Difficulty: Moderate, especially if you split the ascent to Berg Lake over two days. The Berg Lake Trail is a world-renowned backcountry hiking trail. Confusingly, this smaller campground is located about half a kilometer above Emperor Falls. The Robson glacier from the Snowbird Pass trail. It’s not directly glacier fed and pretty shallow, which makes it the best bet for swimming near Berg Lake. Berg Lake Trail was on my Bucket List for this summer. Berg Lake Trail. The main trail continues on through the forest and some river flat sections. Dogs: Allowed on leash for day hikes only. This tight gorge channels the Robson River rapidly downhill. Robson’s Berg Lake trail is completely unpredictable and it is common to see sunshine, rain, and snow all in the same day. Some years the snow may melt a bit earlier than mid-June, but not usually. There’s a parking lot with a covered picnic shelter and an outhouse at the trailhead. Suggestions? Opening hours are 8am to 7pm 7 days a week in the summer. Follow the trail beside the Robson River. Hiker, adventure traveller, Leave No Trace trainer and connoisseur of alpine meadows. Continue steadily uphill in the forest for another kilometre to Falls of the Pool viewpoint. This great loop hike includes a waterfall, great views of Berg Lake, Berg Glacier and Mount Robson. At breakfast and dinner times if you aren’t actively cooking or eating, leave the table someone else can use it. For the 2021 season, reservations for the Berg Lake Trail in Mount Robson Provincial Park will open January 2021 and must be made online. Distance: 5.5km/3.4mi return | Elevation Gain: 0m/0ft | Time: 1.5-2 hours | Difficulty: Easy. One kilometer from the Berg lake campground you’ll pass the Rearguard campground. I have done the Berg Lake trail several times, but never earlier than July (although the trail is usually accessible as far as Kinney Lake as early as mid/late April). Our food situation was starting to get a little low. The daytime temperature is going to reach 2 °c and the temperature is going to dip to -8 °c at night. Day 4: Hike to Whitehorn or Kinney Lake campground OR hike out to the trailhead. Snowbird Pass Route (1 day): Snowbird Pass is closed May and June due to caribou calving. You’ll definitely get hit with spray so wear a rain jacket. Click here for Google maps driving directions. I am planning this hike for next year and wondering if you know how many 2-3 person tents can fit in a tent pad. Seeing it in the snow must have been so spectacular. To hike the trail you will need a permit. The Berg glacier descending from Mount Robson. In my opinion, most people will want to spend about 4 or 5 days on the trail: Day 1: Hike to Whitehorn campground. The Berg Lake camp site is the largest in the park with some 20+ tent pads available, but we had opted for the more isolated site near Rearguard Mountain which was 1km further down the trail. You’ll pass by a sign that marks the spot where the toe of the glacier used to reach 100 years ago – it’s retreated over a kilometer since then. The rangers may also have strung up a big tarp over some of the picnic tables at this camp. There are wooden platforms at Berg Lake and earthen pads with wooden sides at Kinney. What a beautiful hike! Hi, I’m Taryn! There’s also a fork in the trail here. This table gives the weather forecast for Mount Robson at the specific elevation of 3954 m. From the mini-lake, continue following the rock cairned trail as it steeply switch backs uphill past some warning signs. Your guide is amazing and your pictures are stunning – thank you for taking the time to put up all this information!!! At the bottom of the hill you’ll intersect the main trail. This site only has 5 pads which virtually guarantees solitude and isolation. At the top of the switchbacks there’s a short section with a chain railing and some stairs. View of Berg Lake and the Berg Glacier from near Marmot campground. In some places the trail is quite close to the rushing river. If you get to the campground earlier in the day you’ll have a choice of empty sites. We stayed at an Airbnb in Tete Jaune Cache since it is about 15 minutes east of the visitor centre. I share advice, info and inspiration about my happy place: The Great Outdoors. This is a truly wonderful hike.Not much elevation & very easy to do for all ages. Looking back to Kinney Lake from the Whitehorn Hill, Distance: 4km/2.5mi | Elevation Gain: 100m/325ft | Time: 1-2 hours | Difficulty: Moderate. The rangers will check and ask you to leave. Plus its only 1km to the Berg Lake campsite where you can cook inside the Hargreaves Shelter if the weather turns bad. After Kinney Lake bridge the trail stops looking like a road and more like a trail. This is the last campground on the Berg Lake trail, so most descriptions stop here, but the trail actually continues on. The Robson Pass campsite has a small dirt floored shelter lean-to shelter. In just a few minutes you’ll be walking up next to the sloped rock slabs of the falls. The best views of the whole trail are up here. Thanks for supporting my website! Marmot is a small campground with sites right next to the trail. The sign says it is a 500m walk, but don’t worry, it’s only about 200m each way. The path is wide but there’s a steep drop off so watch your step. If it’s open there will be a posted sign that letting you know that the flats are open to hikers. Robson Provincial Park, BC, Canada, located just west of the British Columbia/Alberta border. The left fork goes down on to the gravel river flats. The Berg Lake Trail is an iconic 21 kilometer linear hike in the heart of the Canadian Rockies that has awe inspired hikers for decades. Most of these hikes are beyond what my darn ankle and knee can handle, but I can enjoy the beauty through your photos. I was in a constant state of amazement and wonder; taking nearly 800 pix and would have taken more had not battery power ran out. These shelters protect you from the rain but still let the wind blow in from the sides. The trail crosses a gravelly section next to the lake before heading back in to the trees. Hi Taryn, thank you so much for this amazing post. There’s no shelter here but there is an amazing view of Berg Lake and the Berg glacier. Be sure to store your food and toiletries inside to protect it from animals, including bears. There are a few days in the area, from easy to difficult. Bring a print out or screen shot on your phone of your reservation confirmation to show the rangers. Berg Lake Trailhead – 23 Jan 2014 (1900) We made it from Hargreaves to the trailhead in 6.5 hours. A young couple thought they would be able to get a walk-on reservation. Which means you’ll also cross from Pacific time into Mountain time!) This fully enclosed log cabin shelter started its life as part of a horse outfitters camp. You can read more about what to bring in my Berg Lake Trail Packing List post. After the rock slide the trail goes down to another river flats section. I would love to hike this trail and will add it to the bucket list. (And therefore from BC into Alberta. Stay straight to remain on the Berg Lake Trail. W eather would be the main difficulty on the Lake Berg Trail portion as rain and mud would make the hike more tedious. Berg Lake is in Mt. The campground is right on the lake, which is a gorgeous light blue colour. Driving, it’s only half an hour from Jasper to the park’s boundary (it’s about 5.5 hours from Calgary and 7 hours from Vancouver). Head down the slope then take the short side trail signed for Hargreaves Lake. About 7.5 from the trailhead, the route climbs up beside a stream and enters a wide meadow with lots of active marmots. * NOTE: not all weather observatories update at the same frequency which is the reason why some locations may show data from stations that are further away than known closer ones. Hi Taryn, thanks for your detailed guide to this hike, it has been very helpful! Turn left for a short side trail that leads to a picnic area. Plan is to stay: 1 nt in Whitehorn, 2 nts in Berg Lake and 1 nt in Kinney. Directions: Follow the directions for the Robson Glacier Toe hike (above). Located just 7km from the parking lot, Kinney Lake Campground is a great first night camp if you start the trail late in the day. However, there is no water access on the Valley of a Thousand Falls section between 11.8 and 16km so plan ahead for that. Absolutely entrancing! Time: At least 2 Days. If you’re tired or out of time, the meadow is beautiful enough to make a good turn around point. As you approach the Berg Lake campground there will be a side trail heading uphill to the campsites. After you leave the trees follow a worn path and cairns through the gravel to reach the mini-lake at the toe of the Robson Glacier. You’ll climb up beside the huge Robson Glacier, then turn away from it into a gorgeous alpine meadow. We expect around 2.8 mm of precipitation to fall and cloud covering 92% of the sky, the humidity will be around 97%. After the bench go left at the junction to head towards Hargreaves Lake. Directions: From the Berg Lake campground follow the main trail past Rearguard and Robson Pass campgrounds. The 800m of trail after leaving Whitehorn campground is quite level as it travels across some gravel flats. That hike looks incredible – the photos are amazing, but the view must have been breathtaking in person! Day 5: Hike out to the trailhead if you stopped at Whitehorn or Kinney. On sunny summer days highs up of up 30C (86F) are possible, with the temperature dipping to less than 10C (50F) at night. I have to make it from Kinney to the Berg Lake camp in one day and want to clean as I go as much as possible, to reduce how much water I am carrying. There are a few short switchbacks, but it’s mostly a steady climb through the forest. There are great views towards Berg Lake and Rearguard Mountain. If you want to camp, there are car campgrounds in the provincial park near the visitor centre. Hiking near the toe of Robson Glacier and its mini-lake. Many of the picnic tables have a metal overlay at one end. Temperatures will be below freezing (max -4°C on Sat morning, min -12°C on Sun afternoon). Give yourself 20 minutes to go through orientation. The lake lies just over the border. Mostly dry. I completed the 42km round trip in June, however I would recommend going in July and August for the best weather conditions, be sure to … Directions: From Berg Lake continue towards Rearguard camp then branch right onto the trail to Snowbird Pass. This section of trail is an old gravel road that climbs steadily uphill but is never steep. 07 October 2020 at 12:00-18:00: Partly cloudy, Temperature 5, 0.2 mm, Light air, 1 m/s from … AWESOME POST! It’s such a beautiful place: Go make your reservations now! Over 100 years ago the Robson glacier extended over Robson Pass into Adolphus Lake. It’s possible to hike up to Berg Lake and back in one day, but it would likely take over 14 hours. The ideal time to camp on the Berg Lake Trail is from July-September to have the best chances of clear skies along the route. Note: This hike used to be a loop but a landslide in 2018 has closed part of the trail. The rangers will give you your laminated permit tags (one for each tent). The star of the show is the Berg Glacier, tumbling down the slope of Mount Robson into the lake. Inside there are four picnic tables, lots of hooks for hanging jackets and a wood stove for emergencies. Anyway, a beatiful hike! The time/distance between campsites is extremely helpful. You will need to be totally self-sufficient on the trail and carry in everything you will need for your trip – right down to the toilet paper! Bring a camp stove for cooking. Remaining relatively level along a well-maintained trail makes the trek out to … You took absolutely gorgeous photos! I recommend adding one or two days to your trip to devote to day hikes. It is not in a Canadian National Park so you don’t need a National Parks pass from Parks Canada. (The trees aren’t very big up in the alpine.). After leaving the Berg Lake campground, the trail crosses a bridge. I don’t recommend it and the vast majority of people spend at least one night on the trail. It also is high enough in the mountains that it can snow in any month. This guide has everything you need to know about hiking in this area. There are also other cute cabins in Tete Jaune Cache. After the first few switch backs you will reach a viewpoint over White Falls. You may want a pair of quick drying hiking shorts for this type of weather. Maximum Group Size: 12 people to minimize impact. We plan to go to the US and canada in the next year or so. It has a maze of trails leading to campsites in the forest – none of them have views of the lake. We had nicer weather this time but even with rain and an overcast day, it is absolutely breathtaking. Directions: From Berg Lake campground continue on the trail past Rearguard camp to Robson Pass campground. Description: The trail follows the Robson River. Soon you’ll pass a ranger cabin, then arrive at the Robson Pass campground. Since it’s in British Columbia, it’s on Pacific time. There are a few day use shelters on the trail. Cooking dinner on the river flats in front of Whitehorn campground. The trail celebrates not only the natural beauty of the Canadian Rockies, but also highlights the magnificent Mount … You’ll get some peek-a-boo views of Kinney Lake before dropping right back down to lake level again. You definitely inspired us to add this on our must do hikes of the world. There are also bonus views of Hargreaves Lake and the Hargreaves Glacier. The Berg Lake Trail is really popular and people come from all over the world to hike it. However, the park rangers want you to take them with you since the food inside can attract animals. Kinney Lake near the Kinney Lake Campground, Distance: 2.5km/1.5mi | Elevation Gain: 30m/100ft | Time: 40min-1 hour | Difficulty: Easy. The Berg Lake Trail technically isn’t in Alberta or Jasper, but it’s just down the highway from the edge of Jasper National Park, and it would be a shame to miss this incredible trail. Extremely cold (max -13°C on Mon morning, min -22°C on Sun morning). However, I hear it’s still pretty cold. Along the way you’ll pass by Kinney Lake before climbing steeply up through The Valley of A Thousand Falls. The weather in the mountains is also often very cold and wet so be sure to pack accordingly. table. The trail is usually snow-free from June until late September. Kinney Lake is a beautiful light blue colour thanks to the glacial sediment in the water. We are planning to go before the reservable dates, do you know how exaclty do bookings work? Best time to hike is July to early September. This multi-use trail can be used both directions. Camp here if you want a quieter camp than the main Berg Lake camp. There are large metal lockers at each campground. Or do you fill at water stations and boil, or do you need your own drinking water filtration system for this hike? It was actually perfect to do it early in the season, mid-week, when it is quieter. This post is sooo brilliantly detailed and the photos look so amazing. So glad you liked the guide! The campground has an open sided cooking shelter and lots of tent sites. The campground isn’t actually anywhere near Emperor Falls, but it is located right next to the beautiful Robson River. This means you’ll be doing a lot of steep climbing in this section of trail! No dogs are allowed on overnight trips. It's even more "do-able" if you have a bicycle, since bikes are allowed on the first ~8 km of the trail, up to the Kinney Lake flats at the head of the lake. Temperatures will be well below freezing (max -9°C on Mon morning, min -21°C on Wed morning). There’s lots of awesome stuff going on with this trail! Thank you so much for this. If you want a hotel, you can book accommodation at bit farther away in Jasper or Valemount. Thanks in advance. Have a great hike! The Berg Lake trail is well marked and easy to follow. Watch for drop-offs. The helicopters are only allowed to land on Mondays and Fridays. Thank you! Also, as of June 2020 The Berg Lake Trail day use system has not yet reached capacity. Shortly after Emperor Falls camp, the trail curves away from the river and traverses a rock slide. This is THE day hike at Berg Lake. The trailhead is located 2km from the visitor centre. Berg Lake Trail Basics. This short and flat hike heads to the toe of the massive Robson Glacier. Wow honestly how are all Canada hikes so stunning?! This is the second time we completed the berg lake trail this year, and we don’t have words to describe the loveliness of this trail. The Berg Lake trail is very popular and requires early booking to get the dates you want. 26 November 2020 at 04:00-06:00: Fog, Temperature -8, 0.1 mm, Light breeze, 2 m/s from west-southwest Upload a Mount Robson photo | Upload for another mountain, Wind obs. Do you think that it’s possible to do the trail in mid-May or early June or the possible snow makes it impossible ? 0 Restaurants within 10 km. It’s a wilderness trail so you need to collect water from streams, then filter or boil it to ensure it is safe to drink. This is a smaller campground with no shelter and no real scenery. ©Taryn Eyton 2014-2020 All Rights Reserved, Bridge at the bottom of Valley of a Thousand Falls hill, Robson Pass campground AND Mumm Basin Trail fork, Robson River flats across from Whitehorn Mountain, Beside Robson River upstream of Emperor Falls, Robon River flats across from Rearguard Mountain, Click here for Google maps driving directions, Click here to get $45 off your first Airbnb stay, How to Leave No Trace (And Why it’s Important! The Berg Lake trail is very full, reservations strongly recommended. It's very cold, but if you're brave enough, it's great for a quick dip. This hike is in Mount Robson Provincial Park, which is a BC Provincial Park. POP 40%. From berg Lake campsite the trip is 22 km, return. Because believe me, after seeing these photos, you’ll want to go. Edited: 7 years ago Click on the map below to view a printable PDF. It looks like you had an amazing adventure there!! Never leave garbage behind in the food locker – pack it out with you. The parks employee at the trail registration desk told them no – with it being the long weekend and blue skies in the forecast – there was no chance and she sent them elsewhere. (I measured!) Many backpacking trails are about the destination or several destinations, but with the Berg Lake Trail, the journey is beautiful and worth every step. I brought a water filter on my trip. Snow: ~1 cm. The larger campgrounds have more. You can’t see or hear the falls from the campground! And unless you hike very early or late in the season, it will likely be warm enough for shorts at the lake on sunny days. At the top of the valley, the trail levels out and follows the river to the shores of Berg Lake. The tent pads are small and you’d only be able to fit one 2 or 3 person tent on each pad in most places (they aren’t all the same size). The glacier has retreated, leaving a flat plain behind. I never though I could have done this early in June but it was possible! To see the weather forecasts for the other elevations, use the tab navigation above the -Taryn. The turquoise colored Berg Lake is dotted with icebergs even in the middle of summer. You start from the Mt Robson Visitor Centre & then walk steadily uphill till you reach Kinney Lake. Switchback up the steep slope following cairns. The trail is 21km one way (42km return). Reservations open on October 1, the year before you will be hiking it. Aaaalll the info about the Berg Lake Trail. It’s also worth noting that you’ll need to share the picnic tables with other campers. If you want protection from the weather, stay at Berg Lake camp just for the easy access to the shelter. Hikes from Berg Lake include Mumm Basin-Hargreaves Glacier, Toboggan Falls, Emperor Falls, and Snowbird Pass. Berg Lake is at an elevation of 1640m (5410ft). First and foremost, the trail needs to be booked online here. Hammocks: Not permitted as they can damage the trees. I would plan on one tent per pad unless both tents are 1 person tents. On the Lake Berg Trail portion alone, the difficulty level may be more of a 2. There’s a bike rack here since this is the furthest you’re allowed to ride a bike. A few hundred meters after leaving the Marmot Campground you’ll pass the intersection for the Hargreaves Lake trail. Don’t forget to admire the view of the Berg Glacier on your way down. Directions: From the Hargreaves Shelter at the Berg Lake campground head north on the main trail, cross the bridge and go uphill on the Toboggan Falls trail. The weather on Mt. Cost: $10/person/night plus reservation fees of $6/tent pad/night (up to a max of $18) Best Time to Go: The trail is snow-free from June to September. My home is in Vancouver but my heart is in the mountains. Thank you for all your helpful tips and info on each trail – what a fantastic post , Wow, Taryn – this is awesomely detailed and I like the way you have formatted it with tables (Distance markers and all). Bikes: You can bike the first 7km of the trail to the end of Kinney Lake but you aren’t permitted to bike further than that. From here you have a 2km climb up Whitehorn hill. Print out the map, then tuck it inside a ziploc bag for use on the trail.

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