Experience Banff’s Best With our Hiking Tours & Guided Day Hikes
The Rockwall Trail is one of the great classics of the Rockies, and follows a dramatic escarpment of tall limestone, passing alpine lakes, meadows, and creeks along the way. The high point of the trail, Numa Pass, offers a spectacular vista at 2317m, and gives a great view of the rest of the trail to come. We’ll spend five days cruising through alpine meadows to crest broad passes, then descending to camp each night. We cover 56km, and gain a total of 2400m over the trip, with each day including at least one high pass.
Day 1: Meet at Calgary Int airport, drive to Banff to spend the night at the International Hostel. Gear sort and prep for the trip.
Day 2: we drive out to Kootenay (2.5 hours), then we hike in our longest day, but with the least elevation – 14.6km, and up 400m of gain. This gradual start to the trail takes us past the orange Paint Pots, and then steadily up the creek to Helmet Falls campground.
Day 3: is our double-pass day. We start with a steady climb past the high Helmet Falls, and over Limestone Junction, then pass some alpine lakes before continuing up to the high point at Rockwall Pass, and descending its other side to Tumbling Creek. In total, we gain 700m and lose 500m, over the 13km day.
Day 4: is our shortest, making for a nice mid-trip recovery. We have a short, steep 350m ascent through Tumbling Pass, which is broad and wonderful for lingering with brilliant meadows and a huge glacier. We then descend 700m to our lowest campground at Numa Creek – where we can change up the evening with a fire!
Day 5: takes us from the bottom to the top, as we gain 900m over a long, steady 7km ascent to Numa Pass – the highest point of the trail, with a spectacular view of our day’s destination – Floe Lake, and back across the rest of the passes. It’s an incredible place for photos, before we descend 300m in 2.5km to camp at the incredible lake. This campground is definitely the highlight evening!
Day 6: Over 10.7km, we descend 700m through the 2003 forest fire burn, which is now covered with fireweed. A beautiful end to the trip! We will rendezvous and shuttle back to Banff for dinner and drinks and to celebrate an amazing backpack trip.
Cost per person = $1375.00 + appl. Taxs.
Cost includes, guide, 2 nights shared accom. At the Banff int. Hostel or equivalent, all back packing food, (in town food not included), backcountry permits. Gear can be rented if needed.