending feeling crept in! The lake at the top is beautiful, but lots of mosquitoes and flies so we didn't hang around longer than 30mins which was a shame considering it took so long to get there! and we were wearing bug spray! overall great hike!

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Erich Fitz
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