Heli-Hike the Berg Lake Trail

Rate this Adventure Canada Mount Robson Heli Pad

Added by Jeremy Meek

Pristine glacial lakes. Tallest mountain in the Canadian Rockies. Rope Bridges. Passing through the Valley of a Thousand Falls. Plus, all down hill? Count me in!

If you do not have the time (or energy) to backpack into Berg Lake and camp overnight, one solution is to fly into Berg Lake via Robson Helimagic's chopper and hike out. Going with this heli-hiking route allows you to experience this iconic trail without the hassle of camping and getting proper permits. If you are interested in the backpacking and camping experience, check out Morgan Lee Alain's post here

The helicopter will drop you off near the Robson Pass Campground, which is immediately adjacent the border between Alberta and British Columbia (Jasper National Park and Mt. Robson Provincial Park). From here, you get to hike downhill 2,610' over the course of 14.3 miles. You will get to hike along the Robson River, surrounded by Hargreaves, Robson, Berg, and Mist Glaciers initially. As you get farther down the trail, you will pass by the monstrous Emperor Falls (I have witnessed backpackers taking a "shower" in the mist of Emperor Falls). Continuing on, you will pass through a variety of waterfalls and lakes as you make your way through the Valley of a Thousand Falls. Kinney Lake and the neighboring campground will be your last major point of interest along your hike out to the trailhead. Mount Robson towers over you throughout the hike; fitting considering it is the tallest mountain in the Canadian Rockies at 12,972'.

Pack List

With heli-hiking, you can experience this trail with a much lighter day pack; some ideas here. Be sure to bring:

  • Bear Spray
  • Layers (Weather Changes Quickly!)
  • Dramamine if you get motion sickness from flying!
Read More

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

Share

Activities:

Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:

Point-to-Point

Distance:

14.3 Miles

Elev. Gain:

-2610 Feet

Features:

Easy Parking
Lake
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Are we missing something?

Suggest an edit

How to Get There

Have you done this adventure? Have something to add? You could be the first to leave a review!

Added by Jeremy Meek

Construction and sustainability guru by day. Adventurer, recreational photographer, and blogger by night and weekend. Arizona lover and native Phoenician.

More Adventures Nearby

Catch a Sunset at Crescent Beach

Canada / Crescent Beach

Crescent beach is a great place to end your day, by taking some sunset pictures. It often lights up the sky and really pops with colour.

Max Zedler
1 Saves

Hike the Butze Rapids Loop Trail

Canada / Butze Rapids Trailhead

The parking lot for the trail is just outside of Prince Rupert and right off of Highway 16W. This hike is an easy hike, with some hills, through a beautiful coastal rainforest.

Kaila Walton
3 Saves

Hike the Mount Nemo Conservation Area Loop

Canada / Mount Nemo Parking Area

This is probably one of my all-time favorite short hikes to do in Ontario during the fall.

Eric Yang
1 Saves