Floe Lake & Numa Pass

A moderate backpack along the southern end of the spectacular Rockwall Trail in the Canadian Rockies. It's 13 miles round trip with 2,350 feet of elevation gain to Floe Lake camp or a 10-mile loop via Numa Creek. From Floe Lake consider day hikes to Numa Pass and beyond. Indulge your photography or painting while enjoying stunning landscapes with towering Vermilion Range peaks among golden alpine larches in early autumn or expansive wildflower meadows in mid-summer.

getting there

From BC-95 at Radium Hot Springs, turn east onto BC-93 and drive 45 miles (72 km) to the Floe Lake parking lot (4265 ft / 1,300 m). The Numa Falls parking lot is 2.5 miles (4 km) further north (4,595 ft / 1,400 m).

on the trail

Hike the Floe Lake Trail 6.5 miles and 2,350 feet of elevation gain to Floe Lake camp. Use this as a base camp for day hikes of 4-7+ miles and 1,100+ feet of elevation gain to Numa Pass and beyond.  Return the way you came or make a loop trip by hiking out via the Numa Creek Trail, a 10-mile loop trip between the Floe Lake and Numa Falls parking lots.

notes

  • Camps include outhouses or pit toilets, food hanging cables, and small tables.
  • Bear-safe travel and camping are required.
  • Recommended Guidebook:  Canadian Rockies Trail Guide, 9th ed. by Brian Patton and Bart Robinson (Summerthought Publishing 2011).

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: July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast.
  • Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous
  • Length: 28.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,550 ft
  • 8,000 ft
  • Land Manager: Kootenay National Park
  • Parking Permit Required: National Park Entrance Fee
  • Recommended Party Size: 10
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
Map
  • CNTS Mt Goodsir 82N/1
Activities

Upcoming Activities

There are no activities scheduled at this location.

Trip Reports
Resources

There are no resources for this route/place. Log in and send us updates, images, or resources.