The Rockwall: Numa Creek to Floe Lake

Up and over Numa Pass, the highpoint of the Rockwall Trek.

Hiking Difficult

Distance
9.4 km
Ascent
811 m
Descent
318 m
Duration
3-4 hrs
Low Point
1.5 km
High Point
2.3 km
Gradient
11˚
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The Rockwall: Numa Creek to Floe Lake Map

Description

Numa Pass is the highest point on the Rockwall Trek, at over 2300 metres. This segment also has the greatest elevation gain/loss, boasting more than 800m change between Numa Creek and Numa Pass. If hiking north to south, this will be all uphill, but you’ll hopefully be conditioned by crossing two other passes in the days before.

An unassuming start from Numa Creek, on mellow terrain through the forest, soon transitions to a grueling climb. It’s gradual for a while, but steepens dramatically before breaking above the treeline. A final push on a worn path on a scree slope reaches the pass, and the reward. It’s a barren ridgeline bowing gracefully between two peaks, with the Rockwall and countless summits stretching away on either side. Floe Lake is even visible, beneath the massive face of Floe Peak. From the pass, it’s all downhill, and a relatively quick descent to the lake.

Sources: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/bc/kootenay/activ/arrierepays-backcountry https://peanutbutterkait.wordpress.com/2017/09/11/hike-rockwall-trail-day-3/ https://www.inafarawayland.com/rockwall-trail-guide/

Difficulty

Difficult

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.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

July, August, September, October

Features

  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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