The Rockwall: Tumbling Creek to Numa Creek

Between Tumbling and Numa Creek camps you’ll cross steep avalanche slopes and a high pass with breathtaking views of the Rockwall.

Hiking Difficult

Distance
7.5 km
Ascent
379 m
Descent
729 m
Duration
2-3 hrs
Low Point
1.5 km
High Point
2.2 km
Gradient
15˚
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The Rockwall: Tumbling Creek to Numa Creek Map

Description

This segment is approximately the middle of the Rockwall trek. On a typical 4-day itinerary, Numa Creek is the second night’s camp, whether hiking northbound or southbound. Thus, it’s popular and should be booked far in advance if possible. It’s a rather spacious campground, however, and even when full, it’s a comfortable place to spend the night.

If hiking southbound, you’ll cross Tumbling Creek and begin climbing to another high pass. The gradient lessens eventually, and you’ll stroll among larches and wildflowers while enjoying one of the best views yet. Below lies an expansive rocky plain with blue-gray lakes and glaciers clinging to the base of the towering Rockwall.

When the trail turns downhill, it’s gradual at first, but doesn’t stay that way. You’ll cross a small creek then go uphill for a bit, before turning dramatically downhill toward Numa Creek. The steep descent crosses several avalanche paths, sometimes in the barren chutes but usually among an assortment of berry bushes. Look for the edible ones and watch out for bears. A final stretch of flatter terrain in the forest brings you to camp.

Sources: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/bc/kootenay/activ/arrierepays-backcountry https://www.inafarawayland.com/rockwall-trail-guide/ https://peanutbutterkait.wordpress.com/2017/09/10/hike-rockwall-trail-day-2/

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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