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Backpack - Floe Lake & Numa Pass

Photo-oriented backpack to stunning scenic area on southern Rockwall trail in Kootenay NP. Timed for golden larches. Photographer-priority registration 3/8-4/30.

  • Tue, Sep 18, 2018 — Fri, Sep 21, 2018
  • Seattle Branch Backpacking
  • Photography, Backpacking
  • Adults
  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 28.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,550 ft

8am Floe Lake trailhead

5/19 update:

MEMBERS ONLY, with recent 2-4 day backpack experience.   Mountaineers membership (non-guest) required, prior to requesting permission.   Leader's permission is required, and after leader approval of  experience/qualifications questionnaire.  

Serious photographers are preferred, and with recent backpack experience comparable to this trip.  

Photographers have priority registration through April 30. 

Trip is currently open for 5 persons.   Leader will add additional space after first 5 spaces filled, for tent sharing or waiting list.  

Minimum 3 participants; maximum 5-6.   Tent-sharing if group size 5-6. 

$35 backcountry trip fee.  Cancellation fee: $15 by Sep 10 (waived if replacement within 7 days before Sep 10); no refund after Sep 5.   Parks Canada annual permit required per person and front country camp/lodging (reservations recommended) are participant responsibility.   Leader is camping in Banff NP's Lake Louise campground prior to and following backpack.

Leisurely to moderate pace with generous photo stops, with extensive photo opportunities near camp and during day hikes from base camp.   Be sure your backpack expectations are compatible with the photography emphasis and pace of this backpack, or consider another backpack that better meets your interests.  

Itinerary details:  day 1 - 6.5 miles 2350’ gain to Floe Lake camp; day 2-3 - hikes 4-6+ miles 1100’ gain to Numa Pass, Foster Peak Ridge, lower slopes of Numa Peak and beyond; day 4 - return to Floe Lake trailhead (option to return via Numa Creek trail, currently closed). Sunrise and early AM photography at Floe Lake and Numa Pass.

Bear safe travel/camping practices required, as black and grizzly bears range throughout area..   Each participant should carry at least 1 can of bear spray.   We will travel safely as a group from camp areas. 

Bearproof food storage (cabinets or elevated cables) at backcountry camps.  No need for canisters.  Leader secured a backcountry group permit with reservations for 4 sites at Floe Lake camp. . 

Kootenay NP backcountry info:

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Floe Lake & Numa Pass

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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