Hike to Mt Rohr
Canada › Mt Rohr Trail
Added by Emily Haggar
Incredible scenery, glacial lakes, beautiful alpine terrainThe hike is approximately 9-10 hours roundtrip with an elevation gain of 978m / 3200ftHike, backpack and scramble in summer; ski tour in winterA hiking/scrambling paradiseDuration: Full day
The Duffy Lake Road area is a scrambling paradise. If you love exploring the alpine off trail, this would be the place.
Mt Rohr is a prominent peak, located just above Duffy Lake. One of the highlights of this trip is that you get to hike directly beside the incredible glaciers of Joffre Peak, as it is the next summit over. The deep turquoise Rohr Lake has some great tent sites and swimming spots if you want to spend a few days exploring the area.
Marriot Basin Rd (unmarked) is just south of the salt shed, at the high point of the Duffy Lake Road. Driving north on HWY 99 from Whistler/Pemberton, the gravel road is 26km from the village of Mt Currie. With a 2WD vehicle, park at the bottom of this road wherever you can find space. With a 4WD high clearance vehicle you can drive all the way to the end of the road, where the trail starts.
The route to Mt Rohr shares the first part of the trail with Marriot Basin and access to the Wendy Thompson hut. At a fork you’ll see two rustic wooden signs - Aspen to the left, and Rohr to the right. Follow the well worn trail up through giant mud puddles and beautiful forest to Rohr Lake, then continue to the left of the lake along a trail that takes you into the alpine. The lake is a fantastic destination if you’re not comfortable being off trail. Those with route finding skills can make their way up the valley following cairns all the way to the summit of Mt Rohr. The easiest route follows the looker’s right when heading up the basin.
The route is mostly hiking, with a few sections of easy to moderate scrambling on scree. At the summit you’ll be treated to outstanding views of the Joffre group, and a 360 view of the surrounding peaks and alpine lakes.
- For a day hike bring minimum 3L of water
- Sturdy hiking boots
- Warm layers (even in summer, mountain weather is unpredictable and it can get very cold in the alpine)
- First aid kit
- Lots of food
- Extra layers
- Bug repellent and gators for the mud
- Map, and a clear idea of where you’re going, when off trail
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Gorgeous Quiet Hike
Aug 14-15, 2016 - Take a right off Duffy Lake Rd, and follow this narrow side road as far as your vehicle allows. Our car made it about 1/3 of the approx 2 km before we decided to park due to pot holes. This stretch of walking was a nice warm up before heading to the trail. Good variety! Starts in the trees, decent incline but nothing crazy steep to start with. Trail comes to a fork, take the right trail to Mt Rohr. Shortly after this trail this started getting pretty muddy for us. Well maintained trail had logs laid out in the really bad areas which was super nice! Trail opens up to a meadow and this is where we realized how bad the bugs can be - do not forget your big spray! After the meadows watch for markers but be aware that there is more then one correct way up. Pick the least muddy if you can find it. After you climb over some steep boulder areas out in the open (or stick to the far right a deal with the mud) you will head back into the trees shortly and note a creek that you climb up and over. **wasp nest** we tied a piece of grocery bag on a stick here, probably won't be there very long but if you bushwhack a bit to the right you should avoid the wasps. Thankfully 2 guys ahead of us called back to warn us after they got stung. After this section you again can choose to head straight up a builder section or veer to the right like we did and choose mud over boulders. Not much farther and you have mad it to the gorgeous lake!! I would imagine the lake could get fairly busy on a weekend. Camp spots immediately visible, we hiked around the left if the lake to a meadow area and dropped our overnight pack there. Very beautiful and quiet. :) 1 hour 45 minutes to the lake and 15 minutes further to the meadow. We continued on with day packs to the summit. Lots of boulder fields, for about an hour, then the climb begins, we had a touch of snow to walk over, but were able to stay below the most of it. You really need to watch for the markers of stacked rocked from here on out, but there really isn't one correct way. I was pretty happy to be done with the boulder field and take on the grassier section. As you started the steep sections, take your preference in your route to the top. Be aware that there are several false summits. Little bit of scrambling but nothing crazy at all. 2 hours 15 minutes from the meadow and we reached the summit!! Glorious views!! 360, fantastic mountains all around! We had perfect weather and just soaked in the sunshine and views for a solid hour at the top. Check out the journal at the summit and add your buit to it. We reluctantly headed back down to the meadows to camp overnight and continued down around noon the next day. I would love to come back and spend a couple days up here just relaxing and exploring. Side note: We did hear another group with kids across the lake making use of their emergency whistle for some game. We could hear it while an hour away, and tried rushing back as we genuinely thought there was an emergency. Not cool.
One of the best of the best hikes I've been on. The climb up to the lake is solid, but plenty of room to set up base camp and then hike up to Mt Rohr Summit! Beautiful beautiful views; very serene; fun alpine scramble. We saw a mountain goat just over the peak when we got up there! If you page through the guest-book in the container on the summit, you can see my drawing of it :D . Awesome pics Emily Haggar!
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