Berg Lake

The Berg Lake trail is one of the premier, and most popular backcountry trails in the Canadian Rockies. It's a moderate backpack that offers abundant opportunities for photographers, and wildflower and wildlife viewing. It's in British Columbia Canada's Mount Robson Provincial Park. Hikes from Berg Lake include Mumm Basin-Hargreaves Glacier, Toboggan Falls, Emperor Falls, and Snowbird Pass. Mount Robson dominates the view but there are many views of glaciers and icefields, and spectacular lush meadows with wildlife and wildflowers in summer.

getting there

Drive BC-16 1east from Tete Jaune Cache for 10 miles (16 km) to the Mount Robson Visitor Centre. Drive the Kinney Lake Road north 1.2 miles (1.9 km) to the Berg Lake Trailhead (2,800 ft/855 m).

There is an option for a helicopter drop-off at Robson Pass in summer. Robson Helimagic flights are Mondays through Fridays.

on the trail

A moderate to strenuous backpack to Berg Lake (25.2 miles round trip with 2,600 feet of elevation gain with 1-2 days travel each way. One night of camping en route at Kinney Lake, Whitehorn, or Emperor Falls is recommended.  There is an option for helicopter drop-off at Robson Pass.

Recommended day hikes from a basecamp at Berg Lake include Mumm Basin-Hargreaves Glacier, Toboggan Falls, Emperor Falls, and Snowbird Pas.

notes

  • Guidebook:  Canadian Rockies Trail Guide 9th ed  by Brian Patton & Bart Robinson (Summerthought Publishing 2011).
  • Backcountry camps require advance reservations. Camps fill quickly for peak summer dates during first hours of early October.
  • Berg Lake campground has a covered cooking/dining building.  Whitehorn and Kinney Lake have open cooking shelters. 
  • A pre-trip orientation is required at the Mount Robson Visitor Centre.

information for leaders

Considerations for international travel

  • Start by reviewing the latest regulations.
  • Everyone will need a passport or other valid ID such as a NEXUS card.
  • NEXUS cards can save a lot of time but only work if everyone in the car has one.
  • Make sure your vehicle insurance is valid for Canada.
  • Make sure your health insurance is valid for Canada.
  • Border crossing regulations are strict in both directions. Know what you’re allowed to take and declare everything to avoid problems.
  • You may be able to save time by checking alternate border crossings. Find apps that show updated times and other good tips.
  • Suitable Activities: Backpacking
  • Seasons: May, June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous
  • Length: 25.2 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,600 ft
  • Land Manager: Mount Robson Provincial Park
  • Parking Permit Required: None
  • Recommended Party Size: 6
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
Map
  • CNTS Mount Robson 83 E/3
  • MM Cartographics Berg Lake Trail Topographic Map & Guide
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