LOCATED JUST MINUTES FROM THE LODGE
This 42 km hike is what Canadian dreams are made of.
This is the #1 best-rated trail in the Rockies. Impeccably groomed and well-maintained, this trail is famous for its incredible scenery past lakes, waterfalls, and hanging glaciers. The trail follows the Robson river from the south face to the north face of the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Mt. Robson. The views are spectacular and the trail ascends through some very unique terrain. Take advantage of the location of Mountain River Lodge as the closest accommodation to the trailhead, just 5 minutes away.
2 kilometres from the Mount Robson Center is where you’ll find plenty of parking to leave your vehicle before embarking on the trail. The first 4 km is an easy pleasant walk to Kinney Lake. The majority of our guests walk to Kinney Lake, while some continue 18 km to Berg Lake. Bicycles are allowed on the first 7 kilometres of the trail. Be sure to bring your camera for the many photo opportunities as you walk along the scenic Robson River and through lush cedar forests.
Berg Lake Trail Photo Gallery
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More about the Berg Lake Trail:
The trail begins in an interior temperate rain forest. Giant western red cedars tower towards the sky in this magnificent old growth forest that appears completely out of place with the rest of the Rockies. With such a massive peak nearby, prevailing air masses are lifted over Robson, condense and rain with the frequency and intensity of a coastal climate. The result is this unique plant community.
It is an easy walk through the forest to Kinney lake (pictured). Along the way avalanche paths crossing the trail are rich in blue berries that makes for good bear habitat, and berry picking. One avalanche path down the great coulour on Mt. Robson ran all the way to Kinney lake. The terrain near the lake caused the avalanche to become airborne and many of the great cedars are shattered like toothpicks ten metres above the ground. Today new growth hides most of the old scars and the frightening display of power is all but hidden. ( There is no risk of avalanche activity on the trail in summer.) Past the lake, the trail follows a broad open valley with a braided stream.
Travel is relatively easy across the valley and up a moderate switch backs. It is not until passing the Whitehorn campground that the trail becomes more challenging. From here a large headwall is ascended through the valley of a thousand falls. The trail is well maintained and the views during the ascent are very impressive, especially in late June or after a rain storm. From the top of the headwall the trail follows the shoreline of Berg lake. Travel is again moderate and the magnificent view of Mt. Robson’s north face comes into view. From the Berg lake campground there are some good day hikes to explore the area further.