Backpack to Berg Lake

Berg Lake Trail

Distance

24 Miles

Elevation Gain

2591.9 Feet

Activities

Chillin, Camping, Photography, Swimming, Backpacking, Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Spring, Summer

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Morgan Lee Alain

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Lake
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife

If you love adventure and camping this is the hike for you! Enjoy spectacular views and a diverse trail that is constantly changing. My favorites are the bridges you cross and landscapes on the way, full of wildlife, and be prepared to run into some :)

Mount Robson Provincial Park is vast and surrounded by the Canadian Rockies with an area of 2,249 km².

If you want to experience the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies you've gotta check out Mount Robson. From the parking lot to Berg Lake is 21 km, with 790m of elevation gain. You will first pass through a beautiful old-growth cedar forest. The trail twist and turns alongside a gorgeous river bringing you first to Kinney Lake, which is about a 4.2km hike in. Kinney Lake is stunning in its raw green color and great to take a dip in. You will cross the Whitehorn suspension bridge as well as many other rad bridges on the way. There are lots of beautiful waterfalls to check out, but Emperor Falls is by far the most impressive! It's a little detour off the main trailhead, but so worth it as you'll see Mt. Robson looming above the falls, but be prepared to get wet. A short time after, you'll pass a wide open rocky valley that looks something like the land before time.

Nearby, you'll see Berg Glacier, then finally arrive at Berg lake, which is this magnificent blue glacier water. It's very cold, but if you're brave enough, it's great for a quick dip. And there above the lake, you'll see Mount Robson :)

This park is very different from a lot of the other hikes in the Rockies not only because of its divergent landmarks, but also because it's very moist and full of the flora and fauna and covered in moss.

Also, if you plan on staying overnight, dogs are not advised :(

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

Reviews

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Scenic from Start to Finish

The entire park provides spectacular views of Mount Robson and the surrounding Rockies. Our group varied in fitness levels and we did the return hike to Berg Lake over the course of three days. The first night we stayed at the Emperor Falls Campground and the second at Berg Lake Campground, hiking all the way out on the third day. This was a perfect way to spread out the hike as a group with different comfort levels and left plenty of time to stop at viewpoints and explore the Berg lake area including Toboggan Falls and the Mum Basin Cave. I have nothing but excellent things to say about this park and will definitely be returning!

Eva B

over 2 years ago

Worth the pain

We did this awesome hike in one day. It was very exhausting but totally worth the effort! The hike starts and ends easy with a steep but moderate increase in the middle, so it's possible to do it in one day! We needed 10h from the parking lot to Berg Lake and back (40km). You don't have a lot of time for breaks but we would definitely do it again!!

Kait Tx

over 2 years ago

Our Favourite Rockies Hike

Love this hike. My husband and I have done it twice just the two of us. Once again to Kinney Lake with some day-hiking with my step-kids, and again on their annual marathon (highly recommended if you love a good long mountain trail run). Can't wait to do it again this summer. This is a beautiful hike on a very well-maintained trail. It has everything: suspension bridges, waterfalls, marmots, glaciers. There are not many hikes I'd opt to do again start to finish, and this is definitely one of them. Oh, and if you have an extra day, check out Toboggan Falls and the cave. I can't say enough; go see for yourself!

Distance

24 Miles

Elevation Gain

2591.9 Feet

Activities

Chillin, Camping, Photography, Swimming, Backpacking, Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Spring, Summer

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Morgan Lee Alain

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