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Backpack - Lake of the Hanging Glacier

Beautiful backpack or long day hike journey through lush forest, passing almost continuous waterfalls of Horsethief Creek and alpine meadows, then reaching the iconic Lake of the Hanging Glacier below spectacular glacier-clad peaks. Small icebergs are often seen floating in the lake. Short explorations and viewpoints above the lake are possible.

  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 13.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,300 ft
  • Pace: 1-1.5 uphill

Updated 4/14: 

7:00am Radium Hot Springs, BC visitor centre.  Convoy to trailhead.   See route/place link for detailed directions.

Allow 1-1.5 hours drive time over mostly gravel/dirt forest road with rough sections.  AWD type high clearance vehicle recommended, or 4WD.

Recommend camping prior evening at Redstreak CG or motel in Radium Hot Springs, and night following backpack if joining 8/14-17 Brewer Creek Tarns backpack.

4/6:  More details to follow soon.

Members only.  Minimum 3 persons. Leader permission required.

Read all leader notes and route/place including links, before submitting request for leader permission. 

Submit leader permission request forms beginning April 18. 

Leader permission request forms will include complete responses with following information:  provide examples of your recent (during last 12-24 mo) Mountaineers (at least one) and private 2+ day moderate to strenuous backpacks (incl location, mileage, elev gain), planned backpacks between now and 7/20, why are you interested in this particular trip (backpack only, photography, other), current fitness activities, approx pack weight (base & total) for comparable backpack, comfort/experience with travel over potential early summer snow fields, comfort/experience with back country travel/camping in grizzly habitat including agreeing to carry bear spray, transportation plans (high-clearance AWD drive or need ride, carpool interest), have current passport for border crossing, and commitment level to this backpack.

Relaxed pace to moderate pace, to accommodate photo opportunities near camp and occasional stops along trails/routes. 


Day 1:  Approx 4.2 mi (750 meters before lake) from trailhead, reach a large alpine meadow with nearby waterfall and campsite (with toilet, picnic tables, and two fire rings).  Lake shore's rocky delta (7,150', 5 miles from trailhead) is windy with fragile terrain and not suitable for camping.  Bring plenty of water due to few places with accessible water sources, except two small creeks near trail bottom and tiny intermittent spring about .8mi from lake.  Two options for exploration beyond camp and lake outlet:  short hike up the ridge west of lake's outflow for spectacular lake and glacier views; easy scramble about 2.5 miles and 1300' gain up the northeast ridge of Glacier Dome for spectacular lake views, Starbird Pass and glaciated peaks.  Return to lake for evening light photos and relaxation.

Day 2:  Option to return to lake and northeast ridge, before breaking camp and returning to trailhead.  5 miles, 2,300' elevation loss.

Note:  Climbing Glacier Dome requires  crossing large crevassed glacier with with proper technical skills and equipment.

Links to trail details and photos:   for trail/road conditions, seasonal bridge status, descriptive info and photos.  The trail organization maintains the trail, seasonal bridge, and campsite.


Lake of the Hanging Glacier

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 recommended or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food (few good hanging trees)
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
  • Bear spray
  • Trekking poles recommended
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