3.3 km away
Rohr Lake is a popular alternative to Joffre Lakes, but it's a much more challenging hike!
- 9.6 km
- 559 m
- 559 m
A popular hike to three turquoise-blue alpine lakes
Lower Joffre Lake is a flat 5-minute walk from the carpark. A viewpoint here looks up to the mighty Matier Glacier which hangs over Upper Joffre Lake. A well-defined trail continues upwards, crossing Joffre Creek a few times, as it switchbacks up to Middle Joffre Lake. At this point you've done most of the elevation. You'll get your first glimpse of Upper Joffre Lake after another 15 minutes, although the trail continues around the lake for a good bit longer to the base of the glacier.
The color of the lakes is due to "rock flour" — rock ground up during glacial erosion and suspended in the meltwater, reflecting green and blue wavelengths of sunlight.
There are 26 campsites at the Upper Lake. See http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/joffrelks/#WalkInCamping for details. Spots are likely to fill very quickly on summer weekends. Also note that the parking lot fills up rapidly and parking on the side of the highway is not allowed. It definitely pays to start early for this one.
Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.