Kootenay National Park / The Rockwall
Near Radium Hot Springs, BC
Alpine meadows, crystal-clear glacial lakes, and towering limestone cliffs. ‘The Rockwall’ is one of the most stunning and popular hikes in Kootenay National Park.
Profile Last Updated: May 14, 2007
Established in 1920, this 1406 square km national park offers a wide array of scenic attractions. Hanging glaciers and breathtaking summits and natural mineral pools at Radium Hot Springs are just some of the attractions the park has to offer. The area was once a meeting place for Plains and Mountain Indian bands as well as fur traders and explorers, so keep your eyes peeled and you might stumble across something precious!
Silently, the Rocky Mountains await your visit. All that stands between you and your chance to be amongst them is a decision! ‘The Rockwall’, one of many hiking trails to be found in Kootenay National Park, happens to be one of the most popular. The hike takes you on a 55.6-kilometre trek that traverses beneath the Rockwall’s extraordinary limestone cliffs and hanging glaciers.
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On clear days, peaks over 70 km distant are plainly visible. From there you’ll climb three alpine passes and wade through wildflower meadows to reach the breathtaking Floe Lake, a suitable reward for your energetic efforts. Should you wish to spend the night at this beautiful location, there is a campsite available to trekkers, so make sure you pack a tent. The trail continues, but if by then you haven’t realized why it’s such a popular hike, it’s advisable that you get your eyes tested. Primeval forests, flower-strewn meadows, serene lakes reflecting jagged peaks, accompanied by regular, exciting glimpses of wildlife. Walking in such surroundings is never boring.
Note: After the devastating fires in 2003 the Marble Canyon Trail was shut down.