Kootenay Rockwall Traverse
Six day guided and catered backpacking trip
The Kootenay Rockwall six day backpacking trip in Kootenay National Park is one of the most popular backpacking trips in the Canadian Rockies - and with good reason! Each day the views just keep getting better as we travel over multiple passes enroute to Floe Lake. Take in the scenery as your guide leads the way and prepares delicious meals.
Due to the popularity of this trail, we encourage you to book as early as possible.
2020 Dates: By request
Price per person: $1400 plus 5% GST
Guiding, group equipment and all food beginning with lunch on the first day and concluding with lunch on the final day. It also includes the shuttle to and from the trailhead from Canmore, national park and backcountry camping fees.
This trip is rated as 'moderate'. We will generally travel 10-12km per day, and a food re-supply at the midway point will keep our pack weights low. Each person will be carrying a share of the group equipment and food, with pack weights up to 40 lbs (depending on how lightweight you can pack!). You will need to be fit enough to carry a backpack for multiple days in mountainous terrain.
Accommodation and Meals:
We will be staying in lightweight backpacking tents and in established national park backcountry campgrounds. Each campsite is equipped with outhouses and food storage facilities. You are responsible for supplying your own tent, however, we will arrange for a tent rental on your behalf if you require (extra charge will apply).
Meals will be lightweight backpacking food (dried food), although we will have some fresh food earlier in the trip and at our mid-trip resupply. Each day will consist of three nutritious (and tasty!) meals and some snacks to keep us fueled throughout the day.
Evening - Meet in Canmore the evening before the trip start date to sign waivers, discuss the logistics and to ensure everybody has appropriate equipment for the trip.
Day 1 - Paint Pots trailhead to Helmet Falls
Drive to the Paint Pots trailhead on Hwy 93S, about 1 hour from Canmore. From there we'll ease into the trip with a gradually ascending trail through the forest. We'll reach the spectacular Helmet Falls and our camp for the night.
Distance: 15km, Elevation: 300m up.
Day 2 - Day hike
Today we'll take a break from carrying the big backpacks and take a day hike up to Goodsir Pass. Here you'll get a glimpse into some of the most remote terrain within the Canadian National Mountain Parks.
Day 3 - Helmet Falls to Tumbling Creek
After breakfast we'll leave our camp and head towards Tumbling Creek, with a multitude of alpine vistas, meadows and wildflowers enroute. We'll finally see the beginning of the famous 'Rockwall' that will be our constant companion for the next several days.
Distance: 12km, Elevation: 700m up, 600m down.
Day 4 - Tumbling Creek to Numa Creek
Today we'll head up and over Tumbling Pass with views of the Tumbling Glacier. We'll stop for the night at Numa Creek campground. The shorter distance today will give us some time to explore.
Distance: 8km, Elevation: 350m up, 700m down.
Day 5 - Numa Creek to Floe Lake
Our day starts with an ascent to Numa Pass, the highest point on the trail. Over the pass, the views are amazing as we get a glimpse of Floe Lake, the view we have been waiting for! We'll descend to camp at the lake - the best campsite on the trip and always a highlight.
Distance: 10km. Elevation: 850m up, 350m down.
Day 6 - Floe Lake to Floe Lake trailhead
On this final day, we'll pack up camp and reluctantly leave Floe Lake behind. The hike out the valley will traverse through an area burned in the 2003 fire, that is now exuberantly regenerating.
Distance: 11km, Elevation: 720m down.
Logistics: This is a one way trip, but only requires a short car shuttle between trail heads.
Group equipment supplied by Aster Mountain Adventures: all cooking equipment, group tarp in case of rain, first aid and equipment repair kits, and emergency communication devices.
Personal equipment: Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, cup/bowl/utensils, personal clothing and toiletries
Cost does not include: personal equipment, pre- or post-trip accommodation, breakfast on the first day or gratuities.